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Women's Health: Managing Gestational Diabetes

Posted 05-27-2014 at 04:44 PM by ChristaIB (HealthBoards Blog)
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Are you overweight? Are you African-American, Hispanic, Asian or Native American? Do you have a poor or impaired tolerance to glucose? If you are pregnant and have answered yes to any of these questions, you could be at risk for gestational diabetes. It is vital that this condition be diagnosed and treated as early as possible in pregnancy to reduce your chances--and your baby's chances--of complications.

What Is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational...
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Can Delaying Motherhood Affect You and Your Baby?

Posted 04-16-2014 at 06:04 PM by ChristaIB (HealthBoards Blog)
Updated 04-17-2014 at 01:16 PM by ChristaIB

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Many women today are choosing to delay motherhood until after age 35. You may be waiting to start a family until after you've established your career or traveled the world, which makes sense, but keep in mind that delayed motherhood can increase certain health risks for you and the baby.

Waiting to Become a Mother

Some experts believe the risks of delaying pregnancy are greatly exaggerated and that the overall health of the mother, before and during...
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Do You Have a Healthy Heart?

Posted 02-03-2014 at 04:56 PM by ChristaIB (HealthBoards Blog)
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When was the last time you thought about your heart health? A month ago? A year ago? Never? Well, there’s no better time than the present to have a heart checkup. Sure, you could put it off for another year, but your heart deserves better.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for one out of every four casualties. While some risk factors like age, gender and family history are inevitable, other influences are preventable. High...
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How Your Mouth Reflects Your Health

Posted 12-12-2013 at 04:19 PM by ChristaIB (HealthBoards Blog)
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Ever wonder why your doctor tells you to open your mouth and say "ah" at each checkup? It’s because the condition of your mouth and throat can tell a doctor a few things about what is going on in your body. Your dentist can also tell a lot about your overall health based on the state of your gums, teeth and tongue. For example, if your gums are pale (more white than pink), that may be a sign that you have anemia.

Learn more about how your mouth can sometimes reveal,...
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New Guidelines for Treating High Cholesterol

Posted 12-02-2013 at 06:44 PM by ChristaIB (HealthBoards Blog)
Updated 12-12-2013 at 03:03 PM by ChristaIB

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On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, the American Heart Association--in partnership with the American College of Cardiology--released new guidelines for treating high cholesterol with statin drugs.

Prior to the recommendations, only the people with a total cholesterol level above 200, or a “bad” cholesterol level above 100, were considered candidates for cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. What has changed? Under the latest standards, you could be considered a candidate...
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