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Could I Actually Have Endometriosis?

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Painful cramps (back, abdomen or groin). Painful bowel movements. Heavy and/or long menstrual bleeding. Fatigue. Bloating. Pain during intercourse. If this sounds like your run-of-the-mill period, then we’ve got a problem. That’s because many of those symptoms are key signs of the common condition, endometriosis.
This disorder occurs when the endometrial tissue that forms the lining of the uterus, grows other places in the body. Once outside of the uterus, the tissue is able to reproduce itself and continue spreading. On top of that, many of the most common symptoms of endometriosis mimic those of PMS, uterine fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Therefore, endometriosis growths often go unchecked and the condition remains undiagnosed, sometimes for upwards of a decade.
To ensure that women of all ages—from the time of your first menstrual cycle to your last—know the common signs of endometriosis, Sheila Warren, RN, GMC’s Wellness Navigator, explai…

Rainy Days = More Time Indoors (Here’s How To Make The Most Of It)

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Waking up early in the morning to trek to work in the rain—no thank you! Lucky for us, though, Georgia’s weather didn’t cooperate. Hello, (rainy) November. So what are we supposed to do for the next few days while it’s raining cats and dogs, and topping out at 50 degrees? Well, the choice is clear for many of us, stay warm, dry and comfortable indoors—did someone say movie night? Yes please.
While there are some people adventurous enough to head out into the chilly, wet weather to go to the gym or their routine exercise class—that’s why there are umbrellas, right?—the rest of us choose to stay comfortable at home, only going outdoors if absolutely necessary. But just because you’re stuck indoors for the next few days, doesn’t mean that you can’t make the most of being home.
So in addition to some lounging, relaxing nights, here are a few other ways to make these rainy days (and nights) more fun—and healthy:
1.Play cards. Instead of camping out on the couch to watch your go-to shows or a…

Let's Make This November One To Remember

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All of these classes and more will be offered by Gwinnett Medical Center. If a registration number is not listed, please call 678-312-5000 to register, or register online at gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/classes.
Scroll to the bottom of the list to see some of our support groups. A full list of support groups is available here.
Classes
Monthly Pre-Diabetes Classes If you’ve been told you have pre-diabetes, or are at high risk of developing diabetes, take charge of your health! Learn effective lifestyle strategies that can dramatically improve your overall health and reduce your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. Topics include healthy eating, reading food labels, importance of exercise, and weight management. Presented by a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, this class is for ages 18 years and older. All classes will be held 5 – 7:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

For more information or to register, please call 678-312-6048.

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5 Popular Pinterest Recipes For Fall—Dietitian Approved

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Between Halloween and Thanksgiving, there’s no shortage of delicious, tasty food in the fall months. Whether you’re searching for healthy fall pasta ideas, nutritious autumnal desserts or recipes for nourishing, comforting casseroles, you can find any or all of the above on Pinterest. 

And while there's no denying that many of those recipes look totally tasty (even the picture looks good enough to eat), it can be tough to gauge how healthy they really are. To help you navigate through the endless number of popular fall recipes on Pinterest, we talked with Registered Dietitian, Renee Covey, the Nutrition Coordinator at GMC’s Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center.
Below are delicious, seasonal recipes that have thousands of overall pins (and great reviews, too). Plus, Renee shares her thoughts on why they’re some of her favorites:
1.Sweet Potato & Sausage Quinoa Bake: If you’re like us, this recipe probably had you at sweet potato. But that delicious fall favorite is just one…