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Balancing Act: How To Navigate The Highs and Lows of Female Hormones

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Men and women are different, and sometimes these differences are amusing. C’mon, ladies: Who hasn’t joked about a lovable man in her life who refuses to ask for directions or who inexplicably lost the drive to make sane wardrobe choices after a certain age? But when men turn the tables, their humor is frequently hormone-related, from endless PMS jokes to the occasional whispered reference to “a roller-coaster ride.” (Yes, we heard you.)

But is hormone humor doing women a disservice? To help answer this question, we must understand how many of the physical and emotional symptoms attributed to hormones are deserved (as well as which are normal and which aren’t). From your first mood swing to your last hot flash, we’ll walk through the various life stages to see how hormones affect our bodies, minds and emotions—and find out who gets the last laugh.

Like This, Try That: Try Something Different On The Produce Aisle

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With the variety of fruits and vegetables available at most supermarkets, a trip down the produce aisle could be a culinary adventure. (Rutabagas! Star fruit! Bok choy!) Most of us, though, tend to stick to a tried-and-true itinerary, from broccoli and potatoes to apples and oranges. It could be that we don’t know what to do with a parsnip. Or we may have developed a distaste for brussels sprouts in childhood, then never tried them again as adults. 
But the routine of the same fruits and vegetables leads to boredom, which in turn puts us at risk for not consuming the recommended 4.5 to 6 cups of fruits and vegetables daily. "Each time you go to the grocery store, pick up one new fruit or vegetable to try,” says nutrition consultant Keri Gans, R.D., a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association and author of The Small Change Diet. “You’re bound to find something you like.” Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Action Plan for Managing Arthritis Pain

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You might remember your grandmother walking with a cane or your grandfather wincing while holding his cup of coffee. The pain from their arthritis may have kept them from going on walks, and they certainly weren’t going to the gym. After all, who wants to exercise when they’re in pain, right? But today, medicine teaches us to think differently about arthritis and exercise. 

Healthy Travels: What You Need to Know to Vacation Safely With Diabetes

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Toothbrush? Check. Someone to feed the cat? Check. Boarding pass? Check. When you’re about to head out of town for vacation, the details are daunting. But when you’re a traveler with diabetes, they can be even more overwhelming. You need to consider more than reservations and stopping the mail; you have to worry about your health and how you’ll keep your blood sugar levels in control when you’re away from home. Never fear. If you have diabetes, a little R & R is a definite possibility. It just takes a little extra planning, and that’s what we’re here to help with.

A Workout For Every Mood

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You select your day's outfit based on your mood. For greater fitness success, tailor your exercise routine to your disposition. If you want to exercise consistently, you need to learn to work with your mood. That means not forcing yourself to do the same old routine if you’re not feeling up to it. You’ll just get frustrated with yourself and want to quit. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should opt for an hour on the couch either. So depending on how you feel on any given day, try one of these workouts on for size.

Keys To Survival: Overcoming A Heart Attack or Preventing One

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Someone in the U.S. has a heart attack nearly every 34 seconds. Knowing the signs of a heart attack saves lives. Plus, you can take steps to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy and free of heart disease. Here are five survival strategies you need to know.

Do Your Diabetes Homework

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Keeping complications from turning into major concerns is about more than just glucose testing. Learn to control the disease by doing your homework. In school, you probably dreaded homework. But what if your well-being—even your life—had depended on it? Perhaps you would’ve rushed home from the bus to get started rather than dragging your feet by watching TV, playing outside or (gasp!) cleaning your room.

Doing your diabetes homework can, in fact, affect your health and quality of life. Think of daily glucose monitoring as part of your course load; it’s mandatory if you want a healthy grade, but there’s still some homework to be done. And a big part of this homework is managing your ABCs: “A” relates to your A1c levels (average glucose over the past two to three months), “B” refers to your blood pressure, and “C” to cholesterol levels.

To help you ace your diabetes management, we’re assigning some worthwhile homework—making note of things you should be doing daily beyond managing your …

Tips For Runners On Staying Hydrated

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Endurance athletes, especially those who train in hot and humid weather, are at constant risk of dehydration. The risk becomes greater the longer the workout, or when athletes train or compete more than once a day. Some risks include: Cramping. If exercisers lose too much fluid in sweating without replacing the lost fluid and electrolytes (like sodium and potassium), they risk becoming dehydrated. Endurance athletes can use sports drinks to replace fluid and electrolytes -- in combination with water -- to help ward off dehydration and muscle cramps.Dehydration. Dehydration can diminish energy and impair performance. Even a 2% loss of body weight through sweating (i.e., three pounds for a 150-pound runner) can put athletes at a disadvantage. An easy way to determine how much fluid you need during a workout is to notice how sweat-soaked you are afterward. Read the tips below so that you can perform at your best, but stay safe.

Watch Bariatric Patients Tell Their Story Of Triumph And Transformation

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There are times when dieting and exercise alone are not the answer. Sometimes losing excess body weight and keeping it off requires more than simply changing habits. We offer a range of proven bariatric surgical options as well as a complete support program to help patients lose weight and keep it off. The Center for Surgical Management at Gwinnett Medical Center–Duluth (CSWM), has the expert staff to offer the latest surgical weight loss and weight management options. CSWM's goal is to help patients successfully deal with obesity-related medical conditions in the safest, most effective way possible for them. Watch as patients share their stories of triumph and transformation.

5K Training Guide + 6 Tips For Running The Race

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Running a 5K race can be a daunting task. There are several things that you need to remember to do before, during and after the race that will make the experience much easier. So if you are just getting started with training, we have a 5K running plan that will ensure that your are ready for the race. Also, be sure to check out the six tips that will help you be prepared for the race, stay focused during the race and finish the race strong.

It's Your Knee. Keep It That Way.

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People vary in more ways than gender, race and size. This is especially important when considering the best treatment for your knee osteoarthritis. The iTotal is designed to fit your anatomy and only your anatomy so you can get back to doing what you love.