prevent prediabetes

Defining prediabetes

Posted on September 6, 2016

At a recent checkup, your doctor told you that you have prediabetes. You’ve heard about Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. But what is prediabetes? To clearly explain what prediabetes is, let’s first take a look at Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin. … »


An eye on dementia

Posted on August 30, 2016

With the loss of legendary Lady Vol basketball coach Pat Summitt earlier this year, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia were all over the news. As you age, what you should know about dementia and how to protect your brain health? Dementia is common across the world. The World Health Organization reports that 47.5 million people have … »

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Exercise & cancer: What’s the impact

Posted on August 25, 2016

The state of Tennessee has the 14th highest obesity rate in the nation. Up to a third of cancer-related deaths are due to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. Add those two facts up, and you have a lethal combination. Fortunately, you can take positive steps to reduce your risk of cancer. In fact, you can … »

manage stress

The facts on stress

Posted on August 22, 2016

When’s the last time you felt stressed? Might not have been too long ago. Let’s take a look at stress, from the good to the bad and everything in between. Everyone experiences stress at one time or another. So what exactly is it? Stress is defined as “something that causes strong feelings of worry or … »

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Answering common questions about arthritis

Posted on August 11, 2016

When you were young, you may have heard your grandmother complain about the ache in her hands as “her arthritis acting up.” These days, you may be feeling its effects yourself. How much do you know about the condition? Arthritis is common in the United States — more than 50 million Americans have the condition, … »

muscle soreness

Am I sore or am I injured?

Posted on August 9, 2016

You worked out a couple days ago and are feeling a lingering ache. Did you accidentally pull something during your workout, or is it just normal, to-be-expected soreness? Aches after a workout can feel similar whether they’re caused by an injury or just the workout itself. However, there are a few simple ways to tell … »

primary care

5 reasons why primary care is essential

Posted on August 5, 2016

When was the last time you saw your primary care physician (PCP)? Do you see your doctor a couple of times a year, once a year – or even less frequently? As adults, we often lose sight of primary care because we’re short on time or we put the needs of our families first. We … »

What kind of headache is this?

Posted on August 2, 2016

When you have a headache, you just want it to go away. The key to effectively treating a headache? Knowing what kind of headache you’re having. There are approximately 150 different types of headache. But there are four types that are more common than the others. Tension headache Tension headaches are the most common type … »

bad cholesterol

A user’s guide to cholesterol

Posted on July 28, 2016

Maybe your doctor has told you that your cholesterol’s too high. Or you’ve seen commercials on TV for high cholesterol medications. But how much do you actually know about cholesterol? Well, first things first: Cholesterol isn’t a bad thing. Cholesterol, a type of fat, is a waxy substance produced by and used by the body … »

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Hand sanitizer: Does it really work?

Posted on July 25, 2016

You see it everywhere – at schools, doctors’ offices, public attractions, even grocery stores. But have you ever wondered how effective hand sanitizer really is? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking proof. On June 29, the agency issued a proposed rule requesting manufacturers provide additional scientific data to support the safety and … »

summer heat

Heat and your health

Posted on July 22, 2016

With temperatures hovering near 100, we’re experiencing classic summer weather for the South. But even though longtime southerners may be used to it, summer’s heat can still be dangerous. Fortunately, whether you’re outdoors all the time or go outside only sparingly, there are ways to beat the heat and stay safe. These tips can help: … »

men's diabetes

Men’s health: Beyond heart disease & cancer

Posted on June 30, 2016

Together, heart disease and cancer account for nearly 50 percent of deaths among American men. In recent weeks, we’ve talked about both, along with unintentional injuries. Now let’s focus on a few more conditions common among men. While the three leading causes of death are consistent across the board, other top causes vary by ethnicity. … »

unintentional injuries

Men, stop accidents in their tracks

Posted on June 21, 2016

Did you know that unintentional injuries are the third most common cause of death among American men? While the numbers are small compared with heart disease and cancer, accidental injuries cause more than 6 percent of male deaths each year. What exactly is classified as an unintentional injury? Any injury that isn’t intentionally self-inflicted to … »

What men should know about cancer

Posted on June 17, 2016

Cancer may seem like an imposing word, but knowing about the common types of cancer and how to prevent them may help save your life. While heart disease is the leading cause of death among American men, cancer isn’t far behind. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23.5 percent of all deaths … »

heart disease

A man’s guide to a healthy heart

Posted on June 9, 2016

The statistics are staggering. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American men, causing nearly one in four deaths. Healthier lifestyle habits can help you avoid becoming part of that number. Let’s take a deeper dive into the numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: In 2013, heart disease caused 6 … »

Getting to know your liver

Posted on June 7, 2016

When your liver is healthy, you probably never think about it. But when it isn’t, you’ll definitely know. Here’s a look at what you should know about this important organ: The liver is the second largest organ in the body, and it’s located on the right side of the body right under the rib cage. … »


Revolutionizing kidney cancer surgery

Posted on April 14, 2016

Imagine a kidney cancer procedure that removes cancerous tissue while leaving the rest of the kidney intact. At Erlanger Health System, that procedure is a reality. In the past, if a cancerous spot were found on a kidney, the entire kidney was removed. In the last few decades, however, researchers have found that organ-sparing surgeries … »

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