Take Statins? What You Need to Know about Diabetes Risk

Statin medications (statins) are drugs that help lower cholesterol levels in the blood to help prevent coronary heart disease for those at risk or who already have experienced some form of cardiovascular disease. Statins do carry certain risks that need balanced and managed through ongoing physician monitoring. A recent study highlights how important it is to … Read More

Beyond BMI: A Better Tool to Measure Your Health

If you’ve been to a doctor, looked at medical websites or watched a daytime talk show, you’ve probably heard the three magic letters BMI. BMI, or body mass index, is the most basic tool doctors use to check your body composition and predict your risk of disease. There are plenty of online BMI calculators that … Read More

Know Your Body Mass Index

Obesity is a common problem in the United States and in recent years has grown to be a worldwide problem. Obesity is linked to a few factors: High blood lipids, especially high triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol and low HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol)    High blood pressure Impaired glucose tolerance or type 2 diabetes (also … Read More

Lose the Weight, Lose the Pain

Chronic knee pain? Thinking that joint replacement surgery might be in your future? If you’re also overweight, losing a few pounds might relieve your knee pain and help you avoid surgery, says Wael Barsoum, MD, Vice Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute. Dr. Barsoum says each pound of extra weight … Read More