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Your heart and kidneys – closer than you think

Categories: Diabetes  /  Heart Health

Your body’s organ systems don’t function in silos, and Dr. Anand Prasad doesn’t think your healthcare should, either. Imagine you are looking inside the human body. It’s easy to identify the big, separate organs: there’s the heart, up in the chest, pumping away at its job of distributing blood throughout the system; look a little lower down toward the back and you’ll find the kidneys, the bean-shaped objects busily filtering the blood as it moves. One moves it, one cleans it. They need each other. It’s a relationship. And it’s complicated. “Kidney disease itself is a risk factor for heart …Read More >

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Could you have this common thyroid condition, and not know it?

Categories: Wellness

Dr. Jorge Velez Garza questions a 33- year old mother about symptoms that would indicate her common, but often undetected condition, needs additional treatment. He asks, are you extremely tired, have brain fog, constipation, or dry skin? What about uncontrollable weight gain, thinning hair or feeling cold a lot of the time? She says no to having those symptoms. He checks the results of her blood tests, and concludes the medication she takes daily is working. Dr. Velez is an endocrinologist who specializes in treating hormone-related diseases. His patient has hypothyroidism, the most common among thyroid conditions, which affect an …Read More >

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Heeding the signs of heart disease

Categories: Heart Health  /  News

Heart disease kills one out of every four people who die in the United States each year. Many of those deaths can be prevented, and during American Heart Month — observed throughout February each year — University Health System will be working with its partners to spread the word about ways to lower your risk. Dr. Hinan Ahmed, medical director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at University Health System, said heart catheterization is useful for learning more when a patient has had abnormal results on a stress test. It involves threading a tiny tube with a camera through an artery in the wrist or groin …Read More >

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Coffee with a clear conscience

Categories: News  /  Wellness

That coffee habit of yours? It’s probably good for you — minus the sugar, the milk, the whipped cream and the high-calorie flavor shots. That’s the view of the federal nutrition advisory panel, which recently released its updated recommendations on what people should and shouldn’t eat and drink. And while most of the headlines focused on the panel’s findings that people should consume less sugar, it also devoted some attention to the fact that drinking three to five cups a day is not only unlikely to hurt you, it’s also associated with a lower mortality risk and appears to be protective against …Read More >

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Swimming in sweetness

Categories: Children's Health  /  Heart Health  /  News  /  Wellness

So how much sugar is lurking in the things you eat and drink? It adds up. That popular sports drink, for example, has five teaspoons of sugar. That orange soda contains a whopping 13 teaspoons. Last year, the World Health Organization recommended that healthy adults consume no more than six teaspoons of sugar per day — half the amount of their previous recommendation. The American Heart Association recommends no more than six to nine teaspoons per day. (UPDATE: The federal government’s advisory panel on nutrition released new recommendations Thursday, for the first time advising specific limits on added sugar, saying it should …Read More >

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