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  • What is a Medicine Ball Used For?

    What is a Medicine Ball Used For?

    Medicine balls have been around for centuries, yet they are still popular with fitness enthusiasts. Ancient Greeks used to make them out of sand and animal pouches, but these days they’re often made out of leather or rubber.

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  • Prediabetes: What You Need to Know

    Prediabetes: What You Need to Know

    Prediabetes is a condition where a person’s blood sugar is high, but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes puts a person on the road leading to diabetes, but also raises their risk of heart disease and stroke.

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  • Make It a Healthy and Happy Mother’s Day

    Make It a Healthy and Happy Mother’s Day

    Mother’s Day can be a time for feasting on high calorie sweets and fattening foods and showering mom with guilty pleasures. But it doesn’t have to be. Treating the mom in your life to healthy foods and wellness promoting gifts can be the ultimate way to show her how much you care for her.

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  • What Does a Stroke Feel Like?

    What Does a Stroke Feel Like?

    Since May is American Stroke Month and National Blood Pressure Month, it’s only fitting that we take a closer look. As Dr. Shillingford focuses much of his practice on performing gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band surgery (which requires patients to be obese or overweight), his patients are at a higher risk of heart issues, including high blood pressure and stroke.

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  • What Are Gallstones?

    What Are Gallstones?

    Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that can collect in the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a small organ in the abdomen that holds bile before it is released into the small intestine as part of the digestive process. When they form, gallstones can range from as small as a grain of sand to as large as a golf ball. People with gallstones may have only one, or they may have many.

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  • What To Do When The Gym Won’t Do

    What To Do When The Gym Won’t Do

    We all know that exercising is key to maximizing your weight loss after bariatric surgery, but exercise is also good for other things. Adding lean muscle means your body will burn more calories even when it’s at rest. It can also reduce your risk of chronic diseases, like high blood pressure, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

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  • 5 Weight Loss Tips from People Who Have Lost Weight

    5 Weight Loss Tips from People Who Have Lost Weight

    Nearly half of all American adults are trying to lose weight, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. The paths people choose to accomplish their weight loss goals may vary from person to person. Some find success with diet and exercise, some decide to pursue gastric sleeve, gastric banding, or gastric bypass surgery, and some opt for other alternatives. Whichever path they choose, the lessons learned from successful weight loss are worth sharing. We’ve selected 5 tips shared by people who have been able to lose weight and keep it off in an effort to help you find what works best for you to be successful in your weight loss efforts.

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  • If You Thought Blueberries Were Just a Fruit, Think Again

    If You Thought Blueberries Were Just a Fruit, Think Again

    A recent study out of the University of Missouri-Columbia demonstrated that blueberries may help with cancer treatment. In an effort to find an adjunctive therapy for cancer treatment, Dr. Fang and her team looked at how blueberry extract worked in coordination with radiation therapy for cervical cancer.

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  • Add a Twist to Your Taco Tuesday

    Add a Twist to Your Taco Tuesday

    Taco Tuesday is a tradition that has captivated taco lovers. Each Tuesday they enjoy a taco dinner. But having the same meal each week can get boring. To prevent boredom you can change it up by making different kinds of tacos. Ground beef, ground turkey, chicken, steak, bean, or fish make great choices for Taco Tuesday.

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  • 2018: The Year of the … Fig?

    2018: The Year of the … Fig?

    Is the fig the next flavor craze? According to the Swiss company Firmenich it is. The 120 year old family owned company has been creating “fragrances and flavors for the world’s most desirable companies, delighting billions of consumers every day,” according to their company profile, so it stands to reason they know what they’re talking about.

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