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7 Surprising Benefits of Staying Fit as You Age

7 Surprising Benefits of Staying Fit as You Age

By Jennifer Marie Toro Galarza, MD Board certified in Internal Medicine It’s easy to get discouraged by physical fitness as you get older. Your aerobic capacity decreases with time, especially after age 45 or so, which means you have to work harder to see the same results. But an active …

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Do You Know The Signs & Symptoms of Cataracts?

Do You Know The Signs & Symptoms of Cataracts?

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Cataracts affect more than 24.4 million Americans age 40 and older, and by age 75, more than half of that demographic will have advanced cataracts. The usual symptoms of cataracts are blurry vision, seeing double, sensitivity to light (both natural and synthetic) and …

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Colorectal Cancer is Preventable, Treatable and Beatable

Colorectal Cancer is Preventable, Treatable and Beatable

By Digestive Health Associates Colon Cancer is often a silent disease that has no symptoms. On average, lifetime risk is one in twenty people will develop colon cancer. This is a cancer that is preventable. Beginning at age 50 (age 45 for African Americans according to American College of Gastroenterology), all …

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Erectile Dysfunction is Not a Viagra Deficiency!

Erectile Dysfunction is Not a Viagra Deficiency!

By Douglas C. Hall, M.D., GYN, and Functional Medicine Specialist If the television commercials and Viagra marketing campaigns are true, you must have a deficiency in their drug, right? In today’s world, most patients are savvy. They read up on new technology, treatments, and alternative therapies. Most people would never believe …

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November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month – 35 Years and Counting….

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Submitted by Hospice of Marion County When a group of healthcare providers, doctors, nurses and clergymen, got together around the table at the old Brahma Restaurant on the corner of Pine and 17th Street back in 1980, little did they know that their efforts would create the county’s only not-for-profit hospice …

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What You Should Know About The Diabetes, Stroke And Heart Disease Connection

What You Should Know About The Diabetes, Stroke And Heart Disease Connection

High blood sugar and cardiovascular disease have more in common than most people are aware. In our country nearly 30 million people have diabetes, and a vast majority of our population unknowingly has what’s known as prediabetes, which quickly escalates into the disease within a short amount of time. If you …

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Advanced Treatment for OVERACTIVE BLADDER

Advanced Treatment for OVERACTIVE BLADDER

Have you tried treatment for overactive bladder and still suffer from any of the symptoms below? – Urgency to get to the restroom in time – Increased frequency of urination – Getting up at night 2 or more times to urinate – Wearing adult protective undergarments or pads – Inability …

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The Impact of Alcohol Consumption for a Diabetic patient

The Impact of Alcohol Consumption for a Diabetic patient

Alcohol acutely blocks the production of glucose in the liver, so drinking alcohol can cause a dangerous drop in blood glucose.  If your blood glucose drops too much, the liver may not be able to use its stored glucose to raise your blood glucose level. The danger for people with …

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Diabetic Neuropathy: How Physical Therapy Can Help

Diabetic Neuropathy

Roughly, 29 million Americans have diabetes. Many of these cases are undiagnosed, but for those individuals that struggle with the disease, symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can be debilitating. Diabetic neuropathy is a progressive disease that affects nearly 200,000 new patients per year. Understanding the disease state is complex, but in short, …

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Shoulder Joint Replacement Groundbreaking Procedures from The Advanced Orthopedic Institute

Shoulder Joint Replacement Groundbreaking Procedures from The Advanced Orthopedic Institute

Living in Florida provides abundant fair weather for all residents throughout the entire year.  By way of good weather, adults are staying much more active as they age.  In our sunshine state, older individuals are golfing, playing tennis, pickleball, kayaking, swimming and the list goes on and on; but with all …

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November is Healthy Skin Month

November is Healthy Skin Month

November is here! The American Academy of Dermatology has declared November as National Healthy Skin Month to raise awareness about the importance of keeping skin healthy all year-round. The AAD encourages patients to schedule checkups with their dermatologist and to review their skincare routines. Because your skin is your body’s …

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A Fitting Snack for Holiday Festivities

A Fitting Snack for Holiday Festivities

The to-do list for holiday hosts seems to be a never-ending one, starting with planning, guest lists and preparation then ending with goodbyes and cleanup. The hours of work that go into a festive get-together are almost always worth it in the end, and family members surely appreciate the hospitality – …

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A Groundbreaking Device is Proving to be the Next Generation of Neuro Biological Stimulation For Healing and Function

A Groundbreaking Device is Proving to be the Next Generation of Neuro Biological Stimulation For Healing and Function

Competitive Edge Performance is a physical therapist owned practice that was founded on the desire to provide a better patient experience than the standard of care set by traditional clinics. They take a personal interest in their clients’ health and in them as individuals who have sought their expertise for …

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The Pastor, The Widow, and The Doctor

The Pastor, The Widow, and The Doctor

By Alex Anderson, Senior Associate Pastor at Bayside Community Church A pastor went to visit a widow. She greeted him with a warm smile. She invited the pastor in and offered him a cup of coffee. As they sat at the kitchen table in her modest home and talked the …

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