7 Signs You’re in a Bad Relationship with Your Healthcare

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We often talk about what to do in health and what to look for in your next health gadget – but what about the flip side?

We believe this is important because if you’ve got goals and want to live optimally healthy, these roadblocks can hinder you from hitting them.

Healthcare is transforming, especially with the continued growth of digital and mobile innovation along with the Internet of Things. With that in mind, we outlined a few perspectives that reflect these changing times, to help you evaluate whether or not you’re in a bad relationship with your healthcare. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Health or Hype: Do Health Gadgets and Apps Really Work?

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The influx of new health apps and gadgets at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year is every indication that the Quantified Self not going away any time soon. The CTA reported that 1 in 10 households owns wearable fitness trackers. Since 2014, there has been a reported 40% growth in exhibit space for digital health products on the floor at CES.

The continued growth of digital and mobile innovation along with the Internet of Things has entrepreneurs and tech giants alike chomping at the bit to transform health care…or have their piece of the pie. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

5 Behavior Changing Tips to Amp Up Your Health & Fitness Goals

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Whether you love attacking New Year’s resolutions or if that word ignites an allergic reaction in you, 2016 is upon us and there’s no time better than now to make a change.

The reality is that if you want to change something, you have the power to change it, no matter what day of the year. When assessing some of the most common New Year’s resolutions, the list seems to stick to three common themes:

  1. Losing (weight, debt, stress)
  2. Gaining (muscle, financial stability, a new job)
  3. Giving (volunteering, recycling, charitable donations).

Whether you’re trying to lose, gain or give, the opportunity can be intimidating if it’s something you’ve been waiting to tackle for a while. Try attacking using these 5 tips Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Dealing with Depression – Do You Have the Winter Blues (S.A.D.)?

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Kristina Alexanderson

When family and friends come together, we try to put on our best face at the gathering, despite any negative feelings we may be experiencing.

With winter holidays, conditions like depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) often get tucked under the rug.

What is SAD, and Do You Have It?
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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

You May Be Testing Your Blood Sugar Wrong – Here’s How to Do it Right

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The Missing Pieces of Blood Sugar Lab Tests

Sometimes, standard biomarkers don’t tell the entire story about health risks.

Aside from blood sugar (glucose), consider these two additional biomarkers for assessing risk of diabetes — a chronic elevation of blood sugar that can increase risk of heart disease, and dysfunction with the kidneys, nerves, and eyes — (1) insulin and (2) hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c). The tests are performed concurrently on the same individual, and tracked over time.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Health or Hype: Is Gluten All That It’s Cracked up to Be?

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What is the hype about gluten? There have been many debates about the dangers of gluten in the diet. The gluten-free diet has been discussed by everyone from professional athletes like tennis champion Novak Djokovic to celebrities like Miley Cyrus. Some say it isn’t harmful and is hype while others say it’s very dangerous and everyone should avoid it like the plague.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.