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This is What the Nutrition Facts Label is Telling You

Posted by North Ohio Heart | Ohio Medical Group on Thu, Apr 19, 2018

nutrition-facts-label.jpgOne of the first things you should do before sitting down to any meal is read. We’re not talking about the text or email you just got, we’re talking about labels. There’s a lot you can learn about the things you eat and it’s right in the palm of your hand. The nutrition facts label is packed with information.

The nutrition facts label can be a good guide if you’re trying to put together a healthy meal plan.

You can start by checking the USDA's dietary guidelines and the FDA's recommended daily values of vitamins and minerals. The nutrition facts label will also tell you things about your food like:

  • Calories
  • Fats
  • Sodium

The label will help you track how much you’re getting compared to how much you should be eating. So, let’s take a look at some of the important things you can learn from the nutrition facts label.

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Topics: cholesterol, healthy eating, healthy life

If You're Worried About Diabetes Symptoms Learn TOFI

Posted by North Ohio Heart | Ohio Medical Group on Tue, Apr 17, 2018

It’s open enrollment time at work, so you make an appointment to get a physical and a blood test. You think you’ve got this in the bag. You live healthy right? You exercise daily and eat (what you think is) a healthy diet. You have cold cereal for breakfast every morning, only fruit and vegetables at lunch, a sensible dinner and dessert. Always dessert.

You feel great, you think you look pretty good, but then the blood test results come back. Your blood glucose reading shows diabetes symptoms. You're TOFI: “Thin on the outside, fat on the inside.” 

Professor Jimmy Bell, a British researcher, coined the phrase TOFI. It’s now being called a fast-growing health concern in the United States. Basically, from the outside, everything seems normal and “healthy.” But your healthy appearance is only skin-deep because the inside of your body is telling a different story.

So, let’s look at why TOFI is a word you need to know.

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Topics: diabetes

How to Get the Most Accurate Blood Test Results

Posted by North Ohio Heart | Ohio Medical Group on Thu, Apr 12, 2018

blood-test-results.jpgA blood test may not be the most pleasant experience in the world, but it is an important part of your overall health plan. There’s a lot your doctor can tell about your health from that little vial of blood. It works somewhat like a crystal ball, but what you do in the hours before could have a negative effect on your blood test results.

The National Institutes of Health remind us that blood tests help doctors check for certain diseases and conditions. They also help check the function of your organs and show how well treatments are working.

Specifically, blood tests can help doctors:

  • Evaluate how well your organs are working
  • Diagnose diseases and conditions such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, anemia (uh-NEE-me-eh), and coronary heart disease
  • Find out whether you have risk factors for heart disease
  • Check whether medicines you're taking are working
  • Assess how well your blood is clotting

Blood tests are very common and have minimal risk. But there are some things that you can do just before the test that can affect the outcome. So, let’s look at some of the things you should do, or avoid, to get the most accurate blood test results.

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Topics: healthy life

The Most Concerning Health Issues for Older Adults

Posted by North Ohio Heart | Ohio Medical Group on Tue, Apr 10, 2018

 

According to U.S. Census Bureau projections, 46 million seniors live in the United States today. On top of that, older Americans – those age 65 and older – now account for 15% of the overall U.S. population. By 2050, as many as 1 in 5 Americans could be elderly.

While we may be living longer, older adults are not necessarily living healthier, more active lives.

Quality of life depends on your ability to decrease your risk for chronic diseases like:

So, let’s take a look at each one to see what healthy habits you can start, even as an older adult, to live a long, healthy life.

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Topics: healthy life, hypertension doctors, Older Adults

What You Need to Know About Primary Immunodeficiency

Posted by North Ohio Heart | Ohio Medical Group on Thu, Apr 05, 2018

Primary immunodeficiency diseases are chronic disorders in which part of the body’s immune system is missing or functions improperly. The National Institutes of Health estimates primary immunodeficiency diseases affect approximately 500,000 people in the United States alone. To make people more aware of them the Immune Deficiency Foundation promotes “Primary Immunodeficiency Awareness Month” each April.

There are more than 200 types of primary immunodeficiency diseases. They are caused by hereditary or genetic defects and aren’t contagious. Some people are born with it, but the disorders can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender. People with primary immunodeficiency disorders are susceptible to infections that, if left untreated, may be fatal.

To help make you more aware of primary immunodeficiency diseases, let’s take a closer look at them and the people they affect.

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Topics: healthy life

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