An ovarian cyst is a sac filled with fluid or semisolid material that forms on or within an ovary. These cysts are highly common, especially during the childbearing years. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ovarian cysts are less common after menopause; however, postmenopausal women who have an ovarian cyst are at higher risk for developing ovarian cancer. In most cases, cysts are harmless and typically go away on their own.
Creating a baby is no small feat. Many conditions, both in the woman and the man, have to be just right for pregnancy to occur. According to the Mayo Clinic, (www.mayoclinic.org), up to 15 percent of couples are infertile. They have not conceived a child even though they have had frequent, unprotected sexual intercourse for a year or longer. In up to half of these couples, male infertility is a significant factor.
Anyone who wishes to lose weight and keep it off has to face the grim truth that this goal will never be achieved without some hard work – exercise – and a change in eating habits. Exercise and nutrition are the key ingredients to long-
Breastfeeding is the best way to give your child a healthy start in life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says human milk provides the most complete form of nutrition for infants. It is more convenient than bottle feeding because the milk is always available at the right temperature, and there are no supplies to sterilize or formulas to mix. Breast milk substitutes such as formula are harder to digest, especially for premature infants since they have an immature gut.
With summer vacation looming, parents and kids are getting ready for camp. Many camps require attendees to have a pre-
For most people, losing weight is a challenge that requires them to make lifestyle changes. They must focus on diet and exercise, reducing caloric intake while increasing physical activity. It is best to follow a low-
Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are often a winter inevitability. They are caused by the oral form of the herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-
Have you made a resolution to take better care of yourself this year? Be sure to consider not only your physical health but your mental health as well. According to a new federal report from the Centers for Disease Control, people in the United States have made great progress in some health areas — for example, they get more exercise and fewer teens smoke cigarettes — but they have lagged behind in many others, particularly in the area of mental health.
You hear it all the time: “Before beginning any exercise program, see your doctor.”
It’s good advice, especially if you’ve been sedentary and are now determined to get back into shape. It is important to consult a physician about your current state of health so you can be aware of possible limitations or problems that could arise while you’re working out.
There is good news about prostate cancer. It is one of the most common cancers men develop (the American Cancer Society says about one man in seven will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime), but it is often treated successfully, especially when detected early, still confined to the prostate.
According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), lung cancer is the third most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer death in the United States among both men and women. Each year, more people die from lung cancer than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.
The most important risk factor for lung cancer is smoking.
People who have diabetes must be extra vigilant about their eyes. Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults between the ages of 20 and 74, and 45 percent of patients with diabetes develop diabetic eye disease, which can lead to severe vision loss or even blindness, according to www.DiabetesSightRisk.com. One diabetic complication that affects the eyes is diabetic retinopathy, in which blood vessels become blocked and prevent areas of the retina....
Hippocrates, the father of modern-
Too often we look for healing in medicine bottles. But perhaps it would be better if we looked elsewhere to the fruits and vegetables sections of our local grocery store.
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Anyone who wishes to lose weight and keep it off has to face the grim truth that this goal will never be achieved without some hard work – exercise – and a change in eating habits.
Exercise and nutrition are the key ingredients to long-
For those who say they have no time to exercise, there are many ways to incorporate movement into your day. You don’t have to work out 30 straight minutes; you can break it up into three 10-
any progress and the needle on the scale won’t move.
If you want to lose weight, you’ll need to cut the number of calories you take in. This means eating fewer processed foods and incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet. Vegetables and fruits contain few calories and lots of fiber. Studies show people who eat vegetables and fruits tend to weigh less. In addition, cut down on sugar and refined carbs.
Don’t go to the extreme of eating too few calories. This can seriously damage your health because you won’t get the nutrients and vitamins you need. Your metabolism will slow down because your body thinks it’s starving and it will go into survival mode, breaking down muscle to get to the glucose stored inside. Muscles burn calories non-
Here are a few more tips to help you in your weight-
1. Eat small snacks several times a day to keep your energy up. Your snack should combine a protein and a carbohydrate, such as a hard-
yogurt and a slice of whole-
2. Pay attention to portion size. You may want to use a smaller plate to help you eat less.
3. Drink water. Staying hydrated is very important for overall body health.
4. If you are not allergic, eat a handful of nuts and drink a large glass of water 20 minutes before dinner. This will help curb your appetite.
5. During meals, keep your food in the kitchen, not on the dining room table, so it is not as easy to have a second helping.
Aim to lose about one or two pounds a week. Before beginning any exercise or weight-
Dr. David Dubocq is a native of New York State. He came to Family Practice Associates of Lexington in 1998. Dr. Dubocq believes “we need to work together as a team to help you and your family reach your highest level of health so you can enjoy the precious gift of life.” Dr. Dubocq is also an art-