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Here's How to Keep Your Bones Strong as You Age Jun 1st, 2022

Bones are vital because they provide structure, protect organs, anchor muscles, and store calcium. While it's critical to develop strong and healthy bones during childhood and adolescence, it’s also crucial to protect your bone health as an adult. Low bone mass puts you at risk of developing weak bones (osteopenia and osteoporosis),...

When Should I See a Doctor for Chest Pain? May 4th, 2022

Is the chest pain you're feeling just indigestion from a spicy meal, or is it a sign of something more serious that requires medical evaluation? Chest pain (angina) is a common symptom of coronary artery disease (CAD), the most common type of heart disease, which kills more than 360,000 people each year....

Myths and Facts About Angina Apr 1st, 2022

If you’ve ever felt like something is squeezing your heart, you may have angina, which happens when the heart fails to receive enough oxygenated blood. Angina is often a sign of an underlying issue affecting the oxygen supply to the heart.  If you have chest pains or other symptoms of heart...

Warning Signs You Have High Blood Pressure Mar 1st, 2022

Unless blood pressure rises extremely high, it usually doesn’t cause noticeable symptoms. That’s why hypertension is often referred to as a “silent killer.” Don’t rely on symptoms to alert you to high blood pressure. Have your blood pressure checked if you’re concerned about your levels. At Burlington Medical Center, Sam...

What Every Woman Should Know About Osteoporosis Feb 7th, 2022

Osteoporosis, which means "porous bone," causes bones to thin so much that even a minor fall or bump can cause a fracture. A break can happen on any part of the body, but fractures of the wrist, hip, and spine are among the most common. It's important to keep your...

Understanding Metabolism Jan 3rd, 2022

Metabolism refers to the process of your cells converting the foods you eat into energy. Your thyroid gland produces two key hormones (T3 and T4) that control metabolism. Many physiological processes work together to break down food into usable nutrients for your body to absorb so that it can function...

Lifestyle Changes You Can Make to Improve Your Osteoporosis Dec 14th, 2021

A diagnosis of osteoporosis can feel frightening and overwhelming, but you have more control over your bone health than you may think. Diet and lifestyle changes are part of managing osteoporosis. There are steps you can take right now to slow bone loss and keep your bones as strong as...

Four Common Types of Heart Disease Nov 1st, 2021

Everyone should be concerned about heart disease. As the leading cause of death in the US, heart disease is a collection of conditions that impact the heart and blood vessels. More than 650,000 people die of heart disease each year. It’s never too early or too late to take care...

Who Is at Risk for Hirsutism? Oct 1st, 2021

Hirsutism refers to excessive male-pattern growth of dark or coarse hair in women. In hirsutism, excess hair growth is caused by elevated levels of androgens, also known as male hormones. Both men and women produce androgens, however, elevated levels can have negative health effects in women.  Here at Burlington Medical...

When To Consider a Sports Physical Sep 7th, 2021

Children and adults who participate in sports can benefit from sports physicals. These important exams ensure that you’re in good shape and ready to play. The ins and outs of a sports physical can lead to some confusion, and you may wonder whether you even need a physical in the...

What You Need To Know About Galactosemia Aug 1st, 2021

Galactosemia is a genetic disorder that causes an inability to process the sugar galactose, which is found in a wide variety of foods in the diet. Galactose is also part of milk sugar (lactose), found in all dairy foods. Galactosemia occurs in 1-in-30,000 to 60,000 infants. If your child is...

Is High Cholesterol Dangerous? Jul 4th, 2021

Your cholesterol level plays an important role in your chances of getting heart disease. The higher your cholesterol, the greater your risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.  While the risk of elevated cholesterol goes up with age, everyone should be concerned about their cholesterol levels since heart disease...

Diabetes and Heart disease: The Influence of Thyroid Treatment on Chronic Diabetes Management Jun 2nd, 2021

Diet and lifestyle changes are the cornerstone of living well with type 2 diabetes, but even if you do everything right, an overlooked connection between your thyroid function and diabetes control could hamper optimal management. When you have diabetes, your partnership with your healthcare team and willingness to proactively engage...

Four Ways To Prevent Osteoporosis May 27th, 2021

Osteoporosis affects 10 million adults in the United States, and another 44 million have low bone density. Many people are unaware they have osteoporosis or low bone density until a bone breaks. And while older age puts you at risk, there are steps you can take to lower your risk....

Can I Live Without My Thyroid Gland? Apr 13th, 2021

As part of the endocrine system, the thyroid gland plays a crucial role in your health. Located at the base of your neck, the thyroid gland produces hormones that control a number of functions, including your heart rate and how quickly your body burns calories. Thyroid disease is common, and...

What Does the Thyroid Do? Mar 1st, 2021

The thyroid is a small gland situated at the base of the neck. Each day a healthy thyroid produces key hormones that regulate metabolism, heart rate, and digestive function to name a few. Thyroid dysfunction is common, and when it strikes symptoms are often subtle and go unnoticed. As thyroid...

The Difference Between Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism Feb 4th, 2021

Thyroid disorders are very common, and yet many people miss the signs and symptoms, remaining unaware of their condition. Your thyroid is a small endocrine gland situated at the base of your neck. When it’s working efficiently it provides vital hormones that your body needs for a wide variety of...

Understanding the Different Types of Diabetes Jan 11th, 2021

Having diabetes in any form means that your body’s ability to regulate blood sugar is impaired. Glucose is the body’s primary fuel source. You get it in your diet in the form of carbohydrates. What your body doesn’t use immediately, it converts to a storage form for later use. Because...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

The Importance of Getting Your High Blood Pressure Under Control Dec 9th, 2020

High blood pressure quadruples your chances of dying of a stroke and it’s a major risk factor for a heart attack as well. Many people with uncontrolled hypertension are unaware they have it. This ‘silent’ disease rarely causes symptoms but can damage your body for decades without you knowing it....

What Is Metabolic Syndrome? Nov 3rd, 2020

Chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol are dangerous alone but when they occur at the same time the risk for heart disease skyrockets. That’s the case with metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions occurring together that dramatically boost cardiovascular risk. It is difficult to know just...

Common Causes of Hypertension in Seniors Oct 15th, 2020

Hypertension affects adults of all ages and the risk of developing persistently elevated blood pressure increases with age. Nearly half of all adults in the United States have high blood pressure, and many of them are unaware of it. As arteries tend to stiffen with age, older adults are especially...

The Link Between Obesity and Diabetes Sep 8th, 2020

Nearly 10% of Americans have diabetes, according to the CDC. Almost another 30% have pre-diabetes, which if left untreated can lead to type 2 diabetes (T2) within 5 years. More than 30% of adults in the United States are obese and more than 65% of adults with T2 are obese....