Type 2 diabetes: Value of home blood sugar monitoring unclear

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It’s a central tenet of diabetes treatment: monitor the blood sugar closely, then adjust your diet, exercise, and medications to keep it in a good range. And that makes sense. Poorly controlled blood sugar is a major risk factor for diabetic complications, including kidney disease, vision loss, and nerve damage.…

Recipe: Fish Chowder

This fish chowder is a feast in itself because it’s so interestingly rich in flavor. You can store this chowder in the refrigerator for about five days tightly covered.


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups celery, chopped
1 pound potatoes, scrubbed with skin …

5 Curious Glands and What They Do for You

Endocrinologist Mary Vouyiouklis, MD, takes you on a tour of five of your body’s most unusual glands. Discover where they’re located, what they do, how big they are, and what makes them weird.

Read the complete article @ Health Hub from Cleveland Clinic.

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Recipe: Grilled Fresh-Herbed Chicken with Summer Vegetables

Sometimes a simple meal cooked on the grill hits the spot.  Make this your go-to meal for when it’s hot outside, you just got home from a full day and nothing sounds better than wholesome, fresh food. Start the marinade the night before or the morning of your meal, so the fresh ingredients have enough …

When Heart Disease Is Severe, You’ll Probably Do Better With Bypass

If three of your coronary arteries or your left main coronary artery are diseased, you’re better off with bypass surgery than angioplasty with stenting.

That’s what a 2017 study of participants in the 2013 SYNTAX trial reveals.

SYNTAX documented fewer adverse outcomes among patients with severe disease five years after coronary artery bypass grafting …

The 5 Most Common Vision Problems and How to Prevent Them

It’s easy to take your eyesight for granted – until something happens to threaten it. This throws vision’s importance into sharp relief.

Here, ophthalmologist Richard Gans, MD, explains the five most common conditions affecting your vision and shares tips for preserving your eyesight.

1. Cataract

The problem: Light rays from objects in view …

Vitamin D: Finding a balance

Over the July 4th weekend, my non-physician husband with a history of skin cancer tried to justify not wearing sunscreen in order to get some vitamin D. My husband, of course, has no idea how much vitamin D he needs or why, and I suspect he is not alone.

Why do we need vitamin D?

Unequal treatment: disparities in how physicians are paid

As a family physician and medical school faculty member, I’m naturally a big booster of primary care. America needs more generalist physicians, not fewer, and much of my professional activity involves encouraging medical students to choose family medicine, or, failing that, general pediatrics or general internal medicine. But it’s an uphill battle, and I …

Burning, Lingering Pain After Shingles? 5 Options May Help You

Dealing with a case of shingles is painful enough. But once the skin rash resolves, a chronic pain syndrome called post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) can sometimes develop.

Studies suggest that roughly 30 to 60 percent of people over age 60 who get shingles — caused by the chickenpox virus, herpes zoster — go on to develop …

This just in: Exercise is good for you

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The evidence continues to mount — physical activity can help you live longer. Of course, that raises some fundamental questions:

  • Are certain activities better than others?
  • How much does the intensity of the activity matter?
  • How much is enough?

There are exercise guidelines, of course. One of the most widely …