The right way to talk about weight with girls

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 15, 2016 1:00:00 PM

There’s no question that weight is a sensitive issue for nearly everyone. Whether someone is too thin or too heavy, other people’s words about body weight can have a lasting impact on an individual.

Young girls, especially, are susceptible to being hurt or embarrassed by the wrong type of comment about their weight. Because of societal pressures to look a certain way, many girls as young as age 9 feel pressure to be “beautiful” or “thin.”

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Children's Health, Primary care, Neighborhood health center

Cholesterol not great? Here’s how to improve it

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 14, 2016 11:00:00 AM

High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease — the number one killer of Americans. Although there are medications available to help lower bad cholesterol, many Americans still don’t have desirable levels. And because there are no symptoms, you won’t know if yours are good unless you get it checked regularly by your primary care physician.

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Topics: Exercise, Nutrition, Heart health, Primary care, Cholesterol

Reasons for a missed period

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 13, 2016 1:00:00 PM

From confusion to panic, women may have a variety of reactions when their monthly menstrual cycle doesn’t make an appearance. Aside from the obvious reasons of pregnancy or menopause, there are a number of reasons your period may not show up on time — or at all. If you’ve been having regular periods but you suddenly miss one or more, this is known as secondary amenorrhea. Here are the most common causes of this issue:

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Pregnancy, PCOS

Why you should ditch the energy drinks for good

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 12, 2016 11:00:00 AM

With so many people dealing with packed schedules, demanding jobs, and not enough sleep, it's no wonder the sales of energy drinks have soared in recent years. For people who don’t want to get their kick with coffee, the appeal of a soda-like energy drink is often more palatable — but are they a good substitute for a cup of joe?

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Topics: Nutrition, Health, Primary care, Alcohol

Food swaps to help with PMS

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 11, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Women have to deal with PMS for much of their reproductive lives. Mood swings, fatigue, cravings, bloating, and cramping can make life uncomfortable or downright miserable for many women.

Instead of enduring this discomfort every month, take a more proactive approach by modifying your diet and eating foods that will help alleviate your symptoms. And of course, you also need to avoid the ones that make it worse.

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Nutrition

Women and fatigue: common culprits of exhaustion

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 8, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Many of us accept that being tired is just a way of life, with overloaded schedules and numerous daily commitments. But if you’re eating right, getting exercise, and getting seven to eight hours of sleep, you shouldn’t feel tired all the time. If you’re suffering from constant fatigue, this may be a flag for an underlying health condition, such as one of the following:

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Health, Sleep

Signs you may have IBS

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 7, 2016 11:00:00 AM

When your stomach doesn’t feel right, it can really throw a wrench in your plans. Sometimes you may eat a food that doesn’t agree with you, or you occasionally catch a stomach virus. Fortunately, these episodes are short-lived, and most people recover quickly.

When you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), however, you experience digestive problems regularly. But because there’s no standard test for this all-too-common condition, many people struggle with it for years before getting a diagnosis.

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Topics: Nutrition, Health, IBS, Primary care, Neighborhood health center

6 things you should do for your breast health

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 6, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Despite advanced screenings and treatments, breast cancer remains a threat to women’s health. It is the second most common cancer in women — but it is also very treatable if found early enough.

You don’t have to sit back and wait to see if breast cancer strikes you — take up a few healthy habits to decrease your odds of getting it, and increase your chances of finding it early.

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Breast cancer

Do you have an underactive thyroid?

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 5, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Inside your neck is a tiny gland that has a major effect on nearly every system in your body. It’s your thyroid, and when it’s working correctly, you feel fine. But if something goes wrong, you can experience a wide array of problems. When it doesn’t release enough of its special hormones, you may develop an underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism.

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Topics: Primary care, Neighborhood health center, Thyroid health

Surprising symptoms of a bladder infection

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 4, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Many women know that the classic signs of a bladder infection, or cystitis, include burning during urination or feeling the urge to urinate when your bladder is empty. These are reliable signs to watch for, but they aren’t the only ones.

Bladder infections can be mysterious. Some women don’t have any symptoms at all, but find out they have an infection after a routine urine test (such as during pregnancy). Usually, however, your body will give you an indication that something is going on — but you have to know what to look for:

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health