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

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

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

Give yourself a weight-loss edge

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

If weight loss were easy, everyone would be at an ideal weight. Unfortunately, that’s not the reality. But that doesn’t mean you can’t set yourself up for success with a few simple changes. But these changes aren’t what you think — they’re changes you make in your outlook, attitude, and mental viewpoint before you start your next weight-loss plan. And they may be the key to losing those stubborn extra pounds.

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Topics: Bariatrics, Exercise, Nutrition, Health

What does “nutrient-dense” really mean?

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 28, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Weight loss trends come and go, but one fact always remains: you must burn more calories than you eat in order to lose weight. Eating fewer calories can be difficult, however, when hunger strikes. That’s why eating larger quantities of nutrient-dense foods may work to your advantage.

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Topics: Bariatrics, Nutrition

Can you be overweight but still be healthy?

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 25, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Body mass Index (BMI) has been the standard used for years to determine whether someone is at a healthy weight. But is it really that simple?

The weight and health connection

It’s no secret that being overweight typically comes with health problems. This includes heart disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and even risks of certain cancers. But does this mean all people with a higher BMI are destined to have these issues? Experts haven’t yet agreed upon this issue.

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Topics: Bariatrics, Exercise, Nutrition, Health

8 tips to help you find success in your New Year’s resolutions

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 24, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Each year, we make promises to ourselves to do better, go for that promotion, and more often than not, lose weight. It’s the customary time of the year to make a goal and try to stick with it for the entire year. However, we often fall off the race horse before we develop a good stride, and our health suffers because of it. Instead of making resolutions you won’t keep this New Year, use these tips from ShapeFit.com to find success in reaching your goals.

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Topics: Bariatrics, Exercise, Nutrition, Health, Primary care, Neighborhood health center

Tips for losing weight from DC cupcake company owners

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 22, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Cupcakes sound good right now, right? Just seeing the word makes you want one. So you might wonder how two sisters who own Georgetown Cupcakes came to lose a combined 100 pounds without giving up their beloved treat. Katherine Berman and Sophie LaMontagne explain how they lost the weight and why it worked:

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Topics: Bariatrics, Exercise, Nutrition, Pregnancy, Health

Losing weight for the right reasons

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 21, 2015 8:00:00 AM

It’s no secret that losing weight is a tough job, no matter who you are. And part of succeeding is having a positive mental outlook. If you’re trying to drop pounds for the right reasons, you can use those reasons as motivation, and you’ll likely feel better and do better on your diet.

But, if you’re trying to lose weight for some of the wrong reasons, you may not be happier — or healthier — in the end.

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Topics: Bariatrics, Exercise, Nutrition, Health