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Is Your Skin Red and Swollen? It Could Be Arthritis May 26th, 2021

When you injure a joint, you expect the classic consequences — pain, redness, and inflammation. What you might not know is that those symptoms also accompany other conditions, including arthritis. Although there are more than 100 types of arthritis, they all have one thing in common — they affect your...

How Diabetes Affects Men and Women Differently Apr 18th, 2021

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 34 million men and women in the United States are living with diabetes, a chronic condition that interferes with your ability to regulate your blood sugar. Another 88 million have prediabetes, bringing the total to more than 100 million...

When to Consider a Sick Visit Mar 18th, 2021

Over your lifetime, you’ll likely experience numerous bouts of mild illness and injury. Since your body comes equipped with an immune system and amazing self-healing properties, most minor maladies, aches, and pains resolve themselves with rest and time. But when the condition is more serious, you may need medical intervention....

Risk Factors for Recurrent UTIs Feb 11th, 2021

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) affect the urethra, bladder, ureters, or kidneys, the components of your urinary tract. Most infections never make it past the lower parts of the system, the urethra and bladder, and these infections are common and frequent for some people.  Due to differences in anatomy, UTIs occur...

Signs of Osteoporosis Jan 24th, 2021

While it’s common to think of bones as the solid structure that supports your body, a cross-section shows that the composition of bone tissue resembles sponge toffee, full of tiny bubbles, a weight-saving natural design. When you have osteoporosis, you lose bone mass as these bubbles increase in size. If...

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...

Diabetes Tips: How to Manage Your Blood Sugar All Winter Dec 21st, 2020

Diabetes presents daily battles for those who suffer from any form of the disease. The lead-in to the winter season, including, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve sets up a temptation-laden entry into a time of year that’s well-suited for the comfort of starchy carbohydrates and sugary treats.  As diabetes...

Why You Need the Right Team to Manage Your Arthritis Nov 12th, 2020

More than one in five Americans find out they have some form of arthritis every year. For some, it’s a minor inconvenience, producing discomfort or mobility issues. For others, it’s a significant health factor, causing pain and interfering with their ability to function normally.  In either case, it’s valuable to...

7 Steps to Lower Your Blood Pressure Oct 14th, 2020

Hypertension — the medical name for high blood pressure — is a fundamental health issue with a risk factor that rises with age. Its presence also raises your risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke. About 500,000 Americans die each year with high blood pressure as the primary...

5 Tips for Protecting Yourself During Flu and Virus Season Sep 21st, 2020

With the weather cooling and autumn approaching, the changing of the seasons is tempered by the reminder that flu and cold season is around the corner too, potentially laying you low in fall or winter. As the year 2020 winds down, the country is already dealing with the fallout of...

Now More Than Ever, Your Annual Physical Matters Aug 17th, 2020

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate life in 2020 as one of the largest medical issues of a generation. Because of quarantines and shelter in place orders, much of regular life has been on hold. Avoiding the virus is important because it’s new and people have no...

Why You Shouldn't Procrastinate Seeking Help for a UTI Jul 22nd, 2020

If you’re on the unlucky side of the urinary tract infection (UTI) group, you may be all too familiar with this common condition. Fully half of all women will experience a UTI at some point in their lives. For many of those affected, UTIs can recur often. Though most of...

What Every Sexually-Active Adult Should Know About STDs Jun 20th, 2020

While sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are, for the most part, less dangerous than they once were, this depends on recognizing symptoms, obtaining a diagnosis, and most importantly, getting treatment. In some cases, the only way to identify the presence of certain STDs is through testing to avoid joining the nearly...

Could You Be Prediabetic and Not Know it? May 26th, 2020

Over 10% of the American population has diabetes, and over 32 million have Type 2 diabetes. Each of them progressed through a phase called prediabetes, moving toward the full form of the condition, but still at a point where they could reverse the effects. However, prediabetes rarely presents recognizable symptoms,...

Why Skin Testing Is Important to Really Understand Your Allergies Apr 27th, 2020

More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, and of those, many have asthma as well. An allergy attack can be fatal if prompt medical attention isn’t given, so knowing your potential allergy triggers could save your life.  At Millenium Park Medical Associates in Chicago, Illinois, our expert team can...