Getting started with physical activity

No matter how old you are or what kind of shape you’re in, physical activity can do a lot for you. If you’re interested in becoming more active, these steps will help you get ready for a routine that’s safe and enjoyable. – Have a checkup and find out which activities will be safe for you. – Choose what you’ll do for your routine and make detailed plans. – Find out how physical activity can affect your blood glucose (sugar) levels. – Learn how to avoid low blood glucose and what to do if it happens. – Plan how to … Continue reading

Interview with Dr. Deeb Salem

An interview with Deeb Salem, Chairman of the Department of Adult Medicine at Tufts Medical Center and a long time member of AACA’s Board of Directors. Sampan:  Dr. Salem, why is everyone so concerned about being over-weight and obese? Salem:  The statistics have been telling us that Americans have been gaining weight over the last few decades for a number of reasons.  Being over-weight and obese puts people at risk for other serious medical problems that could be avoided, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease and type 2 diabetes.  These conditions can lead to other serious health … Continue reading

Cook with heart-healthy Foods

You can protect your heart and blood vessels by eating less saturated fat and by choosing the types of fats that help your cholesterol levels. The ingredients you use and the way you cook can make a big difference. Try these tips: Cook with less fat Use a low-fat or fat-free way to cook. You can cut down on total fat by broiling, microwaving, baking, roasting, steaming, or grilling foods. Nonstick pans and cooking sprays also work well. Boost the flavor with seasonings and sauces instead of fats. Look for recipes that use herbs and spices for flavor instead of … Continue reading

Children and diabetes

Type 1 diabetes in U.S. children and adolescents may be increasing and many more new cases of type 2 diabetes are being reported in young people. Standards of care for managing children with diabetes issued by the American Diabetes Association in January 2005 provide helpful guidance. To update primary care providers and their staff members about this rapidly changing area of diabetes care, the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) has developed this overview of the current literature. What Is Diabetes? Diabetes mellitus is a group of diseases characterized by high levels of glucose in the blood resulting from defects in … Continue reading

Learning about liver cancer

The liver is the largest organ in the body, and the main heatproducing organ.  It is surrounded by a fibrous capsule and is divided into sections called lobes.  It is situated in the upper part of the abdomen on the right-hand side of the body and is surrounded and protected from injury by the lower ribs. The liver is connected to the small intestine (duodenum) by a tube called the bile duct. This duct takes the bile produced by the liver to the intestine.The liver has an amazing ability to repair itself. It can function normally with only a small … Continue reading

Learning about prostate cancer

The prostate is a small gland found only in men. A normal prostate is about the size of a walnut. The prostate sits below the bladder. There is a hole in the prostate through which urine passes. A tube called the urethra carries urine from the bladder though the penis and out of the body. Located near the prostate are the nerves, blood vessels and muscles needed to achieve an erection and to control bladder function. The prostate produces part of the fluid that makes up semen.  The prostate normally gets bigger as men grow older. The growth of the … Continue reading