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Healthy Habits to Prevent Diabetes

In Health and Wellness by R. S. Armstrong, MD November 10th, 2020

November is National Diabetes Month, a month that focuses attention on the growing prevalence of diabetes in Americans. Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the body cannot make or effectively use its own insulin, a hormone made by special cells in the pancreas. Insulin acts as a key to let the blood sugar into the body’s cells to use as energy.  For people who have diabetes, their …

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How to Survive Thanksgiving & Reach Your Weight Loss Goals

In Health and Wellness, Weight Loss by R. S. Armstrong, MD October 29th, 2020

Fall is a great time to focus on weight loss and fitness. The crisp weather is perfect for outdoor walks and hikes, and there are roughly eight months until you can show off your new and improved body in a swimsuit. It’s all dependent on how you approach the holidays, especially Thanksgiving. If you’re struggling to lose or maintain weight, Thanksgiving might be a holiday you want to skip. While you already know there’s nothing …

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Your Holiday Weight Loss Guide

In Health and Wellness by R. S. Armstrong, MD October 8th, 2020

With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s not uncommon for dieters to slowly fall off their plan. Many people believe Thanksgiving is the beginning of the end to their weight loss journey, but Halloween is actually when the initial fallout begins. We’ve been conditioned as a society to think it is perfectly okay to cheat on our diet around the holidays. We come up with excuses like, “I deserve this” or “I’ve been good all …

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Phentermine for Weight Loss

In Health and Wellness, Weight Loss by R. S. Armstrong, MD October 8th, 2020

Phentermine is one of the most common over-the-counter weight loss medications on the market. It is usually prescribed for a short duration and works by suppressing the appetite. In combination with a low-calorie diet and regular exercise, phentermine is one of the best medications to speed up healthy weight loss.  It goes by many different brand names, such as Lomaira and Suprenza, but they all work in the same way. They are all appetite suppressants, …

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Prepare for Flu Season

In Health and Wellness by R. S. Armstrong, MD October 22nd, 2020

This fall, COVID-19 and the flu will circulate in the United States at the same time. Wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing are measures you can take that will help protect you from both COVID-19 and the flu. Don’t let this year’s flu season catch you by surprise. Here’s what you need to know about the flu and how to prepare this fall. What is Influenza? Influenza (flu) is a viral respiratory infection that …

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Tips for Coping with Back-to-School Stress

In Health and Wellness by R. S. Armstrong, MD September 24th, 2020

Summer is coming to a close, and school is back in session. With students heading back to school, whether online or in person, many parents may be experiencing a lot of stress surrounding the unknown.  The summer months are full of letting loose, and we tend to slip away from our routine. The kids are out of school, so there is no need for structure around a rigid schedule. Summer freedom is great, but, like …

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How Alcohol Affects Your Immune System

In Health and Wellness by R. S. Armstrong, MD August 17th, 2020

Alcohol can affect a person’s health in several ways, with most people being aware of what excessive drinking can do to the liver and cardiovascular system. However, not many people are aware that alcohol can also negatively impact immunity, increasing the risk of catching illnesses.  Healthy habits, such as being active, eating well, and getting enough sleep, can keep your immune system in check. But when unhealthy factors, like stress, smoking, or drinking alcohol, are …

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6 Immune System Boosting Foods

In Health and Wellness by R. S. Armstrong, MD September 2nd, 2020

When the immune system comes into contact with a pathogen, it triggers an immune response by releasing antibodies. However, when your immune system is weak, you’re left without any natural protection against illness, leaving you open to “opportunistic infections.”  If you are searching for a way to boost your immune system, one of your first steps should be visiting the grocery store. Incorporating specific foods into your diet may help strengthen your immune response. Plan …

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Stress and the Immune System

In Health and Wellness by R. S. Armstrong, MD July 22nd, 2020

Sometimes stress can be a positive force, helping you accomplish tasks more efficiently or motivating you to perform well at your next job interview. However, when you feel unable to perform or cope with a certain situation, you start to experience negative stress. If you experience this type of stress over a prolonged period, it could become chronic and negatively impact your health and wellbeing. Not only does chronic stress affect the immune system, but …

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4 Tips for Cutting Down On Sugar

In Health and Wellness, Nutrition by R. S. Armstrong, MD July 9th, 2020

Anyone on a diet or lifestyle change knows to not overindulge in sugar. Having too much sugar can drain your energy levels, lead to weight gain, and cause an increased risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. It is important to keep track of how much sugar you are consuming daily. The American Heart Association recommends that men consume no more than 36 grams and women consume no more than 25 grams of sugar …