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Health Wise

Health Wise is our blog to help you be more informed about important health and wellness matters for you and loved ones.

Six Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Diabetes

Regardless of your background, if you have a family history of diabetes, you should schedule a consultation or a physical exam with your doctor to talk about ways to prevent or to treat diabetes. Read More

Stay Proactive and Informed about Breast Cancer

It’s that time of year again—October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While there’s increased attention surrounding breast cancer this month, it’s always important to be in-the-know about the threats to black women, overall risk factors, and the importance of early detection any time of the year. Read More

Better Maternal Health Starts with the Heart

We are more aware today than ever that heart disease is the leading cause of death among both men and women in the U.S. However, research shows that women actually tend to be more anxious about getting breast cancer—even though heart disease kills as many as six times more women annually. Read More

Navigating and Treating Infertility

Encountering various obstacles to pregnancy is a fairly common issue for many couples. This struggle can be frustrating and often takes an emotional toll on couples trying to conceive. However, understanding and treatment of infertility have advanced greatly in recent years. Read More

The Healthy Path to Getting Back to School

What? It’s the middle of summer and you have to worry about the back to school routine already? No need to panic—you still have weeks of fun in the sun left. But getting your child back on track starts well before the first day of classes. Read More

The Facts and Factors of Sickle Cell Anemia

Sickle cell anemia is one of today’s most common inherited blood disorders. It affects several ethnic groups but predominantly Africans and African Americans, with approximately 90,000 to 100,000 Americans having the condition. Overall, it is estimated that sickle cell disease affects one in 500 U.S. African American births. Read More

Beyond Baby Blues: Dealing with Postpartum Depression

It’s perfectly normal to experience a rollercoaster of emotions before and after a healthy pregnancy. It’s even common to feel the “baby blues,” or unexpected sadness, for several days after giving birth. However, if this feeling continues for longer than 2 weeks and turns into minimal connectedness to your baby or sense of caring for her, you may have postpartum depression and need to seek help right away. Read More

Men's Preventive Care: Take Charge of Your Health

The era of men leaving their well-being in the hands of spouses, partners, and/or loved ones is officially over. No longer is it anyone else’s responsibility to look after your health. Guys, today your health is on you. Read More

Keeping Allergies & Asthma Under Control

Seasonal allergies and asthma are two chronic, often-linked conditions that affect millions of lives in Georgia and across the U.S. While there is no cure for either, there are steps you can take to avoid triggers as well as reduce the aggravation of symptoms. Read More

Managing Your Weight the Healthy Way

The best way to take control of your weight is to shift your lifestyle habits to center on sound nutrition and sensible practices. Focus on your overall health and not exclusively on weight loss. You may be able to prevent or reverse heart disease. Read More

Understanding the Basics of Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is often seen as a catch-all term that centers on surgical solutions for altering one’s physical appearance. However, it’s important to know the different areas within plastic surgery, and how they apply to the purpose you may be pursuing when considering such a procedure. Read More

That Gut Feeling: Tips for Improving Digestive Health

A healthy gut plays a big role in supporting heart health, brain health, and the immune system, and may also help prevent some cancers. Read More

Understanding the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit

Taking steps to maintain all-around good health is important for preventing serious or chronic disease. One of the best ways to better understand your overall health is to have an annual wellness exam that enables you to identify any potential health risks. Read More

Learn More about Breast Cancer and Early Detection

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There’s no better way to observe this than to get the facts about breast cancer and understand the importance of early detection. Read More

Your Children and Vaccines

There is no better way to protect children from infectious diseases than with vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), family physicians, and pediatricians around the country. For decades, children’s lives have been saved from deadly diseases by simply following a vaccine schedule. Read More