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What is gestational diabetes?

Many women during the course of their pregnancy can develop gestational diabetes. A diagnosis of this form of diabetes does not mean that you’ve had diabetes prior to pregnancy or that you will have it after giving birth.

It is not exactly known how gestational diabetes occurs, but through research, we have some clues. You placenta supports the baby as it grows. Hormones produced by the placenta help the baby develop. But these hormones can also inhibit the mother’s insulin in her body. She may need as much as three times the normal amount of insulin. Read more about What is gestational diabetes?

Happy Thanksgiving

Did you know the average American consumes an extra 2,000 calories during the Thanksgiving meal? That’s without having a second helping! This means that the average 180-pound person would have to walk almost 3.5 miles an hour for five hours or more to burn off those extra calories. It’s unlikely that any of us have the time to burn these extra calories. Read more about Happy Thanksgiving

Getting ready for the holidays

Dr. Paul
Family and friends around holiday table.

How did the end of November arrive so quickly? As I get older, time passes quickly. I blink—and it’s a month later! Read more about Getting ready for the holidays

What is diabetes?

November is Diabetes Awareness month. Did you know more than 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year? Diabetes is a disease that involve problems with the hormone insulin.

What is diabetes?

In a healthy body, the pancreas releases insulin to help your body store and use sugar and fat from the food you eat. Diabetes occurs when the pancreas produces very little or no insulin, or when the body does not respond appropriately to insulin. Read more about What is diabetes?

A New President

Dr. Paul
The White House lawn.

The pollsters mined reams of data before last week’s election—they hoped to predict who would be the next President. In this 21st century, we rely on science and technology to provide us with answers. We carry computers (aka smartphones) in our pants pockets that provide us with instant information about every aspect of our lives and the world around us. Yet, last week’s election results just go to show you—we don’t always know what people will do.

Free will reigns. Read more about A New President

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Clean Hands

Handwashing is one of the most important things you can do to stop the spread of germs and stay healthy! Wash your hands regularly to protect yourself against colds, flu and diarrheal illness. The CDC recommends following five steps for effective hand sanitation.  Read more about Clean Hands

Fall & Winter Blues

Dr. Paul
Depressed man sitting in window well.

Finally!—it is lighter in the morning, but unfortunately, darker in the afternoon. No one needs a reminder that we have entered into that dark (and wet) time of year.

More than twenty years ago, my family and I moved to the Northwest. We arrived on a cold, gray day in July! Welcome to Washington. Back in Massachusetts, it was 85 degrees and sunny! But I loved the long days here—with the western sky lit until 10 p.m. (when the sun finally did come out!). At first, it was hard for my young kids to get to bed on time because it was still light outside. Read more about Fall & Winter Blues

In December, The Everett Clinic Opens a Neighborhood Clinic in Mill Creek

November 03, 2016

In December, The Everett Clinic will open a neighborhood Thomas Lake Clinic, 3916 148th St., Mill Creek, 98012. The clinic will be approximately 6,400 square feet and will provide primary care, behavioral health, family medicine, X-ray, laboratory services, and a walk-in clinic (urgent care), to the community. The anticipated opening date is Monday, December 19.

The new Thomas Lake Clinic will be located in a retail center. Read more about In December, The Everett Clinic Opens a Neighborhood Clinic in Mill Creek

Fall & Winter Allergies

In the winter, most allergens lie dormant. Cold weather is a welcome relief to people with seasonal allergies. But cold weather also means people spend more time indoors. If you’re prone to seasonal allergies it’s likely you’ll also react to indoor allergens, like mold, pet dander and dust mites. Studies have shown that even in households without pets, there is often evidence of animal dander brought in from the outside.

The good news, indoor allergens are easier to address than outdoor allergies. Read more about Fall & Winter Allergies

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