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Coping with loss during the holiday

Dr. Paul
Holiday Christmas candles.

Like many others, my holidays are tinged with sad memories. When I was 13, my beloved grandmother who lived with us, died suddenly of a heart attack two weeks before my birthday, which happens to fall on December 26th. That year, both my birthday, and the holiday was touched with sadness and loss. When I was 28, my brother was killed by a drunk driver. The last time I saw him was over the Christmas holiday. Just three years ago, my mother had a heart attack during our yearly holiday gathering that brought her to the end of her life two months later. Read more about Coping with loss during the holiday

Healthy holidays

Too often we see the holidays as a time of over-indulgence, which means we often abandon our healthy habits and can feel obligated to eat and drink to abundance. Hey, ‘tis the season, right? Not so fast. The holidays are hectic!  It’s increasingly important to get plenty of sleep, exercise and plan your meals ahead of time so that you can make it through the season feeling satisfied, in control and stress-free. Read more about Healthy holidays

Brothers and sisters

Dr. Paul
Brother and sister reading tablet.

Brothers and sisters have a unique relationship, unlike any other ones in life. We choose our friends and partners, but we are stuck with our siblings—like them or not! We grow up with them, and they grow up with us. We can have a close relationship with them, no relationship at all, and everything in between. Read more about Brothers and sisters

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Single parents deserve our admiration

Dr. Paul
Single mother combing childs hair.

Single Moms and Dads have a rough go, especially over the holidays. Working full time to make ends meets, giving kids the attention they need and deserve, keeping the fridge stocked, nutritious meals on the table, staying ahead of the laundry, and keeping work demands at bay is exhausting. Single parents deserve our admiration and support. Read more about Single parents deserve our admiration

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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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