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I had 2nd A1c test...1st time was prediabetic at 6.5. This time, said levels was 113. Dr said continue healthy diet & exercise. Is 113 prediabetic?

I had 2nd A1c test...1st time was prediabetic at 6.5. This time, said levels was 113. Dr said continue healthy diet & exercise. Is 113 prediabetic?

Diabetes A1C: I believe you are asking if 113 (blood sugar level) is pre-diabetic. If it was a non-fasting test, you cannot determine your status. However, a hba1c level of 6.5 *is* a pre-diabetic status. Achieve your ideal body weight and exercise is the first step to correcting your blood sugar levels and lowering your risk of full blown diabetes. ...Read more

Dr. Pam Yoder
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Healthy Diet (Definition)

Pregnant women should eat a balanced, nutritional diet and increase their calorie intake to meet the needs of the developing fetus and their changing bodies. Eating a range of wholesome and nutritious foods during pregnancy is one of the most important things that women can do to ensure the normal development and growth of the fetus, and it can help to prevent prematurity and low birth weight. For the mother, good nutrition helps to prevent anemia, ...Read more


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Should someone's stool be hard balls instead of fluid-like? I normally don't pay attention to this, but over the past few mos. My stool is coming out as dark brown to black balls. It no longer is fluid. I consider myself to eat a healthy diet, exercise ve

Should someone's stool be hard balls instead of fluid-like? I normally don't pay attention to this, but over the past few mos. My stool is coming out as dark brown to black balls. It no longer is fluid. I consider myself to eat a healthy diet, exercise ve

Hello.: Hello. Black, sticky, smelly bowel movements can be caused melena which is due to gastrointestinal bleeding. Hard balls of stool can be due to constipation and can mean that there is not suffiecient fiber or liquid intake as well as insufficient exercise. Some medications like peptobismal can also give you black bowel movements. Based on the info provided you can decide whether or not you should be evaluated. ...Read more

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If side effects from Lipitor (atorvastatin) are intolerable, what other treatments are there (in additions to healthy diet, exercise)?

If side effects from Lipitor (atorvastatin) are intolerable, what other treatments are there (in additions to healthy diet, exercise)?

Lipid profile needed: Options are to try Lipitor (atorvastatin) in lower dose, every other day or another station like pravastatin which may be better tolerated.
Depending on your lipid sub-fraction, other treatments such as fibrates, niacin, fish oil or ezetimibe may work as well. ...Read more

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I am 52 years of age, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and. Have a muscular lean physique. But sometimes I get a bad ache in lower left leg.

I am 52 years of age, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and. Have a muscular lean physique. But sometimes I get a bad ache in lower left leg.

Few reasons: First of all you must be sure that you hydrate very well this is very important if you exercise faithfully water has to be your best friend. Now also make sure sure you keep your potassium up. This can be assisted by drinking orange juice and a healthy life style and then finally make sure you always do your warmup stretching exercises ...Read more

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How do you feel about raspberry ketones and/or green coffee bean for weight loss/control with/without healthy diet/exercise? I am weighing options.

How do you feel about raspberry ketones and/or green coffee bean for weight loss/control with/without healthy diet/exercise? I am weighing options.

Diet Fads: I like the plan you have: diet (meaning low calorie, high protein diet) and exercise. This is the only true way to good weight loss that is real and permanent.

The options you mention are frauds that will not bring you any real or lasting weight loss. Do not be one of the gullible people who continually look for a magic pill to do the diet work for you. These fads keep coming out to make money. ...Read more

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Can I have androgenetic alopecia in mid-20s even if my blood work is normal, eat healthy diet, exercise, etc. And no family history?

Can I have androgenetic alopecia in mid-20s even if my blood work is normal, eat healthy diet, exercise, etc. And no family history?

Not if you're female: Your notes show you as a 26 year old female. Diet has no bearing here. If you're having normal periods and don't have hair where usually only men have it, then I'd be very surprised if your hair loss is androgen-type. If you're actually a man, of course you can start having baldness in your 20's especially if you're naturally blessed with a lot of body hair. Your Dr. Can discuss treatment. ...Read more

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Healthy diet/exercise but difficulty losing weight. What vitamins can help? I do take multivitamin, papaya enzyme​, green tea complex, Garcinia Cambogia

Healthy diet/exercise but difficulty losing weight. What vitamins can help? I do take multivitamin, papaya enzyme​, green tea complex, Garcinia Cambogia

Loosing weight too: Fast can be dangerous. See your doc first, and then consider lower carb and higher protein intake. Exercise daily if possible, even brisk walking 20-30 minutes is helpful. Above all, like yourself and others no matter what the scale says. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I'm 36. Cannot lose weight (healthy diet/exercise reg.) low libido, chronic constipation, dry skin on legs and my head sweats a lot! Help!

I'm 36. Cannot lose weight (healthy diet/exercise reg.) low libido, chronic constipation, dry skin on legs and my head sweats a lot! Help!

Can't lose wt: Goblue, I am sorry you are having problems losing weight. If you haven't been checked out by your physician I would suggest doing so to make sure there are no underling physical problems. Hypnotherapy has been proven very effective in weight loss. Make sure you go to a licensed and certified mental health professional who does hypnotherapy. ...Read more

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At 17, my adopted daughter's thyroid & ovaries lost function. Is there something besides prescribed treatment of artificial thyroid, estrogen, d3, calcium, healthy diet & exercise should be doing?

At 17, my adopted daughter's thyroid & ovaries lost function. Is there something besides prescribed treatment of artificial thyroid, estrogen, d3, calcium, healthy diet & exercise should be doing?

Cause?: There are conditions which can cause early loss of ovarian function and under active thyroid. An endocrinologist should be involved to determine etiology as there may be other gland failure risks. ...Read more

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Managed high BP. Healthy diet. Exercise regularly - HIIT. Prediabetic. Cholesterol borderline. Why heart rate increase rapidly after a short day nap?

Managed high BP. Healthy diet. Exercise regularly - HIIT. Prediabetic. Cholesterol borderline. Why heart rate increase rapidly after a short day nap?

Heart rate is: Regulated under autonomic control and function. Aging, glucose intolerance, medications, physical condition and hydration can all have effects on the autonomic system resulting in variability to the heart rate response to various activities. Sleeping can additionally affect the autonomic responses. I suspect this is normal physiology for you and represents your body's response to these factors. ...Read more

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What's a healthy diet and exercise plan?

What's a healthy diet and exercise plan?

Heart: Eat a mediterranean diet, get plenty of exercise, do not smoke and take care of any risk factors you may have like diabetes, hypertension or gout. Thirty minutes minimum of aerobic exercise a day and three times a week light weight work. ...Read more

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Why women out there can't lose weight despite healthy diet and exercise?

Why women out there can't lose weight despite healthy diet and exercise?

Different situations: Weight loss it s not as easy at it seems. If someone is morbid obese it is very difficult to exercise so burning calories it s almost impossible. Also lack of motivation is another reason. Healthy food is more expensive than junk food and requires time for cooking. If you want to loose 6 or 8 pounds this can be achieved with diet exercise and motivation. When you want to loose 50-60 pounds is hard. ...Read more

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Which other women out there can't lose weight despite healthy diet and exercise?

Which other women out there can't lose weight despite healthy diet and exercise?

Def not alone: It's much harder for women. You can see it on biggest loser. With diet it's scary how few calories we need. You might have to learn to count calories with weight watchers or lose-it app. I assume you've already cut down on sweets, starches and animal fat. Some moderate weightlifting can help your muscles burn more calories for you even while you sleep. ...Read more

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Is there anything else to help besides practicing a healthy diet and exercise to increase height?

Is there anything else to help besides practicing a healthy diet and exercise to increase height?

It's not likely: At 32 years old, your growth plates are long closed. All of your growth (height) has already occurred. ...Read more

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I have gained weight and can't lose any of it since having my gallbladder removed despite a healthy diet and exercise. Any suggestions?

I have gained weight and can't lose any of it since having my gallbladder removed despite a healthy diet and exercise. Any suggestions?

Weight loss: They may not be related. Weight loss is a challenge. If you are having trouble losing weight, ask for a thyroid lab evaluation. If your TSH is >2.5 and you are having trouble losing weight you may benefit from thyroid replacement. Be well. ...Read more

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I really want to lose 30 pounds. I know that it involves a healthy diet and exercise but I have a very slow metabolism and am looking for some advice?

I really want to lose 30 pounds. I know that it involves a healthy diet and exercise but I have a very slow metabolism and am looking for some advice?

Slow metabolism?: You increase metabolism by exercising. You increase metabolism by having more muscle, which burns more calories at rest. You increase metabolism by avoiding starch and sugar and eating proteins and healthy fats, which must be metabolized in liver to sugar! Most overweight people I work with need a body composition study to determine their fat and lean mass. ...Read more

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I'm 16 female 5'8.5 and 153 pounds. I eat a very healthy diet and exercise 2-5 times a week. Am I over weight? And I cant lose weight no matter what I

I'm 16 female 5'8.5 and 153 pounds. I eat a very healthy diet and exercise 2-5 times a week. Am I over weight? And I cant lose weight no matter what I

You're perfect!: Your body mass index is 22.9. Normal is 19-25. You're right in the middle. It doesn't get better than that!! Now, your mission, should you choose to accept it: stay 153 for the next 40 years (that's easier said than done!). But keep doing what you're doing (good diet and exercise). (this message will self destruct in the usual manner in 10 seconds). ...Read more

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How smoking 4 cigarettes a day is harmful if a regular healthy diet and exercise routine is followed?

How smoking 4 cigarettes a day is harmful if a regular healthy diet and exercise routine is followed?

Each one is Harmful: There are 200 poisons in the smoke. Better to break the habit at your age. It gets harder later and believe me you don't want to wait until after a major health crisis. Best to cut to 3 for a few days, then 2-1 and off; and find other ways to relax and to occupy yourself, your hands, and your mouth i.e. Sugarless gum. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it true that:" if you eat Healthy Diet + you Exercise + Hydration that Equals 70% of diseases Prevented"?

Is it true that:" if you eat Healthy Diet + you Exercise + Hydration that Equals 70% of diseases Prevented"?

Interesting factoid:: 1. Obesity (and/or physical inactivity)
2. Tobacco use
3. Alcohol (more than 3 drinks /day)
4. Drug use (THC included - see #2)

are preventable /modifiable risk factors to the top five causes of death in the United States:

1. diseases of the heart,
2. cancer,
3. chronic lower respiratory diseases,
4. cerebrovascular diseases (stroke),
5. unintentional injuries. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for type 2 diabetes. If not then can you control it with a healthy diet and exercise only and no medications?

Is there a cure for type 2 diabetes. If not then can you control it with a healthy diet and exercise only and no medications?

Cure Yes: Weight loss and exercise can reverse type 2- adult onset diabetes. Proper diet, low in processed foods and high in fiber can lower blood sugars. Exercise increases sensitivity to insulin as does weight loss. Weight gain increases resistance to insulin and hence diabetes. ...Read more

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Can't lose weight, I'm 135 lbs, normally 120 lbs. Healthy diet. I exercise, starved myself thyroids are normal. Could it be I am magnesium deficient?

Can't lose weight, I'm 135 lbs, normally 120 lbs. Healthy diet. I exercise, starved myself thyroids are normal. Could it be I am magnesium deficient?

Depends: Inbility to lose weight means you need to get a resting metabolism rate done to see what you can eat to maintain weight vs lose weight. Also subclinical thyroid is important to treat as well as adrenal fatigue which can cause weight gain or difficulty losing weight and vitamins. Magnesium can help with insomnia, anxiety, muscle cramps but not with weight loss. Food intolerances r a possiblity. ...Read more

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I have a healthy diet and exercise regularly but cannot pass a stool naturally. I have tried a colonic and tried different things. What could this be?

Fiber: You have a slow transit time - have your thyroid checked. The more likely cause, though, is inadequate fiber in your diet. Here's an easy fix: eat at least one meal a day of high fiber cereal - not cornflakes or wheat flakes which are 1-2 grams of fiber per cup but cereals that are 10-12 grams per 1/2 cup: (in the usa, they're sold as fiberone or allbran.) try to eat 20-40 grams daily for relief. ...Read more

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Period 4 days late, 2 negative HPT, no stress in life, not taking ANY medicine, healthy diet and exercise. Why is period late?

Period 4 days late, 2 negative HPT, no stress in life, not taking ANY medicine, healthy diet and exercise. Why is period late?

Late period: Hi. HPTs may not reflect pregnancy within 4 days of a missed period if you are pregnant. If not pregnant, there can be myriad reasons for variations in periods. Wait another 5-7 days and repeat the HPT to make sure. If pregnancy is not desired (and at your age I sincerely hope it is NOT!), might I suggest you talk with our good friends at Planned Parenthood about contraception. Good luck! ...Read more

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Diagnosed with pcos at 16, now 25 periods are monthly. But the weight is still very much here, dispute healthy diet and exercise, any suggestions?

Weight loss: Are you discussing the weight loss?, I believe in these days for your conditions are many trials with metformin also, in addition to sports. This is a prescription drug used also in diabetes. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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