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Why do I focus so much on diseases? I've had all sorts of tests done, young and healthy, healthy family history, and am always afraid I have a disease!

Why do I focus so much on diseases? I've had all sorts of tests done, young and healthy, healthy family history, and am always afraid I have a disease!

Mind and Body: This imbalance begins in the brain. Ocd is a common cause. Sometimes chronic anxiety will trigger these symptoms. It's important to know that with proper treatment these symptoms can go away. Cbt or cognitive behavioral therapy helps, a physician you trust can prescribe viibryd-a medicine for ocd that has helped many of my patients. Consider genomic testing for comt and slc6a4 gene variants. ...Read more

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I am 19.I want to know when does a maturing hair line stop?It all started when i was about 17.Healthy family hair.1st wrinkle to hair is 1.20 cm.

I am 19.I want to know when does a maturing hair line stop?It all started when i was about 17.Healthy family hair.1st wrinkle to hair is 1.20 cm.

1.2 cm is not very: far for the start of your hairline. The area which is more telling is the hairline near the temples (see picture). If this area is receding faster, then you might have premature male pattern baldness. Early aggressive treatment with minoxidil and dutasteride is your best chance to stop hairloss. Take a picture of your hairline and send to HealthTap Concierge @ healthtap.com/saurbornmd ...Read more

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I force myself and my children to try and eat healthy but i can't! what are some suggestions or websites you'd recommend for healthy family meals?

I force myself and my children to try and eat healthy but i can't! what are some suggestions or websites you'd recommend for healthy family meals?

Myplate.gov: The us government has some resources that may help you. Have you tried www.Myplate.Gov? It talks about proportions of foods (half of the plate is vegetables + fruit). It's visually easy, and might help. First lady michelle obama has resources on her "let's move" campaign, promoting physical activiy and healthy food for kids. Don't forget your public library - or google "healthy family meals.". ...Read more

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Which is more appropriate for a younger healthier person family practice or internal medicine?

Which is more appropriate for a younger healthier person family practice or internal medicine?

Both can help you!: Family physicians take care of children and adults. Internal medicine docs take care of adults. Younger or not, healthy or not, both specialists are here to take care of you. ...Read more

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What are my chances of getting lymphoma? 26 y/o f. Healthy. No family history of any type of cancer?

What are my chances of getting lymphoma? 26 y/o f. Healthy. No family history of any type of cancer?

Uncommon: Young patients do sometimes develop lymphoma. However, if you do not have symptoms or a reason to suspect lymphoma, the likelihood for any one person to develop it is quite low. Lymphoma is relatively uncommon overall. ...Read more

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17 yr old healthy female, family doctor claimed positive test, free clinic said negative. Only 3wks along. What are the chances of false positive?

17 yr old healthy female, family doctor claimed positive test, free clinic said negative. Only 3wks along. What are the chances of false positive?

Could be either: False positives do occur but so do false negatives. A repeat test may be useful, but you might talk to your OB about a quantitative test (blood test). This result based on the suspected age of gestation should correlate. ...Read more

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Dad had ALS @ 62, mom has dementia @ 67. I am worried about my genetics. I'm healthy and family history beyond parents is clear. Am i being paranoid?

Dad had ALS @ 62, mom has dementia @ 67. I am worried about my genetics. I'm healthy and family history beyond parents is clear. Am i being paranoid?

Yes: anyone with onset of dementia in their 60's may have a form for which you have a 1 in 2 chance of inheriting. Your mother should be evaluated for these by a clinical geneticist who may provide a definitive diagnosis. After appropriate counseling, you could elect to be tested whether you have inherited the causative mutation. ALS is much less likely to be a risk for you. Keep tests confidential ...Read more

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Is there any way to be healthy with unsupportive family and friends?

Staying healthy: This is a good question because having a support group always makes things easier. The reason being is that we has humans feel more comfortable and safe in groups. However, this is false security. You will be safer and more secure by living your own life and not concerning yourself with what your friends or family are saying about you or how they are living their lives. ...Read more

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What should I do to eat healthy when your family is always eating junk?

What should I do to eat healthy when your family is always eating junk?

Stop buying Junk.: If there is junk in the house they will keep eating it. Stop buying junk and put out healthy alternatives instead. ...Read more

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Can you recommend any cost effective yet healthy meals for family of three?

Can you recommend any cost effective yet healthy meals for family of three?

Healthy meals: Check foodnetwork.com, WWW.health.com, allrecipes.com, www.bhg.com, www.eating well.com, www.cookinglight.com, www.foodnetwork.com and others for healthy meal and recipes ideas. ...Read more

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I want to talk to a doctor to help me live healthy with my family?

I want to talk to a doctor to help me live healthy with my family?

Try HealthTap Prime: HealthTap PRIME doctors see you via smartphone, tablet, or laptop. When asking your question on HealthTap, just click on the icon for a Live Consultation to link to Prime. The sign-up screen will appear. The Prime doctor can see photos you upload into your FILES. You can also send images in the middle of a live Prime consultation. Prime can be reached from worldwide, and is a Primary Care service. ...Read more

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I've one polyp (it is mashroom like, less than 1cm) very close to anus. No other symtom. I'm healthy otherwise. No family history of any cancer.

I've one polyp (it is mashroom like, less than 1cm) very close to anus. No other symtom. I'm healthy otherwise. No family history of any cancer.

Remove: Sessile polyps as the begin are most frequently benign. The possibility of eventual enlargement and change is always present and as such should be removed. Mushroom shaped means there is no stalk and excision rather than snaring of a polyp would be needed. ...Read more

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Please can you tell me why I have a healthy diet, no family history of high blood sugar levels, have been told I could turn diabetic ? Is it bad luck?

Please can you tell me why I have a healthy diet, no family history of high blood sugar levels, have been told I could turn diabetic ? Is it bad luck?

You could say so: Hi. Just to give the opposite point of view, I went thru college, MD/PhD, residency, fellowship, and faculty with type 1 diabetes, and I wouldn't trade my life with a nondiabetic. You could easily have later onset type 1 diabetes. You could check type 1 autoantibodies (4 main ones). If they're positive, you've got your diagnosis. Type 1 comes on more gradually in older age than in kids. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are some ways to manage a healthy diet with a family?

What are some ways to manage a healthy diet with a family?

Lead by example. : First step is to bring in healthier foods into the household. Next step is definitely lead by example, you eat healthier and they will follow. Consider less trips for fast food (i know not easy in today's society, I have kids i understand). Also introduce some exercise into the family routine, go for a walk as a family or if in a park, you start jogging and the kids will follow. ...Read more

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I noticed im a pound heavier, a little more tired than usual. No other symptoms. Could this be hyopthyroidism? 22 , healthy. doesnt run in family

I noticed im a pound heavier, a little more tired than usual. No other symptoms. Could this be hyopthyroidism? 22 , healthy. doesnt run in family

Yes, but...: Being a pound heavier today, and a little more tired today, is seen in everyone at one time or another. So, it could be normal, or could be part of any condition a person can think of. Without bigger symptoms, just being a pound heavier and a little tired doesn't actually mean anything. ...Read more

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I'm 21 & not gaining weight. Every possible investigation done & negative. Family is healthy but i'm only 45 kgs height 172 cm. Tried everything...:(?

I'm 21 & not gaining weight. Every possible investigation done & negative. Family is healthy but i'm only 45 kgs height 172 cm. Tried everything...:(?

Why underweight?: There are lots of reasons for being underweight, ; these should be ruled out by medical evaluation. Assuming your work-up identifies no maldigestion, malabsorption, inflammatory disease, chronic infection, metabolic abnormalities, ca, or non-gi systemic disease then weight gain is a simple matter of taking in more calories than you burn. Supplement with fortified milk shakes/ commercial products. ...Read more

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With the history of two beautiful girls how possible will it be for me to complete my family with healthy twin boys?

With the history of two beautiful girls how possible will it be for me to complete my family with healthy twin boys?

? : First wish you all the best for your family and to fulfill your dream of having two boys, possibly in one pregnancy and complete your family, but you know better than me that life isn't that straight forward! Your best bet is consulting a reproductive medicine or infertility medicine specialist, goodluck ...Read more

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What vitamins are best for keeping an elderly family member healthy?

What vitamins are best for keeping an elderly family member healthy?

All/none of them: It's a question of semantics. All vitamins are necessary regardless of age. Lack of various vitamins leads to specific diseases/conditions. For instance, osteoporosis is partly due to inadequate vitamin D. And some neuropathies are from lack of vitamin B12. Some anemias are due to lack of iron, folate and/or B12 (again!). Yet there are no studies showing any benefit from multipurpose multivitamin. ...Read more