May 17, 2015 |
If you're a woman who exercises, the fear of bulking up may have crossed your mind. But regardless of what your fitness goals are, muscle can help you get there. Why women need to build muscle: Increase strength. Building muscle makes it easier to do everything from carrying groceries to keeping your balance to preventing injury to the joints while running, power walking, or bike riding. Rev up metabolism. Resting metabolic rate - the amount of calories burned while doing nothing - is determined by lean muscle mass.
March 8, 2015 |
Managing diabetes can be tough. Tracking weight, monitoring glucose levels, counting carbohydrate consumption, and getting adequate exercise can tax even the most obsessively compulsive personalities, leading to fatigue or burnout when it no longer seems possible or even valuable to stick with the program. "The problem with diabetes is that it never goes away," said endocrinologist Mark Schutta. "It's a lifestyle disease, and it's challenging to lose weight, to take several medications, to monitor blood sugars.
January 17, 2015 |
The drama continued at Don Tollefson's fraud trial Thursday, when the former sportscaster complained of high blood sugar levels, ending the day's proceedings less than two hours after they began. Tollefson, 62, who has type 2 diabetes, had faced a second round of cross-examination by a Bucks County prosecutor over his charity's expenses. But Tollefson was instead taken to Doylestown Hospital by a Bucks County sheriff's deputy. Tollefson had told Bucks County Court Judge Rea Boylan that his blood-monitoring device showed dangerously high levels of blood sugar before arriving at court.
January 4, 2015 |
G. Clayton Kyle, 90, formerly of Chestnut Hill, a Philadelphia endocrinologist who specialized in treating diabetes, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, of complications from a subdural hematoma at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr. Dr. Kyle spent his entire career at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and served as the chairman of its medical board from 1977 until 1979. He rose to the level of clinical associate professor of medicine. Dr. Kyle's work centered on controlling the negative effects of diabetes.
September 8, 2014 |
The first time Craig Alter, a pediatric endocrinologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, heard the word for his specialty was as an eighth-grader. He was watching the original Star Trek when an endocrinologist joined Dr. McCoy to diagnose an adrenal condition in one of the starship Enterprise crew members. A longtime fan of the show, Alter also noted a second time when endocrinology played a role on the series. During the episode "Plato's Stepchildren," the crew encounters a character with dwarfism and Spock correctly states that it stemmed from a pituitary problem, another shout-out to Alter's future specialty.
February 9, 2014 |
When she was 13, Elizabeth Welsh entered a road race in Norristown. When she saw the huge trophy for the top female finisher, she made a vow: "I'm going to get that. " Welsh kept that promise, passing, among others, a fortysomething man to win the overall title. That trophy is in the bedroom of the house where she grew up in Haverford, draped with the many ribbons and medals she has won since in rowing and running contests. Welsh, 27, now lives in Fairmount. In May, she will receive her nurse practitioner degree from Villanova University, where she has been studying hard, perfecting clinical skills, and teaching nursing undergrads to earn her tuition.
December 22, 2013 |
Daisy, a 3-year-old domestic short-haired cat, was brought to our clinic late last December because of a two-day history of vomiting, gagging, refusing food and water, and hiding under the bed. While being examined, the indoor cat assumed a hunched stance, with her neck somewhat outstretched. She was dehydrated, and her pulses were slightly weak. Her heart was racing, but she was breathing comfortably and her lungs sounded clear. Daisy's abdomen felt normal and did not seem painful when I palpated it. Her temperature, 102.5 degrees, was normal for a cat. During the exam, Daisy gagged a few times for no apparent reason.
October 28, 2013 |
As he reached the end of a grueling 20-hour drive that took him halfway across the country, Bob was dreaming of what he would do when he reached home. He wanted to stretch his legs, visit his elderly mom, buy himself a dozen fresh crabs, steam them, and sit down to watch the Eagles. Not necessarily in that order. For years, Bob had been what doctors might categorize as a train wreck. A recovering alcoholic, he had been used to consuming a liter of vodka every few days. He smoked heavily too, and by the time he had reached his 40s, his body showed signs of all that hard living.
April 4, 2013
WHAT WOULD you say if I told you that you could profoundly cut your risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer? Significantly decrease your risk for Alzheimer's disease, too? And, better yet, that you could do all this without spending a single dime? Impossible, right? Wrong. All that and more may be possible simply by following the sage advice of Dr. Michael Mosley, a British medical journalist and co-author of The FastDiet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting . The "Fast Diet" is all the rage in Britain and could take flight here as well.
March 26, 2013
DID YOU hear the footsteps last week? Are they coming for you next? The gargantuan CVS drugstore chain has ordered its nearly 200,000 employees to disclose personal health information - weight, height, body fat, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar - or they will have a $600 penalty added to their annual health-insurance bill. CVS public-relations director Michael DeAngelis sees it differently, telling me that employees who take the survey will pay $600 less for health coverage.