Living Well Blog

By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
January 18, 2024
You’re at a sports bar and would like to get something somewhat healthy. Your first instinct may be to order a salad, but surprisingly, you might be better off with a burger. Yes, many burgers are high in saturated fat,… See more
December 20, 2023
Because there are no symptoms associated with the condition, high cholesterol is known as a silent killer.  According to the NIH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), just over a third of U.S. adults — 86 million — have high levels of “bad cholesterol,” or LDL-C, doubling the… See more
December 20, 2023
Nearly half of American adults have hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure. If not properly managed, this condition can lead to severe medical complications including heart disease, stroke, and even death.  Luckily, there are many steps you can take to manage this common condition… See more
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
November 15, 2023
Not getting enough sleep is linked to various health issues – from heart disease to diabetes to obesity. It can exacerbate stress and anxiety and can even lead to mental health issues. It’s also associated with raising the risk of… See more
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
October 17, 2023
High blood pressure is major cause of premature death. It’s a primary risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death globally and the reason for about one-third of heart-related emergency department visits. High blood pressure can be very problematic because it usually doesn’t trigger… See more
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
October 2, 2023
With winter less than two months away, now is a good time to prepare yourself for colder temperatures, especially if you have health conditions affected by lower temperatures.Circulation, in particular, can be impacted by winter weather. Colder air narrows blood vessels in your toes, fingers and… See more
By Dr. Andrea Klemes
September 15, 2023
If you’ve taken part in the MDVIP Wellness Program, you may have had your blood tested for myeloperoxidase or MPO. It’s one of the tests that may be included when your doctor draws blood. MDVIP added this option so physicians would have an additional tool to better identify heart disease risk —… See more
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
September 13, 2023
Vegetarianism has gotten a lot of hype over the last 15 years. A lifestyle once written off as earthy crunchy, went mainstream around 2010.There are many reasons people go vegetarian, with the most popular being health. Studies suggest a vegetarian lifestyle may help: 
•    Lower the risk for… See more
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
June 15, 2023
Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have a 23 percent higher chance of having a heart attack than patients with normal guts, according to a study presented at an American College of Cardiology meeting. IBD is an umbrella term for conditions that involve chronic inflammation of the… See more
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
May 15, 2023
Many people find living in rural areas desirable. When compared to urban, even suburban living, a rural lifestyle usually includes a bigger home, a greater connection to nature and brighter nighttime skies. Rural residents also benefit from the peace and tranquility they experience in their… See more