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At risk for diabetes? Take this test

Posted by Jennifer Jerde, Lead RN, Health Navigator, Ridgeview Clinics on Nov 14, 2017 1:51:23 PM

There is an easy test available online to determine if you are at risk for diabetes. Visit the diabetes risk test website and take the test now.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Fitness/activity, Wellness

Are you fueling your body correctly for exercise performance?

Posted by Jessica Hess, MA, LAT, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties and Nichole Anderson, ATC, MS, MOAS, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Nov 7, 2017 12:33:27 PM

Food is fuel for your body! Your “fuel” choices influence how well your body will handle the stress of your workout, activity or competition. Timing of refueling also has an impact on your body’s ability to maximize the effect of your food choices. In other words, not only does it matter what you eat but when you eat and how much you eat.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Women's Health, Rehabilitation

What is your thyroid and when should you be concerned about it?

Posted by Sara Maurer, NP-C, Endocrinology, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic on Oct 4, 2017 2:32:33 PM

The hormones produced by your thyroid gland influence almost all of the metabolic processes in your body. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped, endocrine gland that sits low on the front of the neck, just below the Adam's apple. The thyroid secretes several hormones, collectively called thyroid hormones. These hormones influence and regulate metabolism, growth and development and body temperature. Thyroid disorders are caused by either too many or too few thyroid hormones.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Women's Health, Fitness/activity, Specialty Care

10 tips to a healthy heart

Posted by Susan K. White, RDN, Minneapolis Heart Institute on Aug 1, 2017 1:53:36 PM

As a dietitian with Minneapolis Heart Institute® (a partner of Ridgeview Medical Center), I meet with many patients who feel overwhelmed with advice and tips for improving their heart health. I recognize that often articles, news stories and research can be confusing, so I've simplified these messages into my top 10 tips for protecting your heart.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Fitness/activity, Heart Health

What exercises can help manage diabetes?

Posted by Jessica Hess, MA, LAT, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties on Jul 26, 2017 9:51:37 AM

Whether you have been recently diagnosed with diabetes, or have been dealing with this condition for a period of time, you know that managing it can be very difficult. Your physician has likely advised you that exercise can play a role in the management of your blood sugars.  However, many of you may feel lost and uninformed about what type of exercise is appropriate and effective. 

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Fitness/activity, Wellness

What's normal or abnormal for your joints as you age?

Posted by Michael Edwards, MD, Rheumatology, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic on Jun 7, 2017 9:02:25 AM

As a rheumatologist, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to meet with people of all ages. Regardless of their age, one of the most frequent concerns that comes up in our conversations is what exactly is "normal or abnormal" as we all get older.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Fitness/activity, Specialty Care

When should you be concerned about osteoporosis?

Posted by John Ronning, MD, Ridgeview Excelsior Clinic on May 30, 2017 12:46:30 PM

One in two women and up to one in four men will break a bone in their lifetime due to osteoporosis and for women, the incidence is greater than that of heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Fitness/activity, Wellness

Five stroke risk factors to discuss with your doctor

Posted by Stephen Ready, MD, Ridgeview Chaska Clinic on May 16, 2017 12:24:00 PM

A stroke is a medical condition that happens quickly and without warning, and poses a serious and urgent threat to a person's well-being. Few medical emergencies have the potential to cause such a sudden and devastating change to a person's life as stroke or CVA (cerebrovascular accident).

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Fitness/activity, Heart Health

Metabolism and weight loss: How you burn calories

Posted by Ridgeview Bariatric & Weight Loss Center on Mar 23, 2016 3:04:30 PM

You've probably heard people blame their weight on a slow metabolism, but what does that mean? Is metabolism really the culprit? And if so, is it possible to rev up your metabolism to burn more calories?

Contrary to common belief, a slow metabolism is rarely the cause of excess weight gain. Although your metabolism influences your body's basic energy needs, it's your food and beverage intake and your physical activity that ultimately determine how much you weigh.

Metabolism: Converting food into energy

Metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. Even when you're at rest, your body needs energy for all its "hidden" functions, such as breathing, circulating blood, adjusting hormone levels, and growing and repairing cells.
 
The number of calories your body uses to carry out these basic functions is known as your basal metabolic rate — what you might call metabolism. Several factors determine your individual basal metabolic rate, including:
  • Your body size and composition. The bodies of people who are larger or have more muscle burn more calories, even at rest.
  • Your gender. Men usually have less body fat and more muscle than do women of the same age and weight, burning more calories.
  • Your age. As you get older, the amount of muscle tends to decrease and fat accounts for more of your weight, slowing down calorie burning.

In addition to your basal metabolic rate, two other factors determine how many calories your body burns each day:

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition

Diet and exercise in moderation: Does it work for weight loss?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Jan 2, 2015 9:55:38 AM

Studies show moderate diet and exercise sustains weight loss

It’s official: Moderate diet and exercise can, in fact, enable you to sustain weight loss. This is particularly
good news for people who struggle with exercise motivation or making a commitment to a fitness or weight loss program. The news comes from the renowned National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (or NIDDK), a division of NIH, funded and conducted a study that analyzed individual results of eating a restricted diet and performing strenuous exercise on a daily basis. Their subjects were 11 contestants from the reality TV program The Biggest Loser. These results can benefit anyone, regardless of whether you’re trying to lose a large amount of weight or simply trying to find the balance between eating and exercising to maintain your weight.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, Women's Health, nutrition/diet, Wellness

Medical and health information presented here is intended to be general in nature, and should not be viewed as a substitute for professional advice. Please consult with a health care professional for all matters relating to personal medical and health care issues. In case of an emergency, please call 911. 

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