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My mom or dad has arthritis. Does that mean I'll get arthritis too?

Posted by Michael Edwards, MD, Rheumatology, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic on Dec 3, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Well, the short answer is that you may or may not inherit the same type of arthritis that your parents have. There are a number of different types of arthritis and nearly all of them have a genetic component, which means that they can be inherited. Fortunately, in most cases this hereditary factor is not necessarily that strong and many types of arthritis can certainly skip at least a generation or two.

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Topics: Primary Care, nutrition/diet, Fitness/activity, Specialty Care

What's the deal with gluten and should you avoid it?

Posted by Jennifer Pederson, RD, LD, CDE, Ridgeview Clinics on Nov 26, 2019 1:30:00 PM

There has been a lot of talk and media attention about gluten in recent years. To understand what the deal with gluten is, we first need to define it. Gluten is a protein that helps bread maintain its shape. It is found in foods that contain wheat, rye and barley like breads, cereals, pasta and processed junk foods.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, nutrition/diet

One simple recipe and a little cooking savvy create healthy sides for your holiday table

Posted by Deb Van Houtte, senior marketing specialist and blog contributor at Ridgeview on Nov 19, 2019 1:30:00 PM

With the holidays just around the corner, this seems like an appropriate time to share a few seasonal recipes from the Ridgeview kitchen. Of all the fantastic dishes patients, staff and visitors enjoy on the Waconia campus, I’m going to share how to turn plain vegetables into something special. Yes, it’s possible—and a great way to offer a few healthy choices with your holiday meal.

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Topics: Diet and Nutrition, nutrition/diet, Wellness

When is it the right time for bariatric surgery?

Posted by Jeffrey D. Baker, MD, Ridgeview Bariatric & Weight Loss Center on Jul 16, 2019 1:30:00 PM

Having spent the past 20 years in the field of bariatric medicine, I have heard many stories from patients over the years of their own “ah-ha” moment that led them to pursue weight loss surgery. Clearly the decision for any type of bariatric surgery is not an easy one; it is a decision made, for almost all patients, after years of trying and failing numerous non-surgical weight loss attempts.

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Topics: nutrition/diet, Fitness/activity, Wellness

Avoid holiday weight gain with these 15 tips

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Dec 19, 2017 2:27:49 PM

Do you anticipate the holidays but dread the "inevitable" holiday weight gain? Do your holiday events revolve around eating more than the meaning, people, presents, decorations or travel?

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Topics: nutrition/diet

Take control of diabetes: Find your motivation to change

Posted by Stephanie Smith, CDE, PharmD, Ridgeview Medical Center on Apr 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Over the past three decades, the number of adults with diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. nearly quadrupled to 21.3 million.  If this trend continues, as many as one out of every three adults in the U.S. could be diagnosed with diabetes by 2050 (Reference: Diabetes 2014 Report Card, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

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Topics: nutrition/diet

Dr. Laurie Townsend's top three tips for a healthy life

Posted by Laurie Townsend, MD, MBA, Ridgeview Chaska Clinic on Feb 28, 2017 4:20:03 PM

As a primary care provider at Ridgeview Chaska Clinic, the most common concerns I treat in patients are seasonal allergies and hypertension. While there are some ways to reduce and treat seasonal allergies, hypertension can require the most effort on the part of a patient to change their lifestyle.

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Topics: nutrition/diet, Fitness/activity, Wellness

Nine noteworthy nutrition goals for the new year

Posted by Anne Bechtel, RD, LD, Ridgeview Medical Center on Jan 3, 2017 1:08:26 PM

It's great to experience the refreshing feeling a new year brings. It's a chance to re-evaluate your life and think about where you might like to make changes. Statistics show that most resolutions don't work, so we're recommending developing noteworthy goals for the new year. These nine ideas will help you kick start the year to better health. Choose to focus on one, some or all nine throughout the year.

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Topics: nutrition/diet

The scale does not determine your worth

Posted by Sally Simcox, Therapeutic Coach, Ridgeview Bariatric & Weight Loss Clinic on Dec 27, 2016 1:00:00 PM

To many, the scale is more than a measure of weight. As we step both feet on the scale, a flurry of butterflies enters our bodies. We get seriously anxious. We grimace at the thought of finding a number that's too high or one that hasn't changed. These numbers may represent a lifetime of trying to lose weight, of triumphs and let-downs, of good days and bad.

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Topics: nutrition/diet

15 holiday eating tips to avoid weight gain

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Nov 15, 2016 3:19:18 PM

Do you anticipate the holidays but dread the "inevitable" holiday weight gain? Do your holiday events revolve around eating more than the meaning, people, presents, decorations or travel?

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Topics: nutrition/diet

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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