Category: Healthy Body

  • MDs Answer: Are Chemicals in Our Food Harmful?

    MDs Answer: Are Chemicals in Our Food Harmful?

    It’s easy enough to toss canned goods, frozen foods, and other packaged items into your cart when you’re grocery shopping. But a scan of the ingredients list might leave you wondering: What exactly are you eating? That’s especially true lately, when headlines about unfamiliar ingredients, chemicals linked to cancer, and microplastics feel inescapable. When we…

  • Should You Tell Your Doctor You Smoke Weed (or Do Other Drugs)?

    Should You Tell Your Doctor You Smoke Weed (or Do Other Drugs)?

    Sure, you’re an adult, capably managing your grown-up responsibilities (most of the time), but certain questions from your doctor can still make you time-travel back to childhood and fudge your answer—or even downright lie. Case in point: questions about substance use. This includes the legal stuff, of course, like alcohol and cigarettes. But when your…

  • Doctors’ Tips if You Have a Family History of Dementia

    Doctors’ Tips if You Have a Family History of Dementia

    Any relationship with a new doctor begins with a dive into your family health history. After all, having a close relative with a certain condition can sometimes mean you’re more likely to have it yourself someday—including dementia. A family history of dementia is a risk factor for developing it yourself, according to the Mayo Clinic. With…

  • If You’re Pretty Healthy, Do You Still Need to Get a Physical Every Year?

    If You’re Pretty Healthy, Do You Still Need to Get a Physical Every Year?

    The annual physical has long been billed as key to staying healthy. During this appointment, you can get blood work done, develop a better relationship with your doctor, and ideally catch health problems early on, which often makes treatments easier and outcomes better. But do these checkups need to happen yearly to deliver all those…

  • How Long Do Menopause Symptoms Last, Anyway?

    How Long Do Menopause Symptoms Last, Anyway?

    If you’re going through menopause, you’re likely eager for the hot flashes, bursts of irritability, and other tiresome symptoms to come to a halt. But unfortunately, there’s no definitive end point to menopause you can circle on the calendar. Technically speaking, menopause is the point when menstruation stops completely, marked by a year passing since…

  • Are Antidepressants Safe Long Term? MDs Weigh In

    Are Antidepressants Safe Long Term? MDs Weigh In

    If you’ve been taking an antidepressant for years, it can become just another daily ritual, as routine as doing the dishes or taking a shower. In fact, your antidepressant may feel as necessary to you as breathing or eating, because it helps you manage depression or another condition, like anxiety, chronic pain, or insomnia, according to…

  • What Exactly Do Doctors Learn in Medical School About How to Treat People With Obesity?

    What Exactly Do Doctors Learn in Medical School About How to Treat People With Obesity?

    If you’ve ever gone to a doctor for, say, a sprained ankle or UTI, only to sit through a chat about your weight before getting treatment recommendations, you may wonder exactly what doctors learn about obesity during medical school. After all, obesity is incredibly common: 42 percent of adults in the U.S. have obesity, according to…

  • How To Avoid Body Comparison at the Gym

    How To Avoid Body Comparison at the Gym

    You’ve been wanting to try the cardio dance class everyone’s been talking about. You sign up and pick out your cutest gym outfit—ready to slay your workout. But you walk in and you immediately regret it. The room is full of women seemingly fitter than you. Never have you felt more aware of the size…

  • What Is Weight Stigma? Experts Explain

    What Is Weight Stigma? Experts Explain

    General stigma, defined as “a set of negative and unfair beliefs that society or a group of people have about something,” is everywhere. You may have heard it in regards to mental health (e.g., “You can’t be sad since your life is going so well right now”), menstrual health (e.g., “Periods are disgusting and embarrassing”),…

  • What Causes Thirst—And Does It Mean Dehydration?

    What Causes Thirst—And Does It Mean Dehydration?

    Have you ever wondered if your thirst is a guaranteed sign that you waited too long to drink water? And even if you do sip enough H2O on the daily, what other factors may contribute to dehydration? Keep reading for answers to simultaneously quench your curiosity and your thirst, according to an integrative medical doctor…