Prediabetes

Prediabetes is when a person’s blood sugars are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. More than 86 million Americans, or 37% percent of American adults, have prediabetes — and most are unaware, because there are no symptoms.

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Mexican Pasta Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

This covered dish favorite can be made a day ahead of time, with the dressing added up to an hour before serving.  Avocados are good sources of heart-healthy fats, and since this recipe only calls for half, try doubling the dressing and using the extra dressing on grilled vegetables. The acid in the dressing will keep the avocado from browning the way it would if left wrapped in the refrigerator.

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Medical Misconception: Green Mucus Requires an Antibiotic

Each month, a health care professional will weigh in on a health and wellness myth and will explain the real cause behind the malady.

This month’s misconception: Green mucus requires an antibiotic

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Coping with Grief During the Holidays

The holiday season can be especially challenging for those who are grieving. The absence of a loved one can be difficult to deal with during this time. Reflecting on holiday memories can bring both happiness and pain.

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Medical Misconception: Getting the Flu Shot Causes the Flu

Each month, we weigh in on a health and wellness myth and explain the real cause behind the malady.

This month’s misconception: Getting a flu shot causes the flu

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Knowing Your Family Health History

Primary care physician Stephanie Buckley, M.D., of Carroll Health Group Primary Care in Mount Airy, explains why knowing your family’s health history is important for your own health.

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Medical Misconception: Turkey Makes You Sleepy

Each month, we weigh in on a health and wellness myth and explain the real cause behind the malady.

This month’s misconception: Turkey makes you sleepy

We all know the saying that turkey will make you sleepy on Thanksgiving, but is there any science behind the claim?

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HPV Vaccination = Cancer Prevention

Certified nurse midwife Ellen Ray, of Carroll Health Group OB/GYN, explains HPV, the health issues it causes and the vaccine that can help protect against it.

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Medical Misconception: Waiting To Go

Each month, we weigh in on a health and wellness myth and explain the real cause behind the malady.

This month’s misconception: Waiting to go to the bathroom isn’t harmful.

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Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl

Spring is coming, and it’s a great time to lighten up the lunchtime routine. This recipe makes a great pack-ahead lunch and is designed for easy substitutions. Leftover chicken would work just as well, as would brown rice instead of the quinoa or baby spinach instead of the romaine. In a pinch, using a store-bought rotisserie chicken would be a great way to get enough meat for a week’s worth of lunches.

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