Blog Archive

Why It Is so Important to Let Professionals Help Manage Your Back Pain Apr 5th, 2019

Human beings are the only primates on Earth to spend most of their lives standing upright on two feet … and we suffer for it. Scientists still aren’t certain why it is that humans became bipedal. But they do know that our upright posture’s caused a lot of problems, including...

How Untreated Diabetes Can Affect Your Overall Health Mar 7th, 2019

Diabetes is a worldwide epidemic. In 2014, the number of cases diagnosed reached 422 million — almost four times what it was in 1980, according to the World Health Organization. Because so many women, men, and kids have diabetes, especially Type 2 diabetes, you might think that it’s really not...

The Major Benefits of a Physician Supervised Weight-Loss Program Feb 12th, 2019

You think you’re eating healthy food. You exercise at least a few times a week. And yet, every year you gain a few more pounds. Trying to lose weight by yourself in a world filled with temptations, conflicting information, and limited time can be tough — especially since you may...

How Being Overweight Can Negatively Impact Your Health Jan 2nd, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 93.3 million women and men in the United States are obese. You’re obese if your body mass index (BMI) is over 30 and overweight if your BMI ranges between 25 and 30. (Don’t know your BMI? Find it here.) Being...

Diabetes: 3 Things You Should Know Dec 6th, 2018

If you have diabetes, your body either isn’t producing enough or is resistant to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps your cells absorb blood sugar and turn it into energy. Without insulin, the sugar stays in your blood, where it can damage your organs.   Whether you have diabetes...

5 Steps For Minimizing Your Risk Of Gout Nov 16th, 2018

You wake up in the middle of the night because your big toe hurts. The next morning, the pain gets worse, and it continues to worsen for a week or more. Although you may be tempted to minimize the attack — after all, it’s just a big toe — pain...

Why a Lifestyle Change Is So Important for Weight Loss Oct 30th, 2018

If losing weight were really as simple as “eat less, move more,” it would be easy to achieve a healthy weight—and maintain it. But there’s a lot more to weight loss than simply eating fewer calories and getting more exercise. In fact, one of the key components of successful weight...

Allergies Driving You Crazy? There Is Relief Sep 26th, 2018

Allergies are not pleasant. If you’re among the 50 million Americans who deal with allergies, you’ll likely agree. Allergies can have a wide range of triggers, such as pollen, bee stings, and even the pine needles on a Christmas tree or Thanksgiving wreath.People’s bodies react in different ways, but some...

Why It's Essential to Exercise When You Have Arthritis Aug 24th, 2018

Everyone benefits from exercise, but if you’re one of the 27 million people with osteoarthritis, you experience extra positive effects. Exercise improves energy, helps with weight control, and can even fight depression and fatigue. If you have arthritis, you might think exercising will be painful, but don’t skip exercise because...

Are You at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes? Jul 31st, 2018

There are few things in life that give you ample warning, leaving you enough time to change your course for the better. When it comes to Type 2 diabetes, the warning signs are in place, well in advance, but you just need to know where to look.Here at Pure Medicine,...

Is it More Difficult for Women to Lose Weight? Jun 11th, 2018

Not only is obesity higher in women than men, males have inherent advantages when it comes to losing weight. As frustrating as it is, there are various reasons why it’s more challenging for women to lose weight. Weight loss programs that take these differences into consideration can help women slim...

Understanding the Difference Between Bad and Good Cholesterol May 7th, 2018

You know getting your cholesterol checked is important, but you may wonder what all the numbers mean. At Pure Medicine, we use your cholesterol levels as a tool to help us assess your health and create a plan of action to either maintain your numbers or improve them. More specifically,...

5 Tips for Preventing Stress Eating Apr 27th, 2018

It’s not uncommon to seek the comfort of a brownie or ice cream when you’re stressed out. In fact, it’s a normal reaction. What’s more, there’s scientific evidence backing why you reach for a cookie when you’re stressed. At such times, your adrenal glands release a hormone called cortisol, which...

Is Chronic Back Pain Normal? Mar 29th, 2018

Chronic pain is anything but normal and no more so is this true than when it comes to your back. Yet, all too often, people simply grit their teeth and bear it, figuring the pain will somehow resolve itself on its own, only to find themselves months, and even years,...

Tips for Managing Gout Flare-ups Mar 16th, 2018

You finished dinner, and just as you’re relaxing on the couch enjoying your favorite show, you feel a familiar stabbing sensation. Before you know it, you’re doubled over in pain. This all-too-familiar scenario can leave gout patients feeling helpless and frustrated. Instead of suffering through yet another gout attack, read...

Beyond Salt: Managing Hypertension Through Diet Feb 9th, 2018

A low-sodium diet is often recommended as a way to manage your hypertension. Major health organizations suggest eating no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day, and in some cases fewer than 1,500 milligrams, if you have high blood pressure.Consuming lots of sodium from table salt and processed foods...

10 Tips for Living With Arthritis Jan 3rd, 2018

Arthritis is a catchall term for a number of problems that affect your joints, but the end result is often the same: pain, swelling, and stiffness. While there’s no cure for arthritis, our goal at Pure Medicine in Frisco and Dallas, Texas, is to help you manage and improve your...

Healthy Tips to Fight The Holiday Bulge Nov 30th, 2017

The holiday season is a minefield when you’re trying to stick to a healthy eating plan. Cookies, eggnog, cocktails, kugel, cakes…the list of potential dietary saboteurs goes on and on. Add to that, obligations of shopping, out-of-town guests, travel and holiday celebrations, and it’s tough to stay on track with...

Health Indicators Affected by Weight Loss Oct 25th, 2017

Weight is something that affects huge portions of the population. It’s rare to hear someone doesn’t struggle with their weight in some capacity. More than one-third of Americans are considered obese. Numbers are climbing all over the globe. Weight issues have become a global epidemic.What everyone needs to understand is...

How Excess Weight Impacts Every Aspect of Your Health Oct 9th, 2017

The worst thing for one’s health is being overweight. Smoking may come in a close second. But, nothing has the far-reaching consequences involving every aspect of your health like your weight does. It can be a risk factor for many different kinds of diseases. While that sounds like a frightening...

Why You Should Ask Your Doctor for Help with Weight Loss Aug 29th, 2017

It’s important to discuss a topic that many people would prefer not to think about, especially in the morning when first walking by the mirror or the scale in the bathroom. Yes, the topic that needs to be discussed is weight loss. Weight is a sensitive topic for the vast...

Getting Your Life Back from Chronic Back Pain Aug 6th, 2017

Getting Your Life Back from Chronic Back PainBack pain is one of the most troubling chronic conditions a person can have. Along with headaches, they make up the bulk of long term medical issues that can be hard to diagnose the root cause of. They also lead to many days...

Living with Hepatitis C Jun 26th, 2017

One of the scarier things to think about when it comes to our health, and it’s probably what keeps hypochondriacs up at night, is the idea that there could be something silently going on in our bodies that’s potentially dangerous. There are many conditions that can lie dormant for years...

Getting the Facts on Arthritis and Management Options Jun 2nd, 2017

Look around online and there are plenty of funny, relatable memes that have to deal with aging. We all go through it, so it’s an easy way to get a communal laugh. Some of the more popular ones talk about how you know you’re in your late 20s rather than...

Managing Diabetes: Why it Doesn’t Have to Control Your Life Jun 1st, 2017

Depending on your age, you have a different relationship to the concept of diabetes. If you’re in your 50s or 60s, you’ve spent most of your life thinking of it as a disease of excess that you’re at a greater risk of developing in late middle age. If you led...

How Often Should I Schedule Breast Cancer Screening? Jan 14th, 2017

Official breast cancer statistics show about 12 percent of women in the United States will at some point in their live develop breast cancer. The good news is there are certain treatments and therapies that can help reduce the risk of the disease. While the diagnosis can be fearful, there...

What is Hypothyroidism? Dec 9th, 2016

Hypothyroidism, also known as underactive thyroid disease, is a condition where your thyroid gland doesn’t make enough thyroid hormones to keep your body functioning normally. The thyroid is the gland that controls your body’s metabolism and how well you burn calories. When there is a lack of thyroid hormones in...

When do I need a Prostate Cancer Screening? Nov 10th, 2016

If you are wondering when you are going to need a prostate cancer screening, the answer varies depending on your specific situation. Screening can save lives by helping find the cancer early, but it should be kept in mind that in the case of prostate cancer, the risks can sometimes...

Warning Signs of Type 1 Diabetes Oct 26th, 2016

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that affects the production of insulin and affects how your body deals with the extra blood glucose that builds up in the blood stream. Type 1 diabetes can strike both adults and children at any age.  Currently, over 200,000 youth are living with...

What Causes Ear Infections in Babies? Sep 21st, 2016

Almost every child will develop an ear infection at some point in their lives.According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, roughly 90% of children get their first ear infection before they are three years old. In fact, the most common reason for doctor’s visits in young...

Effective Treatments For Summer Allergies Aug 3rd, 2016

Spring and fall allergies may get the most attention, but there are plenty of things that can aggravate your allergies in the summer as well. Pollen from ragweed and grass are two things that can get them going, and dust mites are at their peak in summer as well. Smog...

Common Causes of Abdominal Pain in the Elderly Jul 29th, 2016

Abdominal pain can be very troubling, especially if you don’t know what’s causing it. It can be even more difficult to deal with in an elderly loved one. How do you know if the cause is poor nutrition versus something more serious? Here are causes of abdominal pain in the...

Hyperthyroidism Treatments for Seniors Jun 17th, 2016

Symptoms in seniors and other patients with hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid, include sudden weight loss, vision problems, hand tremors, rapid or irregular heartbeat, fatigue, thinning hair, and – in some cases – the development of a neck goiter.One major difference that influences hyperthyroidism treatments for seniors is that older patients...

Why Breast Cancer Screening is Important Jun 1st, 2016

One of the best ways to fight cancer is through early detection. In fact, the earlier the better. Now, more than ever, women should be especially concerned about the early detection of breast cancer, as it is the most common among women all over the world. Thus, a regular screening will greatly increase how successful your...

What is a Dallas Internal Medicine Doctor? Apr 16th, 2016

A Dallas internal medicine doctor is a physician who applies his or her knowledge and expertise to diagnosing and treating a wide range of health issues facing adults. These doctors provide several different services, from routine examinations to the treatment of complex illnesses.Training Required for a Dallas Internal Medicine DoctorIntense, lengthy...