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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Health

Fruit juice raises blood sugar as much as Coca-Cola

Dr. Gabe Mirkin warns that fruit juice can raise your blood sugar as much as Coca-Cola. He explains why.

How Your Living Will Could Harm You

MIDEO, an innovative video-based advance care planning platform, helps navigate a complex world of healthcare decision-making, living wills, and advance directives.

Plastics in our food supply can cause harm

You may want to rethink some of your food consumption habits after reading this column by Dr. Gabe Mirkin.

New support group in The Villages for disease that tormented Robin Williams

A new support group in The Villages is being formed for those who suffer from the disease that tormented beloved entertainer Robin Williams.

High triglycerides a major risk factor for heart attacks and diabetes

Dr. Gabe Mirkin warns that having blood triglyceride levels above 150 mg/dL puts you at increased risk for a heart attack, stroke, or heart valve disease.

How to start an exercise program

It's a new year and many are ready to kick it off by starting an exercise program. Dr. Gabe Mirkin has some advice.

Care center manager sues Villages Health System for ‘discrimination’ over arthritis

A care center manager with arthritis is suing The Villages Health System for allegedly discriminating against her by demoting her, reducing her salary by $20,000, and attempting to strip her of "shares" she purchased in 2016.

Resolve to make 2024 a smoke-free year

Quitting smoking can be a challenge. If you're a smoker, resolve to stop smoking in 2024. We've got tools to help you make the transition.

Side effects of drugs to treat high blood pressure

Dr. Gabe Mirkin warns about some of the side effects that come with drugs that are commonly used to treat high blood pressure.

Cut back on sodium for a healthy lifestyle

As we approach the new year, many of us will be making resolutions Here are some reasons to vow to cut down on sodium in 2024.

When should you cut off the coffee?

Dr. Gabe Mirkin looks at the potent power of coffee and how much is “safe.”

Florida-grown holiday mocktails make the day merry and bright

We have recipes for Florida-friendly mocktail options that you can use to make your parties and cozy moments a little more festive.

Heartthrob Ryan O’Neal lived high-profile love life

Dr. Gabe Mirkin looks back on the life - and many loves - of actor Ryan O’Neal.

Good nutrition is essential for good health

Your health is important no matter what time of year it may be. People with healthy eating habits live longer.

Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs

We should all take preventive actions that may help reduce the spread of viruses like flu. We've got some tips.

Aspirin may help to reduce liver fat

Researchers from Harvard recently showed that aspirin could help to treat people with fatty liver disease. Dr. Gabe Mirkin took a look at the research.

No need to add coconut oil

Dr. Gabe Mirkin advises readers to ignore claims of special health benefits from coconut oil. He explains why.

Practice food safety throughout holiday season

As we gather for the holiday season, it’s important to remember to practice food safety. We've got some tips.

Chewing food helps to lower blood sugar in diabetics

Chewing food helps to lower blood sugar in diabetics. Dr. Gabe Mirkin has details.

Masks help to prevent infections with respiratory viruses

Dr. Gabe Mirkin writes that refusing to wear a mask when you have a respiratory infection and are near other people shows total disregard for their health.

New study on how exercise might help prevent cancer

A new study from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center found a potential mechanism through which intense exercise can help to prevent cancer.

‘Friends’ star Matthew Perry struggled for years with addiction

Dr. Gabe Mirkin looks back on the life of “Friends” star Matthew Perry who struggled for years with addiction.

Villages Health doctor accused by another patient of botched procedure

A doctor who is currently being sued by one of his former patients is facing a similar lawsuit from a patient who claims he suffered a spinal hematoma after receiving a lumbar injection from the physician. 

Red meat associated with increased risk for diabetes

Dr. Gabe Mirkin warns that eating two servings of meat from mammals per week can increase risk for type II diabetes by 62 percent.