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Hillside Family Medicine
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& Occupational Medicine

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Check Those Fish Oil Pills

~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine

Fish oil pills are the third most-bought food supplement, after vitamins and minerals, and are bought by 10 percent of North Americans at a cost of about $1.2 billion each year. Fish oil pills have not been shown to help prevent heart attacks, even though people who eat fish have been shown to have a reduced incidence of heart attacks. You get your maximum protection from eating fish twice a week. Eating fish more often than that has not been shown to offer further protection from heart attacks.

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Triglyceride/HDL Ratio Predicts Heart Attacks, Diabetes

~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine 

Two blood tests that are done during routine physical exams can be used to predict whether you are at increased risk for a heart attack (The Journal of Clinical Hypertension, Jan 13, 2016). It's called the triglyceride/HDL ratio, calculated by dividing your triglycerides number by your HDL number.

* Your triglycerides should be below 150 mg/dL (in Canada less than 1.7 mmol/L)
* Your HDL cholesterol should be above 40 (in Canada, greater than 1.00 mmol/L)
* Thus your Triglycerides/HDL ratio should be under 3.75

The triglycerides/HDL ratio also predicts risk for diabetes and pre-diabetes (J Investig Med, Feb 2014;62(2):345-9). Almost fifty percent of North American adults already have diabetes or pre-diabetes (JAMA, September 8, 2015), diseases that damage every cell in your body to cause heart attacks, strokes, dementia, impotence, many cancers, blindness, deafness, and premature death. If your triglyceride/HDL ratio is above 3.75, you are at increased risk for pre-diabetes or diabetes. Check with your doctor. Since the majority of cases of diabetes are caused by a faulty lifestyle, not just by genetics, diabetes is both a preventable and curable disease with lifestyle changes. Many people with pre-diabetes and early diabetes can return to normal by changing their lifestyles long before they develop any symptoms of the disease.

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Welcome to Dr. Juliana Shields

Please join us in welcoming our new provider
~~ Dr. Juliana Shields ~~
Hillside Family Medicine is proud to have Dr. Shields as part of the team! 
She does not have an official schedule but will be working to cover provider shifts ensuring that there are appointments available for our patients when they need them. 
Her schedule is open and she's ready to see patients!
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How to Prevent Sports Injuries

~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine

You can help to prevent wear-and-tear injuries during any type of exercise by warming up, stopping exercise when you feel pain and by not exercising intensely when your muscles feel heavy or sore. Muscles are made of millions of individual fibers. When you first contract a muscle, you use only one percent of the fibers. As you continue to exercise, you contract more fibers to share the load, which places less force on each fiber and helps to prevent injuries. Always warm up. Go slow before you go fast. If you take a hard workout and feel sore the next day, go easy on every day that your muscles continue to feel sore after you have warmed up. It usually takes at least 48 hours for muscles to recover from hard exercise. When you feel pain in one muscle during exercise, that's a signal that it may be starting to tear and you should stop exercising for that day.

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Depression or Tiredness: Low Thyroid

~Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine

More than nine million North Americans suffer from low thyroid function, but many people are not diagnosed or treated because they have never been tested. One million people take thyroid replacement pills, but some are not being treated properly because they are taking only one thyroid hormone when they need two to really feel better.

Common symptoms of low thyroid function include:
* Depression
* Tiredness
* Weight gain
* Muscle weakness
* Feeling cold
* Dry skin and hair
* Hair loss
* Poor appetite
* Memory loss
* Numbness in hands and feet or feelings of pins and needles
* Constipation
* Irregular periods
* Irritability
* Enlarged thyroid gland

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9220 Lake Otis Parkway, Ste 9
Anchorage, Alaska 99507
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