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Leonardo Espitia, M.D.

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Is it a Cold or Sinus Infection?

Posted by Leonardo Espitia, M.D. on Aug 3, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Sore throat, headache, watery eyes, fatigue, runny nose – you have a cold, right? Or is it a sinus infection? We often don’t know right away. Letting a cold go with over-the-counter treatment is one thing, but if you neglect a sinus infection, you could find yourself worse for wear. Here’s how to tell the difference between the two. 

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Topics: sinus, differences between colds and sinus infections, colds

Have Type 2 Diabetes? Show Your Kidneys Some Love

Posted by Leonardo Espitia, M.D. on Nov 25, 2015 8:30:00 AM

I know a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes gives you a lot to think about. But I want to encourage you to keep your kidneys near the top of your checklist.

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Topics: diabetes, kidneys

Rein in Your Rage (or Suffer the Health Consequences)

Posted by Leonardo Espitia, M.D. on Sep 19, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Rage is, well, all the rage these days. We see it on display on our freeways as road rage, in online rants and in family and workplace disputes. What you may not know is these toxic outbursts pose multiple health risks, from heart disease to insomnia to weight gain that might lead to diabetes.

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Topics: anger, anger management, tips to control anger

Prediabetes Isn’t a Diabetes Sentence

Posted by Leonardo Espitia, M.D. on Aug 26, 2015 5:30:00 PM

No one wants to hear they’re prediabetic. But if your doctor recently diagnosed you as such, there are some things you need to take into consideration. First, understand what it means to be prediabetic. Then start working to turn it around.
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Topics: diabetes, prediabetes, prevent diabetes, reverse prediabetes, risk factors

Don’t Sweat the Heat – My Tips on Exercising Outdoors Safely

Posted by Leonardo Espitia, M.D. on May 2, 2015 10:00:00 AM

After what seems like months of rain, the sun is out and many people are starting new exercise routines that include outdoor workouts. I’m a runner myself, and I know that personally, I have been looking forward to finding time to run outdoors when it’s not raining. While exercise is almost always a good thing, it’s important to make sure the routine you’re planning is right for you. Here are some things you should know before embarking on any physical activity outdoors.

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Topics: outdoor exercise, heat stroke, drink water, working outdoors, heat exhaustion, stay hydrated, exercising outdoors, outdoor workouts

Stop Fooling Yourself! High Blood Pressure Usually Isn’t a Fluke!

Posted by Leonardo Espitia, M.D. on Mar 18, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Here’s a scary number: 70 million. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that’s the number of Americans who have high blood pressure, also called hypertension. Roughly 1 in every 3 people has it. Here is another frightening number: 360,000. That’s the number of deaths high blood pressure contributed to in 2013. Here’s what you should take from those figures: High blood pressure is common and it can be devastating. 

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Topics: BP, high blood pressure, weight, hypertension, silent killer

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