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Linda Ly, M.D.

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My Aching Legs! What to Do for Varicose Veins

Posted by Linda Ly, M.D. on Apr 9, 2016 9:00:00 AM

I saw a statistic recently that about half of men and women over 50 have varicose veins. I’m not surprised. A lot of my patients tell me they have pain or are unhappy about the look of their legs because of this problem. 

Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins you can see just under the skin. They’re usually in the legs and feet.

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Topics: spider veins, varicose veins, sclerotherapy

Weight-Bearing Exercise You Feel in Your Bones

Posted by Linda Ly, M.D. on Feb 10, 2016 11:30:00 AM

You’ve probably heard that weight-bearing exercise is good for your bones and helps prevent osteoporosis, a progressive condition that causes your bones to become brittle and weak. However, I find many of my patients are not sure what weight-bearing exercise is, how much they need and why it is important to strong bones. 

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Topics: weight bearing exercise, high impact, osteoporosis, low impact

Does Wine Benefit Type 2 Diabetes?

Posted by Linda Ly, M.D. on Dec 12, 2015 9:00:00 AM

If you have Type 2 diabetes, you may feel you’re constantly denying yourself things you used to enjoy. But I’ve read two studies recently that suggest a glass of wine with dinner may be OK, and even beneficial – if you are otherwise healthy and clear it with your doctor.

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Topics: diabetes, diabetes and wine

Learn to Deal with the ‘Diabetes Police’

Posted by Linda Ly, M.D. on Nov 18, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Friends and family care about you and your health – and that’s great. But I know their concern about how you handle diabetes can cross the line into unwanted advice or judgmental comments.

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Topics: diabetes, type 2 diabetes

Reap Acetaminophen Benefits While Minimizing Your Risk for Liver Damage

Posted by Linda Ly, M.D. on Oct 7, 2015 9:00:00 AM

When’s the last time you read the product information sheet folded inside the Tylenol® box before downing a couple of the pills to relieve your headache? Be honest.  Chances are, the answer is never. Over-the-counter pain medications such as Tylenol are so commonplace we scarcely give them a thought. But we should.  Tylenol, Excedrin®, Midol® and other store brands contain acetaminophen, which poses a risk for liver damage.

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Topics: acetaminophen, midol, over-the-counter pain relief, tylenol, excedrin, liver damage, cold medicine

With Every Tattoo Comes Health Risks and They’re Not Pretty or Cool

Posted by Linda Ly, M.D. on Sep 23, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Tattoos have grown increasingly popular and are not uncommon among my patients. I’ve seen everything from a little heart or butterfly hidden on the inside of an ankle to body art that covers nearly every inch of skin. I read somewhere that 1 in 5 adults has a tattoo and 40 percent of millennials have at least one. To tat or not to tat is a personal decision. Just don’t go into it blindly. Before you put yourself into the hands of a tattoo artist, there are some health considerations you should think about.

Needles Puncture the Skin

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Topics: tattoo, tats, tattoo risks, tattoos, tattoo removal

Menopause and Diabetes: Overcoming a Double Whammy

Posted by Linda Ly, M.D. on Jul 4, 2015 9:30:00 AM

If you’re a woman who has diabetes and is beginning menopause, you may be in for some challenging days ahead. But I want you to keep one thought in mind as you grapple with this double whammy: There are things you can do to keep menopause symptoms and insulin levels in check. It just takes awareness, monitoring and action.

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Topics: menopause, glucose, hot flashes, diabetes, blood glucose

Summer Is Here and So Are the Mosquitoes – Here’s What You Need to Know About West Nile Virus

Posted by Linda Ly, M.D. on Jun 13, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Summer is under way, which means it’s time for barbecues, pool parties and beach days. Before you lounge outside from sunup to sundown, remember to take preventive measures against mosquito bites, especially as we dive further into summer. In fact, most West Nile virus cases are reported from June to September.

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Topics: how to protect yourself against West Nile virus, west nile virus, risk factors for west nile virus, bloodborne virus, West Nile virus symptoms

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