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6 Tips for Staying One Step Ahead of Rheumatoid Arthritis Sep 16th, 2020

Affecting more than 1.3 million Americans, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common form of the joint disorder behind osteoarthritis. Unlike the wear and tear nature of osteo, rheumatoid arthritis starts as an autoimmune system disorder, but with no known cause and without a cure. If you’re a woman, you’re...

5 Tips for Protecting Your Feet This Summer When You Have Diabetes May 12th, 2020

Over 34 million Americans – about one in ten – have diabetes, a condition with many potential health risks due to the presence of high concentrations of sugar in your blood. Newcomers to the condition may be surprised with the amount of attention health care providers give to their feet....

How Your Environment Can Influence Your Health Mar 23rd, 2020

It’s easy to understand that spending too much time in the sun is bad for your skin or that excessively loud sounds can damage your hearing. These are both products of your environment, such as being on a beach or working in a factory, that have influences on your health....

Exercise Your Way to Better Joint Health Jan 31st, 2020

As an otherwise healthy population gets older, the wear and tear of the years contributes to osteoarthritis, a degenerative condition that affects the joints in your body, causing stiffness and pain. Your instinctive reaction to pain and lost mobility might be to increase rest, yet in most cases, mild to...

Strategies For Managing Your Depression Jan 3rd, 2020

More than 16.1 million Americans experience depression and its symptoms each year. Many will leave their symptoms untreated or go through life with no tools to manage them.  Fortunately, Mihaela Perijoc, MD, MHA, and her team at North Texas Internal Medicine Specialists are experts in treating depression. In this blog,...

Holiday Tips for Coping With Irritable Bowel Syndrome Dec 3rd, 2019

Somewhere between 25 and 45 million people in the United States suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a chronic condition that causes lower intestinal problems, discomfort, and pain. Symptoms can include cramping, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. The reason why people get IBS isn’t clear and there’s no cure for the...

The Link Between Stress and Hypertension Oct 31st, 2019

The stresses of modern life can make you tired, unhappy, and unfulfilled. But can they also be a contributor to heart disease? Hypertension, or high blood pressure, occurs when your blood is pumping at a high force through your arteries. Hypertension can damage your blood vessels and increase your risk...

What You Can Do Today to Prevent Dementia in the Future Sep 30th, 2019

Your risk of developing dementia increases as you age. Dementia progresses with time. Some people experience a loss of their mental faculties rapidly while others do so more gradually. Not everyone develops dementia, and there are things you can do to help prevent it.  At North Texas Internal Medicine Specialists...

Why Keeping Your Weight in Check Is So Important If You Have Diabetes Aug 31st, 2019

Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with diabetes or you’ve been managing it for years, you know the drill from your doctor: Exercise regularly and eat healthy to ensure that you stay at an ideal weight. Is it really so important, though? What’s five pounds here or there? The team at...

Take Charge of Your Fibromyalgia Jun 30th, 2019

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that results in musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, poor sleep, and issues with mood and memory. The symptoms can present themselves after a physical trauma or accident, or as a result of a surgery, an infection, or due to intense, psychological stress. It can be absolutely debilitating....

How Treating Depression Lowers Your Risk for Heart Disease, Stroke and Other Physical Ailments May 31st, 2019

It’s a classic chicken-and-egg situation. Study after study shows that depression raises your risk for serious health issues like heart attack, stroke, and diabetes, while diagnoses of these same illnesses make a patient at higher risk for – you guessed it – depression.   Dr. Mihaela Perijoc has spent her...

Prevent Prediabetes from Turning into Full-Blown Diabetes May 16th, 2019

Prediabetes is a serious diagnosis that could mean you’re at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is when you have dangerous levels of glucose, aka sugar, circulating in your blood because your body isn't making enough insulin to process the sugar. If you’re one of 84 million adults in the...

Could You Be Among the Millions of Americans Who Have Hypertension and Don't Know It? Apr 26th, 2019

It’s only fitting that every doctor visit begins with a routine blood pressure reading. Sliding your arm into a blood pressure cuff at the start of an annual wellness appointment or sick visit is so routine that you may not give it much thought, especially if your measurement has always...