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By   /  September 22, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jennifer: I’m a runner and I’ve done a couple half marathons and probably run at least 5 days a week. As I age, I keep hearing that running is actually not that good for you. How can that be? Megan: Running is a great form of cardiovascular activity, but people are telling you this or […]

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By   /  September 15, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Angela: So my arms bother me and I’ve been told you can’t spot train areas to focus on just them to get rid of fat. Is that true?  Megan: There is truth to this advice because we know (probably many of us by experience) that you can do a million crunches and not see your stomach […]

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By   /  September 1, 2021  /  Local, The Back Page  /  No Comments

Chris: I’ve definitely got arthritis going on in my shoulders and knees which I know happens with age and all the running I’ve done in my lifetime. What are some ways to manage the pain and aches? Megan: I like to think of arthritis as the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz where the joints need […]

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By   /  August 25, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jessica: They always say take vitamin C when your’re sick to help get better faster. Why is that? Megan: Vitamin C does support your immune system and when you are deficient you are more susceptible to colds and getting sick. There’s no evidence that taking vitamin C while sick will actually lessen the duration of […]

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By   /  August 18, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Chris: I’m a pizza lover and I try new places all the time and it’s almost a hobby for me at least once or twice a week. I realize pizza is considered junk food but all in all is it really that bad for you? Megan: Pizza does set you up to increase abdominal fat. […]

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By   /  August 4, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Patricia: I can’t seem to eat meat as much anymore. I just can’t stomach it so I need other protein sources. What are good protein alternatives to meat? Megan: Protein is necessary for our body’s musculoskeletal system and to meet your energy demands. Other good sources include eggs, Greek yogurt, edamame, plant based meats, nuts, cheese, hummus, […]

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By   /  July 28, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jessica: I’m a caffeine drinker practically all day everyday. I hear mixed things, so is caffeine good or bad for you? Megan: Most research points towards the benefits of caffeine which can improve memory, energy, and mood. It has also been linked to lowering the risk for type 2 diabetes, and can reduce the risk of some […]

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By   /  July 21, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Liz: I’m the youngest person at my work, and the women around me discuss having mammograms. What age should females start having mammograms?? Megan: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends mammogram screenings taking place starting at age 50. The American Cancer Society recommends screening starting at age 45. It is also important to have […]

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By   /  July 14, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jason: Why do you have to be fasted when you get blood work done? Megan: Usually 8-12 hours before getting blood tests you are asked to fast because drinks and food can give incorrect results. This is because they contain nutrients, vitamins, and substances that could get into your bloodstream. Fasting gives more accurate results. […]

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By   /  July 6, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

 Ron: As I age, getting up out of bed or even a chair harder and harder. is it true that it could be my hips? I’m scared I need a hip replacement.  Megan: Statistics state that 450,000 hip replacements take place each year in the U.S. Your hip is a ball and socket joint and […]

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By   /  June 30, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

 Kathy Magerkurth  Cindy: I’ve been having pain on and off with my elbow area and I’ve been told by others that it could be tennis elbow. What exactly is this and how can I manage the pain??  Megan: The tendons in your elbow area have been overloaded possibly due to repetitive movements or overuse of […]

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By   /  June 2, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Chris: I’m on a salad kick trying to really eat healthier and even when I go to restaurants I order one of the salads. I know that the dressings are the downfall and can wreck the whole point of eating salad, so what do you recommend for salad dressing? Megan: You are correct that salad dressings are […]

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By   /  May 25, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Richard: I just starting working out again and I am so sore to the point I don’t know if I should keep going or if I’m going to get hurt. Plus this doesn’t motivate me if I’m going to keep feeling this way. Granted it’s my fault for not working out in so long, but what […]

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By   /  May 19, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Candice: I went to the doctor and after my bloodwork was told I’m pre-diabetic. What exactly does that mean? Megan: At this point, your blood sugar is high but you are not showing any other symptoms YET of type 2 diabetes. Just because your blood sugar isn’t high enough yet to be diagnosed with type […]

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By   /  May 11, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Amanda: I recently joined the swim team and I was told shaving can help me perform better. Is that true? Megan: When you shave your arms, legs, or pretty much any part of your body, it actually can reduce frictional drag, improves streamlining, and increases nerve sensitivity so you actually are more water aware. It’s […]

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By   /  May 5, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jeff: I want my wife to start going to the gym with me and lift weights not just do cardio while I’m in the weight area. She thinks she will get too bulky but I told her that isn’t true. What should I tell her?? Megan: The benefits of weight training for women are tremendous […]

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By   /  April 27, 2021  /  Local, The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jeremy: Why is eating white bread considered bad for you? Megan: Ever heard of Wonder Bread? Rumor has it the name came to be because of the mystery ingredients that makes you wonder how the bread can have such a long shelf life. White bread is a simple carbohydrate which means it has more sugar that […]

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By   /  April 13, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jenny: I want to reset my body and my digestive system and I have heard that doing a cleanse can help with this. I see so many types and products at the store and online so what works or doesn’t and is it even safe or a good idea? Megan: I would want to know […]

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By   /  April 6, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jane: People say that doing tons and tons of crunches or abs doesn’t mean you are going ot have a 6-pack and it’s a waste of time. Is that true? Megan: Doing abdominal exercises is beneficial but to see the muscles (6-pack) you have to shred and lose the layers covering them. You have your skin, your […]

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By   /  March 30, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jeremy: Why is eating white bread considered bad for you? Megan: Ever heard of Wonder Bread? Rumor has it the name came to be because of the mystery ingredients that makes you wonder how the bread can have such a long shelf life. White bread is a simple carbohydrate which means it has more sugar that […]

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