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By   /  February 20, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Amber: When I had a cut growing up I always put a cute bandaid on it from my mom. Now, I’ve heard it’s better to let the cut breathe and not put a bandaid on it. Which is true?  Megan: As soon as a cut stops bleeding, for the first 24-48 hours or until a […]

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By   /  February 14, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Derek: My friends always go to Costco and swear by buying groceries in bulk especially since I’m trying to meal prep. They claim I will save a ton of money if I buy in bulk. Is that true?  Megan: When looking at the price comparison of certain items, sometimes buying them in bulk is the […]

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By   /  February 7, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jessica: I’ve had excruciating stomach cramps when I do ab exercises to the point I don’t want to do abs when I workout. What causes these? Megan: It sounds like you have muscle spasms when you strain your core doing abdominal exercises. However, it could be gas or even dehydration. If you have any gastrointestinal […]

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By   /  January 31, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Anne: My friend sometimes says don’t let me forget my EpiPen when we go on weekend get-aways. Why is she always worried about bringing it?  Megan: An EpiPen contains the drug epinephrine. She may be allergic to certain things that could lead to anaphylaxis. For example, certain insect stings or foods could cause your friend’s […]

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By   /  January 24, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Taryn: My son and I have a debate about what being an athlete means. I think people can be athletic and he thinks it just means you’re a sports player. What do you define as being an athlete?  Megan: Anyone can participate in physical activity, but that to me ,doesn’t mean you are an athlete. […]

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By   /  January 10, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Logan: I have a hard time with eating too much and controlling how much I eat. I’m concerned so I want to know the difference between binge eating and overeating? Megan: There certainly is a difference. Overeating is eating to the point of feeling too full and you have some level of awareness that you […]

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By   /  January 3, 2024  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Nadia: I travel a lot so my workouts often end up being just bodyweight in my hotel room. Are bodyweight exercises as effective as using weights?  Megan: You are probably doing a wide variety of calisthenics such as pushups, sit ups, and others like jumping jacks. We are recommended to do strength training at least 2 to 3 […]

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By   /  December 26, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Allison: I always intend to get to the gym then life happens. What are some ways for me to burn/save calories without actually exercising? I know eating healthy, but besides that what could I do to burn calories?  Megan: There are simple, easy ways to save calories and maybe burn some extra as well. Drink […]

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By   /  December 20, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Elizabeth: Seems like every time I go to the doctor I get prescribed something new. Out of curiosity, what is the most prescribed drug? Megan: In the U.S., the most prescribed drug since almost 2019 has been Atorvastatin (Lipitor). It is an FDA approved drug to treat high cholesterol. In turn, this can lower the risk for heart […]

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By   /  December 13, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Paul: My cute puppy gets the “zoomies” all the time. It’s so cute but also strange, so why do dogs get the “zoomies”?  Megan: The technical term for “zoomies” is Frenetic Random Activity Periods (FRAPs). This happens when dogs have an excess amount of energy built up that gets suddenly released. Different situations can trigger them such as […]

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By   /  December 6, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Janine: It can be hard to know what supplements are good to purchase when I go to the store. How do I know which are the best ones to buy?  Megan: Supplements have become very popular and the market is saturated with so many brands. Label reading is key. Look for extra ingredients that are […]

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By   /  November 22, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Pat: I workout pretty hard and I’ve heard that lactic acid is what causes my legs to get so sore? What is lactic acid?  Megan: When you workout, your body uses carbohydrates and glucose so it breaks these down for fuel. This is called lactate. To be clear, it isn’t just working out that creates lactic acid, […]

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By   /  November 14, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Shay: It’s been years, but I’m fearful of going back on birth control because you can gain weight. Why does birth control make you gain weight?  Megan: Birth control can possibly make you gain weight, but that is not true for everyone. The weight gain is actually water retention and studies have shown over a […]

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By   /  October 25, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jen: I’m a constant gum chewer. Is chewing gum bad for your teeth? Megan: Type of gum is the first thought that comes to mind for my answer. On the one hand chewing gum with sugar can increase the risk for cavities, but chewing sugar free gum can increase the risk for tooth decay. Chewing […]

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By   /  October 17, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Pete: Recently I’ve started chemotherapy treatment and want to keep working out. Is it ok to exercise when you’re doing chemo?  Megan: Yes it is safe and there are benefits to exercising during chemo. You don’t want to overextend yourself, but it can help reduce fatigue, improve body image and mood, combat muscle atrophy, and […]

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By   /  October 11, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Leah: My friend is trying to lose weight and suggests I should count my macros? What does that mean?  Megan: Macros is short for macronutrients. These are the carbohydrates, proteins, and fats that you consume. Counting macros would be figuring out how many, typically how many grams, you would eat of each type of macro […]

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By   /  September 27, 2023  /  North County  /  No Comments

Elizabeth: I need to cut back on sodium and I have. Other than not adding salt, what foods should I avoid that are high in salt that I may not know of? Megan: Many processed foods are high in sodium, so reading labels is key. Not all foods come out of a package, like when […]

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By   /  September 20, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Maxeen: I’m retired, house is paid off, and I don’t travel so my husband and I enjoy eating out two or three times per week (maybe more). But everyone tells me we shouldn’t eat out so much for health reasons. What’s wrong with eating out if I’m choosing healthier options?  Megan: Because you are not […]

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By   /  September 13, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Lizzie: My husband snores so loudly. I sometimes have to go to the other room to sleep. What causes snoring?  Megan: Snoring can be caused by several factors. It is more common among men, taking certain medications, if you are a smoker, lying on your back when you sleep, being older, high alcohol intake, and […]

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By   /  September 6, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Dora: I have a sweet tooth and I’ve been told that using stevia is healthier than having sugar in my coffee and in other things I use it for. Is stevia better for you than sugar?  Megan: The simple answer is yes, stevia is better for you than sugar. It has far fewer calories than sugar because it […]

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