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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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By   /  August 30, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Kim: I’m trying to drink 1 gallon of water per day. I’ve been told too much water can mess with your electrolytes and it’s bad for you. How do you know if you’re drinking too much water? Megan: Over hydrating can be a habit if you never leave the house without water and every time […]

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By   /  August 23, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Shannon: With the warmer weather I’m making more trips to the community pool and swimming there to stay cool. I wanted to know whether or not pool chlorine is bad for you?  Megan: The simple answer would be yes, pool chlorine can be bad for you. It is a chemical that you are exposing your […]

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By   /  August 16, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Liz: What’s the difference between white and brown eggs? I don’t know the difference when I shop and compare other than the price.  Megan: The main difference is the shell color. Some sources say that brown eggs have a larger yolk so they may have more nutrients and antioxidants. Others say there’s no nutritional difference. […]

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By   /  August 9, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Wendy: My best friend is adamant about always drinking everything with a straw. Is drinking through a straw that much better for you?  Megan: There are pros and cons to straws, and some would even point out the environmental effect more plastic has which is why straws aren’t necessary. Reasons people like using a straw is because […]

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By   /  August 2, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Danny: A family friend is donating their kidney to their sister. Why would someone need a kidney transplant? Megan: The role of the kidney is to act as a filter that removes waste, fluid and minerals from the body. What we don’t need or want in the body leaves our system when we urinate. When […]

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

Sandy: I prefer to eat plant based and tend to be on the anemic side. What are good plant based sources of iron to eat? Megan: There are several foods you can consume to help meet your iron needs. Legumes, chickpeas, kidney beans, oatmeal, chia seeds, flaxseed, peanuts, almonds, cashews, dark chocolate, spinach, dates, and raisins, […]

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By   /  July 19, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Joy: I recently starting taking an antidepressant medication to help with my mood and emotional state. Unfortunately, I’m notice weight gain. Why do antidepressants cause weight gain? Megan: Weight gain can be a side effect of some antidepressants. Some experts think this is because metabolism and hunger are affected and a person may be regaining their hunger. Being […]

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By   /  July 12, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jill: I have asthma and it got worse after having Covid-19. Can exercise improve asthma?  Megan: Yes, exercise can be beneficial to persons with asthma. Airway function can improve because the muscles that support breathing muscles become better trained and stronger. Lung health does improve over time with physical activity. It is like giving your […]

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