Monthly Archives: January 2023

How concerned should you be about a diagnosis of “pre-diabetes?”

How concerned should you be about a diagnosis of “pre-diabetes?”  Research estimated the likelihood of older adults converting from prediabetes to diabetes over a 6 ½ year study…. as very low.  More than 90% of older adults will NOT progress … Continue reading

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Should you read your spine MRI report?

Should you read your spine MRI report?  I would suggest against it.  In the era of transparency and patient access to their entire electronic medical record, you CAN look at your spine MRI report.  And, yet, do you know what … Continue reading

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What intervention gives sustained improvement in chronic back pain?

What intervention gives sustained improvement in long-standing back pain?  The intervention that showed a greater than 30% reduction in back pain was exercise.  Patients may have trialed opioids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pills, but those are routinely not given for long.  … Continue reading

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Which OTC medications are best for treating chronic constipation?

Which OTC medications are effective at treating chronic constipation?  Lots of products are effective at treating chronic constipation.  First-line therapy to treat chronic constipation is polyethylene glycol (Miralax) or senna. Other good products are stimulant laxatives, fiber supplementation or magnesium-based … Continue reading

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