Diagnostic imaging exams explained

Ever wonder why your doctor recommended that you see a radiologist to get a diagnostic imaging exam? Providers order these procedures whenever they want to understand better what is happening inside a patient’s body—without doing surgery.

If your physician thinks that you might have a specific condition, disease, or injury, sometimes they can use your imaging results to strengthen their diagnosis. With this added information, your care team can provide a more personalized treatment plan to help you.

The type of imaging exam that most people are familiar with is an X-ray, but there are many other varieties, and each is used for different purposes.

Read on to find out more about X-rays and other common types of imaging exams. Plus, learn the typical reasons why doctors order them.

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How to eat the right foods to fuel your body

A fresh-picked apple, a side of apple sauce, a mug of hot apple cider, a bowl of Applejacks, and a slice of apple pie—each of these foods might appeal to an apple-lover, but some are healthier foods for fueling your body than others.

Eating right can be challenging, especially when you lead a busy life. Confusing labels on food packaging doesn’t make it any easier to find the best foods either.

Thinking of food as “fuel”

No one eats ideal foods at every meal, but when you find yourself making more poor food choices than healthy ones, it’s easy for your weight to creep up. Though resetting can be tricky, don’t lose hope. The body is a remarkable machine. Give it what it needs, and it will repair itself.

Read on for general guidelines on how to adjust your eating habits and make food swaps that will make your body run better.

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Easy ways to improve your health

As we enter the holiday season, it’s easy to come up with reasons to put off thinking about your health.

The hustle and bustle might be distracting, but focusing on how you can improve your health is the best gift you can give yourself—at Christmas or any other time of the year.

Today is a perfect day to start. No need to make a big plan or delay until the time feels right. Even if you are juggling a lot with work or family commitments right now, there are changes that you can make which will add up over time and make a difference in your health, fitness, and how you feel.

Go easy on yourself and remember that, no matter your age, there are always little changes you can make to feel stronger, support your heart, get better sleep, and even grow your endurance.

Keep reading for some specific examples of tiny steps you can take to improve your health.

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Outsmart food traps to maintain your healthy diet

Tempting-yet-unhealthy Thanksgiving pies

It takes dedication to stick to most weight-loss plans or keep up with eating a healthy diet, especially when surrounded by food traps during family gatherings and holiday celebrations.

Flamboyant former fitness instructor Richard Simmons once said that you are the only person responsible for what is on your fork and what it puts in your mouth. Though it’s true that every person controls what goes into their mouths, his quip is a little simplistic.

Consistently managing cravings and food temptations requires more than how much self-control you have. A little preparation helps make all the difference when you’re faced with food temptations.

Read on to learn more about how to outsmart food traps and reach your healthy eating goals.

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