Why Does Our Risk of Falling Increase as We Age?

-Marie Delcambre, MD, FACP, President of Kansas City Internal Medicine Why does our risk of falling progressively increase as we age?  Even if you assume that there are no big medical issues like a stroke, blood pressure issues, or inner ear abnormalities for example, there are still aging processes that affect our ability to stay upright.  Two of the biggest have to do with muscles and joints. In honor of National Senior Independence Month, we wanted to provide some insight into this challenge with can be life changing. Sarcopenia is a medical term that refers to age-related loss of muscle …

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Understanding Hypertension

Pandurang Chillal, MD, Kansas City Internal Medicine Hypertension…you hear it a lot but what does it really mean?  This is a condition that is diagnosed when the long term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems.   Another way to view it is when the systolic pressure – or the top number in a blood pressure reading is over 140 mmHg and the diastolic pressure – or the bottom number, is over 90 mmHg. (mmHg is a unit of pressure based on millimeters of mercury.)  While there is some disagreement …

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Cleanse Your System for 2016

-Gretchen Huebert, MS, RD, LD Happy New Year!  Holiday excess has hit hard the past month. I would imagine that most of us are ready for a clean, fresh start to 2016 including a cleanse for your system.  In order to kick start a new regimen, it’s tempting to crave a quick fix for better dietary habits.  But the truth is, those super-fast reboots rarely work.  If anything, you’re just depriving yourself of basic dietary needs that help you function at your peak, causing your body to push back hard after you exit starvation mode.  In the end, you often …

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Did You Know That December is National Hand Washing Awareness Month?

We would bet you learned how to wash your hands pretty early in your lifetime.  We would further bet you feel you’ve got this.  You might… but you might not. The Center for Disease Control compares hand washing to a “do-it-yourself vaccine”; it’s the best thing you can do, for yourself and for others, to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and avoid spreading illness to others. The Proper Steps Per the CDC Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be …

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Make Plans to Participate in the Jingle Bell Walk/Run

The Arthritis Foundation is a cause near to our hearts at KCIM.  For this reason, we want to make sure you’re aware of this fun event.  Be part of the largest holiday 5K race series aimed to fight arthritis – the Jingle Bell Run/Walk! Save the date of Sunday, December 13 at 9:00 a.m.  This event is held at the Meritex Executive Park in Lenexa.  Few runs in the country are quite like this one, as the Jingle Bell Run in Kansas City takes place entirely UNDERGROUND! The course is flat, festive and fun and, best of all, it never ventures outside …

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