Your Health

  • Learn Your Family’s Health History

    My focus this holiday season is on connecting with family and loved ones and the opportunity to start important conversations about health. While you’re together, talk about your family health history and share your wishes regarding end of life planning. Though it may not seem “cheery”, these conversations deepen and enrich our connections to each other, a gift that lasts […]
  • Make no mistake about it, type 2 diabetes is an epidemic

    African Americans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes whites. In addition, we are more likely to suffer complications from diabetes, such as kidney disease and amputations and are twice as likely as whites to die from diabetes. It’s an epidemic, affecting nearly 20 percent of African Americans. But, unlike many other diseases, this one is within our […]
  • Get Your Boost by Helping Others

    As we experience the holiday season, we take joy and meaning in giving to others, whether it is to our family, our friends or our community. Many of us have learned by now that giving can be personally rewarding.  Why then, do some of us deny ourselves the sense of well-being and fulfillment obtained when helping others achieve wellness, health […]
  • Prevention Over Treatment

    Dr Reed Tuckson jokes that prevention is far more valuable to a community than facilities that specialize in treatment.
  • Obesity Out of Control

    Dr. Reed Tuckson speaks about the dangers of obesity. 48% of Americans will be obese by 2018 and $340 billion is spent on the illness.
  • Take your health into your own hands, literally

    Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African-American women. Nearly 20,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. And while the number of cases is 10% lower in African-American women than in white women, African-American women are more likely to die from it than white women. Why? Studies suggest that African-American women aren’t getting screened for breast cancer as often […]
  • When should you turn to an App?

    You have probably realized by now that there are big changes occurring in how health care is approached in our country. In addition to the trend for “patient-centered care,” patients are now being empowered by health information websites, online medical resource guides and even mobile apps, which can track and monitor everything from your weight loss to your glucose levels. Although, […]
  • A Look in MY Medicine Cabinet

    I’ve had the privilege of meeting lots of new people through my book, The Doctor in the Mirror, many of whom want to ask me a wide variety of medical questions. Some of them are really unusual! Recently, someone asked me a truly interesting question that I wanted to share with you: “What’s in your medicine cabinet?” Let me start […]
  • Today is the day to be a sucker no longer

    The month of April begins with April Fools Day, a day people try to play someone for a sucker. But when it comes to our health, too many of us are suckering ourselves by creating artificial barriers that stand between us and a healthier life. Ask yourself, right now, “What barriers are keeping me from doing what I know I […]
  • Springing Forward

    The first day of spring approaches this month and thus spring cleaning. While we clean up our homes, let’s encourage our readers to clean up their bodies. What common unhealthy habits should we purge from our lives (i.e. diet, skipping on sleep, smoking, etc.) and why? As we emerge from our winter doldrums, spring gives us the opportunity to think […]