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Medically Talking


Medical Terminology Expert

Pat McMahon has many years of experience in medical transcription and other medical office support.  She also has a BS in Physical Anthropology from the University of New Mexico.  With assistance from medical professionals, she publishes articles, videos, and gives lectures on medical issues to general audiences. 

"I am not a medical professional, but I want to give my audience easy to understand, accurate health information in a caring and interactive way, and I employ the professionals to help me do that. So, here's to our health!" 

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What's New?


Lately, I have been working like crazy to add to my Medical Terminology Learning Modules. I have added exercises and glossary to the Women's Reproductive Tract. I have added a module on Men's Reproduction and Diseases. And, I am working on adding to the Skeletal Anatomy and Bone Disease module. You know, I say I am doing this for students, but this medical terminology information is useful for anyone interested. You do not have to be a student associated with a school to use it; and like this entire site, this is free to access. You do not even need to set up an account. What's more, all my information is reviewed by a medical professional.  In the case of much of the material in the Women's Reproduction module, it is actually written by a gynecologist, Dr. Kim Cull.

Be healthy!

Pat McMahon

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Obesity and Diabetes

They are linked.  Having obesity makes you much more likely to be diabetic.  But why?  Why should my pancreas care if I'm fat?  Find out what's going on with this!

Diabetes as a Matter of Fat


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Nutrition and Weight Loss Information

Learn from Christina Conner how she lost 50 pounds and has kept it off for decades! 

In this video interview, we learn from Christina a number of lessons on weight loss. First of all, she notes that our self-perception of being fat can drive us to lose a lot of weight in ways that are not healthy, as she did in her high school years. She realized later in a more objective look back that she was not even heavy in high school. However, she did go on to gain unhealthy weight in adulthood as she attempted to deal with life's problems in unhealthy environments using food and drink. Finally, she became motivated to lose weight and succeeded. She notes it takes a healthy self-perception, continuous long-haul diligence, a healthy dose of regular exercise and, most importantly, you must love and forgive yourself. See the interview for yourself!

What is BMI?

BMI or Body Mass Index is what doctors use to determine a patient's risk for disease due to excessive body fat.  

Certain ailments, such as heart disease, certain cancers (breast, endometrial, gallbladder), high blood pressure,type 2 diabetes, gall stones, osteoarthritis and sleep apnea are all strongly related to obesity.  BMI allows a doctor to estimate the degree to which your body fat increases your risk of suffering from these diseases.

BMI  is calculated by dividing your weight kilograms by the square of your height in meters.  The higher the number, the greater your risk.  A BMI of  25 or less is desirable.  A person with a BMI of 25 to 29 is said to be overweight.  A BMI of 30 or more is obese and above 30, excess body mass is almost always due to fat.

If you are not keen on doing the math yourself, there are BMI calculators and charts available online.  Click below to learn more.

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