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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!" 

What's New?


Two Postings! First, in Hot Topics, guest writer Jayne Anne Ammar shows us how to manage our stress. An important topic, because when it comes to mental and physical health, you can't have one without the other.

Second, in My Big Fat Blog, Certified Nutritionist Ricki McKenna tells us how we can benefit from decreasing the carbs in our diet.

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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