Dr. Kelly Traver

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  • Dr. Kelly Traver - ,  - Internal Medicine
    Dr. Kelly Traver answered:

    What are the different types of diabetes?

    Occasionally, our bodies get confused and our immune systems attack our own organs. This is what happens in type 1 diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body makes proteins that attack one's own pancreas. Without a functioning pancreas, a person cannot live unless given an alternative supply of insulin....Read More
  • Dr. Kelly Traver - ,  - Internal Medicine
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    Can exercise help relieve depression?

    Just like antidepressants, exercise raises serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine, and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels. Exercise has a tremendous influence on your brain chemicals and your mood. A study showed that exercise was better than Zoloft, an antidepressant, in lifting mood and...Read More
  • Dr. Kelly Traver - ,  - Internal Medicine
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    How can sleep deprivation affect my weight?

    Research demonstrates a rise in several chemicals (such as cortisol, grehlin, galanin, and neuropeptide Y) when a person does not get enough sleep. These chemicals all stimulate the appetite and encourage overeating. If you are trying to lose weight, you are doing yourself a disservice if you do not...Read More
  • Dr. Kelly Traver - ,  - Internal Medicine
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    When does menopause occur?

    Menopause is defined as occurring one year after a woman's last period. The average age of menopause is 51, but the physiologic processes surrounding the ovaries' retirement usually begin when a woman is in her midforties. Read More
  • Dr. Kelly Traver - ,  - Internal Medicine
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    What is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)?

    Men also have a type of menopause as their testosterone wanes, but the process is much more subtle and gradual. Though men don't go through the turbulence of menopause as women do, they have their own issues. Men often gradually start to notice a slowing of the urinary stream as their prostate enlarges....Read More
  • Dr. Kelly Traver - ,  - Internal Medicine
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    Why do I have to limit the amount of fat in my diet?

    Fat is the most misunderstood macronutrient of all. People never seem to know whether fat is universally evil or a good thing to have in their diet. The answer is that all fats are not created equal. There are good fats, and there are bad fats. Proteins and carbohydrates deliver 4 calories per gram,...Read More
  • Dr. Kelly Traver - ,  - Internal Medicine
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    How can I deal with hot flashes during menopause?

    Hot flashes can be minimized in some women by avoiding hot beverages, spicy food, alcohol, and caffeine and trying to minimize stressful situations. Some women find that adding soy to their diet diminishes hot flashes, but it's probably best to limit soy to only one or two servings a day, since some...Read More
  • Dr. Kelly Traver - ,  - Internal Medicine
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    What are some tips to help me quit smoking?

    The following are some tips for smoking cessation:
    1. Make a list of all the reasons you want to quit smoking and keep this list close at hand, especially during the first three months of quitting.
    2. Consider meeting your doctor to discuss whether you might be a good candidate for nicotine replacement
    ...Read More
  • Dr. Kelly Traver - ,  - Internal Medicine
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    Can smoking increase my risk of hearing loss?

    In one study cigarette smokers were 70 percent more likely to lose their hearing than nonsmokers. Your hearing plays an important role in allowing you to engage in life fully. Protect it, and it will serve you well. Read More
  • Dr. Kelly Traver - ,  - Internal Medicine
    Dr. Kelly Traver answered:

    How harmful is smoking?

    Smoking accounts for 90 percent of lung cancer, but it also increases the risk of cancer in the mouth, throat, nasal cavities, larynx, esophagus, pancreas, kidney, bladder, cervix, and bone marrow. Tobacco consumption and secondhand smoke also cause cancer. Smokers who quit can expect to live 10...Read More
  • Dr. Kelly Traver - ,  - Internal Medicine
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    What triggers hunger?

    Triggers could be actual emotions such as anger, loneliness, frustration, stress, or sadness. Or there could be a certain time of the day, such as when you come home from work, or a certain activity, such as when you are watching television or doing your homework, that can trigger you to eat.

    First,...Read More
  • Dr. Kelly Traver - ,  - Internal Medicine
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    What can I do about emotional eating?

    The trick to overcoming emotional eating is not to depend solely on the mind-over-matter approach. Come up with concrete, realistic strategies that you can use in situations that typically drive you to eat. Whatever ideas you come up with, it is important to practice them over and over. Eventually, this...Read More
  • Dr. Kelly Traver - ,  - Internal Medicine
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    Can happiness improve your health?

    Absolutely! Happy people are physically healthier and live longer. Happy people enjoy a higher quality of life. There's one thing for sure -- the brain and body are inextricably connected. You cannot address the body without addressing the brain and vice versa. If you want to be happy and enjoy optimal...Read More
  • Dr. Kelly Traver - ,  - Internal Medicine
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    How can I lower my blood pressure?

    To lower your blood pressure (BP), lose excess weight, exercise, minimize your salt intake, and avoid excess alcohol consumption. A diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains also lowers blood pressure. This type of diet is called the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet. Take m...Read More
  • Dr. Kelly Traver - ,  - Internal Medicine
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    What are some possible causes of heart disease?

    Although there are several different causes of heart disease, most are due to a buildup of plaque in the blood vessels (arteries) that feed the heart. Whenever the blood flow feeding an area of the heart is interrupted, that area of the heart dies. This is what we call a heart attack. Fortunately,...Read More