Articles by Robert Ehrman, MD

Robert Ehrman, MD (45 Articles)

Dr. Robert Ehrman, MD is a Board Certified Emergency Physician. He completed his training in Emergency Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT and Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL. He always reminds his patients that the more they take care for their health each day, the less likely they are to visit him again in the ER!

Can Your Job Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease?

Many know that heart disease is the number one killer of Americans today.Risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, being overweight or obese,diabetes, and smoking. A new study suggests there might be another risk factor to consider—your job! Not just any job, however. The study looked at a group of people who have a very physically demanding job—firefighters. [...]

Can Sugary Drinks Lead to High Blood Pressure?

You may have heard that two of the most common health problems facing adults today are diabetes and obesity. What you may not know is that many people who suffer from these conditions also tend to have other medical problems, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. [...]

Can An Apple A Day Really Keep the Doctor Away?

A healthy meal plan can help you control your weight, which can go a long way towards preventing some chronic diseases. Some of the healthiest foods to eat are fruits and vegetables. They contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other important nutrients needed for good health. [...]

Can Lifestyle Changes Lower Blood Pressure in Obese Children?

Obesity rates in the United States are higher than they ever have been. Nearly 1 in 3 adults is obese, and millions more are overweight. This is also becoming a problem for children. In fact, almost 1 in 3 children today is either overweight or obese.Kids who fall into this categoryare more likely to have other health problems, including high triglycerides, prediabetes and high blood pressure. [...]

Binge-Eating In Teenage Girls Can Increase Risk of Diabetes

Could binge eating lead to diabetes? Teenage girls and young-adult women sometimes eat in a disordered way because they worry too much about their bodies, or they may be looking for approval from friends, or suffering from depression. Although many cases of disordered eating involve restricting food, binge-eating is also a problem. Research from the “Growing Up Today Study” suggests that teenage or young-adult women who binge eat have more risk of getting type 2 diabetes. The scientists were surprised to find that a person’s weight, which is normally a risk factor for getting diabetes, did not seem to play a role in their findings. [...]

Be a partner in your own healthcare

Do you want to be healthy? Who is in charge of keeping you healthy? Is it you or your healthcare provider, or both of you? Maybe you believe that you are in charge of your own health and that no one will take better care of yourself than you will? Or perhaps you like the idea of putting your health into someone else’s hands. So, which is the best approach? [...]

Aspirin and heart disease prevention: Is bedtime the best time to take it?

Do you take a daily aspirin to help lower your risk of a heart attack or a stroke? If you answered “yes” to this question, then you are like millions of other people with diabetes. Would you believe that the time you take your aspirin might affect how well it works? This might surprise you, but it is exactly the result found in a recent medical study. [...]

Aerobic Exercise Can Help Improve Your Blood Glucose

Are you one of the 39% of adults with type 2 diabetes who is physically active? If so, congratulations! If not, now is the time to get active! Starting a regular habit of aerobic exercise can be the first step you take in gaining better control of your blood glucose levels. [...]

Are You Getting Enough Whole Grains In Your Diet?

Does it ever seem like you can’t open a magazine or turn on the TV without reading or seeing something about how important it is to eat a healthy diet? While you might be getting tired of all the nutrition messages out there, there is a reason that so many healthcare professionals are making such a fuss about what you eat: many studies show that eating a healthy diet can help lower your risk of getting many diseases, like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity. [...]

People with Pre-Diabetes Can Improve Their Long-Term Health

Diabetes is a serious disease that is becoming more common in the United States. You probably know that diabetes can lead to a lot of other health problems, including kidney problems, loss of vision, heart attack, and stroke. Did you know that the risk of dying from heart disease is two times greater in people with diabetes compared to people without diabetes? [...]

Thinking of Starting an Exercise Plan? Here’s What You Need to Know

One of the best things you can do to get happy and healthy is to get active! Making exercise part of your daily routine is an easy way to lower your risk for many diseases, and help yourself feel better. When you’re just starting out, following a few simple rules will help you avoid injury and enjoy your new activities even more. [...]

Diabetes Medicine Victoza May Help With Weight Loss, Too

You may have heard that type 2 diabetes is becoming much more common these days. In fact, there are now more than 29 million adults who have the disease! Plus, there are about 86 million people who have prediabetes, and about one-third of them will go on to get diabetes. [...]

Does Living Near Fast-Food Restaurants Increase Obesity Risk?

The reason healthcare providers are so worried about rising obesity numbers is that excess body fat can cause many other health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart attacks. Being obese can even shorten your lifespan. The keys to losing weight are eating healthy and getting more exercise. There are two parts to eating healthy—the first is choosing to eat foods that are good for you. The second part is avoiding unhealthy food, like sugary drinks and fast food. [...]

The Future of Checking Your Blood Glucose

Managing your diabetes is hard work. Something that many people do not like doing is checking their blood glucose. The reason is simple—you have to prick your finger with a needle, often many times each day. Is there a better, easier way? For now, unfortunately, the answer is “no,” but [...]

Quit Smoking Now To Improve Your Health

  Kirkland Signature™ Quit2™ 2 mg. Gum Are you a smoker? If not, do you know someone who is? Most people know that smoking can cause a lot of health problems and can affect many diseases that you might already have. Do you want to quit smoking, or help someone you know quit? Q Why is [...]
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