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I Have Arthritis. What Can I Do About It? Sep 2nd, 2020

An arthritis diagnosis often comes after several months pain and swelling in your joints. It may feel overwhelming to receive this diagnosis, but there are things you can do to manage arthritis, lead an active lifestyle, and maintain a good quality of life. In this post, our internal medicine experts...

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea Aug 13th, 2020

If you’re tired, headachy, and feel run down during the day, it’s a good idea to rule out sleep apnea on your path to finding answers for your symptoms. Up to 20% of women and 30% of men have sleep apnea, and many of them are completely unaware of it....

Understanding the Types of Diabetes and How to Manage Them Jul 14th, 2020

Diabetes is a group of diseases that affect how well your body uses blood sugar. While your body can use various fuel sources, it relies heavily on glucose. When glucose levels remain too high for too long, damage to the body occurs. It’s estimated that more than 34 million Americans...

Internal Medicine and COVID19: What You Should Know Jun 9th, 2020

Internal medicine physicians specialize in using the latest scientific knowledge and clinical expertise in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide spectrum of diseases that affect adults. While COVID-19 remains a health threat, staying home and practicing social distancing has reduced the spread of COVID-19 and helped to save...

The Link Between Nutrition and Arthritis Pain May 22nd, 2020

While there’s no magic bullet when it comes to the perfect diet for arthritis, there are aspects of nutrition that can both ease arthritis inflammation and contribute to it. Arthritis affects more than 54 million adults in the United States. Characterized by joint inflammation, arthritis commonly causes pain and limits...

Changes in Gut Bacteria and Other Causes of IBS Apr 1st, 2020

Patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) experience troublesome digestive symptoms without any visible signs of disease in the digestive tract, and many people with IBS remain undiagnosed. If you have IBS, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans experience symptoms of IBS.  Because April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month, internal...

Keeping Your Whole House Awake? When Snoring Is a Sign of Sleep Apnea Mar 3rd, 2020

Are you a snorer? While you may not notice your own snoring, members of your household are most likely very familiar with it. What you might not realize is that loud, persistent snoring can be an indicator of something more serious known as sleep apnea. Dr. Samuel Fink and his...

What If Aspirin Doesn't Get Rid of My Headaches? Feb 1st, 2020

Headaches are a common ailment that we see in many patients at the practice of Samuel I. Fink, MD. There are different causes of headaches, along with a few different types of headaches. Typically, a dose of over-the-counter medicine, such as aspirin, is enough to quell the pain caused by...

5 Things Caused by Hypothyroidism You May Mistake for Something Else Jan 1st, 2020

Hormones are chemicals that travel in your blood and control all of the essential functions in your body. A number of glands in your body produce them. Your thyroid is a gland that produces essential hormones that affect how you grow and how your body processes food. Samuel I. Fink,...

Is Coronary Artery Disease Reversible? Dec 1st, 2019

Think of your arteries as a freeway system between your heart and the rest of your body. Coronary artery disease, or CAD, develops when cholesterol builds up and keeps oxygen-rich blood from flowing normally to your heart. This condition increases the risk of serious injuries that are sometimes fatal.  According...

Living With IBS Nov 1st, 2019

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is probably not something you want to discuss with friends. Despite the fact that you likely did nothing to cause the disorder, it just isn’t polite or in good taste to go around talking about your bowel movements or the abdominal pain that often accompanies...

The Link Between Diabetes and Obesity Oct 1st, 2019

If you are either pre-diabetic or overweight, you are at higher risk of becoming diabetic, obese, or both. The connection between these two conditions is undeniable, and science bears out that people who suffer from one often suffer from both.  From his medical office in Tarzana, California, Dr. Samuel Fink...

Why It's So Important to Stay Active With Arthritis Sep 1st, 2019

Among the essential elements of treating your arthritis are getting up and staying in motion. This can be tough when your joints feel stiff and painful. However, the more active you are, the better you will feel in the long run.  Samuel I. Fink, MD, FACP and his team focus...

Is Stress Making Your Hypertension Worse? Aug 1st, 2019

Hypertension is a silent killer, as it rarely comes with any symptoms. However, it’s one of the best markers for heart disease, which is the No. 1 killer in the United States. Researchers are still discovering the effects of chronic stress on the circulatory system. But one thing is certain:...

Here's What You Can Do About Sleep Apnea Jul 9th, 2019

If you suspect or know that you have sleep apnea, you aren’t alone. As many as 22 million Americans struggle with sleep apnea. To make matters more frustrating, 80 percent of moderate to severe cases are undiagnosed.  The first thing you should do if you think you’re suffering from sleep...

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Those Chronic Headaches May 31st, 2019

An occasional headache is not uncommon. Maybe it’s allergy season, you had a little too much wine with dinner, or you skipped lunch. There are all kinds of reasons for the occasional headache. Granted, headaches are no fun, but most of the time they are a one-and-done kind of event,...

What You Need to Know About Salt Substitutes and Hypertension May 17th, 2019

The American Heart Association estimates that 103 million adults in the United States suffer from hypertension. And high blood pressure contributes to cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death. And yet, as deadly as high blood pressure is, in many cases it may be  controlled with lifestyle changes....

Typical Tummy Trouble or IBS: How to Tell the Difference Apr 15th, 2019

Your belly isn’t feeling so well. You’re experiencing abdominal pain, bloating, or gas. You’re having trouble with your bowel movements — either they’re too loose, soft, and urgent (diarrhea) or they’re too hard or difficult to pass (constipation). Everyone has gastrointestinal (GI) troubles like these once in a while. That’s...

How to Prevent Your Prediabetes from Becoming Full-Blown Diabetes Mar 1st, 2019

If you have prediabetes, you have company. An estimated 35 percent of adults over age 20 in the United States have been diagnosed with it. Your body is developing insulin resistance, which causes abnormally high blood sugar levels.   Are you wondering why you ended up with prediabetes? Genetics do...

Should You Have a Stress Test? Feb 11th, 2019

A stress test can save your life. It’s designed to detect severely blocked coronary arteries, a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke. If you’re at risk for heart disease or are experiencing symptoms that could point to heart trouble, it’s a good idea to talk to your provider...