The Science of Better Living

Give Your Self The Gift of Health and Happiness This Year

This time of year, many people are scrambling to get medical services that are much needed. What is the reason for the hurry? It is all about reaching your deductible. The deductible in your healthcare plan represents the amount of money you must spend on healthcare services before your insurance provider will pay for services rendered in full. If you and your family have met your deductible, you may be considering the need to get medical services you have been putting off due to expense.

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Reduces Hazards of Holiday Overeating

Exercise appears to reduce hazards of overeating

In people who do not exercise, the markers of inflammation in fat tissue would normally increase after a week of overeating, but this study results were different. The researchers conclude: “Our preliminary findings expand on existing work to support a protective role of exercise in the metabolic response of adipose tissue to brief periods of overeating.” Read Full Article Here

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Optimizing Testosterone Levels for Men is a Proven Means of Protecting Against Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States.   This Men’s Health Month, become more aware of how to prevent heart disease and be in the best health possible.  Some key prevention tips include: healthy eating, daily exercise and yearly wellness visits.  However, many men may be overlooking one of the most effective heart health tests available – checking testosterone levels.

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Should I take Bioidentical Hormones?

The decision to begin Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) should take place between a patient and their qualified provider. Look for years of experience, board certification and qualifications in preventive and age management medicine. A good baseline evaluation to determine each patient’s best course of treatment begins with a comprehensive blood panel, physician consultation and diagnostic testing.

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Man-to-Man: Get Fit and Live Longer.

Starting is the hardest part. There’s no time like the present to get fit. Work up to it. But start. The end result is a healthier and longer life. Just because you have hit middle age or older doesn’t mean you’ve missed the opportunity to be healthy. Gradually increase your activity levels over time; the health benefits are huge.

Men are highly responsive to exercise, nutrition and hormone improvements.

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Prevent now. Benefit from better health later.

Healthcare prevention encompasses age and disease management. By any name there is a heightened need for personalized medical attention in today’s challenging healthcare environment. Staying healthy requires advocating for your health and preventing chronic disease. A comprehensive Preventive Age Management profile puts you back in the drivers seat for your wellness.

Common sense tells us to eat right and exercise.

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Understanding the Benefits and Risks of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

If you are over the age of 40 and experiencing weight gain, decreased energy, or impaired cognitive function, chances are you might have looked into Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).  But with all of the information surrounding this treatment, how can you separate facts from fiction?  Dr. Bright McConnell, III of FitMed Partners performs BHRT evaluations and counsels patients on their options regarding treatment at his Daniel Island office. 

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Healthy Aging

Be proactive about your health. Mark in red letters on your September calendar: Schedule a Comprehensive Health Evaluation. Go online and make an appointment with www.FitMedPartners.com or call 843-284-5720 and schedule your appointment.

Aging affects all aspects of your health. Dr. Bright McConnell is an experienced orthopedic surgeon. Over the years in practice, he saw the correlation between the signs and symptoms of age and the deterioration of bones and joints.

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Five Ways Men Can Get Fit Now for Men’s Health Week

In honor of Men’s Health Week, June 15 to June 21, FitMed Partners and Charleston Sports Medicine have teamed up to provide you seven critical ways to get fit now. Count the ways you can feel better fast.

1. Save on Your Vo2Max Test First, schedule your Cardiometabolic Performance Test (VO2Max) screening for 20% off on Men’s Health Day. Appointments are available from 8 am to 5 pm, Friday June 19 at Charleston Sports Medicine’s Daniel Island location with exercise physiologist, Anne Moore.

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A Step-By –Step Guide to Your Metabolism Makeover

Bright McConnell III, MD, FitMed Partners

Need a metabolism makeover? You are not alone. Many women after 40 years of age believe they are doomed to be overweight due to a sluggish metabolism. The same tweaks to diet and upticks in exercise stop getting the results they did prior to mid-life. Instead, weight increases and energy decreases. New research indicates that it is possible to improve metabolic function during peri-menopause and menopause.

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Treatments using patient-derived platelets and stem cells are an emerging tool for healing injuries

Everybody knows a kid who likes to roughhouse — he or she plays full-speed with seemingly no regard for life and limb.

Jay Noce is one of those kids, all grown up.

The 51-year-old Daniel Island resident and former collegiate tennis player is a black belt in karate, does intense CrossFit workouts, and plays tennis, basketball and golf. Being physically active is in his DNA but his sports, while keeping him physically fit and trim, have taken their toll on his knees.

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Men and Aging A Scientific Solution

Aging…it happens to everyone. While women are often open about the signs of aging, for men aging is a subject they are hesitant to discuss.

The affects of aging are often the same for both men and women. As a person ages, energy levels, endurance, cardiovascular health, metabolic rate and athletic performance decline while weight increases.

Channel 4 first told you about the science of aging through the eyes of a woman, Cindy Cartmell.

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September is Healthy Aging Month. Top ten ways to age healthy.

It’s Never to Late to Reinvent Yourself! More people than ever will be 45 and older in America. It is a good time to embrace aging and make it the best experience you can. Try these ten ways to get started.

1. Do not act your age or at least what you think your current age should act like. What was your best year so far? 28? 40? Picture yourself at that age and be it. Don’t keep looking in the mirror, just FEEL IT!

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Low-carb Diet Recommended for Type 1 and 2 Diabetes Patients

Low-carbohydrate diets should be the first line of attack for treatment of type 2 diabetes, and should be used in conjunction with insulin in those with type 1 diabetes….

Conducted by a consortium of 26 physicians and nutrition researchers, the study suggests the need for a reappraisal of dietary guidelines due to the inability of current recommendations to control the epidemic of diabetes.

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The Truth about Male Testosterone Therapy and Heart Health

Is Testosterone Therapy in Men Harmful?

A Critical Review of a Recent Observational Study and Media Attention on Testosterone and Heart Attack Risk

By Neal Rouzier, MD

After a recent article on testosterone use was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), there has been an opportunity for law firms to capitalize on the suggested correlation between testosterone use and increased heart attack risk.

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Are gluten and carbohydrates at the root of Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, depression, and ADHD?

Bad bread! You sing to me with your wafting smells of comfort, warmth and satiation. Are you really the root problem for why I cannot find my keys routinely? The highly refined carbohydrate family of foods such as a bread, pasta, and rice found a sanctuary from health and wellness expert vehement criticism when the grain count rose. Enter brown pasta, brown bread and brown rice. We all felt better about ourselves when we snubbed the color white on our plates.

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Take the Test to Make Getting Fit a Success

There are many tests that patients can take to lend a hand in whatever their goal may be – weight loss, disease prevention, age management, improved fitness, better nutrition, supplements needed, and the like. At FitMed, we use evidence based medical testing to customize programs to each individual. No one patient has the same profile. Want to know what to eat to lose weight? Want to know how to improve your time for the marathon you are training for?

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Chef Reed’s Kale & Quinoa Cakes

We are WILD for Chef Reed’s Kale & Quinoa Cakes featured at Sewe Wild Life. The demonstrations showcased restaurants participating in the South Carolina Department of Agriculture “Fresh on the Menu” program. FitMed encourages you to eat well, enjoy the bountiful restaurants in our area and support South Carolina farmers – all at the same time!

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Five Small Resolutions You Can Keep. One Big Result.

The list of behavior changes that could enhance your longevity is long: eat well, eat green leafy vegetables, lose weight, exercise more, do more puzzles to work your brain, drink green tea, balance your hormones. But deciding what to tackle first – which one behavior will make the most difference – can lead to resolutions that are forgotten before January is even over!

While many researchers used to believe that living longer only bought us more years of disability, it’s now widely accepted that regular healthy behaviors like eating a nutritious diet, quitting smoking, and sleeping well can truly add life to your years as well as years to your life.

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Feast without Regret

FitMed Partners Gives Tips for Smarter Holiday Eating

Many people will gain weight over the upcoming holiday season, but there are ways to avoid the dreaded extra pounds. Thanksgiving kicks off the “season of eating” with a feast that can be detrimental to diet plans. Bright McConnell, III MD of FitMed Partners has some tips to keep the holiday weight gain away. He states, “These tips will help many enjoy the Thanksgiving feast with smart holiday eating and without regret.”

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Libby Orvedal Testimonial

Libby Orvedal, BHRT Women

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Dr. McConnell Appears on Lowcountry Live to Discuss Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

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Good Fat, Bad Fat: The Facts About Omega-3

If you ask folks what food group they should avoid, many will answer “fats.” While some fats are considered “bad for you”, there are some that are good for you.

Omega-3 fatty acids tout benefits from reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke to reducing symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Found in flaxseed and other plant-based foods, cold-water fish, and nuts, Omega-3 fatty acids have even been shown to boost your immune system and help protect against an array of illnesses including Alzheimer’s disease.

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Feast or Fit? Why Not Both?

It’s finally pumpkin season, and the reasons to celebrate are many. Not only is fall’s signature squash versatile, it also packs some healthy perks — like keeping heart health, vision and waistlines in check, as long as you take it easy on the pie, that is.

Both the flesh and seeds of the pumpkin are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Pumpkin is low in fat and calories and rich in disease-fighting nutrients such as:

Alpha-carotene Beta-carotene Fiber Vitamin C Vitamin E Potassium Magnesium Pantothenic acid

The alpha-carotene and beta-carotene are potent antioxidants found in pumpkin and are pro-vitamin A carotenoids, meaning the body converts them to vitamin A.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy Testimonial

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Elite Athlete Testimonial

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Student Athletes Concussion bill means statewide guidelines, more precaution

Moultrie News

By: Tyler Heffernan

Remember these numbers: 5, 17, 99 and 20. Got ‘em? Okay, hang on.

The Student Athletes Concussion bill was signed into legislation two weeks ago, creating statewide guidelines for student athletes trying to return to contact sports after suffering a suspected concussion. Pre-existing research and communication techniques are being used to implement the bill, so taxpayers won’t be blindsided with fees to support it.

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Exercise Helps Senior Citizens Prevent Falls

One in three senior citizens will fall this year, and often these falls lead to broken bones and even more health issues. Dr. Bright McConnell is an age management physician with FitMed Partners. He states, “Falls are a a major health concern for those over 65 years of age. As people age they lose strength, have slower reaction times and often have poor balance. This can often lead to falls and injuries.

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Preventing falls becomes tantamount as baby boomers move into senior years

(Post & Courier)

By David Quick

Duncan Munro, 72, of James Island, has fallen twice, stumbling in a parking lot and hitting his head on a BMW in one fall and tripping over his dog in his house in the other.

Likewise, 79-year-old West Ashley resident Betty Ochoa has tumbled twice, first after someone brushed by her while disembarking on a cruise and the second after tripping on a rug in her home.

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Paleo Recipes

PALEO PUMPKIN MUFFINS

Makes 12 muffins. Serving size is 2 muffins for breakfast, or 1 muffin for a snack.

Approximate cooking time: 40 minutes 

Ingredients

1½ cups almond flour 3/4 cup  canned pumpkin (or cook and puree pumpkin yourself) 3 large eggs 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp  ground cinnamon 1½ tsp pumpkin pie spice 1/8 tsp sea salt 1/4 cup raw honey (optional) 2 tsp almond butter 1 Tbs sliced almonds

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350℉.

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Paleo diet pulls up to the caveman’s dining table

Some swear by the free-range, organic diet of our human ancestors for optimal nutrition.

(Photo: Gannett/(Cherry Hill, N.J.) Courier-Post)

(Ashley Cline, (Cherry Hill, N.J.) Courier-Post)

Fred Flintstone may have been on to something.

With the whirlwind of health crazes, wellness phases and diet trends — each one sporting a hipper name than its predecessor — fueling the fitness fire, it’s easy to get burned.

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Bathing Suit Ready? Belly Buster tips that will get you there!

The temperatures have been climbing here in the lowcountry, and with warm weathercomes trips to the beach or pool and dayson the boat for many that live here.  But not everyone is ready for bathing suits that often come along with the outdoor activities.   FitMed Partners, and age management practice on Daniel Island, have composed some Belly Buster Tips that will help everyone get ready for summer.

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Middle-aged fitness may stave off dementia

(Today Health)

By Michelle Hamilton, Runner’s World

The statistics are not comforting: One in eight adults aged 65 and older suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. But a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine offers the heartening news that being fit in middle age may help stave off dementia later in life.

The researchers are among the first to use a large sample size to examine the relationship between cardiovascular fitness and loss of brain function.

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Trying to Remember? Beat Menopause Brain Fog.

(Post & Courier)

Trying to Remember?  Beat Menopause Brain Fog.

Many women we know and those we hear from were not surprised by a new report saying that fuzzy thinking at menopause is real, and neither were we.

It’s great that medical science is catching up with this annoying reality after years of skepticism. The good news is that you don’t have to wait any longer to banish the brain fog that’s interfering with your working memory.

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Research Shows Love Hormone Level Affects Sex Life

It is called the “Love Hormone” or the “Cuddle Hormone, soon some may call it the “Sex Hormone.”   This hormone, oxytocin, has recently been linked in studies to not only love and bonding but also to increasing one’s sex life.   Bright McConnell, III of FitMed Partners explains, “In the Journal of Sexual Medicine study, oxytocin was shown to

dramatically improve the sexual function of male participants.”  Administered through a nasal spray, the men in the study experienced restored ejaculation. 

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Sex Hormone Could Save Your Life

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)

Chances are you’ve seen the commercials.

“Do you have low energy?”

“Has your belly gotten bigger?”

“What about your sex life? Has it all but disappeared?”

Men, you probably remember these words more vividly. The advertisements promise relief. They say you may have low testosterone, the hormone that puts hair on your chest and stokes your sex drive.

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Start the New Year without Nagging Pain FAST!

Many are starting their New Years resolutions regime, which almost always includes getting in better shape and losing weight.   But for some athletes, they would just like to start the year without nagging tendon pain.  Bright McConnell, III M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with Charleston Sports Medicine, treats athletes that suffer from injuries that may prevent them from their training.  

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Lose Weight this Holiday Season with a Low-glycemic Diet.

Did Santa put an extra five pounds in your stocking last Christmas? Given the holiday festivities, complicated and stringent diets often fail. Eat healthier and lose weight this holiday season. Just take a few minutes to educate yourself on the GI Diet. Low-glycemic diets are touted by popular TV hosts and athletes alike claiming this diet can help you lose the weight – and keep it off.

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Tips On Enjoying a Thanksgiving Feast without Gaining Holiday Pounds

Perhaps no other holiday is associated with food as much as Thanksgiving.   With the turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole, and macaroni and cheese that are served, this holiday can be a diet buster. Bright McConnell, III MD of FitMed Partners has some tips to keep the holiday weight gain away.  He states, “There are ways to enjoy the Thanksgiving feast without adding on extra pounds.

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Heart Attacks and Men

Physician Warns to Consider Testosterone Levels

CVD or cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the US for men.  Many men undergo lipid panels and stress tests to determine their risk of heart failure, but recent published studies show that testosterone levels should also be considered.  Dr. Bright McConnell, III of FitMed Partners explains how low testosterone in men can indicate a significant increase in cardiovascular risk. 

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Want to Hit the Links like the PGA Pros?

Follow these tips first to avoid injury!

The PGA is in town!  Along with the nationally televised golf tournament comes national attention for the Charleston area and local attention on the game of golf.    While many are enjoying watching the golf greats like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson hit the ball, for some it is motivation to hit the links themselves.

Dr. Bright McConnell, III of Charleston Sports Medicine has treated golfers through the years on various injuries.  

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Dr. McConnell Discusses the FAST Procedure

(NEWS 2)

Over 10 million people in the United States are battling the pain of a soft tissue injury.  It can prevent them from living an active life. Usually, the problem is treated with remedies and medicines that only address the pain but do not address the source.

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Dr. Bright McConnell Performs First FAST Procedure in Charleston

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Local Orthopedic Surgeon performs First FAST Procedure in Charleston

FAST a new treatment option for tendon related injuries

Dr. Bright McConnell, III of Charleston Sports Medicine is the FIRST surgeon to perform the FAST procedure in Charleston.  Performed this week at Roper’s Mt. Pleasant Hospital, this procedure is a new advanced treatment that quickly and safely removes the source of tendon pain.  

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Trouble losing weight? WCIV anchor Victoria Hansen puts the spotlight on FitMed’s Age Management Program

Can’t lose weight? Maybe hormones are to blame

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — You exercise, you eat right, but still you can’t lose weight. If you’re over the age of 40, hormones may be to blame.

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Dr. McConnell makes national news in Golf Swing story

Local doctor provides inside info: PGA Tour golfers get chance to have body scans for data (Post and Courier) When Jim Furyk tees off today in the PGA Tour’s The Barclays tournament, he will do so armed with inside information provided by Dr. Bright McConnell, a local orthopedist.

McConnell has been performing body scans this week on PGA Tour golf pros, giving them a detailed look from the inside-out on what exactly is going on inside their bodies.

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Dr. McConnell gives his expert opinion on new lawsuit against Vibram FiveFingers shoes in Post & Courier article

(POST & COURIER)

Local runners, docs weigh in on lawsuit against popular Vibram FiveFingers shoes

Local runners and fitness buffs weren’t happy to hear about a class-action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court claiming that Vibram USA Inc. and Vibram FiveFingers LLC used deceptive and misleading statements about the benefits of barefoot running.

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Baseball Players Turn to PRP to Prevent and Heal Injuries Physician Keeps Players on the Field and out of the Operating Room

For immediate release – PRP is becoming a regular term in the baseball world.  Bartolo Colon of the Oakland A’s and New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez are 2 MLB players to recently undergo the procedure.

As a result, Charleston Sports Medicine is seeing enormous interest in Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) among athletes.  College of Charleston long relief pitcher, Nick Osterman, is one baseball player that is thankful he chose PRP over the traditional “tommyjohn” surgery. 

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A Shorter Road to Recovery for Athletes: Post & Courier highlights Charleston Sports Medicine’s PRP and interviews Dr. McConnell

(POST & COURIER)

For CofC Pitcher, New Treatment Worked

In the summer of 2010, Nick Osterman was pitching for the Forest City Owls of the Coastal Plains League. With two out in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Thomasville Hi-Toms, he threw a fastball for strike three and felt something give in his right elbow.

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Bio-Identical Hormones a Safe, Natural Remedy to the Fatigue, Weight Gain, and Loss of Libido in Aging

Bright McConnell, MD, often hears from his patients at FitMed Partners that they worry menopause or male androphase could destroy their marriages on top of their self esteem. In women, he sees weight gain, hot flashes, aging skin, and bone loss. He hears from men who are depressed, overweight, forgetful, or think they have sexual dysfunction.

Like most men and women, you may be frustrated by the symptoms of hormone loss and confused by the marketing hype surrounding synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

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Safely Navigating the Risks and Benefits of Hormone Therapy

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Weight Loss Seem Impossible? Local Surgeon says Genetic Testing May Help!

For Immediate release—For many, weight loss is an issue that they struggle with all through their lives. For some, the culprit behind the weight gain may actually not be diet or lack of exercise; their genes may be to blame. FitMed Partners is now offering a simple test, called genetic testing, that can give patients a personalized health plan. States Dr. Bright McConnell, III, “If a patient has tried numerous diets, and keeps losing and then regaining weight, they are a prime candidate for genetic testing.”

A simple saliva test analyzes over 100 genetic markers that have been shown to impact metabolism, exercise, and energy use in the body.

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PGA Tour golfers get chance to have body scans for data

(THE POST & COURIER) McConnell, of Charleston Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, uses an X-ray body scanner made by GE Healthcare — the machine, known as the iDXA system, costs up to $100,000 — to give golfers specific data on body composition, such as percent body fat and lean muscle mass.

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Body scan procedure helping golfers improve performance

DANIEL ISLAND, SC (WCSC) – Your body fat, muscle, and overall body composition all play in role in athletics and how you play your game. Now a cutting-edge x-ray procedure is being used to help athletes, and professional and amateur golfers in particular are taking a swing at it.

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Inherited Health: FitMed Unlocks Your Genetic Code

With genetic testing, FitMed is able to take personalized health planning and disease prevention to a whole new level.

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Personalize Diet, Nutrition and Exercise with Genomics

Dr Bright McConnell of FitMed Partners has always taken a custom approach to diet and exercise. Now, with genetic testing, he is able to take personalized health planning and disease prevention to a whole new level. Dr McConnell is one of the first physicians in Charleston to offer genetic testing to help his patients personalize their diet, nutrition and exercise as a way to increase wellness and to motivate positive change for health.

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Inherited Health: FitMed Unlocks Your Genetic Code

Dr. Bright McConnell, III of FitMed Partners has always taken a custom approach to diet and exercise. Now, with genetic testing, he is able to take personalized health planning and disease prevention to a whole new level. “This is a unique and scientific tool to help our medical team understand how your genes influence your body’s response to diet, nutrition and exercise,” says Dr.

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Valentine’s Day Lacking Romance? Hormones Levels may be to Blame

For many couples, Valentine’s Day is a reminder of a lackluster love life and decreased sex drive.  While many believe aging is to blame, there could be an underlying medical issue that can be diagnosed and treated.  Decreased hormone levels in both men and women can be the problem and can be addressed through Bio- Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy or BHRT.

Symptoms like a decreased libido naturally occur as people age, according to FitMed Partners Dr.

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Body scan procedure helping golfers improve performance

Your body fat, muscle, and overall body composition all play in role in athletics and how you play your game. Now a cutting-edge x-ray procedure is being used to help athletes, and professional and amateur golfers in particular are taking a swing at it.

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