A virtual consult can be as good as seeing a doc in person — for real.

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Telemedicine isn’t new — considering that medical consultations were likely conducted by telegraph as far back as the Civil War, say researchers. But the telemedicine of today, which offers video, phone, chat and other digital means of connecting with a medical provider, is still a foreign concept to many. Here are the truths behind three common myths.

Telemed myth #1: The treatment won’t be accurate.
Research suggests that virtual consults are comparable to office visits for many health conditions. Authors of a study published in Health Affairs reviewed nearly 40,000 telemedicine interactions and found antibiotic use to be similar to that of in-person visits. The New England Journal of Medicine also reported that birth control dispensed via telemedicine adhered to CDC guidelines at possibly an even higher rate (93%) than in-person providers. …

Five easy ways to keep acid reflux from ruining your Thanksgiving.

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If you live with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), or experience acid reflux after eating certain foods, you might be approaching the biggest feast of the year with more dread than excitement.

When stomach acid creeps up into the esophagus, you feel that uncomfortable heartburn sensation. This process, known as acid reflux, can be more than just unpleasant — chronic acid reflux (often diagnosed as GERD) that’s left untreated can eventually lead to more serious complications, such as inflammation, ulcers and scarring.

To minimize heartburn symptoms, take these steps before, during and after your Thanksgiving meal. …

What you can do right now to set yourself up for success.

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Photo by Lindsay Henwood on Unsplash

Learning you have type 2 diabetes can raise all kinds of questions. What exactly is my body going through? Am I going to need to start taking meds? Will I have to change my diet or exercise habits? But maybe the most pressing question is: What do I do now?

To quell your worries and start feeling more in control, follow this action plan to not only manage, but begin living well with, diabetes.

1. Get support from your squad.

Managing your type 2 diabetes will probably mean changing your daily routine a bit, like adding in more physical activity or introducing new foods into your diet. Sharing your plans with those close to you can make your new habits stick a little easier. For example, if you prepare meals for your family, let them know they’ll be enjoying some healthier recipes and why. Or tell a close friend that you need to prioritize your exercise time, and ask to meet up for a morning workout rather than boozy brunch, for instance. …

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