Dr. Marra Francis

Austin, Texas 16 posts

The Truth About Heart Disease: It's More Than Just Bad Cholesterol

In order to reduce the risk of a heart attack and prevent heart disease, we've been taught that the solution is simple: lower your cholesterol. But is that really all it takes? Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attacks and strokes, remains one of the leading causes of death and disability in the developed world despite increased understanding and numerous medical advances to try to address this plague. For decades, medical scientists have understood what contributes to most cardiovascular disease: bad...

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How to Ask a New Partner About Their Sexual Health

Did you know that April is STD Awareness Month? It's so important to get tested if you are sexually active, and with modern technology allowing you take an STD test in the comfort of your own home now, people no longer have a reason not to get tested. Discussing your sexual health can be uncomfortable and downright awkward, but it's crucial to know before engaging in sexual activity. Both people involved are more than likely wanting to ask the same...

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How to Overcome the Weight Loss Plateau

A slow moving metabolism may result in difficulty for women to lose weight at a normal pace, resulting in health complications due to being unhealthily overweight or obese. It can be discouraging for someone who puts effort in diet and exercise to then be unable to reap in the benefits of a healthy body due to having a slow moving metabolism, to the point that they just give up on maintaining themselves properly and suffer the consequences that they’ve...

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10 Easy Tips for Falling Asleep Faster

Think of the most important things in your life; what comes to mind? Maybe it's spending time with family, traveling the world, working hard in your career, maintaining a social life, etc. All of which, when trying to balance it all, can easily lead to constant stress. What you probably didn't think of (that should rank high on your list) is sleep. It is known that humans spend about one-third of their lives asleep, so shouldn't we be aiming to...

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Healthy Fats You Should Be Eating

Fat = bad. Sounds simple, right? We've been led to believe all our lives that fat is harmful to our health which is why brands in the food industry have produced plenty of processed foods claiming to be "low in fat!" for years. However, not all fats are the same. For example, trans fats—often listed as “partially hydrogenated oils” on labels—have a bad reputation for good reason. Created using an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils...

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