#healthyrgv: Our health isn’t just about ourselves

I received an email weeks ago from a woman expressing frustration about her partner not sharing the same value about healthy behaviors: “It’s hard...

Controlling blood sugar important for diabetics

BY DR. CARLOS E. MORALES and DIANA F. RAMIREZDiabetes mellitus is a group of diseases characterized by abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates. In general, diabetes...

After setback, health journey back on track

Monday marked two weeks since my last workout after a rough two weeks.Shortly after weighing myself earlier this month, my mother suffered a mild...

#healthyrgv: The beginnings of a healthier lifestyle

Full disclosure: I’m a 31-year-old overweight, out-of-shape reporter. I don’t exercise as much as I should, sometimes I don’t drink enough water but I...

Diabetes can quickly lead to kidney disease

SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR So you are a 35-year-old male, married with two kids, and working hard every day to pay the bills and secure...

Who would have thought it in 1982? Surgery is a treatment for type 2...

BY MARIO del PINO and DIANA F. RAMIREZDoctors were not expecting that gastric bypass could eradicate diabetes in some patients. In 1982 — the...

Smarter choices leads to weight loss

So, I recently stuck a tube in my mouth and awkwardly breathed into a machine for 10 minutes.As I drooled, the device calculated my...

Surprising links between diabetes and cancer and how to reduce the risks

BY R. Suresh Ratnam and Diana F. Ramirez | Special to The MonitorDiabetes and cancer are significant health concerns in the Rio Grande Valley....

Mental health and treatment in the Rio Grande Valley

BY ALFONSO MERCADOAccording to most recent statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health, mental illness affects tens of millions of people in the...

Monitor reporter confronts ‘tumultuous relationship with food’

It’s Day 10.The cold temperatures are not going to stop me from working out. Yes, despite the less-than-ideal outdoor conditions, I’m still at it.It’s...