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Recognize and Prevent Illness with Our Health Blog

We pack Family Physicians Group’s health blog with valuable medical tips and research you can immediately use to improve your health. From disease prevention and symptom recognition to important updates about our medical community, you get the latest wellness information that lets you take charge of your health. 

Why Patients Should Use the Patient Portal

The FPG Patient Portal is online technology that has the ability to change the medical record keeping industry and it could help improve your life. The following information will be important to those individuals who take their health very seriously. Read More
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Questions or Concerns? We Can Help!

Family Physicians Group strives to provide patients with a unique healthcare experience. When you visit one of our 22 doctor’s offices, FPG wants you to receive high-quality medical care and exceptional service. Our number one priority is to ensure that you are well taken care of and for this reason, FPG has established a dedicated Customer Service Department for you. Read More
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Ten Things to Remember During Open Enrollment

From October 15 until December 7, you will be able to change your Medicare Advantage plan for 2017. It's a critical time for you and your family to ensure that you are receiving the absolute best coverage for your situation. Read More
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The Risk Factors of Arthritis

Arthritis is a condition affecting the joints in your body causes stiffness and pain. Nearly one in five American adults have it, but anyone can get it. Are you at risk for developing Arthritis? Read More
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Laughter is the Best Medicine

You've probably heard the old adage: Laughter is the best medicine. Well, it's true! Sort of. While laughter is not technically medicine, it can benefit your health. Laughter is a powerful stress reliever, counteracting all of the nasty stuff stress does to you mentally and physically. Read More
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Wear the Right Shoes

Are your feet hurting right now? Perhaps your shoes are not doing an adequate job of protecting your feet. Wearing unsuitable, cheap or ill-fitting footwear can lead to greater wear and tear on the tissues and bones in your feet, causing irreversible damage. On the other hand, the right shoes can lead to a healthier, more active and more comfortable life. Read More
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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcoholism among older adults is on the rise. Family members, friends, pharmacists, and health care providers can all be involved in preventing drug abuse among older adults. Know the behavior associated with alcoholism, so you can look out for the senior(s) in your life. Read More
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Celebrate National Doctors' Day

Does your doctor know just how much you appreciate him or her? All of our lives have been impacted by the care and compassion of a physician. Physicians are responsible for our health from birth to death, from the delivery room to the nursing home. They've set your broken arms, and immunized you against the next threatening flu strain. And now is the time to thank them. Read More
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Is Your Diet Giving You Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the country today, killing over 4,000 Americans every month. That figure far out-paces all other nations. But why is the United States uniquely susceptible to colon cancer deaths? Well, it's because of our diets. Read More
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Nutrition for People with Diabetes

In honor of National Nutrition Month (every March) we've come up with a list of some of the best and worst foods for diabetics. If you eat the right foods, you are consuming essential, healthier carbohydrates to help you control your sugar intake. People eating the wrong foods will only exacerbate your condition. Read More
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Be Heart Smart. Get Your Heart Screened.

Heart disease (a catchall term including heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases) is the number one killer in the United States, killing hundreds of thousands of us every year. Many Americans have gone their entire lives without knowing their risk of heart disease and without changing their behavior to manage it. Family Physicians Group, and really the entire medical community, would like to change that. Read More
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Obamacare Enrollment Fair

Get the health insuranced you need and much more at the Obamacare Enrollment Fair hosted by Congressman Alan Grayson. You must have insurance by February 15 at midnight or risk paying a penalty to the IRS! Read More
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FPG is a Top Practice in the United States

Recently, Family Physicians Group was honored to be named by the Peterson Center on Healthcare as one of the top practices in the entire country. The Washington D.C. organization consisting of many of the nation’s top health care and business leaders, analyzed data from 15,000 doctor’s offices across the United States and found Family Physicians Group to be one of the 11 best. Read More
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FPG Provides America's Most Valuable Care

Family Physicians Group with Founder and President of Clinical Affairs, Dr. Nayana Vyas, were chosen by the Peterson Center on Healthcare as a provider of America's Most Valuable Care. This incredible honor is explained in the video below, created by the Peterson Center on Healthcare: Read More
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2014 Medicare Enrollment Tips

Are you getting the best Medicare coverage you can? If you’re like most seniors, you’re spending a considerable amount of attention to the changes made to Medicare and its HMOs this time of year. Many people are satisfied with their current plan and they probably won’t change, but if you’re not completely satisfied, pay attention. Read More
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Do You Love Your Doctor?

How much do you appreciate your doctor? Personally, the staff here at Family Physicians Group loves our doctors. Of course, that is likely because we are well-acquainted, or in some cases related to the doctors here. We also know the sacrifices our doctors have made and the interest they have in our wellbeing. Read More
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Have Questions about Medicare?

The Medicare Enrollment Period begins today, October 15th, and you would do well to remember to review your insurance policy with your agent to make sure you are receiving the absolute best plan for your situation. Read More
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Food to Fight Cholesterol

You are what you eat is nowhere more defined than in your cholesterol levels. It's pretty simple, if you eat a bad diet, you will get high cholesterol. But, you don't have to give up great tasting foods simply because your cholesterol is high. Read More
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Prostate Cancer Symptoms

Many times, prostate cancer has no symptoms. It's caught during an early screening or during a routine checkup. That is why it is so important for men over 50 to have regular screenings, which are provided at no charge to you at Family Physicians Group. Read More
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What Are the Types of Cholesterol?

You've had your blood tested and your physician has come back to tell you that your LDL is high and you need to lower your Triglycerides. Most people aren't sure what exactly that means, so here's the description of your cholesterol, from the American Heart Association. Read More
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What is Cholesterol?

Almost everyone has heard of cholesterol. After all, it's one of the top factors your physician will look at in a blood test. But what is cholesterol? Here's a great article from the American Heart Association: Read More
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Women's Health and Fitness Day

Women's Health and Fitness Day is September 24th! Ladies, keep yourself healthy. Here's a list of 10 foods that every adult woman should include in their diet, according to Pam Peeke, M.D., M.Ph., author of Fight Fat After 40. Read More
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How Apple's Watch Can Help Your Health

For nearly ten years, Apple has been the premier technology pioneer. Think of the iPod and iPad. Think of the iPhone and iTunes. You can’t go anywhere anymore without seeing someone with an Apple gadget in their hands. Previously these products have been most popular amongst the younger generations, but that may soon be changing. Read More
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Prevent Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is usually indiscriminate. It affects 1 in 6 men in the United States and it is critical all men over 50 receive annual screenings, which are provided at no-cost to you at Family Physicians Group. Read More
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Prostate Cancer Risk Factors

Are you at risk for prostate cancer? If you are a man, you have a 1 in 6 chance you will develop prostate cancer at some point during your lifetime, with the odds increasing as you grow older. It's imperative you are checked for prostate cancer on a regular basis. Read More
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National Grandparents Day

The Sunday after Labor Day is recognized as Grandparents Day, where we honor our grandparents. The holiday was created in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter with a proclamation that read: Read More
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BVL's Address Has Changed

Family Physicians of BVL has not moved, but its address has changed. Starting today, September 2, 2014, parts of Boggy Creek Road will be renamed. Read More
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FPG's Healthy Aging Challenge

People are living longer, healthier and more active lives than ever before, but it doesn’t just happen this way. There’s a lot you can do to improve your chances of living well into old age, like eating right, exercise, and regular physician check-ups amongst other things. Read More
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Medical Alert Awareness Month

What will you do if you are in a medical emergency and cannot speak? How will the paramedics and doctors know about your medications and your preexisting conditions? Read More
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The Different Types of Flu

The flu can be confusing. After all, the media talks about swine flu, bird flu, H1NH1, equine flu, bat flu and others. However, there are really only three different types of the influenza virus - A, B and C - and the flu shot covers most of those, types A and B. Read More
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Dog and Cat Flu

This month, we're focusing a lot of attention on the flu and prevention. So much so, we got to thinking, "are our pets susceptible to the flu?" The truth will contribute to the long fought battle between cat owners and dog owners. Read More
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Cataract Awareness

August is Cataract Awareness Month and with more than 24 million Americans suffering needlessly from cataracts, here is some information from the non-profit group Prevent Blindness America: There are currently more than 24 million Americans age 40 and older who have cataract, according to the Vision Problems in the U.S. report from Prevent Blindness America. It is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Read More
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Flu Shots: Facts vs. Myths

We always hear from patients worried about getting a flu vaccine. After all, the flu has been around for our entire lifetimes and most of us have had the flu at some point. Today, however, fighting the flu is simple and safe. Here are four common myths of the flu and the flu shot from the Vermont Health Department. There should be no excuses to get your flu show as soon as they are available, and at FPG they are available now! Read More
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Get Protected From the Flu

While the number of people infected year to year varies, up to 40 percent of the entire population in the United States can be infected by the flu each year. Of those, 100,000 to 200,000 will be admitted to the hospital and approximately 36,000 will die. The flu is even more serious in seniors as the rate of hospitalization doubles for people older than 65. Read More
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Troubling News on Niacin

A recent study released in The New England Journal of Medicine reveals troubling news for patients taking niacin, a drug prescribed to patients with high cholesterol. Despite lowering LDL and triglyceride levels, and raising HDL levels, niacin did not improve overall vascular health and did not reduce adverse vascular events (such as myocardial infarction, cardiac death, stroke, or cardiac stenting) in patients already on statin therapy. Read More
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Focus Group Invitation

At FPG, we are continually reviewing our services and trying to improve care. That is why we are conducting a series of focus group with our patients. If you are over 65 years old, you may qualify to participate in one of our focus group sessions, where you will have the opportunity to share important feedback. Read More
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For Jess

Ordinarily, we like to post light-hearted, maybe humorous blogs on Fridays, but today’s blog is a very important one given to us by a fellow employee. Adam Proctor works in the Purchasing Department of Family Physicians Group, where he does a fantastic job buying and distributing important materials for the company. Adam’s story touched our hearts and we think it will have an impact on anyone who knows someone with diabetes. Please take a moment to read. Read More
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Diabetes Challenge: July 7-31

Most of what we eat is transformed into fuel for our bodies. This fuel is known as glucose, a simple sugar and the primary source of energy for our body’s cells. Without glucose, we couldn’t grow or have the energy to live our lives. Unfortunately, glucose doesn’t store well and a body afflicted by diabetes will experience difficulty holding onto that energy. Read More
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Seven Tips to Stay Cool This Summer

Sunny weather is perfect for the fun summer activities, like going to the beach, picnics or hanging out by the pool, but seniors must be careful, as they are more prone to heat related illnesses. Dehydration, heat stroke, heat cramps and heat exhaustion can occur primarily for seniors in dangerously high temperatures. Read More
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PUP Members Get Special Enrollment Period

Attention Physicians United Plan members: In response to the popular insurance plan, PUP, being liquidated, Medicare is giving PUP members a special enrollment period --from now until August 31st -- to select a new Medicare Advantage Plan. Failure to select a new plan by August 31st will mean that you have to wait until the Annual Medicare Enrollment Period begins October 15th to enroll. Read More
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Prostate Cancer

More than 200,000 American men are affected by prostate cancer, making it the second most commonly diagnosed cancer amongst men in the United States. Fortunately, it is a very slow developing cancer confined to the prostate gland. So as long as it is detected early, prostate cancer is very curable. Read More
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Misleading Post Cards Are Not From Medicare

Be on the alert for misleading postcards that look like official documentation from the government regarding Medicare and Medicaid benefits. Its is important to point out that this is not a scam and nothing illegal has been performed by the anonymous company, but one should question the ethics of using deceitful marketing tactics to obtain seniors information for solicitation. Read More
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Happy Father’s Day!

Father’s day is this Sunday, June 15th. Family Physicians Group would like to take a moment to thank all fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, great grandfathers and fathers-to-be. Read More
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Physicians United Plan (PUP) to be Liquidated

We regret to inform you that Physicians United Plan (PUP) will be liquidated and out of business at the end of this month. PUP members will be switched back to original Medicare, effective July 1, 2014. Read More
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Men’s Health Month!

June is Men’s Health Month and at Family Physicians Group we encourage all of our male patients to seek early detection and treatment for diseases among males. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to bring awareness of conditions and the necessary screenings, so men can continue to live a healthy and active life. Read More
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Sun Safety Week 2014

We love living in the Sunshine State, but so much sunny weather can have a downside. Exposure to the sun may cause wrinkles and age spots and worse: skin cancer. Some senior citizens remain unconcerned about the negative effects of the sun’s rays, but it's important for to protect your skin, particularly in old age. Read More
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Stay Hydrated This Summer

The Florida humidity is notoriously brutal and uncomfortable. It can be extremely dangerous if you’re not careful as it causes you to sweat and sweat and still you may never be properly cooled. Dehydration happens when your body doesn’t have enough water and other fluids to operate regularly. Observing signs of dehydration is important to avoid any problems as we approach the hot summer months in sunny Central Florida. Read More
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National Cancer Survivor Day is Sunday!

National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual, celebration where friends, family, organizations and cancer survivors get together and celebrate life after cancer. Millions of people are living with cancer, and this is a celebration to honor those who have fought cancer and won, giving hope and courage to those who are still in the battle against this horrible disease. Read More
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May is National Older Month - Helen Kroesser

“Live, Love and Laughter” says Helen Kroesser when people ask her what is her secret to remain active and healthy at 101, soon to be 102! According to Helen, she couldn’t come up with something, a secret, so she started saying “Live, Love and laughter” and this seemed to make people happy, so that was good enough. But although Helen may not know her secret to aging as graciously as she has, after spending only few hours with her I lived through her stories, felt the love of her heart and laughed at her jokes. Read More
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Memorial Day a Time To Say Thank You!

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have given their lives in service to their country. While most of us will be creating new memories at the beach, family gatherings, picnics, BBQ’s or just enjoying the long weekend we all should take a moment of silence and pay our respects to those who have given us the opportunity to enjoy these moments. Read More
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IMPORTANT: IRS PHONE SCAM WARNING

The Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration issued an official press release warning Americans to beware of a phone scam involving the IRS. The scammers are impersonating IRS representatives demanding immediate payments on pre-paid debit cards and by wire transfer, claiming the victims have not filed their taxes or have made mistakes on their current filings. Over 450,000 taxpayers have received these fraudulent calls and thousands of unsuspecting victims have lost over $1 million dollars, in March alone. Read More
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Regular Exercise Can Prevent Alzheimer

Dr J. Carson Smith, of the University of Maryland discovered that regular exercise can keep dementia away even if it is in your genes based upon a study of men and women in their 60s, 70s and 80s. The latest’s findings found that being active at least three times a week stopped the brain from shrinking even for those at high risks. Read More
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Type 2 Diabetes Warning Signs

There are three basic types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and Gestational diabetes. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for 90% of all diabetics. In Type 2 diabetes, one of two things will happen – either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Read More
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Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s day is this Sunday, May 11th. At Family Physicians Group we like to think we have many mothers. Every female patient touches us. We learn from your wisdom, we enjoy your humor, and we truly love sharing our home with all of you. Read More
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National Nurses Week 2014!

Family Physicians Group is recognizing the dedicated service of our nurses during National Nurses Week, May 6-12. National Nurses Week is an annual event that begins on Nurse’s Day, marked by Florence Nightingale’s birthday, May 6. Florence paved the way for all nurses as the founder of modern nursing. Read More
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Keep Your Blood Pressure Low

High blood pressure is sneaky. You can have it and not know it. That’s why it is called a “silent killer”. Over time, high blood pressure can lead to a stroke, heart attack or kidney failure. But, this doesn’t have to happen to you. Regular blood pressure checks and healthy lifestyle choices are the tools to help you prevent or control high blood pressure. Read More
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Bone Density Scans

Modern health screening technology can detect bone loss in the early stages when you are unable to feel it. When bones lose density; they become weaker and more likely to break. Read More
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Diabetes Health Risk Reduction

There’s good news in healthcare! A recent report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed a substantial decrease in health risks amongst diabetics. The report shows that adopting a healthy lifestyle can prevent or dramatically reduce type 2 diabetes along with other health related issues. It’s the first credible report that has shown us that all the work on reducing the risks of these preventable diseases are paying off. Read More
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Debate over Electronic Cigarettes

Medical professionals, politicians and more are engaged in a debate over electronic cigarettes. While it may not seem like a big deal to non-smokers, manufacturers say it is critical for smokers who use e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking tobacco. Nearly 480,000 individuals die every year from smoking, making it the largest cause of preventable deaths in the United States. Read More
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Smart Eyes-On Glasses Improves Patient Care

New innovative medical technology is improving patient care while reducing medical errors. In the United States, the federal government has taken action to develop and to enforce the use of innovative Healthcare IT solutions including Electronic Medical Record System and other secure healthcare technologies. In a previous article on our blog, we looked at Google Glass Glucose-Sensing Contact Lenses a new technology that will improve patient's eyesight while also monitoring glucose levels effortlessly. Read More
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Good Foot Health to Prevent Falls

One in three seniors aged 65 and older will fall this year; however, research has shown that proper foot health is an effective strategy to prevent falls amongst seniors. Research conducted at University health sciences clinic in Melbourne, Australia found 36% fewer falls in seniors who received podiatry treatment for minor foot problems. Read More
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Pedometer Walk Challenge: April 21-27

The week in April, between the 21st and 27th, is National Medical Fitness Week. To celebrate, Family Physicians Group has organized the Pedometer Walk Challenge for seniors, encouraging participants to walk 21,000 steps over 7 days. Read More
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April is Foot Health Awareness Month

Approximately twenty percent of the U.S. population will experience at least one-foot problem this year according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. Family Physicians Group recommends the following tips to help you keep your feet and ankles healthy from unnecessary pain and suffering. Read More
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App Helps Patients With Alcohol Use Disorder

Alcoholism is a chronic illness and after receiving alcohol therapy many individuals will unfortunately relapse. In a recent article, the Journal of the American Medical Association identifies a smartphone app designed to assist patients diagnosed with alcohol use disorder (AUD). Read More
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National Humor Month Laugh for Your Health

Did you know that laughing can improve your health? Dr. Lee Berk and Dr. Stanley Tan Loma Linda University conducted research to discover the benefits of laughing and found some unexpected results. Let’s review some of the health benefits of laughing that prove laughter is indeed the best medicine. Read More
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Thank You, FPG Doctors!

March 30th is National Doctor’s Day - A day that we recognize and say thanks to all doctors for dedicating their lives to helping our loved ones through injury, sickness and to a better wellbeing. Read More
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Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is defined as any involuntary leakage of urine. It is extremely common in the elderly, whereas 1 in 10 people aged 65 or older have these issues. Read More
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Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a gradual loss in renal function during a period of several weeks or years.Your kidneys filter wastes and excess liquids out of your bloodstream that are then flushed away as urine. Read More
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American Diabetes Association Alert Day!

Did you know that one in four Americans have diabetes, yet many aren’t even aware that they have the disease? Today, nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States are diagnosed with diabetes. Read More
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Why You Should Get Tested For Colorectal Cancer

The CDC recommends that all seniors 50 to 75 be screened for colon cancer as the best defense against the disease. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States, yet statistics show that one third of seniors have never been accurately tested. Read More
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Ten Interesting Food & Nutrition Facts

As your trusted source for primary care, FPG has a shared interest in your overall health and wellness, which includes your daily diet. Here are some interesting food and nutrition facts you probably didn’t know. Read More
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Ten tips to help you make smart food choices at the grocery store

Healthy eating starts with smart choices in the grocery store. Because determining what the healthiest options are can be difficult, we have provided a list of tips for you to use during your next grocery shopping trip. Read More
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Primary Care, Urgent Care or ER?

Nobody knows your health history better than your primary care doctor, so in most cases your first choice for care is your family doctor. Your primary care physician is the most cost-effective method of care, but there are situations that may arise which require other options. Read More
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Biofeedback devices increase body awareness while improving health

Athletes and health enthusiasts have been tracking their health data for years, but now health-monitoring devices are becoming more accessible for everyday people including seniors. Biofeedback is a treatment technique in which individuals are trained to improve their health by using information gathered from their own bodies. Read More
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Aspirin for Curbing Heart Disease

Aspirin is an over the counter medicine, but the label does not give you directions or proper dosage on how to lower the risk of heart attacks and clot-related strokes. How do you choose whether or not a daily, preventive dose of aspirin is correct for you? And if it is, how do you lower the risk of side effects? Read More
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The Health Benefits of Hugging and Kissing

Holding a grandchild, kissing your spouse, or embracing a good friend can trigger that special, warm feeling we call love. Now, scientists are saying that hugging and kissing can have long-term physical and mental health benefits. Read More
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Ten fun heart facts you probably didn’t know

We all know the importance of taking care of the heart, but here’s some fun facts about the heart that you probably didn’t know. Read More
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10 Tips for a Healthier Heart

Heart disease is the primary cause of death for both women and men, but you can prevent heart problems by adopting healthy lifestyle changes. Heart Health begins by taking small steps towards prevention. Here are ten tips for a healthier heart. Read More
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February is Heart Health Month

You know Valentine’s Day is the holiday for the heart, but did you also know that the entire month of February is dedicated to heart health? Heart disease is the primary cause of death for both men and women; in the United States over 600,000 individuals die from heart disease each year– that’s 1 out of every 4 deaths. Read More
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What it means to Go Red

Over the past ten years, the first Friday of February has been National Wear Red Day, a day to raise awareness about heart disease in women. Heart Disease is more deadly than all forms of cancer and has been called “the silent killer” because often there are no detectable symptoms. Read More
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Start your New Year with a Wellness visit

It’s the beginning of the year, so now is the time to schedule your annual “Wellness visit”. The Affordable Care Act created new prevention and wellness benefits for all Medicare patients. One of these new provisions is the once-a-year “Wellness” visit, but this is not what you or your doctors think of as an annual exam. Read More
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Bingo improves senior’s mental, physical and social health

If you are one of the loyal, possibly addicted bingo players who visit your favorite FPG seniors club or play online regularly, we have some great news for you! Scientific studies are revealing that playing bingo can have some not-so-obvious benefits. Read More
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Reverse the Aging Process with healthier lifestyle changes

Researchers have discovered that positive lifestyle changes such as physical activity, stress reduction, improved social life along with eating a healthier diet may reverse the aging process at a cellular level. Read More
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Guidelines for Proper Disposal of Medications

If you’re like most seniors you have some old and expired medications in your medicine drawer or cabinet. You know that drawer, which is overflowing with stuff, and every time you open it you make a mental note to clean it up, but after you close the drawer you forget about it until the next time. Read More
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Glucose-Sensing Contact Lenses

The idea of using contact lenses for diabetic monitoring has been around for years, but now Google is developing and testing the lenses to help individuals with diabetes to monitor and control blood sugar levels. Read More
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Add some color to your plate for your health!!!

Food variety supplies different nutrients, so to maximize the nutritional value of your meal, include healthful choices in a variety of colors. Read More
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Walking is an Anti Aging Exercise for Seniors

Walking is a valuable tool whether your age six or sixty. It is one of the best overall exercises according to many expects and study after study has shown that walking has several long term benefits including triggering anti aging responses within the body for seniors 60 years and older. Read More
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Heart Disease

Heart disease is a general phrase used to identify an array of diseases that affect your heart. The different diseases that fall under the umbrella of heart disease include diseases of your blood vessels, such as coronary artery disease; heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias); heart infections; and heart defects you're born with (congenital heart defects). Read More
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Fall Prevention

Falls are more likely to occur amongst the elderly than any other group. It is stated that one in three adult’s aged 65 and older will take a hard fall. Falls can be extremely damaging causing moderate to severe injuries. Examples of these injuries are head traumas and hip fractures. It also increases the risk of an early death. Read More
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Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary Artery Disease - also called CAD- is the most common type of heart disease. It is the leading cause of death in the US. It can be a subtle disease that is easily missed by many people. Read More
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Family Physicians Group Acquires Kissimmee Practice

Orlando, Fla. (January 8, 2014) – Orlando's largest privately-owned primary care doctors group has expanded with an asset purchase of Medical and Geriatric Associates in Kissimmee. Read More
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Seniors and Alcoholism

Statistically, the use of alcohol and other drugs decline as people grow older, however a sizable percentage of today’s older adults are drinking more. It is estimated that nine percent of Medicare beneficiaries’ age 65 or older consume more than the recommended amount of alcohol. Read More
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Cervical Cancer Prevention for Older Woman

Cancer is the leading cause of death among seniors and cervical cancer is the number two killer of woman worldwide. The older you get the risk of getting cancer including cervical cancer increases. Cervical cancer is caused by a virus, called the humanpapilloma virus (HPV), so older woman are still at risk. Read More
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What is Medical Nutrition Therapy?

Multiple disease states and their detrimental effects on morbidity and mortality can be prevented or minimized with effective and timely nutrition and lifestyle intervention. Nutrition intervention and counseling provided by a Registered Dietitian, when part of a health care team, have a positive impact on body weight, blood pressure and glycated hemoglobin, (A1C). Read More
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Make 2014 a Healthier Year!

It’s almost time for 2014! I’ve got big plans for the New Year and a new resolution. Have you picked a New Year’s resolution, yet? Maybe you should make it about your health, like I am. Read More
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How to safely manage your medications!

Medications play a more important role in our lives, as we grow older. When properly managed, prescription and nonprescription medications can help seniors live longer and healthier lives. However, medications can also bring many safety concerns for aging seniors. Read More
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The Role of a Nephrologist

There’s a reason the human body has two kidneys even though it can function with just one. It’s because they’re very important and play a vital role in the internal body. If your kidney isn’t in perfect working order, toxins will build up in your body and create all kinds of health problems. When it comes to your kidney’s you don’t want to take any chances. Read More
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Advice to Help you find a Good Endocrinologist

When it comes to your health, you want to know that they’re you are getting the best possible care. Even though your physician is great, it doesn’t mean they are a good fit for all conditions. You want to make sure the person watching over your endocrine system specializes in Endocrinology. Read More
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Get Natural Help from an Osteopathy Doctor

Just because you need some medical help, there’s nothing that states you have to take all kinds of pills or get surgical treatment. One form of medicine, Osteopathy, focuses on healing the body and the mind without the use of drugs and invasive medical techniques. Read More
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Quitting Smoking?

You’re considering quitting smoking, and that’s a great first step. Next, you’ll want to seek out resources to help you quit for good. If you are a senior you may remember the anti smoking commercial called “Like Father, Like Son” which first aired in 1967 and ran until 1982. If you don’t remember the original PSA we have provided the video to trigger your memory. Read More
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Are electronic medical records secure

One way health care reform is looking to lower costs in health care is through the use of electronic medical records. Instead of using paper charts, doctors are now inputting all patient records into electronic formats. Read More
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How to Cope with Depression During the Holiday Season

Ordinarily, the holiday season is a time of celebration and togetherness. But there are those who find it to be a very difficult time of the year. Read More
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What is a Podiatrist?

When you have a sprained ankle or top of the foot bump, your family doctor should be able to help, but if you have a more severe problem that makes it difficult for you to walk and feel comfortable, you need to seek out more advanced care. You need to find a good podiatrist. Read More
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You Can Still Choose FPG for Your Primary Care!

The Medicare Enrollment Period has come to a close. Medicare recipients now own the plan they selected (or didn’t select) until next season. However, did you know that you are not stuck with your primary care physician like you are with your Medicare plan? Read More
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What is Glaucoma and Why Should You Get Tested?

Ensure your independence and wellbeing by utilizing preventative care. Driving is a privilege that many seniors don’t want to give up, but we all know the time will come when it’s no longer safe to operate a vehicle. Read More
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SilverSneakers is Changing the Aging Stereotype

As a senior, you know the benefits of going to the gym, but who wants to go to a gym filled with young athletic fitness magazine models? Talk about feeling out of place and uncomfortable as a senior… Read More
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The Medicare Enrollment Period Ends December 7th

Time is of the essence. With December 7 just around the corner, the annual Medicare enrollment period is almost over! In case you’re not clear, here is a quick recap of the rules for enrollment. Read More
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Medicare now covers Obesity screening & counseling

It is estimated that around 30 percent of all Medicare recipients are obese, which can lead to chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart disease. Maybe you or someone you know is one of these individuals who have struggled with weight issues. Read More
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August VIP Appreciation Winners

Congratulations to all our VIP raffle winners. During the month of August we raffled thousands of dollars in gift certificates to all our patients as a way of saying thank you for choosing FPG. We are excited to share the photographs of some of the winners with you. Read More
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How does a patient portal work?

A key tenant of health care reform is giving patients more power in their health care decisions and an online patient portal is one of the key elements to giving that power to patients. Read More
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We've redesigned our social media profiles

If you have visited our social media sites, you may have notice something different: more color, more information, more prizes and better graphics. Read More
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What do the ratings for health insurance mean?

Starting soon, it will be easier for you to compare plans as health care reform is implementing a rating system for insurance coverage. Read More
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Will I lose my doctor because of new benefits?

It is very important for seniors to read and understand their benefits during open enrollment because there will be changes and there is a chance that a doctor will not be available this year. Read More
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Arterial Hypertension

Arterial hypertension afflicts 30% of adults. It is defined by a resting systolic blood pressure of greater than or equal to 140 or a diastolic blood pressure of greater than or equal to 90, verified by at least one other high reading. Read More
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Medicare now includes wellness visits. What does that mean for you?

Traditionally, our health care system has been one where doctors fix health problems. For instance, when you are sick, you go to the doctor for medicine. When you break a bone, you go to the hospital for a cast. Read More
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What is a Patient-Centered Medical Home and what does that mean to you?

Today's health care is broken into many different parts. If you are sick, you visit a doctor. If you have a serious disease, you visit a specialist. If you need urgent care, you visit a hospital. If you need a prescription, you visit a pharmacy. Read More
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Family Physicians Group Video

Watch our corporate video to learn more about Family Physicians Group. Started by Dr. Nayana Vyas in 1987, Family Physicians Group now offers 25 different locations across Florida. Read More
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What is a “Healthy” Lunch?

Lunch by definition is a small meal originally eaten at any time of the day or night, but during the 20th century, it gradually became a small meal eaten at midday. Read More
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Prostate Cancer Screenings Save Lives

What do you think, feel or see when you hear the words prostate cancer? If you’re like me just hearing the words trigger my body to cringe as my thoughts go to a friend who battled the disease for years. While not everyone has experienced this type of tragedy statistics do indicate that someone you know has or has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Read More
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Last Chance to Make Each Step Count

Today, nearly 26 million children and adults just in the United States are diagnosed with diabetes. Unless we take steps to stop diabetes recent estimates predict that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050. Read More
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Diabetes Prevention and Control

In 2011, the American Diabetes Association estimated that within the United States, 25.8 (8.3% of the population) million children and adult live with diabetes. An additional 58% of the population, 179 million people, is affected with pre diabetes! Read More
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Healthy Aging Means Prevention

Did you know that seniors no longer have to pay for preventive health screenings? Read More
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How does health care reform affect Medicare?

If you are over 65, the health care reform act will have a minimal affect on you as it was designed for people who do not have coverage. Anyone over 65 years old is guaranteed health insurance coverage through the Medicare program. Read More
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Help Those With Diabetes

Family Physicians Group is determined to spread the word and raise some much-needed funds for research by sponsoring Red Striders at the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to STOP Diabetes. Read More
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Ladies: Get a Mammogram

The single greatest cause of breast cancer is age, so that’s why annual mammograms are so important for your well-being. Did you know that mammograms actually can detect changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them? If this isn’t reason enough to convince you to get your annual screening here are some more incentives. Read More
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Remember to Get a Flu Shot

It would be ideal if our body’s immune system strengthened with age, but unfortunately studies have shown the opposite to be true. As people age, their immune system weakens, making them more susceptible to the flu. Read More
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Welcome to Our New FPG Site!

You may have noticed that the FPG website looks a little different. Okay, it looks a lot different. We’re excited you’re here and we couldn’t be happier to launch the redesigned www.fpg-florida.com. Read More
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Medicare and Health Care Reform Forum

When it comes to health insurance the hot topic of concern today is Medicare and how healthcare reform will affect seniors’ health care benefits. The medical industry along with the media is buzzing and trying to put all the pieces together to help seniors understand Medicare and healthcare reform. Read More
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Medicare Part D

Rounding out the different Parts of Medicare is Part D, for prescription drug coverage. If you missed our short and easy explanations of Parts A, B and C, be sure to check them out. Read More
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Medicare Part C

Those new to Medicare, and seasoned veterans alike, have found that joining a Medicare Advantage plan offers certain perks, like additional benefits without an increase premiums, the opportunity to choose a personal physician to help you to coordinate your care, and proactive disease management and more. Read More
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Step-by-step Medicare Enrollment Guide

Medicare Open Enrollment like the holiday season is just around the corner and if your anything like me you want to get you’re shopping done early this year. Medicare open Enrollment begins October 15 and ends December 7; leaving you very little time to do your research to select the right health insurance plan based on your budget and needs. Read More
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Medicare Part B

So, the Medicare Enrollment Period is near. If you’re new to Medicare, pay attention, because this is information you should know. Read More
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Medicare Part A

It’s an important time for patients turning 65 years of age and becoming eligible for Medicare. The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is almost here! That’s why we’ve written a brief explanation of the A-B-Cs of Medicare, or more appropriately, the A, B, C, and D of Medicare. Today’s blog post is the first of a five part series on the topic: Medicare Part A. Read More
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Get the Most Out of Medicare

Medicare has an annual open enrollment period similar to employer- based health insurance plans, so why is it that many seniors simply stick to their current plan leaving money and benefits on the table? Read More
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is a time to donate and wear pink in honor to those who lost the battle to breast cancer. It is also a time for prevention and early detection and with pinktober just around the corner Family Physicians Group has scheduled special Breast Health Talks with Dr. Torres from SimonMed. Read More
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Get to Know Your Primary Care Physician

When you need to see a doctor, chances are a primary care physician is the first doctor you will see. Even at the hospital level, a PCP will be there to introduce him or herself and then proceed to help diagnose the ailment that you are dealing with. Read More
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Things to Keep in Mind While on your Quest to Find a Good Doctor

Don’t wait until you become sick or Medicare eligible before you start looking for a doctor. It’s far better to have a person you like and trust while your health is good. By seeing you while you’re in good health, you’re physician will be better able to make a swift and accurate diagnosis if your health starts to decline. Read More
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3 Easy Steps For Proper Disease Management

There are few things in life that are going to affect as many areas as your personal health. For centuries people have been trying to understand the make up of the human body and ways that the body can be properly cared for. The end result for most of these individuals is living longer, healthier lives. And while there is nothing wrong with desiring to live longer, there are few people who are dedicated to what it takes to live a longer and healthier life. Read More
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