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Can Type 2 Diabetes Be Reversed? Sep 1st, 2022

It’s not an exaggeration to say that type 2 diabetes is a dangerous and far-reaching epidemic in the United States, because the statistics are sobering. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 37 million Americans live with diabetes, and 90-95% of them suffer from type 2 diabetes.  Equally concerning is...

Foods that Boost Good Cholesterol Jul 1st, 2022

A staggering 95 million Americans live with high cholesterol. That’s not a good thing, since the condition is linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes — all very serious conditions. Treatment of high cholesterol is one of Dr. Gurprit Sekhon’s specialties. She and her caring team at Nu Wave Medical Center are committed to helping you manage your...

Reasons Why a Normal Blood Pressure Is Important to Your Overall Health Jun 1st, 2022

We often talk about how important it is to “know your numbers” when it comes to your health. Some that are important to track are your weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure. Your blood pressure is pivotal to your overall health, since it’s linked to a host of serious health conditions. As...

Diet Versus Exercise: Which Is More Important to Weight Loss? May 1st, 2022

Perhaps you’ve struggled with your weight for a long time. Maybe it’s just as you’ve gotten older, or after you’ve had a baby. In any event, losing pounds and keeping them off isn’t easy. You need an effective combination of a nutrition plan and an exercise program that works for you. ...

Understanding the Numbers that Make Up Your Blood Pressure Number Apr 1st, 2022

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a health condition that can lead to serious problems, including stroke, heart attack, aneurysm (when a blood vessel swells and bursts), and even dementia.  But what exactly is high blood pressure? It’s the force your blood exerts when it hits the walls of your...

I’m Struggling to Lose Weight Mar 1st, 2022

Excess pounds post multiple problems. If you struggle with being overweight or obese, you’re at increased risk for a host of serious health conditions, and the weight can also impact your self-esteem tremendously.  Feeling self-conscious about your weight may make you hesitant to go out and spend time with friends,...

Common STDs and How to Prevent Them Feb 1st, 2022

Sexually transmitted diseases are something everyone needs to think about. Over 20 million people are diagnosed with an STD each year, so learning about steps you can take to prevent them is critical. Dr. Gurprit Sekhon and the Nu Wave Medical Center team are highly invested in educating you about...

Understanding the Differences Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Jan 1st, 2022

What do you think of when you hear “diabetes?” Perhaps you associate the condition with symptoms like fatigue, excessive thirst, and unexplained weight loss.  There are several types of diabetes, but the two major ones are type 1 and type 2 diabetes. They have some symptoms in common, but are...

What Is Gout and What Can I Do About It? Dec 1st, 2021

Poor Henry VIII. Even though he was powerful, wealthy, and enjoyed a reign of over 45 years, he still couldn’t avoid gout, a painful type of inflammatory arthritis that emerges cruelly, often in the middle of the night. Amazingly, now in the 21st century, there are nine million gout sufferers. ...

Is Your Blood Pressure High? Nov 1st, 2021

We talk a lot about “knowing your numbers” in healthcare, or being aware of impactful health data that are represented numerically. For example, your weight, body mass index (BMI — a formula that uses your weight and height to determine whether you’re within a healthy weight range), and blood sugar...

Make These Modifications to Your Diet if You Want To Lose Weight Oct 1st, 2021

Obesity in America is a true and unfortunate epidemic. Over 36% of adults are obese, and alarmingly, nearly one-fifth of younger people and children ages two to 19 are considered obese. How exactly is obesity defined? Your body mass index, or BMI, is a calculation of your height to body...

Who Needs an EKG? Sep 1st, 2021

We know that it’s the healthcare providers who deliver care and compassion, but a critical implement of their toolbox is medical technology. Advanced tools like MRIs, mammography, and robotics-assisted surgery have brought medicine to a highly sophisticated place. Today your doctor can diagnose and treat you with much more ease...

What’s the Difference Between Good and Bad Cholesterol? Aug 3rd, 2021

Cholesterol, shmolesterol. It’s all the same, right?  Well, not exactly. There’s cholesterol —  the waxy substance made by your liver — that assists your body in manufacturing hormones, cells, and vitamins, and cholesterol that hurts it.  As an important indicator of your overall health, Dr. Gurprit Sekhon keeps tabs on...

Complications of High Blood Pressure Jul 8th, 2021

It’s not an exaggeration to say that high blood pressure is an epidemic in the United States. In fact, almost half of adults have blood pressure readings that are higher than they should be. Not to mention, high blood pressure is still considered a “silent” disease, or one that often...

A Closer Look at Gout Jun 17th, 2021

In centuries past, gout was termed “the disease of kings” because the condition was believed to be caused by overeating and indulging in alcohol excessively. Scientists later learned, however, that gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that typically affects just one joint.  The big toe joint is frequently targeted...

The Link Between Weight Loss and Improved Sleep May 11th, 2021

We know that excess pounds have numerous deleterious effects on your health, from stressing your joints to increasing your risk for serious conditions, like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Being either overweight or obese also affects your sleep, and contributes to sleep-related health problems.  Simply losing weight can significantly...

Is High Cholesterol Really That Bad? Apr 1st, 2021

Your cholesterol level is something you should become familiar with. It’s associated with a higher risk for heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States, and a host of other serious conditions. The challenge with cholesterol is that it’s easy to overlook because it doesn’t...

How Can I Manage Arthritis Pain? Mar 1st, 2021

Anyone who has suffered from arthritis can tell you it’s no picnic: Severe joint pain that can strike anywhere on your body, pain in your back and neck, stiffness, and swollen joints are all hallmarks of the condition. So, unfortunately, is limited mobility and an inability to enjoy life to...

5 Benefits of Healthy Weight Loss Feb 2nd, 2021

If you feel sluggish, don’t like how you look, and find clothes shopping absolutely no fun at all, it might be time to make a real commitment to losing that extra weight. The positive effects of weight loss — even as little as five percent of your total body weight...

High Blood Pressure Complications and How to Avoid Them Jan 1st, 2021

Our bodies move blood throughout our circulatory systems in a perfectly-designed way, so our organs receive the essential oxygen and nutrients they need to function. If your arteries have narrowed, however, when your heart pumps blood, it doesn’t flow efficiently. This defines high blood pressure.  The problem sounds simple, but...

6 Tips for Managing Your Cholesterol Over the Holidays Dec 18th, 2020

If you were to compare your cholesterol reading right after the holidays in January and in the middle of the summer, which number do you wager would be higher? If your answer is “January’s,” listen for the game show “ding-ding-ding.”  A 25,000-subject Danish study confirmed this, noting that cholesterol levels...

5 Tips to Keep Diabetes at Bay Nov 2nd, 2020

Would it shock you to learn that out of Florida’s nearly 21.5 million residents, almost 11% of them, or two million, live with diabetes? Equally serious is the fact that many others are pre-diabetic, but have no idea.  Diabetes occurs when glucose, your body’s main, food-provided energy source stays in...

Understanding Your Options With Osteoporosis Oct 15th, 2020

Many people think of osteoporosis strictly as an older woman’s disease, but this isn’t the case. Although one of two women over 50 will suffer a broken bone due to the condition, so will one out of four men in the same age range.  Here’s another startling statistic: 10 million Americans...

Your Flu Shot is More Important Than Ever This Year Sep 1st, 2020

The flu vaccine is highly advised for everyone each year, but this year we’re dealing with the most virulent pandemic the country has seen in a century — COVID-19 — which means getting your vaccine should be at the very top of your health to-do list.  Dr. Gurprit Sekhon and...

The Importance of Having an Annual Physical Aug 13th, 2020

In a perfect world, you’d only need to visit your doctor in case of an emergency. Establishing a relationship with a physician to maintain your good health and prevent illness, however, is the smartest move you can make.  Not only can it reduce your risk of experiencing emergencies, but nip...

Dietary Changes for Managing Gout Jul 7th, 2020

There are few things worse than experiencing intense pain in your big toe, ankle, or knee. But it's usually an indicator that you have gout, a type of inflammatory arthritis that impacts over eight million people.  Gout can attack any number of joints, including your fingers, wrists, and elbows. In...

STIs Are Common and Treatable: Here’s Why You Should Get Tested Jun 18th, 2020

Testing for sexually transmitted infections is important for keeping yourself, and others safe. STI rates have recently skyrocketed to the point where approximately 20 million infections occur annually in the United States, costing the health care system around $16 billion.  Some of the most prevalent infections exchanged through sexual contact...

The Importance of Getting Exercise When You Have Arthritis May 26th, 2020

Exercise is potent preventive medicine for everyone, but especially if you live with arthritis. Our bodies were meant to move, and countless studies have shown that a sedentary lifestyle is harmful to your health. Dr. Gurprit Sekhon and our team at Nu Wave Medical Center are highly skilled in caring...

Become the Healthiest Person You Know With Nutritional Counseling Apr 1st, 2020

The United States is grappling with an obesity crisis that’s responsible for one in five deaths and costs the country nearly $150 billion per year. Obesity is even linked to a host of serious chronic illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. The communities in and around Panama City Beach are...

When You Can Benefit From an Internal Medicine Physician Mar 23rd, 2020

We’re lucky the world is balanced with the detail-obsessed and the generalists. Each serves a unique but necessary purpose.  In the world of medicine, we see a generalist for routine care and a specialty physician for something unusual. But you’ve got choices when it comes to your primary care physician....

Top 5 Reasons You Should Make an Annual Physical Your New Year's Resolution Jan 5th, 2020

Physical examinations are a critical aspect in maintaining a healthy life. At Nu Wave Medical, Dr. Sekhon takes pride in working directly with you to stay on top of your health needs and ensuring her patients understand the importance of an annual physical. What is a physical examination? A physical...

Avoid Holiday High Blood Pressure: Expert Tips to Manage Diet and Stress Dec 1st, 2019

For the 80 million Americans with high blood pressure, the hectic holiday season can bring extra risks. Even if you normally eat a healthy diet, stay active, and follow other precautions to reduce blood pressure, the added stress and food temptations during the holiday season can spell trouble.  At Nu...

Could I Have a Sexually Transmitted Disease and Not Know It? Nov 1st, 2019

Many misconceptions persist about STDs. One common myth is that you’ll know if you get an STD because you’ll have painful symptoms. The truth is that not all STDs present initial symptoms, and sometimes symptoms don’t occur for years.  You also may have heard that you can’t contract an STD...

When to Consider a Medical Weight Loss Program Oct 1st, 2019

Are you struggling with your weight? Have you tried different diets and exercise programs, but the number on the scale hasn’t budged despite your best efforts? If you’ve answered “yes” to these questions, you’re not alone. Almost 30% of Florida adults and close to 40% of American adults are overweight...

Diet Changes That Help Fight High Cholesterol Sep 1st, 2019

If you're one of the millions of adults in the United States who are fighting high cholesterol, you know it's important to watch your diet. High cholesterol can lead to serious health problems, including an increased risk of heart disease. At Nu Wave Medical Center, internal medicine physician Dr. Gurprit...

Myths and Facts About Vaccinations Aug 1st, 2019

Vaccinations build up your body’s natural immunity to a disease. Without vaccinations, you’re at risk of catching a disease and spreading it. Since some diseases can spread before symptoms occur, you could unknowingly infect your family, coworkers, and virtually anyone with whom you interact, depending on how a specific disease...

Here's How Stress Affects Your Body Jul 1st, 2019

Are you stressed out? Stress doesn’t just make you irritable or anxious — it can actually make you sick. Being under stress can affect every system of your body and significantly increase your chance of serious illness. At Nu Wave Medical Center in Panama City Beach, Florida, Dr. Gurprit Sekhon...

The Link Between Obesity and Diabetes Jun 1st, 2019

The link between obesity and Type 2 diabetes is so strong that the medical community has coined the term “diabesity.” Are you overweight and worried that you'll develop diabesity? Gurprit Sekhon, MD, at Nu Wave Medical Center can help. What is diabetes? Diabetes is a disease characterized by high levels...

Tips for Maintaining Your Weight Loss Results May 6th, 2019

Whether you finally met your weight loss goal with the help of Dr. Gurprit Sekhon’s medical weight loss program at the Nu Wave Medical Center in Panama City Beach, Florida, or you did it by some other means, we congratulate you. But your work isn’t done. Learn these tips for...

5 Lifestyle Changes For Keeping Your Blood Pressure Down Apr 3rd, 2019

High blood pressure can harm your blood vessels without causing noticeable symptoms until the damage leads to serious health problems. For this reason, hypertension—another name for high blood pressure — is considered a “silent killer.” Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to lower your risk for heart disease, stroke,...

Why an Annual Physical Is a Great Habit to Keep Up With Mar 4th, 2019

You’re super busy with your life, career, family, friends, and myriad interests. The idea of taking a few hours a year just to have a physical examination may seem like a luxury at first. But when you think about how much maintenance other areas of your life take — including...

Why a Medical Weight Loss Program Will Lead to More Success Than Fad Diets Feb 7th, 2019

There’s no shortage of products and services that tempt you with promises of quick weight loss solutions and, if they sound too good to be true, that’s because most of them are. In fact, if you do an internet search for “diet” or “weight loss,” you come up with more...

Why High Blood Pressure Is Known as the Silent Killer Jan 8th, 2019

Would you be surprised if we told you that 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure?  Most people would, and it's this surprise that exemplifies why high blood pressure is called the "silent killer." Many people think they eat well and exercise enough to prevent heart disease, but most people aren't doing enough or...

Our Weight-Loss Experts Offer 10 Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Diet Over the Holidays Dec 19th, 2018

Indulge (a little) If you go into the holidays with a goal of turning a cheek at every truffle and peanut butter cup, you're setting yourself up to fail. Indulgent foods and the holidays go hand in hand, so allow yourself to indulge and have a bite of your favorite...

What Is Pre-Diabetes and How to Prevent It From Turning Into Full-Blown Diabetes Nov 28th, 2018

Diabetes is a chronic disease that can have a major effect on your overall health and wellness. People with diabetes have difficulty controlling their blood sugar (glucose), and that means they’re at a significantly increased risk for serious health problems like heart disease, obesity, kidney disease and kidney failure, vision loss,...

Why There is a New Flu Vaccine Every Year Oct 18th, 2018

Cooler temperatures, leaves changing colors, and signs for flu shots everywhere. It must be autumn.Just like pumpkin spice, the annual flu shot has exploded in popularity in recent years, increasing from about 12 million doses administered in 1980-81 to over 155 million last year. This is great news for everyone...