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Supporting a Loved One With Bipolar Disorder Sep 1st, 2021

About 2.3 million Americans — nearly 1% of the United States population — suffer from bipolar disorder, a condition characterized by very high periods of euphoria (manic periods) followed by periods of sadness, depression, and malaise. While bipolar disorder can be managed with medication and therapy, having the support of...

How Losing Weight Can Help You Manage Your Diabetes Aug 4th, 2021

Of the roughly 34.5 million Americans with diabetes, nearly 33 million have type 2 diabetes, the type most commonly associated with being overweight or obese. Losing even a little weight can have a big impact on your diabetes symptoms, including your need for insulin. At Grassroots Healthcare our team helps...

Sugar and Its Impact on Your Health Jul 6th, 2021

Did you know the average American consumes about 17 teaspoons of added sugars every day? That includes all types of sugars that don’t occur naturally in the foods we eat. Most added sugars come from sweet snacks like candy or soft drinks, but even “healthy” foods like fruit juices and...

5 Signs of Hyperthyroidism Jun 15th, 2021

More than 2 million Americans suffer from an overactive thyroid gland, also called hyperthyroidism, a chronic condition that affects about 10 times as many women as men. In hyperthyroidism, the thyroid gland produces too many thyroid hormones. Learning to recognize the signs and symptoms is the best way to get...

When to Schedule a Strep Test May 5th, 2021

Sore throats are common, and while they can be uncomfortable, many times your symptoms will clear up on their own over time. Other times, a sore throat is a sign of an infection caused by a bacterium called streptococcus (or strep). Without prompt treatment, strep throat infections can lead to...

How Does Obesity Impact Emotional Health? Apr 4th, 2021

More than 42% of American adults are obese, according to the CDC, and that means they’re at risk for medical problems, like high blood pressure, heart attack, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. But researchers say physical problems aren’t the only obesity-related health concerns. There’s an emotional toll, too, and...

Beyond Worrying: 5 Little Known Signs of Anxiety Mar 4th, 2021

Thanks to the pandemic, the last year has been a source of anxiety for most of us. But for people who suffer from anxiety disorders, feeling anxious and unhappy is a regular part of their everyday lives, regardless of what’s going on in the world at large. Anxiety disorders affect...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Severe Emotional PMS Symptoms Feb 4th, 2021

Anxiety, moodiness, crying spells, food cravings, acne breakouts — they’re all symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, a condition that affects as many as three-quarters of women at some point in their lifetimes. Although unpleasant, these symptoms can typically be weathered until they finally pass.  For a small percentage of...

How to Prepare for Your First Mammogram Jan 6th, 2021

If you’re nervous about getting a mammogram, you’re not alone. Research shows that only about 50% of women who are eligible for a mammogram each year make the time or effort to get one. While there are a variety of reasons for this, time, money, and fear of pain or...

5 Reasons to Have Your Thyroid Checked Dec 1st, 2020

The thyroid is a small gland in your neck that’s shaped like a butterfly. It’s small, but extremely mighty, as it regulates many crucial bodily functions like your metabolism, temperature, heart rate, and mood. According to the American Thyroid Association, roughly 20 million Americans, or 12% of the entire population,...

Benefits of Holistic Care for Diabetes Nov 12th, 2020

A whopping 34.2 million people in the US have diabetes, and an anticipated 1.5 million more will develop it in the coming year. What’s more, 88 million adults suffer from a separate condition called prediabetes; this puts them at a greater risk for developing diabetes. Oklahomans who live near Tulsa,...

Look Your Best for the Holidays by Starting Your Weight Loss Now Oct 5th, 2020

If you struggle with extra weight, know that you are not alone. More than 30% of Americans carry excess weight, and another 36.5% are considered obese. Whether you have a lot or just a little to lose, autumn is a great time to lose weight so you can look your...

When a Cut Requires Stitches Sep 3rd, 2020

We’ve all experienced times when we or one of our friends or loved ones gets a scrape, gash, or cut and we have to quickly determine if it’s serious. While most cuts and scratches heal on their own with a Band-aid ® and some TLC, others are deeper and need...

Healthy Employees Are Critical to Success Aug 14th, 2020

Studies show that more than 80% of all companies with more than 50 employees utilize corporate health programs. If you’re a business owner or corporate executive looking for a program to help your employees prevent illnesses, reduce sick time, and enhance their overall wellness, turn to Grassroots Healthcare in Tulsa,...

6 Tips for Taking Care of Your Feet This Summer When You Have Diabetes Jul 26th, 2020

Diabetics are at an increased risk for foot problems because the disease decreases blood flow to your feet and can cause nerve damage. If you have diabetes, you know that keeping your feet healthy all year long is critical for your overall health; but did you know that there are...

How to Manage Anxiety Jun 16th, 2020

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 40 million adults suffer from anxiety and depression, which is 18% of the population. With the 2020 outbreak of the coronavirus, nearly half of all Americans report that the crisis is harming their mental health. If you’re worried, depressed, sad, angry,...

5 Myths About STIs May 20th, 2020

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are illnesses that impact your sexual and reproductive well-being and can have alarming consequences for your overall health. They are also commonly called sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and venereal disease (VD). According to the World Health Organization, more than 1 million new sexually transmitted diseases occur...

Living with Hyperthyroidism Apr 27th, 2020

Your thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck that regulates many of your bodily functions. Its main job is to produce hormones which travel through your blood to each of your cells. Though small — the average thyroid is a mere ounce — it plays...

Common Mood Disorders and What to Do About Them Mar 9th, 2020

A mood disorder is described as a mental illness that affects your emotional state and impacts your quality of life. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 21% of all adults in America will experience a mood disorder during their lifetime.    Unfortunately, mood disorders can wreck...

Should I Seek Urgent Care or Go To the Emergency Room? Feb 4th, 2020

When you need certain services, it’s easy to know where you should go. Need a haircut? Go to the salon or barbershop. Need a new car? Check online or at your local dealership. Need groceries? Stop in at the grocery store on the way home.  But what if you’re suddenly...

Need Help With Achieving Your Weight Loss Resolution? Jan 9th, 2020

If you’ve tried numerous diets that haven’t worked, perhaps you need more structure to help you maintain your motivation. Melita Tate, MD, founder of Grassroots Healthcare, provides customized weight loss programs that help you lose weight and maintain your weight loss over the long term.  Initial consultation  After reviewing your...

Losing Weight Reduces Your Risk of These Chronic Conditions Nov 30th, 2019

Did you know that almost 40% of American adults are overweight or obese? Our home state of Oklahoma has the 10th highest obesity rate in the nation, with about 35% of adults considered obese.  During the holidays and winter months, it can be hard to shed excess pounds. In fact,...

Here’s What Happens to Your Body When Your Thyroid Is Imbalanced Nov 1st, 2019

Have you been feeling more tired than normal lately or been struggling with your weight? An imbalanced thyroid may be the cause.  About 20 million Americans struggle with thyroid issues, and many more are unaware of their condition. In fact, the American Thyroid Association estimates about 60% of Americans don’t know...

My Pap Smear Results Were Abnormal — Now What? Oct 1st, 2019

You had your routine Pap smear (good for you), and the results showed abnormalities. So, now what? First of all, there’s no need to panic. Chances are, you’ll be just fine, as long as you follow through with your doctor’s recommendations. Depending on the specifics of your Pap test results,...

Here's How Your Hormones Affect Your Mood Sep 1st, 2019

Many factors can influence your mood, from the changing weather to your own internal systems. Controlled by a structure in your brain called the hypothalamus, your hormones make a big difference in your emotional state, causing both good and bad mood patterns. Regulating your hormones can significantly improve and balance...

Why You Should Never Skip a Mammogram Aug 1st, 2019

About 12% of women will have breast cancer at some point during their lives. The disease causes over 40,000 deaths every single year. Thankfully, when diagnosed and treated early, survival rates are high. That's why mammograms are so important. They're one of the best ways to diagnose breast cancer in...

The Link Between Diabetes and Obesity Jul 1st, 2019

Does the possibility of becoming diabetic keep you up at night? The link between weight gain and the development of type 2 diabetes is more complicated than you might think, but you might be able to lower your risk of one by treating the other. At Grassroots Healthcare in Tulsa,...

What Every Sexually Active Adult Should Know About STDs Jun 1st, 2019

In the United States alone, almost 3 million people suffer from at least one type of STD. That said, many Americans don’t get tested regularly, and a large number of them continue to live their lives undiagnosed, spreading STDs to their partners. While STDs are no longer as dangerous as...

Could You Be Prediabetic and Not Know It? May 2nd, 2019

If you have prediabetes, your goal should be preventing the condition from turning into type 2 diabetes. But, how do you do that? Do you even know if you’re one of the 84 million American adults with prediabetes? At Grassroots Healthcare in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dr. Melita Tate and our team...

How Untreated Depression Can Harm Your Physical Health Apr 8th, 2019

Across the world, it’s estimated that over 350 million people suffer from depression that is severe enough to interfere with how they function. A sometimes life-threatening mental health condition, depression can cause a range of symptoms, including extreme sadness, feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness, and a lack of interest in...

Myths and Facts About Hormone Replacement Therapy Every Woman Should Know Mar 12th, 2019

If you’ve talked to friends, family, or conducted your own web search you may have ended up with conflicting information regarding hormone replacement. A mixture of information can make it challenging to separate fact from fiction. Read on to get the factual scoop on hormone replacement therapy and discuss it...

The Many Benefits of a Medically Supervised Sugar Detox Feb 11th, 2019

You may be surprised to learn that sugar is the root of all evil when it comes to your health and wellbeing, especially when being overweight is also a concern. According to medical experts, sugar is at the heart of the American obesity epidemic and is the underlying cause of...

Attain and Maintain Your Ideal Weight in 2019 With our Help Jan 10th, 2019

Achieving a healthy weight is about more than aesthetics; it’s about your health. But many people in our home state of Oklahoma are obese -- one in every three adults. If you’re in that group, we want to help you attain your ideal weight this year to reduce your risk...