Get to Know Your Kidneys

15% of American adults are estimated to have kidney disease, but 90% of them don’t know it.  Kidneys filter your blood — about 200 quarts each, every day. Small blood vessels called the glomerulus allow water, waste, and small particles to pass into the tubule. Nutrition from the filtered blood is absorbed by the body […]

Coping with Perimenopause

Perimenopause is the transition from your childbearing years into menopause, which officially begins 12 months after your final menstrual period.  Perimenopause can be a different experience for every woman. It may begin as early as 10 years before menopause. During this time hormones decrease especially estrogen.  One effect of the decrease in estrogen is the […]

Increase Your Energy

Author Scott Adams suggested that personal energy should be the main metric we use to measure how well our lives are going. We all have lots of demands on our time and lots of different priorities. How can we juggle all those priorities and make sure we do the most important things first? “The way […]

Healthy Eating on a Budget

Do you feel like eating healthy is too expensive? You’re not alone! Many of us think of ramen or Hamburger Helper when we want to save money. How can you serve nutritious meals when you’re pinching pennies? First of all, shop the perimeter of the store. Processed foods may seem cheap, but the dollars to […]

Southwest Bentonville Clinic Opening This Fall

MANA Family Medicine Coming to Southwest Bentonville Bentonville, AR – September 15, 2021 – MANA Family Medicine plans to open a 9th location at 701 S.W. Regional Airport Drive in Bentonville on November 1, 2021. Dr. Gregory Henson has joined MANA Medical Associates and will be the primary doctor at the new southwest Bentonville clinic. […]

Kids’ Mask Worries

We’re heading into another school year in masks, and some parents are worrying that those masks might not be good for their children. How realistic are those concerns? Health consequences of masks Does mask wearing affect children’s physical health? In a word, no. Here are some of the things parents may worry about: Do masks […]

6 Myths about Healthy Aging

September is Healthy Aging Month. This is a good time to examine some of the myths that can interfere with healthy aging. Myth #1: There’s no such thing as healthy aging — getting older means getting less healthy. Our bodies change as we get older. Skin loses elasticity, bones become weaker, and the number of […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

There is a lot of talk about getting a 3rd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. People are wondering if the vaccine they received in March will protect them from the Delta variant that is spreading in Northwest Arkansas and around the world. According to the CDC, the COVID-19 vaccines are working very well at helping protect […]

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. It’s a tough topic to think about, but rates of suicide in the U.S. have increased 33% since 1999. One person dies of suicide every 11 minutes, and the number of people who seriously think about, plan, or attempt suicide is even higher. For every one death by suicide, […]

Is the Keto Diet Healthy?

The keto diet is trendy– but is it healthy? What is a keto diet? A keto diet is a diet low in carbs and high in fat. The standard proportions for these macronutrients is 70% fat, 20% protein, and only 10% carbs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend getting 20 to 35% fat, […]