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Want to Lose Weight? Build Muscle

It’s the time of year when you want to look toned. And after gaining the “quarantine 15” post-coronavirus, you might be even more determined to get fit! Most exercise programs include aerobic conditioning and flexibility exercises. But if you want to burn more calories and thereby lose weight, the answer is simple: build muscle. Muscle burns […]

The Best Workouts for Osteoporosis

    Your bones are living tissues that are constantly breaking down and rebuilding. And diseases that change bone architecture, such as osteoporosis, spell trouble. “Osteoporosis happens because the cells that break down bone are more active than those that are in charge of building bone, putting you at risk for fracture” explains orthopaedic physical therapist […]

What are the possible side effects of steroids?

The chance of side effects depends on the dose, type of steroid and length of treatment. Some side effects are more serious than others. Common side effects of systemic steroids include: Increased appetite. Weight gain. Changes in mood. Muscle weakness. Blurred vision. Increased growth of body hair. Easy bruising. Lower resistance to infection. Swollen, “puffy” face. […]

How will my doctor decide if steroids are the right treatment?

  The decision to prescribe steroids is always made on an individual basis. Your healthcare provider will consider your age, physical activity, and other medicines you are taking. Your provider will also make sure you understand the potential benefits and risks of steroids before you start taking them. The potential benefits and risks of steroids […]

When are steroids given?

  Steroids are used to treat many conditions in which the body’s defense system doesn’t work properly and causes tissue damage. Steroids may be the main therapy for certain diseases. For other conditions, steroids might only be used sparingly or when other measures have not been successful. Steroids are used in the treatment for certain […]

How do steroids work?

  Steroids work by decreasing inflammation and reducing the activity of the immune system. Inflammation is a process in which the body’s white blood cells and chemicals can protect against infection and foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses. In certain diseases, however, the body’s defense system (immune system) doesn’t function properly. This might cause […]

Prednisone and other corticosteroids

Weigh the benefits and risks of corticosteroids, such as prednisone, when choosing a medication. By Mayo Clinic Staff Corticosteroid drugs — including cortisone, hydrocortisone and prednisone — are useful in treating many conditions, such as rashes, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma. But these drugs also carry a risk of various side effects. How do corticosteroids […]

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