Blog Archive

Risk Factors for Heart Disease Oct 12th, 2020

While you may be more afraid of cancer than of heart disease, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, with almost 650,000 victims in a recent year. All forms of cancer combined claimed just under 600,000 lives that year. Contrast those numbers with auto accident...

What Causes Earaches? Sep 22nd, 2020

Earaches can be extremely painful, no matter your age. Although earaches are more common in children, because youngsters have shorter and less-angled eustachian tubes (more on those later), earaches can strike teens and adults, too. Kimberly Bolling, MD, a caring and expert physician, offers earache care at her offices in...

4 Lifestyle Tips for Managing Arthritis Aug 21st, 2020

Whether you suffer from the autoimmune disorder rheumatoid arthritis, or you’ve developed osteoarthritis from wear and tear on your joints, you don’t have to put up with aches and pains. By adopting a few new habits, you can subdue some of the painful symptoms of arthritis. You may even be...

How Sunshine and Heat Impact Lupus Symptoms Jul 28th, 2020

When you have the autoimmune disease lupus, you may dread the sunny, warm days of summer. But with a little planning and a lot of care, you can enjoy barbecues, beach days, and pool parties with the best of them. Kimberly Bolling, MD, an expert physician in Bowie, Maryland, wants...

Get on the Right Track With Weight Loss Management Jun 22nd, 2020

Over the course of your lifetime, you’ve probably lost more pounds than you currently weigh. That’s because traditional diets throw off your metabolism and send you yo-yoing between losing weight, gaining more back, losing weight, and gaining more back — again and again. As a caring and expert physician, Kimberly...

Why You Should Never Ignore Excessive Snoring May 26th, 2020

If you or a loved one snores excessively, count yourself lucky. Excessive snoring can alert you to a very serious sleep condition called sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea, you actually stop breathing multiple times in the middle of the night, depriving your brain and all of your other...

How Can I Prevent Gout? Apr 22nd, 2020

Q: What do you not want to have in common with past and present luminaries such as Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Sir Alec Guinness, and Luciano Pavarotti?  A:  A painful form of arthritis known as gout. Gout is a type of arthritis that tends to affect the big toe...

The Most Common Health Complications That Stem From Being Overweight Mar 1st, 2020

You’ve read the studies about how being overweight negatively affects your chances for a promotion at work, and even how much money you earn. While you’re absolutely right to be angry at those who judge you only by your appearance, buckling down and insisting that you don’t need to lose...

When You Should Seek Urgent Care Feb 1st, 2020

When you think about going to the doctor, you probably think about your annual exam, getting your immunizations, and going in for regular treatments to help a chronic condition, such as diabetes. Normally, you make an appointment weeks or even months in advance. But when you suddenly feel ill or...

Take Control — Preventing Prediabetes from Becoming Diabetes Jan 9th, 2020

If you’ve been told that you have prediabetes, you’re probably worried about what your future is going to look like. Are you going to have to give yourself insulin injections every day? Limit your foods so much that you don’t even enjoy your life anymore? While diabetes is a serious...

Myths and Facts About Lupus Dec 4th, 2019

The autoimmune disease lupus affects more than 5 million people across the globe. Lupus affects people of color disproportionately more than other ethnic groups, and has a higher prevalence among women, too.  Kimberly L. Bolling, MD, a compassionate and skilled internist in Bowie, Maryland, has seen for herself how women...

Why It's So Important to Stay Active if You Have Arthritis Nov 1st, 2019

It’s normal to avoid pain, so when you have stiff and painful joints from rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, your instinct might be to limit your movements. However, in this case, your instinct is wrong. Movement and activity are essential parts of arthritis care. Dr. Kimberly Bolling, a caring and expert...

Here's How Your Weight Affects Your Sleep Apnea Oct 1st, 2019

You really never thought that your snoring affected your health until your doctor said you had a serious sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Apneas are pauses in your breathing that can occur from dozens to hundreds of times a night, depriving your body and brain of oxygen for...

Living With Lupus Sep 6th, 2019

According to the Lupus Foundation of America, about 1.5 million women, men, and children in the US have the autoimmune disease lupus. You’re more likely to get lupus if you’re: Female between ages 14 and 44 (i.e., childbearing years) African American Native American Asian   Kimberly Bolling, MD, a compassionate and...

What Can I Do About Chronic Arthritis Pain? Aug 21st, 2019

According to The Arthritis Foundation, more than 300,000 children and 50 million women and men in the U.S. suffer from the chronic pain and inflammation of arthritis. Arthritis isn’t a single disease, it’s a group of more than 100 different joint disorders that can cause serious disability and even lead...

The Link Between Diabetes and Obesity Jul 12th, 2019

Type 2 diabetes tends to run in families, but that doesn’t mean you’re genetically destined to develop the disease. Or, if you already have it, you can still find ways to manage your blood sugar and avoid the complications you’ve seen your relatives endure.  When your doctors first diagnosed you...

Helpful Tips For Preventing a Painful Gout Flare-up Jun 20th, 2019

Gout is an extremely painful form of arthritis that tends to locate first or primarily in your big toe, but it can affect any of your joints. You get gout when you eat foods that are high in purines, an organic compound. Purines are found in red meat, shellfish, alcohol,...

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Physician-Supervised Weight Loss May 6th, 2019

You’re tired of funneling your time and money into the $33 billion diet industry — without even getting a good return on your investment (ROI).  What if there were a way to lose the weight you want while also gaining health? And what if you knew that everything this weight...

How to Protect Yourself From Asthma Attacks This Spring Apr 5th, 2019

If you’re one of the 26 million women, men, and children in the U.S. who have asthma, you may dread the spring thaw and bloom that others eagerly anticipate. While fresh flowers and greenery are a feast for the eyes, and the warmer weather hints at summer fun to come,...

Why Physician-Supervised Weight Loss Could Be Your Best Option For Dropping Pounds Mar 14th, 2019

When you consider our culture’s obsession with thinness, you may find it surprising that about 93 million women and men in the U.S. — 39.8% of the population — are obese. If you’re Hispanic or black, the obesity rate rises to almost 50%. The excess weight not only changes the...

Women and Heart Disease Feb 15th, 2019

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF HEART DISEASE? Heart disease affects the blood vessels and cardiovascular system. Numerous problems can result from this, many of which are related to a process called atherosclerosis, a condition that develops when plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries. This buildup narrows the arteries,...

What Is Lupus and Am I At Risk? Feb 8th, 2019

When your immune system is functioning normally and optimally, it produces antibodies to attack viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms that could cause infections or illness. When you have the chronic autoimmune disease known as lupus, however, your body mistakenly sends those antibodies to attack and even destroy your own...

Sodium: How it impacts your health, and how to control your intake Jan 23rd, 2019

Pass the Salt…but not on Your Food   What is sodium to my body? Sodium is a mineral that’s essential for life. It’s regulated in the body by your kidneys, and it helps control your body’s fluid balance. It also helps send nerve impulses and affects muscle function. Why is...

Sleep Apnea: Learn More About The Serious Health Problems This Condition Can Lead To Jan 7th, 2019

Although snoring and gagging during the night are two classic signs that you might have the sleep disorder called sleep apnea, they’re not the only symptoms. Daytime sleepiness, insomnia, forgetfulness, or even a dry or sore throat could also mean that you inadvertently stop sleeping at night, depriving your brain...

3 Lifestyle Changes To Help Lessen Your Chances of Developing Arthritis Dec 6th, 2018

Whether you’ve already noticed that your joints stiffen after resting for awhile, or you’re just worried because you have family members with arthritis, pain from the disease doesn’t have to be part of your present or future. While you can’t control all of the risk factors for rheumatoid arthritis or...

When is an EKG Recommended? Nov 20th, 2018

Whether you went to your doctor for an annual exam or because you’ve been experiencing troubling symptoms, such as chest pain or tightness, you may be worried when you’re told you need an electrocardiogram (EKG). Though you may associate EKGs with serious heart disease, an EKG is actually a simple...

Could You Be Among the Millions Who are Pre-diabetic and Don't Know it? Oct 31st, 2018

More than one out of every three adults in this country has prediabetes, which means they are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. They are also at risk of suffering from heart disease or a stroke. It is imperative that adults who are at risk of prediabetes make lifestyle changes...

Why Medically-Supervised Weight Loss Plans Are More Successful Sep 14th, 2018

If you’re struggling with your weight, you’re not alone. Over 70% of adults in America are battling excess body weight. Carrying those extra pounds has a detrimental impact that often leads to chronic health issues like high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and elevated cholesterol. To add to the frustration,...