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Dr. Gloria Mendizabal-Piedra MD

(305) 823-2433

3986 W. 16 Avenue | Hialeah, FL 33012

Family Health

“Healthy Foods” You Might Want to Avoid

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Believe it or not, there are foods deemed healthy that are not the healthiest for you to eat. There are the obvious foods such as those with a high amount of salt or sugar, and then there are the not-so-obvious ones. The sad fact of the matter is that there so-called “healthy foods” you should consider avoiding. Here are some “healthy foods” to avoid for better weight loss and overall health. Energy Bars Energy bars, as popular as they are, are actually very unhealthy. The people who figured out how to market this product to the world succeeded. Why? Most… Read More

What is COPD and How is it Treated?

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COPD, otherwise known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a continuous disease of the lungs that makes it difficult to breathe. COPD is a disease that is progressive, meaning that it only gets worse over time. It was estimated in 2010 that more than 14 million people were identified as having COPD. It was also determined that another 12 million have the disease but have remained undiagnosed.  What Causes COPD? What is COPD and what causes it? The cause of COPD is long-term exposure to respiratory irritants. Any substances that can cause inflammation or other reactions to your lungs, mouth,… Read More

How to Tell It’s Time for Ear Wax Removal

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Did you know that earwax is actually healthy? It plays a pivotal role in keeping us in good health. However, having too much of it could become a problem that requires removal by a medical professional. Ear wax is not typically a topic of discussion among friends and family. We do most of our personal ear wax removal in the bathroom before or after a shower. But, have you ever wondered doctors remove ear wax? Let’s explore this topic a little more in-depth. Earwax Can Get Stuck Believe it or not, earwax can wind up getting stuck and blocking a… Read More

Three Patient Preparedness Tips You’ll Want to Learn

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Going to the doctor is simple enough. You call them, schedule an appointment, and show up. That is usually all there is to it. You may have to fast or avoid drinking coffee before certain appointments, but you’ll know that ahead of time. So, it may seem counterintuitive to talk about patient preparedness. When it comes to your health, you don’t want to leave anything to chance. Find some simple, helpful things you can do before seeing your doctor below! Write Down Your Goals Maybe you’re going to the doctor for a routine checkup, an annual physical, or for weight… Read More

Your Guide On How to Read an EKG

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Did you know that 33 percent of adult men have some heart disease? During Men’s Health Month, it’s crucial for you to learn how to read an EKG. If you or someone you know run into any cardiovascular issues in the future, you’ll know what these test results mean. Researchers have found that men are twice as likely as women to have a heart attack. Traditional risk factors that men are more likely to experience include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and a higher body mass index. It’s possible for you to develop heart diseases without being aware it’s… Read More

Wear Blue Friday: The Most Important Day of Men’s Health Month

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Men face a host of potential medical issues. From prostate and testicular cancer to cardiovascular disease, it’s estimated that 33 percent of adult men have some type of heart disease. There are a lot of things for men to worry about. What’s a man to do? Well, apart from seeing your doctor regularly, you can take part in Men’s Health Month. Here’s what you need to know about this important month! Men’s Health Month June is Men’s Health Month. This is a celebration of men’s health, an awareness campaign about the various medical issues that men may face, and a… Read More

May is Stroke Awareness Month: Learn the Warning Signs

may is stroke awareness month

Strokes are among the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. They can happen suddenly and with little warning and can affect people at any age. Just this year, 52-year-old Luke Perry and 51-year-old director John Singleton died after suffering a stroke. If someone near you was having a stroke would you know how to help? If not, it’s crucial to learn the warning signs. What are the Signs of a Stroke? Common signs are slurred speech, sudden weakness on one side of the body, severe headaches, trouble with balance, loss of vision.  The easiest way to… Read More

Is There a Link Between Sleep Duration and Diabetes?

sleep duration and diabetes

When you think about diabetes and the causes of it, the first thing that usually comes to mind is that it involves your diet. It makes sense. Diabetes is a disease involving your blood sugar or glucose. You get glucose from the foods you eat. Glucose needs the hormone insulin to get into your cells to give them energy which is what you need to keep you going. There are different types of diabetes, the most common one being type-2 diabetes, where your body doesn’t make insulin the way it should. When the body doesn’t have enough insulin, your glucose… Read More

April is National Minority Health Month: Are You at Risk for a Chronic Disease?

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There seems to be inequality in healthcare, especially when it comes to racial and ethnic minorities, in the United States.  Several medical conditions affect ethnic and racial populations disproportionately. Some of the most common causes of sickness, disability, and death are heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Visiting an experienced doctor in Hialeah, who’s familiar with these health issues, is a great first start to optimal health. Health Disparities Are Real Here are numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other health organizations, on health disparities faced by racial and ethnic minorities. African Americans are 40… Read More

It’s National Minority Cancer Awareness Week: Learn How to Lower Your Risk

national minority cancer awareness week

Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the world, and according to the American Cancer Society, cancer death rates are dropping in the U.S. However, over 600 thousand people are expected to die of cancer this year. Cancer affects different populations differently, and minority groups in the U.S. are affected disproportionately. This is National Minority Cancer Awareness Week (April 8 – 14).  We’re all about awareness and optimal health at GMP Medical in Hialeah, and we want to share with you some tips on how to lower your risk for cancer.            Health Disparities and Cancer Cancer facts and… Read More