Blog Archive

The Differences Between Macronutrients and Micronutrients Jan 1st, 2023

Eating right is the cornerstone for good health, no matter what age you are. However, knowing what nutrients your body needs can be confusing, especially when it comes to decoding key terms, such as macronutrients and micronutrients. Fortunately, understanding the basics of good nutrition isn’t as complex as it might...

When to Schedule a Sick Visit for Your Child Dec 1st, 2022

You know you need to keep your child home from school when they have a fever. But, you may wonder: When do I need to schedule a sick visit? Parents all over the United States debate this question on a daily basis. We get it. At Houston Family MD, Dr. Ranjit...

Signs an Asthma Attack Has Become an Emergency Nov 1st, 2022

If you’re prone to asthma, it’s important that you learn to recognize signs that an asthma attack is worsening. Without prompt medical treatment, a severe asthma attack can lead to serious health complications and premature death. At Houston Family MD office in Cypress, Texas, Dr. Ranjit Grewal offers comprehensive asthma-management services for people with...

Here’s What Happens to Your Body When Your Thyroid Is Imbalanced Oct 1st, 2022

Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck. Its job is to make hormones that affect every process in your body, including your heartbeat, digestion, and body temperature. And because your thyroid plays a part in burning calories, it also has an impact on your weight....

Signs It's Time to Get Help for Anxiety Sep 1st, 2022

About 20% of American adults suffer from anxiety disorders, along with roughly 7% of children, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. That’s well over 40 million people dealing with regular feelings of fear, nervousness, and other unpleasant, even life-altering symptoms. For many people, seeking help for their anxiety is...

Why You Should Never Ignore Chest Pain Aug 1st, 2022

We all experience aches and pains. But if you have pain in certain areas, it’s not something you should ignore.  That’s particularly true of your chest. While it could be something as innocuous as heartburn, chest pain is one of the biggest warning signs that something is significantly wrong with...

Filling Foods to Eat During Weight Loss Jul 1st, 2022

Losing weight is hard. Changing your eating habits is oftentimes even harder. Part of this is due to the psychology behind a diet. The way we often think about diets, as a short-term deprivation that can eventually be left behind, may poison the well before a diet begins. Unfortunately, a 2013...

8 Telltale Signs of ADHD Jun 1st, 2022

ADHD, or attention-deficient/hyperactivity disorder, is a problem most people think of as occurring in childhood. And, if you’re diagnosed as a child, there is some chance your symptoms will get better as you get older. But that’s not true for everyone.  You may continue to have symptoms into adulthood, and...

What Can Impact Your A1C? May 1st, 2022

An A1C test is a blood test to evaluate your blood sugar (glucose) levels over three months. This type of test is a diagnostic tool for conditions like prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes. At Houston Family MD, Ranjit S. Grewal, MD offers complete diabetes care on-site, including A1C testing, to patients in Houston, Texas. Dr....

5 Signs Your Child Could Be Suffering From ADHD Apr 1st, 2022

Did you know more than 6 million children ages 2-17 have an attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis? Researchers suspect many more kids go undiagnosed, especially girls, who can present with different symptoms than boys. It’s difficult to tell what’s normal “kid behavior” and when your child exhibits signs of ADHD. Board-certified...

Recognizing Hyperthyroidism and the Best Treatment Options Mar 6th, 2022

Hormones are the chemical messengers your body uses to regulate many important functions like growth, sexual maturity, and metabolism. These chemicals are produced in your endocrine system, the group of glands, organs, and other parts of your body that are controlled by your brain through your hypothalamus.  Problems with your...

Improve Your Quality of Life with Talk Therapy Feb 1st, 2022

If you’re suffering with anxiety or depression, you’re not alone. Over one-third of Americans struggle with these mental health conditions, which affect more than your mood and may impact your overall health.  While medications can help, for many people they aren’t enough to ease the problematic symptoms mental health disorders...

How Stress Impacts Diabetes Dec 31st, 2021

Stress affects your mind, body, and overall health. Unfortunately, in today’s world, we experience internal and external stresses all the time. From sitting in traffic jams to global pandemics to illness, stress surrounds us.  For the nearly 30 million Americans with diabetes, 95% of whom struggle with type 2 diabetes,...

Asthma and Sleep Problems: How are They Linked? Dec 9th, 2021

If you have asthma, you know the classic symptoms of coughing, chest tightness, wheezing, and shortness of breath. After a bad day of flare-ups, all you want is a good night’s sleep.  If it seems like your worst asthma days lead to sleepless nights, you’re on to something. At Houston...

5 Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure Nov 1st, 2021

The medical name for high blood pressure is hypertension, and it’s one of the most common health problems in the world. According to the World Health Organization, more than one billion people around the world have hypertension.  At Houston Family, MD, Dr. Ranjit Grewal, and his staff have helped many...

How Does Stress Impact Body Weight? Oct 4th, 2021

Obesity is a treatable but very common condition in the United States, and it’s on the rise. In a span of nearly 20 years, from 2000 to 2018, we’ve seen a steady increase of people gaining weight from 30.5% to 42.4% (and an increase in severe weight gain from 4.7%...

Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Sep 9th, 2021

Showing up at work feeling tired is more commonly American than drinking coffee. Almost 75% of workers in the United States say that they feel tired when reporting for work, while only 64% of the population have a daily cup of coffee.  Not all of them have chronic fatigue syndrome,...

How Immunotherapy Offers Long-Term Allergy Relief Aug 15th, 2021

Allergies affect millions of people and can make you feel miserable. Symptoms like itchy eyes, stuffy nose, rashes, and constant sneezing can interfere with your daily life and make it difficult just to get through the day.  If you have allergies, your immune system overreacts to triggers that are normally...

How Does Asthma Impact Sleep? Jul 8th, 2021

Dr. Ranjit Grewal is a family medicine specialist who welcomes patients of all ages to his busy practice in Cypress, Texas. This native Houstonian is well known for his exceptional medical skills, patient-focused attitude, and commitment to providing outstanding primary care services. Read what Dr. Grewal says about the sleep...

What Every Parent Should Know About Child and Infant Fevers Jun 7th, 2021

All babies and children get fevers, and most of the time, they’re no indication of a severe problem. Still, you don’t want to take chances when it comes to your offspring’s health and well-being. That’s why Dr. Ranjit Grewal of Houston Family MD wants you to be informed. Here he...

The Link Between Diabetes and Obesity May 10th, 2021

When you look at American health data, you can see two trend lines climbing upward together: the prevalence of diabetes (now at more than 100 million Americans) and the prevalence of obesity (today, roughly one-third of Americans live with obesity). This isn’t a coincidence. In fact, the connection between diabetes...

4 Lifestyle Habits for Improving Your Blood Pressure Apr 4th, 2021

You’re unlikely to have any symptoms with high blood pressure. But the “silent killer” slowly damages your blood vessels and organs, increasing your risk of health complications like heart and kidney disease.  Though there’s no cure for high blood pressure, lifestyle changes can improve your numbers and may even help...

How a Pap Smear Can Save Your Life Mar 1st, 2021

Cervical cancer was once a leading cause of death for women in the United States. But, in the past 40 years, regular Pap smear screenings changed that. Also known as a Pap test, this simple screening looks for cervical changes, such as infections and abnormal cells, which can cause cancer....

How To Determine if Anxiety and Depression Require Professional Help Feb 10th, 2021

Everybody feels some anxiety and depression from time to time. Sadness, nervousness, and worry often accompany major life changes or everyday challenges, such as losing a loved one or interviewing for an important job.  However, anxiety, sadness, and hopelessness should resolve themselves in days to weeks. If these uncomfortable feelings...

Let Us Help You Finally Attain and Maintain Your Ideal Weight Jan 6th, 2021

Every year, about half of all adults in the United States make attempts at losing weight, with health and appearance serving as the primary motivators.  Despite the desire to lose weight and improve health, nearly 70% of adults still struggle with a weight that places them at risk of developing...

How Untreated Depression Can Harm Your Physical Health Dec 1st, 2020

Even prior to the COVID-19 crisis, depression was among the most prevalent types of mental illnesses in our country, with more than 16 million adults (that’s nearly 7% of the adult population) suffering. These days, among the COVID-19 crisis, the CDC reports that one-quarter of Americans are now displaying signs...

How Do Adult-Onset Allergies Differ From Childhood Allergies? Nov 1st, 2020

Do you have an annoying cough that won’t go away? Have you been feeling run down but don’t know why? Allergy symptoms can sneak up on you throughout your entire life, even when you’re well into your 70s. But why? If you have allergy symptoms, Ranjit S. Grewal, MD at...

7 Fall Asthma Triggers to Avoid Oct 12th, 2020

Asthma is a condition that you live with year-round. Unfortunately, each new season can bring about a variety of triggers that increase your risk for an asthma attack. At Houston Family MD, family physician Ranjit S. Grewal, MD offers on-site services to both diagnose and manage your asthma. Dr. Grewal...

How to Stay Active When You Have Asthma Sep 9th, 2020

Anyone who has experienced an asthma attack knows how frightening the wheezing, chest pressure and trouble breathing can be. Asthma is a chronic, lifelong condition that requires forming a collaborative relationship with a health professional to manage symptoms and minimize its impact on your quality of life. Having asthma doesn’t...

Options for Allergy Testing and Treatment Sep 9th, 2020

There are many effective treatments available that bring welcome relief from allergy symptoms. But which type of treatment works best? That depends on your allergy. Ranjit Grewal, MD, is a family medicine specialist who leads the team at Houston Family MD in Cypress, Texas. Well known and highly respected for...

Lifestyle Tips for Managing Your Diabetes Sep 9th, 2020

There’s a lot of attention around diabetes recently, and it’s for a good reason.  Approximately one in 10 Americans have diabetes, and an additional one in three live with prediabetic blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, all forms of diabetes put you at risk of serious short- and long-term health complications, ranging...

The Link Between Stress and Hypertension Jun 12th, 2020

Have you ever noticed your heartbeat pounding in your ears when you’re nervous? Or maybe you felt your heart racing after a particularly strenuous workout. Stress — whether it’s emotional or physical — can temporarily elevate your blood pressure, because it releases hormones that make your heart beat faster. A...

When To Get Tested for COVID-19 (and other FAQs) May 28th, 2020

If you feel like you have the flu, you could actually have symptoms of COVID-19. So should you get tested or not? And if so, when? Ranjit Grewal, MD, and our compassionate team at Houston Family MD in Cypress, Texas, understand your concerns, and we care about your health. We’re...