Amy Hendel, P.A.

Health Writer

Known as The HealthGal, Amy Hendel P.A. is a medical and lifestyle reporter, nutrition and fitness expert, Health Coach and brand ambassador. Trained as a physician assistant, she maintains a health coach private practice in New York and Los Angeles. Author of The Four Habits of Healthy Families, find her on Twitter @HealthGal1103 and on Facebook at TheHealthGal. Check “Daily Health News” at www.healthgal.com. Her personal mantra? “Fix it first with food, fitness, and lifestyle.”

Conditions Covered:Healthy Living, Food & Nutrition, Fitness & Exercise, Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Health, Menopause, Pain Management, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Breast Cancer, Cancer

Latest by Amy Hendel, P.A.

How Much Do You Know About Prediabetes?

How much do you know about prediabetes? Take this true or false quiz to test your knowledge about this common condition that can lead to diabetes.

Genetics vs. Exercise: What Causes Postmenopausal Weight Gain?

Genetics and exercise both affect weight gain after menopause. Find out what you can do to prevent obesity as your metabolism slows down with age.

A Diet Recalibration to Treat Obesity

Is it possible to recalibrate your diet to help control portions and manage obesity? Learn about research on how our perception of portions affects eating habits.

Diabetes During Pregnancy: Risks and Control

Keeping blood sugar levels in check may help baby avoid a serious heart condition.

Intermittent Fasting for Diabetes Weight Loss: Not So Fast

Intermittent fasting may be good for weight loss but it can be risky for people with diabetes. Learn how to navigate this new diet trend.

Can Cancer Risks Linger After Weight Loss?

If you’ve carried significant excess weight for a period of time, but lose the weight and maintain that weight loss, you may still have an elevated risk for cancer.

Superfoods: Hype Or Helpful for Obesity Goals?

Superfoods have been claimed to cure everything from obesity to cancer. Learn how the term evolved and how these foods should fit in with a weight loss diet.

Is Your Neighborhood 'Diabetes-Friendly'?

Have you ever considered whether your neighborhood and surroundings might be impacting your ability to manage your diabetes and maintain an optimal Hba1c?

An Apple a Day May Keep COPD Away

Research shows that loading up on antioxidants such as apples, tomatoes, and Vitamin C can repair lung damage caused by smoking, and slow decline for those with COPD.

Lose the Meat Habit: Eat Proteins That Do Your Heart Good

Plant protein, from nuts, seeds, and legumes, may be much healthier for the heart than meat protein. Find out how to add more plant protein to your diet.