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, Lymphoma, Kidney Disease, Lupus

Latest by Amy Hendel, P.A.

Risk for Leukemia Genetic But Not Hereditary

Leukemia is considered a gene-related disease, but usually is not hereditary—meaning, it can’t be inherited from parent to child.

Leukemia Comes in a Dizzying Variety of Types

Understanding more about the type of leukemia you have can help you make treatment decisions and get a clearer sense of your prognosis.

Relative Fat Mass (RFM): The New BMI?

Is relative fat mass (RFM) a better indicator of body fat than the classic BMI? Researchers think it may be more reliable and much simpler to use.

Stopping Diabetes Medications: Risks and Rewards

It can be tempting to stop taking type 2 diabetes medication. Learn about the risks of discontinuing your medicine and ways to possibly reduce the need for them.

Race Affects Breast Cancer Chemo Completion

New research suggests that non-white women are less likely to complete the full-term course of chemotherapy to treat their breast cancer. What gives?

Can A Diabetes Diagnosis Offer Benefits to Others?

A diabetes diagnosis in one person may help spur behavior changes in a partner. Learn how families and friends can make healthy lifestyle changes together.

12-Month Plan for a Lighter, Healthier You This Year

Tough time losing weight? Maybe you’re trying to change too many habits at the same time. Try this 12-month approach to make steady progress.

Finally Winning the War on Weight: Judy’s Story

Losing weight after menopause and keeping it off long-term was a challenge for Judy. Learn how she was able to achieve her goals with the help of a close friend.

How to Decline Trigger Foods During Holiday Events

Trigger foods act like a drug during stressful holidays, calming us down and keeping us in control of our feelings, but they also cause harmful side effects.

Low Carb Vs. High Carb Diets: Long-term Impacts

Low carb diets are popular for weight loss and diabetes management. Learn how they compare to modern high carb diets and about their long-term impacts.