Dorian Martin

Patient Expert

Dorian Martin writes about various topics for HealthCentral, including Alzheimer’s disease, diet/exercise, menopause and lung cancer. Dorian is a health and caregiving advocate living in College Station, TX. She has a Ph.D. in educational human resource development. Dorian also founded I Start Wondering, which encourages people to embrace a life-long learning approach to aging. She teaches Sheng Zhen Gong, a form of Qigong. Follow Dorian on Twitter at @dorianmartin, Facebook or Instagram at @doriannmartin.

Latest by Dorian Martin

Managing GERD: Lifestyle Changes vs. OTC Medications

Many people reach for over-the-counter antacids and medications to ease physical discomfort after eating a big platter of, say, fried and greasy food.

Diet Plays Role in Lung Cancer Risk

A study out of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center — which is the largest of its kind — links eating a diet rich in high glycemic foods with an increased risk of developing lung cancer.

Foods Displayed on Kitchen Counter Linked to Person's Weight

Many people made New Year’s resolutions to purge their spaces. They’re cleaning out their closets, using the Marie “Konmari” Kondo method to “spark joy” in their homes, and trying Feng Shui on their spaces to encourage a visit from prosperity. While ...

Should You Consider Clincal Trials?

Trials offer access to newer treatments and resources, but aren’t right for everyone.

What to Ask Your Doctor

To learn what you really need to know, you have to ask the right questions. Here’s how to start.

Why Everyone's Talking About Tailored Diets

Our digestive systems aren’t created equal. But switching to a tailored diet can help boost your health.

9 Repercussions From Chronic Stress

Stress can offer real benefits in helping us get out of short-term emergencies. However, if it lasts for a long time, stress can wreak havoc with your overall health, according to Dr. Robert Sapolsky, MacArthur Genius Fellow and Professor of Neurolog...

Ancient Exercise for Modern Health

Despite its focus on breath and gentle movement, Qigong promotes a surprising amount of strength.

Estrogen Loss at Menopause Can Lead to Urination Issues

If you’re a middle-aged woman, you may have noticed that you are having issues with urination. You’re not alone. Harvard Medical School reports almost 1 in 3 American women who are between the ages of 50 and 64 have complaints about issues of urinary ...

Vaginal Atrophy Can Bring Dryness, Itching

Menopause can bring many so many issues – hot flashes, weight gain, mood swings – so many women are caught by surprise when they start feeling irritation, soreness or itching in and around their “private parts.” However, this dryness may be a sign of ...