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Food as Medicine- Multiple Presentations

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Dr. Sadiq, President and CEO of WNY Medical, will be giving six presentations in the greater Buffalo on the following dates:

Wed., October 9 at 1 PM – Cheektowaga Senior Center
Tuesday, October 28 at 1 PM – Orchard Park Senior Center
Monday, November 4 at 1:30 PM – Clarence Senior Center
Friday, November 15 at 2 PM – Baptist Manor
Wednesday, November 20 at 8 PM – Canterbury Woods
Thursday, November 21 at 12:45 PM – Amherst Senior Center


Healthy Aging Seminar

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October 11th, 2013-Presentation with Dr. Sadiq of Western New York Medical. 1-2pm at Concord Town Hall Auditorium 86 Franklin Street Springville NY 14141.


“Good for You” Audio Broadcast

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This is a great discussion about many issues facing baby boomers these days: eating well, gaining weight, mobility, exercising and staying social.  Our very own, Dr. Riffat Sadiq, was featured as a commentator.  She offers great insight into this discussion of what it means to be a senior.   She states at one point that as we get older, we trade arthritis for wisdom.  This is an interesting discussion.  Feel free to take a few minutes to listen to it.

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Dr. Riffat Sadiq on Aging Gracefully

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Dr. Riffat Sadiq, the President and Founder of WNYMedical, PC gave a captivating lecture at Baptist Manor on aging gracefully. Watch this short video and hear what wisdom she shared with her audience


Treatment for Arthritis

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Millions of Americans suffer from arthritis. Did you know that there are a many types of arthritis? The more common forms we hear about are rheumatoid and osteoarthritis but there is a variety of arthritic conditions that not commonly discussed.

As the weather gets cooler or we overdo our activities we may think we just have common aches and pains but it could very well be arthritis. There are many causes of arthritis from family history to foods and from allergies to immune disorders. Common symptoms of arthritis can include inflammation, swelling, and stiffness of joints. Some types of arthritis can cause deformity of joints and others can cause fatigue and pain. To determine whether your aches and pains are simply from over activity or are caused by something more serious a doctor visit is necessary to properly diagnose the cause of your discomfort and recommend treatment. Visit the friendly, professional staff of physicians at WNY Medical, PC located at 4979 Harlem Road in Amherst. For an appointment call 923-4389. Don’t put off taking care of those aches and pains any longer. Feel the best that you can so you can get out there and enjoy the beautiful autumn foliage.

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Diane Woolverton


The Women of WNY Medical, PC

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It is not often that you find a doctor’s office staffed and run all by women. WNY Medical is one of those rare offices. Dr. Riffat Sadiq, president of WNY Medical, PC is an Internist and Geriatrician. Educated at Fatima Jinna Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan, Dr. Sadiq fulfilled her residency and post graduate education at the University of Buffalo. Dr. Sadiq is a not only a dedicated professional at WNY Medical, but is also Director of Medical Services at the Community Health Center of Buffalo, President of the Geriatrician Associates Services, and Director of Acute Geriatric Services at ECMC.

Dr. Linda Benjamin is a Physician at WNY Medical, PC. She is also assisted by Physician Assistants Amy Munroe, Kara Woods, Allyson Kirk, Vanessa Santiago, and Debbie Longbine. The woman who operates and keeps the office running at maximum efficiency is Robin Nacca. WNY Medical, PC is a highly organized, professional, and very caring doctor’s office. If you are looking for an office with compassion and heart, contact the secretary, Joanne Wiskup for an appointment at 923-4380, or stop in to the office located at 4979 Harlem Rd. in Amherst.

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Diane Woolverton


Preventing Falls in the Elderly

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The well-known phrase, “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” is an unfortunate reality for many elderly men and women. One out of every three Americans over the age of 65 fall at least once a year suffering injuries such as bone fractures, joint dislocation, and other serious trauma. Nearly one-half of those who do incur a serious injury never fully recover making falls one of the most substantial health threats facing older Americans. For the geriatric population, that is a frightening statistic.

Why do the elderly fall? Our immediate response would be to think that most of these accidents occur as a result of unsafe areas in the home, but research has shown that most of these types of accidents have less to do with whether we have our rugs safely tacked down and more to do with our health. Surprisingly, most falling accidents occur as a result of weak leg muscles, poor vision, and prescription medication that affect balance.

There are a few things we can do to help prevent falling: remain active, focus on leg-strengthening exercises, eat calcium-rich foods, or invest in Tai-Chi classes that will help increase strength and balance. For further information on what you can do to protect yourself contact Dr. Riffat Sadiq, a geriatrician at WNY Medical PC, located at 4979 Harlem Road in Amherst. For an appointment call 923-4380.

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Diane Woolverton


Now is the Time to Exercise Your Brain

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With spring in full swing and summer right around the corner now is the time to not only exercise our bodies but also our brains. Healthy eating is beneficial to both the body and the brain. All the refreshing fruits and vegetables are back in season and not just bursting with flavor but Omega 3s and other nutrients vital to brain health. Getting outdoors, and participating in leisurely activities like gardening, walking, and bike riding can send oxygen-rich blood to our brain energizing all those brain cells. Even taking an outdoor yoga class at the park or taking in the sights and sounds of a concert or festival can all help relieve brain stress, improve mood, and rejuvenate our brain power.

Remember that before undertaking any new activities or change in diet consult with a medical professional. The medical staff at Western New York Medical, PC can also recommend other options to strengthen our mental muscle including assessing medications, sleep habits, and overall general health. The highly skilled medical staff can also offer dietary advice to improve the power and strength of your brain. To schedule your summer check-up contact WNY Medical, PC at 923-4380. WNY Medical, PC is located at 4979 Harlem Road in Amherst. Keep your body, and your brain fit.

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Diane Woolverton


Is It the Flu or a Cold?

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As we are well into the winter season, so are we well into the season of the cold and flu. Many symptoms of both are similar, but how can we tell the difference and what are the best ways to protect ourselves? Both occur at this time of year but the two illnesses are very different. It is typical for most people to get a cold every year, but generally we do not get the flu every year. There are several symptoms that differentiate the flu from the common cold. Usually the flu will begin quickly with a fever that can last for 24-48 hours; however it can last as long as five days. Other symptoms of the flu can include body aches, tiredness, chills, nausea, and vomiting. Usually after a few days of experiencing these symptoms they will subside, but a dry, hacking cough may begin and be accompanied by a sore throat, a runny nose and sneezing. Sometimes a headache will also be experienced. For most people these symptoms will dissipate in 4-5 days however the fever may return and the cough and feelings of weakness may continue. For people who suffer from asthma or heart disease the flu can sometimes worsen these conditions.

The common cold is not accompanied by a fever. It usually consists of a runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, and a cough or sore throat. Sometimes headaches are present due to congestion of the nasal passages. While the first symptom of the flu is an abruptly high fever; scratchiness in the back of the throat or an irritated, itchy nose are the first symptoms of a cold. In adults it is possible to have a low-grade fever, but generally a cold is not accompanied by one.

What can we do to arm ourselves against the flu or the cold? There are some great foods this time of the year that can help boost your immune system and fight off the flu or the cold. Foods high in vitamin D like salmon and mushrooms are good sources along with citrus fruits like grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, and limes. Other helpful fruits to add to your diet are cranberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Other foods helpful to the immune system are whole-grains, yogurt, and an assortment of vegetables. Especially here in Buffalo, where sunlight is hard to find, we already can use extra boosts of vitamin D to our diet. If you feel you aren’t getting enough of it through your diet speak to your doctor about supplements. The medical staff at WNY Medical, PC can help recommend dietary supplements, flu vaccines, and other lines of defense to help ward off that common winter cold or flu. Visit our office at 4979 Harlem Rd. or call 923-4380 for an appointment.

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Diane Woolverton


Holiday Happiness for Diabetic Patients

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With the holiday upon us people with diabetes may find it difficult to resist all those holiday sweets and yummy temptations. It may be easy to turn away from the candy offered in the mall as we shop, but when it comes to sitting down to those scrumptious holiday meals desserts may be hard to refuse. If you follow a smart plan you may be able to have the best of both worlds.

Whether you have diabetes or a good rule for anyone to follow is to not go overboard. If you choose to have that piece of pie, cut back on your serving of mashed potatoes. In other words, watch those carbs! Worrying about gaining weight can in itself raise blood-sugar levels, so if you want a dessert remember to reduce the amount of carbohydrates you consume. If you wish you can have a half serving of each, but not a full serving of both.

Planning ahead is important to your holiday success. Decide ahead to only have that half serving of dessert and don’t feel guilty about saying, “No thank you” to the pressures of people wanting to serve you more food. Volunteer to bring a low-sugar desert and don’t take a holiday from your daily exercise. Contact WNY Medical, PC at 923-4380 for additional information, or stop in at the office at 4979 Harlem Rd.

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Diane Woolverton



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