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Help Your Doctor Decide Which Diabetes Medication is Best For You

If you watch television, you probably notice frequent ads for diabetes medications—but, if you have diabetes, how do you know if those medications would work better for you than what you are currently taking? The answer: Discuss all of the medication options with your doctor, who can explain the risks

Aerobic Exercise Boots Your Cardiovascular Fitness

Exercise is one of the cornerstones of good health, and the fitness industry provides a constantly increasing number of activities from which you can choose. While you may not hear the term “aerobic exercise” as often as you once did, this type of activity remains the key to a healthy

For a Sharp Brain, Protect Your Senses

The overwhelming majority of older Americans are likely to experience a decline in at least one of their senses over the years, according to a new study—and many have problems in multiple sensory areas. And because the earlier sensory changes are recognized and treated, the better individuals are able to

Bone Pain? Consider These Imaging and Screening Options

Bone Pain? Consider These Imaging and Screening Options

If you’ve been feeling bone pain, your doctor may take one look at that stiff, swollen joint or that loss of motion and suspect that what you’ve got is the inevitable onset of age-related osteoarthritis (OA) or the autoimmune disorder that leads to rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
But to refine that diagnosis,

Diagnosis: Prediabetes

The word “pre” may sound innocuous, but a prediabetes diagnosis is one to be taken very seriously. According to cardiologist Karol Watson, MD, UCLA Medical Center, the leading cause of death for people with diabetes is heart disease.

“The damage doesn’t just start once diabetes is diagnosed,” explains Dr. Watson. “The

Newsbriefs: Lutein; Vegetarian and Vegan Diets; Afib Risk

Lutein May Help With Healthy Brain Aging
Consuming lutein—a pigment found in leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, and egg yolks—has been linked to the preservation of “crystallized intelligence,” which is the ability to use the skills and knowledge you acquire over a lifetime, according to a study published in

Heart Disease Is a Woman’s Disease

In the U.S., 1 in 4 women will die from heart disease—almost half a million deaths each year—yet the perception that heart disease is primarily a man’s disease persists. An American Heart Association survey found that fewer than one-half of American women are aware that heart disease is their leading

Calcium Supplements and Your Heart

Calcium’s role in overall health is not up for debate. It’s required for bone strength, muscle function and nerve transmission. Consuming enough may also help keep blood pressure numbers down. The question is, then, how should you get your fill of calcium? For many who are concerned they aren’t getting

Heavy Drinkers Risk Liver Disease

According to a recent study (Hepatology, Oct. 3, 2016), the number of hospitalizations for cirrhosis of the liver nearly doubled from 371,000 in 2001 to 659,000 in 2011. Cirrhosis causes healthy tissue to be gradually replaced by scar tissue that impedes blood flow through the liver, impacting liver function and

Hemorrhagic Stroke: Why It Happens, How It’s Treated

While ischemic stroke (the type that is caused by a blood clot blocking blood flow in the brain) accounts for nearly 90 percent of strokes, hemorrhagic stroke, which occurs due to bleeding in the brain, is even more deadly. “It is less treatable than ischemic stroke,” confirms neurologist Stanley Tuhrim,

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