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Have You Taken a Diabetes Test?

Have You Taken a Diabetes Test?

Maybe you’re a few pounds overweight. You’re not as active as you used to be, or maybe you were never physically active to begin with. Your blood pressure might be a little high, and your cholesterol might be making a steady climb into undesirable territory. But what about your blood

How to Lower Blood Sugar

How to Lower Blood Sugar

Medications are a must for some people with diabetes, but there are other measures you can take to manage your condition. One of the key parts of managing all types of diabetes and ensuring that treatments are effective is monitoring your blood glucose level.

Many things influence your blood glucose

Treat Depression Before it Harms Your Heart

It has long been observed that individuals with cardiovascular problems have an elevated risk for major depression that can interfere with their treatment and recovery. Now, in a scientific statement published online Feb. 24, 2014 in the journal Circulation, the American Heart Association (AHA) has acknowledged that the association works

When Science Seems Fickle

Every so often in Focus on Healthy Aging, we highlight studies that cast doubt on established medical advice. In this month’s issue, it’s our page 4 article featuring two studies that question the benefits of calcium for bone density.

While it may seem that medical science is fickle, looking at the

Trial of Gene Therapy for Heart Failure Breaks New Ground

In heart disease, a logical target is SERCA2a, a gene that helps heart cells maintain proper calcium levels. When levels of SERCA2a are low, the heart contracts weakly, leading to heart failure. In theory, replacing SERCA2a should restore the heart’s ability to squeeze more forcefully, thereby reversing heart failure. Results

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