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Newsbriefs: Sodium Consumption; Soy for Breast Cancer; Vitamin D

Sodium Consumption Is Up Rather Than Down
A study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual scientific session in March 2017 found that Americans with high blood pressure consumed an average of 2,900 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day in 1999 and 3,350 mg per day in 2012, for an

Eat Healthy, Not Guilty

If you think food that tastes good can’t possibly be good for you, or if you feel guilty about enjoying a meal, it might be time to hit the reset button on your attitudes toward eating and nutrition. While it’s smart to pay attention to what’s in your food, today’s

4. A Closer Look at Key Nutrients

Your Diet Vs. Chronic Disease
It’s estimated that half of all U.S. adults—about 117 million people—suffer from preventable, diet-related chronic diseases. Shifting to healthier eating patterns that contain the nutrients your heart and brain require can help bring about lasting improvements in individual health, according to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for

3. Choosing Healthy Heart-Brain Foods

The Need for Nutrient Density
Another concept emphasized in the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) is nutrient density. You need to consume nutrient-dense foods and beverages to get enough of the nutrients you need without consuming too many calories. Aim to get as much nutritional “bang” for your caloric “bucks”

Q&A: Balance; Stroke Prevention; Vitamin C

Q. Ever since I began to take Coumadin for atrial fibrillation I have a fear of falling and bleeding. What can I do to improve my balance?
A. Strengthening your core muscles—those in your abdomen, back and hips—would be the best thing for you to do. Core strength is related to

Q&A: Kidney Stones; Cognitive Decline; Energy

Q. I’m a woman in my mid-60s. What can I do to help prevent kidney stone formation?
A. The clearest link between women and kidney stones is overweight/obesity, smoking, and being sedentary. But a larger question is how kidney stones affect the health of other organs in your body. Kidney stones

Fill Your Nutrient Shortfall

When scientists observe that lots of people within our population don’t meet their needs for particular nutrients, they are dubbed “shortfall nutrients.” Here are four essential nutrients most likely to be insufficient in your diet, based on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and simple strategies on how to

Make the Right Food Choices to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy

When it comes to staying healthy and preventing chronic disease, the heart and brain tend to get most of the attention. But your kidneys are also key to maintaining good health. They help remove waste from your body, regulate blood pressure, balance fluid levels and even produce a form of

Kidney Transplant: What You Need to Know

Research presented at the American Society of Nephrology’s Kidney Week, in November 2015, suggests that the prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the U.S. has stabilized over the past decade. The data correspond with updated U.S. Renal Data System statistics showing that the incidence of end-stage renal disease (ESRD)

Hypertension Linked to Frequent Dining Out

Dining out can be convenient, festive or just a chance to eat something a little different. But patronizing restaurants too often can also be bad for the heart. Research suggests that there’s a strong association between high blood pressure and frequent restaurant visits.

“The connection is sodium,” says dietitian Kate Patton,

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