One of our cover stories this month emphasizes how important it is to get evaluated and treated as soon as possible if you think you may be suffering a heart attack or stroke. It’s equally important to address the risk factors that make you vulnerable to these potentially fatal events.
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The average American consumes more than 4,000 mg of salt each day—nearly twice the recommended safe amount for most people and almost three times the maximum amount people with hypertension should consume. Four grams of salt is the equivalent of about two teaspoons. The American Heart Association recommends consuming less
A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society has found that thiazide diuretics’ side effects are more common than previously thought and urges doctors to use greater caution when prescribing.
The new blood pressure (BP) guidelines issued this year have many seniors wondering if they need to continue their medication. The guidelines, published in a Journal of the American Medical Association report, raised the systolic BP (the top number of the BP reading) for high blood pressure for anyone age
If you have periodic limb movement disorder, your legs and arms may move around from a few times to close to 1,000 times while you’re asleep. These movement episodes can be as brief as a fraction of a second or last as long as five seconds. And they frequently recur
The thick gel found in the leaf of the aloe vera plant has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of topical conditions. In fact, aloe gel was one of the most frequently prescribed medicines in the 18th and 19th centuries. The gel is composed of 95 to
Dairy Pros and Cons
Tufts’ MyPlate for Older Adults includes examples of dairy products such as low-fat milk and yogurt, because these are excellent sources of nutrients you may not be getting enough of as you age. These nutrients include calcium and (in fortified dairy products) vitamin D for healthy bones,
Did you know you may have historical wonder drugs in your cabinet? And we’re not referring to your medicine cabinet. Herbs and spices have been used as antidotes ever since mankind felt the first pangs of pain and illness. A document called the Ebers Papyrus, dated 1550 BC, reveals a vast array
How Diet Makes a Difference
We all know that eating a healthy diet is important for growing children, and the obesity epidemic and soaring rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic diseases dramatically demonstrate the need to eat right from young adulthood into middle age. But does what you eat
A recent study on alcohol and blood pressure found that even one drink a day can increase blood pressure, but binge drinking poses the biggest risk. Found out how much and what types of alcoholic beverages are problematic.