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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

Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because it often doesn’t cause any obvious symptoms. Uncontrolled, it can be a very serious problem leading to stroke, heart disease, eye problems and even kidney failure. Estimates show that more than half of people over age 65 have high blood pressure.

7. Living with Depression and Providing Support to Others

Depression can quickly turn into a self-perpetuating cycle. You feel awful, so you refuse to do anything you once thought was fun. You stay home and never invite anyone over. Your inactivity and isolation in turn feed your depression. The key to overcoming depression is to break that cycle.
In this

Lifestyle Choices Can Help Prevent Cancer

The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be nearly 1.7 million new cases of cancer diagnosed in the U.S. in 2016, and that about 596,000 people will die from the disease. Eating a poor diet, physical inactivity, excess alcohol consumption, and being overweight are thought to account for more

Manage Your Weight, Benefit Your Brain

Americans are bulking up around the waist, and that spells trouble for the brain. The average waist size in this country has increased from 37.6 inches in 1999 to 38.8 inches in 2012, according to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) figures. The agency estimates that 70

Neighborhood “Walkability” Confers Health Benefits

If you’re moving anytime soon, take a close look at whether your new neighborhood is pedestrian-friendly. It could affect your health in important ways, according to new findings.
Researchers evaluated walkability based on four factors: population density, number of walkable destinations (stores, services, parks), residential building density, and street connectivity. Researchers

What Is Integrative Medicine?

At its essence, integrative medicine is a patient-centered philosophy of personalized care that integrates evidenced-informed Western medical services and complementary modalities. Those include: traditional Chinese medicine (acupuncture and herbs); mind-body practices such as yoga and tai chi; meditation in various forms; and massage therapy. The general goal is to provide

Reduce Your Risk of Heart Failure

When a heart muscle contracts weakly or is unable to relax properly, its ability to pump blood is impaired. This is called heart failure.

Surprisingly, it is often preventable.

“The risk factors that predispose someone to developing heart failure are the same that lead to heart attacks: smoking, obesity, and a sedentary

Should You be Taking Aspirin?

According to a recent national survey (American Journal of Preventive Medicine, May), 52 percent of people age 45 to 75 are taking aspirin daily or every other day. Many have been advised to do so by their doctor, says Mount Sinai cardiologist Bruce Darrow, MD, PhD. “Aspirin can help keep

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