Up until around age 55, men are much more likely than women to experience a heart attack. The gap gets smaller with advancing age, but men are still at a higher risk than women of suffering a heart attack. For that reason alone, it’s important that you recognize the common
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Study challenges long-held hypothesis that iron promotes atherosclerosis
A UCLA research team has found no evidence of an association between iron levels in the body and the risk of atherosclerosis, the hardening and narrowing of the arteries that leads to cardiovascular disease, the number one killer in the U.S. The discovery,
Doctors define mobility in older adults as the ability to walk 400 meters—about a quarter mile—without help from a person or walker (a cane is okay), and without sitting down.
Most of us assume that we’ll be able to do this if we just stay physically active. But until recently, that
You already know that keeping your cholesterol in check is important for heart health. High cholesterol is associated with clogged arteries and a greater chance of a heart attack. But you may be wondering: What exactly is a normal cholesterol level, and how do I get there? And you’re probably
Aging Strong and Gracefully
If you’re concerned about how old you look or how old you feel, you might be tempted to search for the fountain of youth in anti-aging supplements, face creams, or spa treatments. In truth, two of the most effective—and inexpensive—things you can do to hold on to
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
What causes heart attacks is the stoppage of blood flow through a coronary artery. The heart muscle that normally keeps pumping blood out to the body and the lungs becomes starved for oxygen. Without a steady supply of oxygenated blood, heart muscle tissue becomes damaged. If blood flow remains blocked
Nutrition experts—including those advising this newsletter—have been preaching for years about the benefits of replacing refined grains in your diet with whole grains. The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans echoed this advice, recommending limiting intake of refined grains and products made with refined grains and starches. People consuming a healthy
Because your jaw is one of the joints you use most often, dealing with jaw pain can be difficult—it can affect your ability to talk and eat. Often, jaw pain is related to problems with your teeth resulting from an oral health issue or from a habit like teeth-grinding.
Scale Back on Sugar
On average, added sugars (those not naturally found in foods) account for more than 13 percent of Americans’ daily calories—that’s almost 270 calories, or about 17 teaspoons of sugar, for someone consuming 2,000 calories a day. The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advise limiting added sugars to