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How to Read Nutrition Facts: Food Label Tips

How to Read Nutrition Facts: Food Label Tips

Reading nutrition facts labels isn’t that difficult, and indeed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is trying to make the information on those labels even clearer. Still, if you’re trying to make heart-healthy food purchases, it’s important to know what you’re looking for as you scan the backs of

What Causes Hypertension? Diet Plays a Huge Role

What Causes Hypertension? Diet Plays a Huge Role

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, occurs when the force at which your blood presses against the inside of your arteries is too great. Over time, hypertension can increase your risk for cardiovascular problems such as heart disease, stroke, and heart attack, as well as damaging your kidneys. But

Planning Is Paramount for a Heart-Healthy Diet

Planning Is Paramount for a Heart-Healthy Diet

Timing and planning may mean everything when it comes to following a heart-healthy diet.
That’s the message of a new American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement. The more thoughtful you are not only about what you eat but when and how often, the AHA advises, can help you follow a

What Is Cholesterol Ratio?

What Is Cholesterol Ratio?

“Cholesterol Ratio” has emerged as a much more reliable means of evaluating true cardiovascular risk than traditional cholesterol measures. Learn why this is important and how to calculate your own ratio to know if you are at risk.

Gallbladder Pain Poses a Potential Problem for Seniors

Gallbladder Pain Poses a Potential Problem for Seniors

If you tend to suffer from sharp pain in your upper right abdomen after eating, and the pain radiates to your shoulder blade and back, you may have a gallbladder problem. Older adults are at particular risk, with gallbladder disease one of the most common causes of acute abdominal pain

The Pluses of Pulses

Evidence supporting the fighting power of pulses is stronger than ever. Pulses are an excellent source of fiber and plant-based protein and deliver folate, magnesium, iron and other important vitamins and minerals. Dried beans, peas and lentils have a low carbon footprint making them an eco-friendly food choice.

The Health Benefits

Don’t Wait for Signs of a Heart Attack to Know Your Risk

Don’t Wait for Signs of a Heart Attack to Know Your Risk

For too many people, a heart attack is their first clue that they have heart disease. Or for people who perhaps knew they had risk factors for heart disease but didn’t realize how serious their condition was, symptoms or signs of a heart attack serve as late wake-up call that

Standard Blood Tests Can Illuminate Many Health Problems and Risks

A routine blood test that takes less than a minute is perhaps the most revealing tool ever invented to assess a person’s overall health. A blood sample contains information from every part of the body.

“The most commonly ordered blood tests include a CBC (complete blood count), iron studies for anemia

Editor’s Note: Are Cheeseburgers Back In?

Remember the movie Sleeper? Woody Allen was frozen in time, and when he was revived after 200 years, everything that was once forbidden, including smoking, drinking, casual sex, and eating junk food, was back in vogue.

It’s not quite that drastic, but a new study came out earlier this year that

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