Tag: heart disease

Looking for an Energy Boost?

Looking for an Energy Boost?

There’s no shortage of drinks, foods, and supplements promising a quick burst of energy. Problem is most give you a jolt and follow with an energy crash. An occasional extra cup of coffee may not be harmful, but if you’re constantly reaching for a sudden energy boost, it’s time to

Newsbriefs: Prediabetes Risk; Bladder Cancer; Weight Cycling

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Raise Prediabetes Risk
Regular consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages significantly raises your risk for prediabetes (a condition that can lead to full-blown diabetes), according to a recent 14-year study (Journal of Nutrition, Nov. 9, 2016). Study participants who drank the highest amounts of sugar-sweetened beverages (an average of six 12-fluid-ounce

Gallstones an Issue for Many 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

Are You Dreaming of Restful Nights?

We need the same amount of sleep in older age as we did in our younger years, but we often don’t get it. Unfortunately, this can cause health problems—as noted in one of our cover stories this month, which looks at new research suggesting that poor sleep as we age

Editor’s Note: The Heart of the Matter

It’s long been known that women have gotten short shrift in terms of being screened for heart disease. Women who present to emergency rooms, as well as to their physicians’ offices, tend to be less aggressively tested and treated for heart disease than men. Women get fewer stress tests, coronary

Lifestyle is Key in Preventing Damage from Rheumatoid Arthritis

An estimated 1.3 million Americans are afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and women are more than twice as likely as men to have the disease. RA is characterized by inflammation in the lining of the joints, which can lead to joint damage, chronic pain, and disability.

“RA is an autoimmune disease,

OTC Pain Relievers: Use With Caution

Most of us don’t think twice about swallowing a couple of over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers for back pain, muscle aches, or a headache. But, in recent years, research has revealed that these OTC products are not as benign as we once thought, and that long-term and/or excessive use actually may

Low Diastolic Blood Pressure May Damage the Heart

High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke, heart attack, and heart failure, and treating hypertension can reduce this risk. But while most people worry only about blood pressures being too high, a study published Oct. 16, 2017 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that

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