Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs when there is too much uric acid in the blood, tissues, and urine. Accumulating uric acid crystallizes and takes on a needle-like shape, jabbing into the joints (usually the big toe, but also other joints, including those of the mid-foot, ankle, knees,
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Niacin is a member of the family of B vitamins, which also includes vitamins B6 and B12, riboflavin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, biotin, and thiamin. Like a lot of its B brothers, niacin—a.k.a. nicotinic acid, nicotinamide, and vitamin B3—is essential for converting carbohydrates into fuel and for producing critical hormones
Learning how to lower triglycerides is important if you have high triglycerides. A number of ways are available to do that, but you almost always should begin by using three of the most-researched natural therapies.
High cholesterol has received most of the attention from heart health experts for years. Recently, however, scientists have
Vitamin D deficiency symptoms have been linked to numerous health problems, including heart disease, depression, and even cancer. In fact, a recent study conducted by Boston University researchers revealed vitamin D deficiency actually affects your DNA: “Any improvement in vitamin D status will significantly affect expression of genes that have
Q. Are pine nuts a nut or seed, and should an adult with a severe nut allergy avoid them?
A. John Leung, MD, an allergist, co-director of the Food Allergy Center at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center and a clinical professor at Tufts’ Friedman School, responds, “Pine
More Older Women are Binge Drinking
A new study suggests that binge drinking is on the rise among older women. Researchers writing in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, March 24, analyzed data on more than 65,000 men and women age 60 and older. All were current drinkers, and more than 6,500
You’re a reasonable person, and you want to take care of your health. You know this means not ignoring your recent lab test, which showed you have high triglycerides. But… you’ve heard of the frequent debilitating side effects that prescription fibrates and statin drugs cause—muscle pain, weakness, liver damage, memory loss,
What is dementia? The word refers to a mental decline in two or more core areas of brain function—including memory, judgment, communication, or language—that interferes with a person’s ability to function in daily life. Dementia can be caused by a number of different diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) to
The Triglycerides Range Most Likely to Cause Heart Disease…and the Optimal Range for Health and Longevity
Most people don’t know the triglycerides range connected with heart disease and other health problems or what an optimal triglyceride level should be. Do you?