What is diverticulitis? Definition-wise, it’s a condition that’s best explained by describing how it starts—and what it starts as. According to The Diverticulitis Foundation of America, half of Americans older than age 60 have diverticulosis, a condition where small pouches (about the size of large peas) called diverticula bulge outward
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Hands down, when it comes to getting the many different nutrients needed to support physical activity and good health, eating whole foods in forms close to nature trumps eating foods processed in a factory. Unfortunately, as a nation people are cooking less and relying more on packaged convenience foods,
An expert panel of the American Heart Association (AHA) has found consistent evidence that high blood pressure in midlife (age 40-64) is associated with impaired cognitive function in mid- and later life.
When high blood pressure develops after age 64, its impact on brain function is less clear, the panel explained
About one in three American adults, some 67 million people, have high blood pressure, one of the most dangerous risk factors for stroke. If you’re age 65 years or older, the odds are even greater that you have hypertension: 64% of men and 69% of women ages 65 and up
Dark chocolate and cocoa benefits on cardiovascular health are quite significant indeed. Consuming cocoa in dark chocolate or cocoa powder is a powerful (and delightful) way to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and prediabetes.
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
The Need for Nutrient Density
Another concept emphasized in the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) is nutrient density. You need to consume nutrient-dense foods and beverages to get enough of the nutrients you need without consuming too many calories. Aim to get as much nutritional “bang” for your caloric “bucks”
Although grapes have been used medicinally for thousands of years, recent studies reveal 2 new exciting health benefits of grape seed extract: they naturally lower blood pressure and reduce the dangerous kind of cholesterol.
A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society has found that thiazide diuretics’ side effects are more common than previously thought and urges doctors to use greater caution when prescribing.