Tag: maintain a healthy weight

Keep Your Hunger at Bay With Healthy Snacks

When you’re trying to eat healthfully, don’t overlook your snack selections. Healthy snacks can help tide you over until the next meal and help you fulfill some of your daily nutrient needs. However, eating snacks that are high in calories and low in nutrients can derail your other­wise healthy diet.
Snacking Basics
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What Is High Blood Pressure—and Why Do Your Numbers Matter?

What Is High Blood Pressure—and Why Do Your Numbers Matter?

You’ve probably had a blood pressure reading dozens or maybe hundreds of times in your life. Unless you get a result that gives a nurse or doctor pause, you may not think much about those numbers. Or maybe you’ve wondered, “What is high blood pressure?”—and wondered what it really means

Slash Your Stroke Risk by Addressing Crucial Modifiable Risk Factors

Around 750,000 people have a stroke every year, and of these, 5 to 14 percent will have a second stroke within 12 months. Many of the risk factors for stroke can be mitigated with simple lifestyle changes—according to the American Stroke Association, 80 percent of strokes are preventable. However, research

‘Tis the Season the Beat the Flu

The annual flu season runs from October to May, and doctors recommend that older adults take early and proper precautions. Flu shots are the best way to do that. “Seniors are at a higher risk for contracting the flu because their immune systems are weakened with age,” says Erin Atkinson

Q&A: Weight Loss; Cranberry Supplements; Radiation

Q. A friend thinks focusing on diet is enough to lose weight, but I say you need to combine diet and exercise—which of us is right?
A. Portion-control can help you lose weight by reducing your calorie intake, and exercise does so by helping you burn off calories. But both approaches

Diagnosis: Prediabetes

The word “pre” may sound innocuous, but a prediabetes diagnosis is one to be taken very seriously. According to cardiologist Karol Watson, MD, UCLA Medical Center, the leading cause of death for people with diabetes is heart disease.

“The damage doesn’t just start once diabetes is diagnosed,” explains Dr. Watson. “The

How to Avoid Prostate Cancer

How to Avoid Prostate Cancer

Scientists don’t know exactly what causes prostate cancer and there is no one known measure you can take to prevent prostate cancer. Researchers have studied certain preventive measures and determined they have the potential to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. They have evaluated other measures and found that the

Fast Food: Why It Pays to Compare

Making healthy choices at fast-food restaurants remains a challenge, according to new Tufts research, but—contrary to some perceptions—it has not gotten worse. Levels of dangerous trans fats in fries have actually improved, while portion sizes, calories, sodium and saturated fat changed little between 1996 and 2013.
“There is a perception that

What Causes Heart Attacks—and How to Prevent Them

What Causes Heart Attacks—and How to Prevent Them

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

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