Tag: obesity

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

Can Diabetics Eat Fruit?

Can Diabetics Eat Fruit?

Every day, you strategically map out your diabetes meal plan. You count your carbohydrates, limit your sweets, and choose your beverages carefully: a vegetable here, a piece of fruit there, and voila! And then it hits you: Can diabetics eat fruit?

It’s a logical question to ask, considering that fruit contains

Building a Better Breakfast

Why is breakfast routinely touted as the most important meal of the day?  Because numerous health benefits have been linked to eating breakfast, including lower blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, improved focus and concentration, and maintaining a healthy weight. Other research suggests that bypassing breakfast may increase the

Vegetarian and Vegan Diets Are Becoming More Mainstream

If you think you’ll be missing out on a host of nutrients if you eat vegetarian or vegan, think again: Vegetarian and vegan diets are healthful and nutritionally adequate if they are appropriately planned, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Studies show that vegetarians and vegans tend to

Dietary Strategies Against Gout

Gout is so painful that its sufferers say you can’t really grasp how bad it is unless you’ve experienced it. A form of arthritis, gout is marked by attacks of severe joint pain, swelling, warmth and redness. Although medication is often used to help manage gout, dietary changes may help,

Sweet Drinks: Bad for Your Brain?

Could a sugary-drink habit—or the diet beverages you may consume instead—harm your brain? One recent study showed that regularly drinking sugary beverages, like soda and fruit drinks, was associated with signs of brain aging and declining memory. A second study showed that frequently drinking artificially-sweetened (diet) beverages was associated with

Heart Failure: Your Treatment Options

A new report from the American Heart Association (AHA) suggests that U.S. heart failure rates are rising. The number of Americans who have the condition increased from about 5.7 million between 2009 and 2012 to about 6.5 million between 2011 and 2014, according to the AHA’s Heart Disease and Stroke

From the Editor: There’s a Lot You Can Do to Tackle Diabetes

In this month’s issue, we’re looking at how diet can influence blood sugar and your risk for diabetes. Diabetes affects the body’s ability to metabolize sugar, either because the pancreas produces little or no insulin (type 1 diabetes), a hormone that regulates the absorption of sugar from the bloodstream into

Avoid Complications After Joint Replacement

Joint replacement surgery is fairly straightforward, but it is not without risk. Possible complications include blood clots, infections at the incision site, and loosening of the implant over time. But Darwin Chen, MD, assistant professor of orthopaedics at Mount Sinai, emphasizes that your doctor will take steps to prevent problems

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