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Get a Handle on High Blood Pressure

If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure (hypertension), you will probably be given a prescription for medication. When determining the medication that is best for you, your physician will consider numerous factors, including your family and personal medical history, age, weight, lifestyle, and other health conditions you have.

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Magnesium: An Important Mineral for Your Health

Magnesium may not get as much attention as some other nutrients, but it’s a critical mineral for your muscles, bones, brain, and heart. Getting more magnesium in your diet is associated with a lower risk of some diseases and even early death, according to a study published in BMC Medicine

Ask the Doctor: Hand Tremors; Lactose Intolerance; Knee Surgery

Q: My hands shake sometimes and I am concerned that it might be Parkinson’s disease. What are some other telltale signs?

A: Tremors or shaking in the hands, arms, legs, jaw and even the face are common motor symptoms of Parkinson’s. Other motor symptoms include stiffness in the arms, legs and

New Nutrition Facts Coming Soon

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analyzed the current food labels for two years, and is now ready to debut the results. They feel the new labels will better inform and guide America’s food choices. The deadline for switching over to the new label is July 2018, although some manufacturers

Celiac Disease Symptoms: List of 281 Ailments

Celiac Disease Symptoms: List of 281 Ailments

Over a lifespan, celiac disease symptoms tend to shift from primarily gastrointestinal ones in children (diarrhea, bloating, pain) to “non-classical” or “subclinical” ones in adults (fatigue, anemia, arthritis, and numbness/tingling in the fingers and toes). Non-classical symptoms can make celiac disease harder to spot, particularly if a patient has other

Drinking Too Much Coconut Water Can Be Dangerous

Drinking Too Much Coconut Water Can Be Dangerous

Editor’s note: When used safely, coconut water can lower blood pressure and boost hydration. Learn more about the benefits of drinking coconut water of this article.

One of the best-known coconut water benefits, an uncommonly high amount of potassium, is also the main reason that drinking too much coconut water can

6 Health Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice for Your Heart

6 Health Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice for Your Heart

The thick gel found in the leaf of the aloe vera plant has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of topical conditions. In fact, aloe gel was one of the most frequently prescribed medicines in the 18th and 19th centuries. The gel is composed of 95 to

7. Rethinking Protein Needs

You Might Need More
Most Americans get plenty of protein, despite the marketing hype suggesting otherwise, but an emerging scientific consensus says older adults may need even more. Evidence also is mounting that the timing of older adults’ protein consumption may be important; the traditional, protein-heavy dinner might need to give

6. Smart Selections in the Dairy Aisle

Dairy Pros and Cons
Tufts’ MyPlate for Older Adults includes examples of dairy products such as low-fat milk and yogurt, because these are excellent sources of nutrients you may not be getting enough of as you age. These nutrients include calcium and (in fortified dairy products) vitamin D for healthy bones,

5. Make Half Your Grains Whole

Fiber for Your Heart
You can obtain much of the dietary fiber you need by eating grains. Tufts’ MyPlate for Older Adults provides examples of choices that are high in fiber, such as whole and fortified grains and 100% whole-wheat bread. Fiber from grains is known as “cereal fiber,” a term

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