Think you’re destined to get cardiovascular disease since it runs in your family? Take heart. A recent New England Journal of Medicine study suggests a healthy lifestyle may cut risk of heart disease events by about half. Events included heart attack, heart bypass surgery (restoring blood flow to heart muscle)
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The worldwide prevalence of diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions, recent data suggests. So, the critical question for everyone is: How do you get diabetes? A number of underlying factors are to blame for the global upswing in diabetes cases.
To avoid becoming part of the statistics, it’s vital to understand
Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA): An essential fatty acid that, along with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), belongs to a group of fats called omega-3 fatty acids. ALA is found in some plant foods and oils, such as flaxseed, canola, soy, walnuts, and oils extracted from these foods. (See: Omega-3
Making smart choices about fats and oils is not as simple as proponents of this product or that fad diet would have you believe. Common vegetable oils, as well as animal fats, such as butter, lard, and the fats in meat and dairy, contain a mix of different types
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
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,
Eat Better, Save Money
A common misconception about trying to eat food that is more nutritious is that improving your diet has to cost more. “Healthy food is not necessarily expensive,” says Parke Wilde, PhD, an associate professor at Tufts’ Friedman School who previously worked for the USDA’s Economic Research Service.
How Diet Makes a Difference
We all know that eating a healthy diet is important for growing children, and the obesity epidemic and soaring rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic diseases dramatically demonstrate the need to eat right from young adulthood into middle age. But does what you eat
The link between diet and blood pressure is undeniable. Maintaining a healthy weight can help you better control your blood pressure. And following a low-sodium diet may be particularly important if you have, or are at risk of developing, hypertension. To learn more about foods that lower blood pressure, you