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
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
If you’re overweight or obese, you probably don’t need to hear it, but weight loss is your key to better health. Carrying extra weight increases your risk of heart problems, diabetes, and joint pain and damage, and it has been linked with a higher incidence of breast cancer. So, what’s
If you’re thinking about following a low-carbohydrate diet, you may want to reconsider. Some foods that contain carbs also provide a wealth of nutrients and fiber—important for a balanced diet. On the other hand, if you typically eat lots of processed, high-carb foods made primarily of white flour and added
What is vascular dementia? It refers to a spectrum of cognitive impairments resulting from damage to blood vessels in the brain.
Stroke, either a significant singular stroke or multiple smaller strokes, is a major cause of vascular dementia (VaD), but any disease process that damages blood vessels in the brain
Q. My doctor ordered a test for leaky gut syndrome. What is this condition, and what does the test entail?
A. A leaky gut syndrome test will help determine whether you have increased intestinal permeability, a condition in which the lining of your small intestine allows bacteria and undigested food particles
Of all the nutritional advice and information that’s come out in the last several years, the fact that chocolate contains beneficial nutrients is probably one of the most appreciated. Dark chocolate contains flavanols, compounds that act as powerful antioxidants. That may be why consuming dark chocolate has been shown to
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
Q: A probiotic supplement claimed it supports the health of teeth and gums. Do these really help?
A: Carole Palmer, EdD, RD, a professor at Tufts’ University School of Dental Medicine and the Friedman School, assisted by Tufts’ Frances Stern Nutrition Center dietetic interns Cara D’Anello and Lydia Fernandes, responds: “Our
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,