Is watermelon good for you or just a sweet, unhealthy indulgence? This summertime staple is as healthy as it is delicious.
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For too many people, a heart attack is their first clue that they have heart disease. Or for people who perhaps knew they had risk factors for heart disease but didn’t realize how serious their condition was, symptoms or signs of a heart attack serve as late wake-up call that
In November 2013, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology released new guidelines on management of cardiovascular risks that herald a new approach, with less emphasis on cholesterol numbers and more emphasis on the constellation of factors that determine a person’s risk of heart disease, heart attack and
The world’s love affair with chocolate has only grown over the years. We love it drizzled on ice cream, mixed with warm milk for a delicious beverage, or combined with nuts and caramel for a tempting treat. Chocolate remains one of our favorite indulgences; Americans eat around $18.27 billion worth
Q: My blood pressure lately has been at or around 126/64. The systolic (top) number puts me in the “pre-hypertensive” range, but the diastolic (bottom) number seems okay. How should I interpret those numbers?
A: Based on current guidelines, your blood pressure is at the low end the “prehypertensive” range, which
Close your eyes and sit up straight. Take a deep breath while you count to five, then count to five again as you exhale. Go ahead and try it right now for six breaths.
It feels good, doesn’t it? Here’s what just happened. First, you began to calm your sympathetic nervous
MGH RESEARCHERS LINK STRESS AND HIGHER RISK FOR STROKE
Elevated activity levels in the brain’s amygdala—a region associated with stress—may be an indicator of higher risk for stroke and heart attack, according to a research team lead by the co-director of MGH’s cardiac imaging program. In an effort to examine the
Meeting Your Water Needs
You’ve no doubt heard that everyone should drink eight glasses of water a day, but that’s mostly a myth. What is true is that there’s far more to hydration than counting glasses of water: In addition to water, other beverages, and even foods, can help you meet
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,
Plants and Phytonutrients
When you were growing up, your mother may have told you to “eat your vegetables”—and that’s still good advice when you are older. Vegetables occupy more space on Tufts’ MyPlate for Older Adults than any other food group for good reasons. In all of the various rating systems