Nutrition scientists often differentiate between “energy-dense” and “nutrient-dense” foods. In terms of nutrition, “energy” equals calories, so foods that are energy-dense contain a lot of calories for the amount of food—sugar, for example, which packs 773 calories per cup. The same amount of a non-energy dense food like chopped carrots,
Before you begin reading this book, you might be wondering if it’s worth making dietary and lifestyle changes to protect your heart and your brain—especially if cardiovascular disease or dementia runs in your family. Genetics certainly play a role, but your genes are not your destiny. Research suggests a healthy
As we get into the annual flu season (it runs from October to May), we no doubt will see advertisements for flu shots at every pharmacy we visit. But the flu shot is just one of several immunizations available to older adults, and even though we may associate routine vaccination
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) affects about 10 million Americans, although many of those people may not be aware they have this common circulation problem. That’s because peripheral artery symptoms include pain and weakness in the leg, as well as sores on the legs and feet that don’t heal. The symptoms are
Chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes represent a major health problem in the United States. They account for approximately 86 percent of all healthcare costs and are frequently associated with a significant reduc-tion in quality of life. The CDC reports that roughly half of
Although people may disagree on whether you should eat a Paleo, vegetarian, DASH, or Mediterranean diet, or any of an number of other diets, everyone can agree that we should all be eating more fruits and vegetables. Here’s another reason: Research that tells us that consumption of fruits and vegetables
Our bodies, as many say, are like cars; they need the right kind of fuel to run well. That means an energy diet that provides the proper vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to keep your strength steady throughout the day.
You may already adhere to a high-energy diet. But if you find
Unless you live under a rock, you know that smoking is bad for your health. Tobacco-related diseases kill more than 480,000 people each year in the United States alone, accounting for around 20 percent of all premature deaths. If you’re a smoker, the habit can shorten your life by up
Most people would like to retain their youthful vim and vigor, get rid of achy joints, and perhaps reduce wrinkles, and get their sexual mojo back. There are plenty of anti-aging products that promise to do that and more.
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News Briefs: Gum Disease and Cancer Risk; Immune-Suppressing Drugs & Parkinson’s Disease; Leadless Peacemakers
The Link Between Gum Disease and Cancer Risk
In a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine demonstrated a 24 percent increased risk of cancer in people with severe gum disease, or periodontitis, compared with those who had no/mild periodontitis. The authors