Who doesn’t want to be happy? Being happy and having a sense of well-being are desirable in and of themselves, of course, but the field of positive psychology is showing us that there is more to it than that. The happiest, most positive people also tend to be among the
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High cholesterol can have wide-ranging effects—both direct and indirect—on your heart and several other organs served by your vascular system. As cholesterol builds in the arteries of your heart, brain, and throughout your body, it usually does so silently. In some cases, the first signs of atherosclerosis may be a
Vegetarian Diet Lowers Heart Disease Risk
Following a plant-based diet has been consistently associated with significant heart health benefits, according to researchers. A review of studies shows people who follow a vegetarian diet reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease by 40 percent, and hypertension by 34 percent. In
Americans consume 17 teaspoons of added sugars a day on average (more than one-third cup). That’s not to say we scoop that much into our coffee or tea. Sugar, in one form or another, is added to a huge variety of processed foods, from sweet drinks to cakes, cookies, candy,
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Oct. 18, 2018) indicate that just over 40 percent of seniors had tried to lose weight in the previous 12 months. This likely reflects the fact that about the same percentage of older Americans are obese:
You’ve heard since the time you were small that brushing your teeth is vital to stave off oral hygiene problems. Even so, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that nearly half of all Americans aged 30 and older have some degree of periodontitis (gum disease). The number increases
Eating on the run can be dangerous to your health—particularly when it comes to your heart. A few bad junk food choices—salty chips, a sugar-filled pastries, high-sodium beef jerky—can undo the strides you’ve been making with smart eating and exercising. Fortunately, convenience stores actually offer healthy snacks on the go.
Toast without butter is like macaroni without cheese—sad and incomplete. Same goes for popcorn, especially at the movie theater. For years, though, we’ve been told to cut butter from our diets. Those delectable, creamy French dishes a la Julia Child are frowned upon by nutrition experts and cardiologists. Now we’re
Cholesterol levels, as you likely know, may be linked to our risk of heart attack and stroke—two of the major preventable causes of disability and death in the Western world. If you have an annual medical or regular health check-up, it’s likely that you’ve had your cholesterol levels checked.
You no doubt have heard that high cholesterol is bad for you, but what does that really mean? And exactly what is cholesterol? You may have heard terms like low-density lipoprotein or high-density lipoprotein, but which is good and which is bad? And you may wonder whether you can reduce