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
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If you’ve tried store magnifiers, reading glasses, and perhaps have had eye surgery, yet you still struggle with seeing well, you might be among the millions of American who have what’s called “low vision.”
Low vision is permanent vision loss. Problems can include trouble with contrast sensitivity, which is the ability
The statistics might surprise you: 1 in 4 people aged 65 and older experience at least one fall each year. It’s thought that around 1 in 5 of these falls results in a serious injury, such as a fracture or head injury. Simple fall prevention tactics, however, can significantly reduce
During your latest doctor’s appointment, your physician breaks the news that you have prediabetes. It means your blood-sugar levels are elevated, but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. You’re surprised not only by the diagnosis, but also by the fact that you experienced no prediabetes symptoms. After
If you sometimes have trouble recognizing faces, or you notice that pieces of letters are missing when you read even when you’re wearing glasses, you may have a condition called low vision.
The term “low vision” is defined as a visual impairment that cannot be restored with corrective devices, medical therapy,
Diabetes is a condition characterized by an increase in blood sugar or glucose levels. If this increase is not controlled, it can lead to many other health problems in the long term. That’s the true danger of diabetes. For example, over time complications of diabetes can include heart or cardiovascular problems
Calcium, Vitamin D Supplements Do Not Prevent Fractures.
A meta-analysis of community-dwelling (i.e., those who live independently, not in group homes or nursing homes) older adults determined that neither supplemental calcium nor vitamin D is associated with fracture prevention or reduced risk. Findings were the same for the supplements singly and
Seafood, especially fish, has been touted as a highly nutritious food. As a complete protein, fish delivers all the essential amino acids your body needs. A mere 3-ounce serving of salmon can provide up to 40 percent of daily protein requirements. Fish has less connective tissue, making it easier to
In the 1970s, scientists studying the Inuit people in Greenland made a connection between their fish-rich diet and extremely low rates of cardiovascular disease. Since then, countless studies have explored the health benefits of fish—particularly the varieties high in two omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).
Blurry vision is a classic “nonspecific” symptom that people report to their doctors—like “I feel tired all the time.” Whether it’s blurry seeing or feeling fatigued, the possible reasons are many and occasionally unusual, from poisoning to concussion. Regardless of cause, however, most people just want to know, “Why is