What most people commonly know as “heartburn” is a symptom of Gastrointestinal Esophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD. Heartburn—a sharp, burning feeling in the chest—can be an occasional problem that doesn’t require anything more than symptom relief with an over-the-counter (OTC) antacid. But if heartburn becomes a persistent problem, it could
As the population ages, osteoporosis is a growing problem in both women and men. Loss of bone mineral density (BMD) increases the risk of fractures, which can lead to disability, pain, and reduced quality of life. Hip fractures are particularly dangerous. They’re linked to a higher risk of death, particularly
Q: My 59-year-old daughter has been advised to have a bone density test. Is this really necessary? We both thought women only needed these tests after age 65.
A: You are right that bone density testing is generally recommended for women who are age 65 and older, since it’s this age
That pain in your arm may be tennis elbow even if you’ve never wielded a racquet. The condition is essentially a repetitive stress injury, and can affect anybody who uses their hands and wrists for extended periods of time, says Joseph Herrera, DO, Chairman and Lucy G Moses Professor of
Intestinal infections tend to hit at the worst times. Five years ago, my husband, two children and I were cruising from one Croatian Island to the next when it happened—gut-wrenching cramps doubled me over while sweat dripped down every crevice. I had gone from feeling slightly nauseous to wanting to
It’s not just your eating pattern and your physical activity that affect how well your heart and blood vessels function. Other aspects of your lifestyle appear to intersect with your diet and activity level on the path to better cardiovascular health. Your sleep, for instance, can affect your quality of
Your heart, brain, blood vessels, and the rest of your body rely on a healthy diet as fuel for functioning, and if you’re eating too much of the wrong foods and not enough of the nutritious ones you need, you (and your cardiovascular system) may suffer.
According to the 2015-2020 Dietary
The importance of fiber in the diet cannot be overemphasized. Dietary fiber—what we used to call “roughage” or “bulk”—can help prevent or alleviate chronic constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, IBS, and possibly colorectal cancer. There is some early evidence suggesting that a high-fiber diet may lessen or prevent food allergies, and dietary
Melatonin is called the “hormone of darkness” because it helps signal the body that it’s night and time to sleep. It’s secreted by the pineal gland in the brain about every 24 hours in a dark environment, typically starting around 90 minutes before you usually fall asleep. Levels stay elevated