Gout attacks quickly, usually at night and most often in your big toe. The pain heightens about eight to 12 hours after onset. Gout symptoms can be extremely painful, and the first 24 hours are usually the worst. A gout attack typically lasts three … Read More
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If you're suffering from the pain and discomfort of gout, foods containing high levels of purine—among them organ meats and certain seafood—should be avoided. But what about foods that are safe to eat and might even help improve your condition?
Gout is caused by the buildup of Read More
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 … Read More
Osteopenia isn’t as serious as osteoporosis—see our posts defining bone loss test scores of osteoporosis -2.5 or osteoporosis -3.0. But it’s also not easy to detect; there aren’t any obvious osteopenia symptoms.
Certain factors, however, can make you vulnerable to osteopenia, meaning that it's important … Read More
As the old adage goes, you are what you eat, and when it comes to hypertension, your diet is a major driver of your blood pressure. If salty foods have a familiar place on your dinner plate, chances are you’ll see your blood pressure numbers rise. Conversely, … Read More
Calcium is an important nutrient for healthy bones, heart, muscles, and nerves. It helps blood vessels expand and contract, it helps glands secrete hormones and enzymes, and it’s important for muscle contraction. Your body needs calcium to perform these and other vital functions, so if you don’t … Read More
Kidney stones can be an incredibly painful condition that can strike without warning. If you have only a small stone, you may have no symptoms at all, but if it is large enough to block the tubes inside the kidney, you may experience intense pains that come and go … Read More
Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs when there is too much uric acid in the blood, tissues, and urine. Accumulating uric acid crystallizes and takes on a needle-like shape, jabbing into the joints (usually the big toe, but also other joints, including those of the mid-foot, ankle, … Read More
You see the phrase mentioned frequently in relation to nutrition, dieting, and overall health, but exactly what is saturated fat? And should we banish it from our eating plan?
Saturated fats fall under the very large umbrella of dietary "fats." They're typically solid at room temperature, and occur naturally … Read More
If you're serious about maintaining good health as you age, use the recently updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015–2020 as your blueprint. The publication (available as a free download by clicking here) offers a healthy eating pattern designed to reduce obesity and prevent chronic diseases … Read More