Tag: mortality

Low-Sodium Diet: Your Path to a Healthier Blood Pressure

Low-Sodium Diet: Your Path to a Healthier Blood Pressure

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, a low-sodium diet

Are You Taking a Statin “Just in Case?”

More and more seniors without a history of cardiovascular disease are taking statins to prevent heart attack and stroke. But recent research (BMJ, Sept. 5, 2018), suggests that statins do not reduce cardiovascular disease or death in healthy seniors age 75 and older. According to the data, any protective effect

Coping With Cancer Treatment

A recent report (Cancer, July 1) suggests that overall U.S. cancer death rates are decreasing, although progress in reducing mortality has not occurred for all cancers. Where improvement has occurred, it is likely due to improved methods of detecting and treating cancer. When it comes to the latter, radiation therapy,

Nutrition & Fitness Newsbriefs

Being Sedentary Is Like a Disease
It’s well established that exercise is important for good health, but a study published in JAMA Network Open in October reported that there is no upper limit for benefits. After administering a treadmill test to 122,007 people and later recording their mortality rates over a

Hypothermia: Who’s Most at Risk for This Cold-Weather Danger?

Hypothermia: Who’s Most at Risk for This Cold-Weather Danger?

Cold weather can be hazardous for anyone, but particularly for older adults, because falling temperatures can cause hypothermia and frostbite, particularly if there are multiple days in a row in which the temperature drops below freezing. This makes it crucial for older adults to protect themselves from adverse weather and

Keto Diet: The Fat-Burning Health Benefits of Ketogenic Diet Foods

Keto Diet: The Fat-Burning Health Benefits of Ketogenic Diet Foods

Originally developed in 1924 to treat epilepsy, the ketogenic diet has most recently rose in popularity as the latest and greatest miracle weight-loss plan. Additionally, proponents of the ketogenic diet—or keto diet, as it’s commonly known—advertise health benefits ranging from glucose control to treatment of Alzheimer’s. But, what does the

Binge Eating Disorder: What It Is and How It’s Treated

Binge Eating Disorder: What It Is and How It’s Treated

Remember that time you cleared your second plate and then went whole hog at the Thanksgiving dessert table? You may not recall the exact foods you ate, but the bloating, nausea, and discomfort that ensued are likely etched into your brain. Now imagine suffering these feelings multiple times a week,

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