A nurse takes your blood pressure at your annual physical. The numbers are recorded and the checkup continues. But do you know where on the blood pressure chart your levels are? Are they healthy? Too low? Too high, meaning you have hypertension? If you … Read More
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH), digestive disorders affect 60 to 70 million people in the United States. That number is staggering and it clearly indicates we need to take much better care of our digestive health! There are Read More
Acne vulgaris is characterized by skin lesions on the face, upper chest, and/or back involving blockage and/or inflammation of hair follicles and their accompanying sebaceous glands. Acne has typically been regarded as a teenage condition, but it is now occurring in younger children and is becoming more prevalent in adults, … Read More
Phytic acid is an antioxidant placed in seeds, nuts, and grains as a defense mechanism to repel predators so that they can grow to full maturity. Examples of phytic acid foods are maize, millet, sorghum, wheat, cereals, legumes, seeds, and nuts. When people eat phytic acid foods, it prevents the … Read More
Are you willing to dine on caveman cuisine to lower your cholesterol and your blood pressure, or to improve your blood sugar control? Evidence suggests that a hunter-gatherer-type Paleolithic, or Paleo, diet can improve your cardiovascular health and blood sugar metabolism.
The Paleo diet includes lean meats … Read More
The month of May—recognized as Celiac Disease Awareness Month—draws attention to this misunderstood disease. But those who eat a celiac diet all year 'round know too well the challenges—and I can relate. When I was 18 months old, I was diagnosed with celiac disease (CD)—a digestive disorder … Read More
An astonishing 40 percent of U.S. adults will develop diabetes in their lifetime. Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease that results primarily from abdominal obesity, which leads to resistance to the hormone insulin. Poorly controlled type 2 diabetes is associated with a shockingly wide range of life-threatening … Read More
Omeprazole and other proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a group of drugs used to treat what is now the most common chronic disease in the world: gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). These drugs, which work by blocking the secretion of gastric acid, include Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid, and Aciphex. … Read More
The combination of that bulging muffin-top, those sore joints, and your lack of energy signals the pressing need to lose weight. Turning yourself into a calorie counter might help, but wouldn’t a respected weight-loss diet get you there more easily? So shouldn't you adopt one of those "best diet" plans?
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Adult obesity rates in the U.S. range between 30 and 35 percent, according to the State of Obesity, a project of the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. With the weight-loss industry trying to take their bite out of this epidemic, we constantly hear about … Read More