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Metabolically Borderline: What It Means and What You Should Do

When your blood work straddles the line between normal and elevated for cholesterol, blood sugar, or blood pressure, you may be diagnosed as metabolically borderline. Here’s what it means and how you can lower your numbers.

Prediabetes. The lab value hemoglobin A1c is a cumulative average of your blood sugar over

Stroke in Women

Certain diseases do not behave the same way in men and women. They may have different risk profiles, different symptoms, even different outcomes. The more scientists and physicians understand about these differences, the better they can tailor care to attain the best results. To that end, a team of researchers

Beating Hypertension—the “Silent Killer”

One in three American adults has hypertension (high blood pressure). And, because hypertension causes few obvious symptoms, many people with high blood pressure don’t even know it. What’s more, only about half of all diagnosed individuals are controlling their blood pressure adequately. This condition is a primary or contributing cause

Be Proactive About Stroke Prevention

Each year, about 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of these individuals, 140,000 die, and many survivors are left with long-term complications and disabilities. “A stroke happens because blood flow in the brain is interrupted by a blood clot or a ruptured

7. A Holistic Approach to Heart Health

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

Short, Simple “Happiness Exercises” May Boost In-the-Moment Mood

In a study of people recovering from substance abuse disorders, Massachusetts General Hospital researchers found that simple, self-administered “happiness exercises” provided noticeable improvements in mood. And these activities, with names like “Reliving Happy Moments” and “Savoring,” may provide similar benefits for others, too.

In the study, more than 500 people with

Manage Resistant Hypertension

About 75 million Americans have hypertension (high blood pressure), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most people who have the condition are able to lower their blood pressure with lifestyle changes and medications. However, 12 to 15 percent of people are not able to because they have

Is Vaping Bad for You? A Look at Vaping vs. Smoking

Is Vaping Bad for You? A Look at Vaping vs. Smoking

My husband has been on and off cigarettes for as long as I’ve known him. He recently turned to vaping to try to kick the habit. While the smell of strawberry candy and chai tea is certainly more appealing than that of cigarettes, I had some serious doubts about the

What Is Chronic Bronchitis?

What Is Chronic Bronchitis?

Chronic bronchitis is one contributing factor to COPD signs and symptoms, but it also has its own distinct place on the lung diseases list. In order to properly answer the question, “What is chronic bronchitis?” it’s useful to know some basic facts about our lungs.

Inside the lungs, there is a

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