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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

Addison’s Disease: Demystifying a Rare Disorder

Addison’s Disease: Demystifying a Rare Disorder

Addison’s disease—or primary adrenal insufficiency—is caused by damage to the adrenal glands that results in a reduced production of the hormones cortisol, aldosterone, and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Adrenal insufficiency can lead to a life-threatening adrenal crisis. Fortunately, Addison’s disease is relatively rare. In the developed world, it affects between 20 to

1. Watching What You Eat: How to Make Heart-Healthy Choices

Forget the crash diets: A heart-healthy eating plan is a way of life. It’s about forming new habits instead of following rules until you can finally break them. Nutrition experts are increasingly using the terms “nutrient density” and “nutrient-rich” to describe the foods—fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins—we should be

Home Blood Pressure Monitor: Track Your Levels at Home

Home Blood Pressure Monitor: Track Your Levels at Home

Thousands of still images make up a typical movie, and you can’t get the gist of the entire film just by viewing one frame. Similarly, a single measurement from the blood pressure monitors in your doctor’s office can’t fully capture the ongoing “story” that is occurring in your heart and

Making Sense of Sodium Recommendations

We’ve all heard the recommendations to cut back on salt intake because it’s bad for your health, especially for your heart. Eat too much salt and you increase your risk of developing high blood pres-sure, which can trigger a heart attack or stroke. The tricky question that experts wrestle with

Breast Cancer Prevention Update

Breast cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in women in the U.S. But changes in eating habits and physical activity could prevent about one in three cases, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).

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Sugar: Not So Sweet for Your Heart

People who consume more added sugars have a higher risk of death from heart disease. Researchers used to think it was the calories in sugary foods that were the problem: sugar made us fat, and obesity raised our risk of heart disease. But a 2014 research review in the American

Research News: You Can Learn to Like Less Salt

You already know that too much salt can raise the risk for cardiovascular disease through its effect of raising blood pressure. Unfortunately, many of our favorite foods—canned soups, rice mixes, pasta sauces—are loaded with salt, though low-sodium versions are available. But is it possible to change your taste preference to

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