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Back Pain: 4 Environmental Risk Factors You Can Modify

Back Pain: 4 Environmental Risk Factors You Can Modify

If you have any of the following environmental risk factors, the good news is that by altering them, you may be able to lower your risk of back pain in the future.
Smoking
Most people relate smoking to heart and lung problems, but it also puts you at risk for back pain.

The Concentration-Memory Connection

When it comes to memory problems, we tend to focus on the challenges of recalling information. But in many cases, the issue isn’t an inability to reach back for stored memories. The problem is that the information was never really learned in the first place.

Memory starts with learning, which requires

Prepare for Colonoscopy to Ensure It Goes Smoothly

An early diagnosis for colorectal cancer is the best chance for successful treatment, and colonoscopy remains the gold standard screening test for the disease, since your doctor can remove any potentially cancerous growths during the procedure. Even so, colonoscopy rates still aren’t where they should be, according to federal data

What Causes Cholesterol Abnormalities?

What Causes Cholesterol Abnormalities?

A number of factors—some preventable, others not—can cause abnormal cholesterol levels, or dyslipidemia, in the blood. Here are the factors that you can control:

A Poor Diet

Diets high in saturated fat and trans fat are linked to higher LDL cholesterol levels. Saturated fats are found in animal products, especially fatty red meat (beef

What’s Causing My Tired Legs?

What’s Causing My Tired Legs?

If you often experience tired legs when the rest of you is wide awake, it could be time to have your cardiovascular health checked and to evaluate your muscular fitness.

Tired legs can actually be a symptom of several conditions, but typically the feeling is caused by decreased blood flow from

Got Knee Arthritis? Take a Walk!

If you suffer from osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee and you’ve been avoiding exercise because you fear it may worsen your condition, think again. A study presented at the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting in October 2018 found that people with knee OA who regularly walk at a moderate-to-vigorous

“Yo-Yo” Dieting May Be Bad for Your Heart

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Oct. 18, 2018) indicate that just over 40 percent of seniors had tried to lose weight in the previous 12 months. This likely reflects the fact that about the same percentage of older Americans are obese:

Is There Really a Set-Point for Your Weight?

The set point theory for weight, which has been around since the 1970s, suggests that your body has a specific weight range to which you are genetically predisposed. In other words, the body tries valiantly to stay within a certain weight range. It’s a popular theory. If you search for

Top 5 Fatigue Causes: Understanding Why You’re So Tired

Top 5 Fatigue Causes: Understanding Why You’re So Tired

Fatigue is a common symptom in people with medical conditions like cancer and diabetes, mood disorders like depression and anxiety, and even in people who are otherwise “healthy.” Yet despite how prevalent it is, medical researchers still do not completely understand what happens in the body to cause fatigue. They

Benefits of Aerobic Exercise: Healthier Heart, Bones, Lungs, and More

Benefits of Aerobic Exercise: Healthier Heart, Bones, Lungs, and More

We don’t hear the term “aerobic exercise” bandied about as often as we once did, but make no mistake: This type of activity remains the key to a healthy heart. Let’s look at the benefits of aerobic exercise.

First, what exactly is aerobic exercise?

Aerobic exercise is continuous physical activity using large

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