It’s the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the most common cause of adult disability. As alarming as those statistics are, you may be surprised to learn that 80 percent of strokes are preventable.
“That statistic from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association speaks to the combination of
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
Healthy bone is a balancing act. Our bodies continually remove older bone and replace it with new. As adults, if we lose bone at too fast a rate, replace it at too slow a rate, or both, the result is osteoporosis—weak, porous bones that fracture easily. The National Osteoporosis Foundation
The idea of food addiction has gained traction in public consciousness, paralleling talk of the modern food environment and its highly palatable foods. But can we really become addicted to food in the same way we might become addicted to tobacco, alcohol or cocaine? It’s a controversial question that presents
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
Your heart, brain, blood vessels, and the rest of your body rely on a healthy diet as fuel for functioning, and if you’re eating too much of the wrong foods and not enough of the nutritious ones you need, you (and your cardiovascular system) may suffer.
According to the 2015-2020 Dietary
To fully appreciate the importance of following a heart-healthy lifestyle, it’s helpful to understand the impact that cardiovascular disease (a term that refers to conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels) has on the population of the United States. Consider these 2018 statistics from the American Heart Association (AHA):
If it’s true that blood is life, then your heart is the supplier of life. By pumping nourishing blood through your complex network of blood vessels, your heart is responsible for delivering oxygen and vital nutrients to your brain, bones, and other tissues throughout your body. It stands to reason,
Asthma is a chronic disease in which a person’s airway and breathing are constricted due to inflammation in the lungs and increased mucus production. Well-known triggers for asthma include environmental inhalants (pollen, dust, mold, animal dander, and cockroach droppings), chemical irritants (fumes, gases, tobacco smoke), acid reflux, medications (aspirin and