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Health Concerns

  • Understanding Blood Pressure

    by Paula Gallagher | December 11, 2018

    blood pressureAccording to the CDC, 75 million Americans have high blood pressure. And another one in three Americans are at risk for developing high blood pressure. Having high blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the United States. The American Heart Association now defines high blood pressure as 130/80 mm Hg or higher.

    Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries that carry blood from your heart to other parts of your body. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day, but it can damage your heart and cause health problems if it stays high for a long time. Read more

  • 6 Tips to Build Strong Bones Early

    by Paula Gallagher | December 4, 2018

    Most people think of osteoporosis as a disease that affects people over 65, but bone loss is something that can be prevented or at least minimized by supporting strong bones way before then. Although the best prevention for bone-thinning osteoporosis begins early, during the first two decades of life when you can most influence your peak bone mass by getting enough calcium and vitamin D and doing bone-strengthening exercise, it is never too late to adopt bone-preserving habits.

    Follow these six strategies to help support bone strength and possibly prevent osteoporosis. Read more

  • Meat Tax Would Prevent 220,000 Deaths

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | December 3, 2018

    Meat taxes global health. So why not have a meat tax? New research shows that a tax on red and processed meat – such as hot dogs, bacon and deli meat – could save millions of lives and billions of dollars in health care costs.

    Researchers from the University of Oxford estimate that in 2020, global meat consumption will result in $285 billion in health care costs and 2.4 million deaths from heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer. But a global meat tax could help prevent 220,000 deaths and decrease health care costs by $41 billion. It would also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Read more

  • The Key to Optimal Health: Understanding Nutritional Deficiencies

    by Heather Gunn | November 27, 2018

    Why do we get sick? Can we blame it on age? Is it because a co-worker or family member shared their germs? Maybe it’s because we are genetically at risk? Each of these factors has some influence on your wellness, but the bigger influence may be your micronutrient status, including nutritional deficiencies. Read more

  • New Studies: Fish Oil Reduces Heart Attacks

    by Paula Gallagher | November 26, 2018

    Two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine have found that healthy people who eat fish with omega-3s or take fish oil supplements suffer fewer heart attacks than people who do not have omega-3s in their diet.

    One study called The Vitamin D and Omega-3 Trial (VITAL) found that healthy people who took a fish oil supplement suffered fewer heart attacks, particularly if they were African American or did not regularly eat fish. The fish oil supplements reduced risk of heart attack by 28% over a 5-year follow-up period. Read more

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