It’s spring, well, officially at least! But as we all know, cold temperatures can and will stick around for many weeks after the start of spring. To help boost and maintain our mental health on Read More
Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that causes bones to become weak and break easily. Osteoporosis affects mostly older women, but prevention starts when you are younger. No matter your age, you can take Read More
Finding out that you or a loved one has dementia is a devastating and confusing time. You may have considered the possibility that you, or a family member, might have dementia for several months, or Read More
Researchers have identified the role of an amino acid in humans suffering depression. It is proline, an amino acid that is present in a wide variety of foods. The results, published in the scientific journal Read More
People with higher levels of antioxidants in their blood may be less likely to develop dementia, according to a study published in a recent online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Read More
A variety of physical changes in the aging brain can trigger cognitive impairment and memory loss. Age-related thinning of the cerebral cortex, a decrease in the production of neurotransmitters (the brain’s chemical messengers) and the Read More
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Oftentimes, we reach for a go-to over-the-counter (OTC) medication to cure all ailments: from headaches to joint pain to a runny nose. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that these OTC pills (as well as prescription Read More
A new study has found that eating just a single serving of blueberries every day for a month can lead to an improvement in blood vessel function and a decrease in systolic blood pressure in Read More
Exercise carries a long list of benefits for everyone. For people with metabolic diseases like pre-diabetes, type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, physical activity can help keep blood sugar levels in check and stave Read More
Our condition spotlight section focuses on health issues that generally last longer than one year. Often referred to as chronic diseases they require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living or both. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. They are also leading drivers of the nation’s $3.8 trillion in annual health care costs.
Many chronic diseases are caused by a short list of risk behaviors:
Tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
Poor nutrition, including diets low in fruits and vegetables and high in sodium and saturated fats.
Lack of physical activity.
Excessive alcohol use.
By making healthy choices, you can reduce your likelihood of getting a chronic disease and improve your quality of life.