Tests to Help Predict Heart Disease

Combined, results from the five tests — an EKG, a limited CT scan, and three blood tests — better predict who will develop heart disease compared with standard strategies that focus on blood pressure, cholesterol, Read More

Diabetic Retinopathy: 5 Tips to Lower Your Risk

Diabetic retinopathy, the most common form of diabetes-related eye disease, is the leading cause of blindness in working-age Americans. It’s also preventable. If you have diabetes, talk with your primary care doctor about controlling your Read More

Strawberries May Fend Off Alzheimer’s

Could strawberries as a snack or in your cereal, salads or smoothie help protect your brain from Alzheimer’s? Maybe so, according to a new study from researchers at RUSH. RUSH researchers found that a bioactive Read More

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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.