4 Tips to Improve Your Mental Health

Mental health is just as important as physical health, but many people fail to take it seriously until it’s too late. If you’re not happy with the state of your mental health, there are several Read More

5 Gut-Healing Steps for Better Mental Health

Leaky gut, or intestinal wall hyperpermeability, occurs when the tight junctions between intestinal cells are compromised due to a poor diet, food allergens, stress or other disease processes. This condition allows the passage of bacteria, Read More

Do You Know Your Calcium Score?

Calcium scoring is particularly useful for people who don’t necessarily have any heart-related symptoms, but who may be at increased risk for heart disease or other conditions. This makes it an excellent option for many Read More

What Is Arthritis?

Arthritis isn’t a single disease; the term refers to joint pain or joint disease, and the term literally means joint inflammation. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. There are different Read More

Advocate for Kids Vision and Eye Care

(Family Features) Studies repeatedly emphasize the importance of diagnosing vision problems at an early age, but that’s something many parents assume is being covered by their children’s school system. In reality, an estimated one in 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.