Don’t Sugar Coat It

Eating too much sugar not only adds inches to your waistline, but also fuels inflammation, which is a major cause of many chronic diseases. Sugar comes in a number of different forms – including refined sugar (sucrose), naturally occurring fructose found in fresh fruit, and man-made high-fructose corn syrup, or HFCS, used…

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I’m still IN HERE

As we age, we all have times when we struggle to find a word or forget where we parked our car. These “senior moments” are considered a normal part of aging. But if you’re noticing a marked increase in your forgetfulness or difficulty solving familiar tasks on a consistent basis, it could…

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The Skinny on Fat

For decades, we’ve been told big fat lies: if you want to lose weight, don’t eat fat. But the latest research shows the opposite may be true. Adding healthy fats to your diet may help prevent overeating, promote better brain function and improve your overall health. “A big misconception is…

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Slow Motion

Nothing ruins a vacation faster than the misery of motion sickness. But following a few travel tips and packing the proper medication can make for a more enjoyable trip. Although the exact cause of motion sickness is unknown, many experts believe it occurs when the brain receives conflicting sensory messages.…

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Sitting Too Long

Sitting for hours at a time can cut years off your life and increase your risk for a number of chronic diseases, says Dr. Michael Jensen, endocrinologist and researcher at Mayo Clinic, who has been involved in sedentary behavior research for more than a decade. A plethora of studies have…

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Tips for Avoiding Sitting Disease

Integrating more movement into your day can help you reap big health benefits. Grace DeSimone, national director of group fitness for Plus One Health Management, offers the following tips: Set a timer or an electronic calendar to remind you to get up every hour and move around. Whenever you talk…

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Ayurveda

Ayurveda is the one of the world’s oldest systems of medicine, originating in India more than 5,000 years ago. In the last decade, it has become increasingly popular, and many of its treatments are showing up in spas and clinics across the country. The goal of Ayurveda is to bring…

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Health Buzz

Older adults can cut their risk of falling by nearly one-third by participating in balance and strength training exercises, according to a University of Sydney study. More than 300 men and women, age 70 and older participated in the study and all of them had fallen at least twice in…

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Here Comes the Sun

Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer, caused primarily from ultraviolet radiation from sun exposure or indoor tanning. About 9,500 Americans are expected to die this year from melanoma, according to the American Cancer Society. One or more blistering sunburns before the age of 18 more than doubles…

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Travel Health

If you’re heading overseas, you’ll need more than a passport and a sturdy set of luggage. To ensure a safe trip abroad, plan ahead for vaccinations, medical exams and supplemental health insurance. The first step – before booking your flight – is to check for travel warnings. The U.S. Department…

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Live Well Stem Cell

As you age, your skin naturally begins to sag, wrinkle and develop age spots. An increasing number of skin care companies are adding stem cells to their products with the promise of giving you a younger looking complexion. Stem cells are master cells present in all plants and animals. These…

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Hot Hot Addyi

When it comes to treating sexual dysfunction, men have a wide range of medications available to them, but women haven’t been as lucky. Last summer marks the first time the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a drug to treat female sexual dysfunction. Addyi (flibanserin) is designed for premenopausal…

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Herbs & Spices

Spices and herbs not only add flavor, color and aroma to food, but also vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Replacing salt with fragrant, tasty herbs and spices is also a simple way to cut your sodium intake. “You can naturally help to lower your blood pressure – whether you’re hypertensive or…

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Health Buzz

1. Taking calcium supplements has long been promoted as a way to prevent osteoporosis, but a recent German study suggests that consuming these supplements could significantly increase your risk of heart attack. Researchers speculate that excess calcium from supplements may be deposited in the arteries, contributing to plaque buildup and…

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Health Buzz

1 – Adopting a positive outlook on life can cut your risk of heart attack in half. A Harvard research review of more than 200 studies showed that being optimistic and satisfied with your life can decrease your chance of cardiovascular disease by 50 percent, regardless of your age, body…

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Health Buzz

Eating a high protein breakfast can help you feel full longer and reduce late-night snacking, according to researchers from the University of Missouri-Columbia. They followed 20 overweight women between 18 and 20 years old over a six-day period and divided them into three groups. The first group ate a 350-calorie…

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Trust Your Gut

Taking probiotics has become an increasingly popular way to maintain a healthy digestive system. Probiotics are live microorganisms – known as good bacteria – that are available in food or dietary supplements. “Our intestinal tracts are lined with bacteria that are very important in our digestion, and we need good…

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Get Connected

Want to improve your health and add years to your life? Build positive, supportive relationships with your family, friends and community. “The more socially connected you are, the healthier you are and the longer you live,” says Debra Umberson, Ph.D., director of the Population Research Center and professor of sociology…

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