Health Issues

A healthy lifestyle trumps genes when it come to good health.

The National Center for Health Statistics reported that the US life expectancy has dipped slightly for the first time in 16 years. Life expectancy at birth for men was 78.9 years and went down to 78.8. For women it went from 81.3 years to 81.2. This change may not seem like much but if the … Read More

A healthy lifestyle trumps genes when it come to good health.

Doctors, nurses, physical therapists and dietitians routinely hand out healthy medical advice that is often not followed by their patients. Noncompliance with medical instructions can be life threatening and could prevent a person from living a healthy, productive life. David Asch, MD believes we should be tapping into cost-free, social interactions with friends and relatives who … Read More

A healthy lifestyle trumps genes when it come to good health.

With a limited budget, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) only spot tests about 1% of the 65,000 dietary supplements on the market. Dietary supplement makers aren’t required to prove their supplements have any effect on health. And, only ingredients developed after 1994 must be tested for safety before they hit the shelves. If a … Read More

A healthy lifestyle trumps genes when it come to good health.

    Eating carrots and healthy eyes are the usual connections for this popular vegetable but this nutrient-rich, colorful food can play a role in preventing cancer, too. Low in calories – a half-cup serving has only 24 calories. Overweight and obesity has been connected with 11 different cancers.   Loaded with nutrients – a … Read More

A healthy lifestyle trumps genes when it come to good health.

At every age we are encouraged to be active. As we get older, walking is a common physical activity that most can continue. We are told that activity is a major factor in lowering the risk for heart disease. Since over 42 million adults in the US, over the age of 60, have heart disease, … Read More

A healthy lifestyle trumps genes when it come to good health.

If you are getting your cholesterol tested, there is no need to fast to get accurate values. Fasting can be difficult when you have diabetes or your medical appointment is later in the day. A study just published in the European Heart Journal involving more than 300,000 people in the US, Canada and Denmark showed that … Read More

A healthy lifestyle trumps genes when it come to good health.

Gout is a type of arthritis that occurs when too much uric acid builds up in the body, causing crystals to form in joints. The joints become inflamed and painful. Drinking too much alcohol or eating large amounts of dried beans, liver, meat, and shellfish can precipitate a gout flare. Many people report a gout … Read More

A healthy lifestyle trumps genes when it come to good health.

The Spanish call it a siesta. Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, Bill Clinton, Yogi Berra and Margaret Thatcher were all faithful nappers who relied on this midday pause. A study reported at the European Society of Cardiology showed that midday naps lower blood pressure.  The study participants, almost 400 adults with high blood pressure, who napped … Read More

A healthy lifestyle trumps genes when it come to good health.

Commonly called a brain freeze, this is actually a type of headache that occurs rapidly but resolves quickly, as well. The correct scientific term is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia. It happens when you eat ice cream too fast or drink very cold beverages quickly. Swallowing the cold food or beverage rapidly changes the temperature at the back … Read More

A healthy lifestyle trumps genes when it come to good health.

In a very recent study from Sweden, the researchers found that the most effective way to reduce the number of deaths from heart disease was to target healthy people. Efforts to reduce the number of people who smoked, to help people lower their cholesterol and blood pressure cut down significantly on those who died of heart … Read More