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Poor Diet Linked to Early Death

When you’re planning meals, grocery shopping or perusing a restaurant menu, are you wondering which foods might help you live longer? It’s not such a far-fetched question when you consider the results of a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. About half of all U.S. deaths from heart disease, stroke […]

Regular Exercise May Help Black Americans Avoid High Blood Pressure

Working up a sweat on a regular basis may be a strategy for black Americans to lower the risk of high blood pressure, according to new research. The prevalence of high blood pressure in black Americans is among the highest in the world, according to the American Heart Association. Nearly 45 percent of black men […]

Prevent High Blood Pressure: Get It Checked

If you haven’t had your blood pressure checked by a doctor lately, you could be one of the millions of Americans who has hypertension, but is completely unaware of it. Unlike so many other serious health problems, high blood pressure – the “silent killer” – rarely causes any symptoms. That might explain why one out […]

Children Consuming Excessive Sodium, Health Officials Warn

Pizza. Soups. Processed Snacks. Many American kids love to fill up on these salty foods to keep hunger at bay. Trouble is, these quick meals loaded with sodium could be setting up children for heart disease when they’re older, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Roughly 90 percent of […]

Learn Your Family’s Health History This Thanksgiving

A simple conversation this Thanksgiving could help you and other members of your family live healthier lives. As you gather together with relatives, take time to also gather your family’s medical history. By asking your relatives a few simple questions, you can discover if diabetes, high blood pressure and even certain cancers such as breast […]

Manage Diabetes to Improve Health

One of the challenges to treating type 2 diabetes is simply that millions of people don’t know they have the serious disease. More than 29 million adults in the United States have diabetes, but one-fourth of them are unaware of their condition. Another 86 million adults have prediabetes – which often leads to type 2 […]

Skipping, Stopping Blood Pressure Rx Raises Heart Disease, Stroke Risks

Millions of Americans do not take their blood pressure medicine properly, putting them at risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About one in three U.S. adults have high blood pressure. Just half of those 70 million people have the condition under control. One […]

Midlife Fitness Linked to Lower Stroke Risks after 65

Preventing a stroke when you’re over 65 may be influenced by how fit you were in your 40s. Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas say people in their mid- to late-40s at the top of their fitness game had a 37 percent lower risk of stroke after age 65 in a study […]

Obesity Affecting More Women Than Ever

Despite efforts to help Americans lose weight, the obesity epidemic in the United States continues to worsen especially for women and teens. Federal health statistics show that for the first time, roughly four in 10 U.S. women have obesity, which means their body mass index is 30 or greater. Among children and adolescents, 17 percent […]

New Food Labels Target Added Sugars, Accurate Serving Size

For those who read labels on packaged foods, some major changes are coming to make it easier for people to spot added sugars, control their portion sizes and count calories. In roughly two years, most packaged foods sold in the United States will have to use the new Nutrition Facts label, which was recently finalized […]