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Anemia, Low Blood Glucose, Obesity and Your A1C

Anemia increases risk of dementia

Anemia occurs when you have a low number of iron-rich red blood cells in your body.  Nearly one-fourth of people 65 years of age or older develop anemia, which can cause weakness, fatigue, and shortness of breath.  A recent report has found that those with anemia are over one-third more likely to develop the memory disorder dementia than those without anemia. Since some kinds of anemia can be caused by low levels of vitamin B12 or iron, it is suggested that a heart healthy diet could help prevent anemia.
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Low blood glucose common in those with diabetes who use insulin

Hypoglycemia, or low blood glucose, can cause severe symptoms such as dizziness, trembling, sweating, nausea, vomiting, or in severe cases, can put you in the hospital.  About 33,000 people with diabetes end up in the hospital each year for low blood glucose.  Insulin errors can be a cause of many low blood glucose episodes.  It is suggested that those with diabetes work with their healthcare provider to learn how to recognize symptoms of low blood glucose and to have a plan in place to prevent such episodes.
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Fresh is best, but canned fruits and veggies may be just as nutritious

Fresh produce is the ideal choice for getting in your five servings a day of fruits and veggies, but can sometimes put a strain on your wallet.  Canned fruits and veggies may sometimes contain salt and sugar in their juices to help them stay preserved, but may be just as nutritious as fresh produce. A recent report found that when canned in their natural juices, such veggies as tomatoes and beans may actually contain more nutrition than fresh produce.  Therefore, if you are on a budget, you can still follow a heart healthy diet with the canned counterparts of your favorite fruits and veggies.
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Sleep may increase risk for obesity in teens

Sleep is often the underrated part of the equation in healthy living.  When you sleep, your body helps to keep your body processes under control and helps you refresh yourself before starting a new day.  A recent study has found that those teens that got less than the suggested 8.5 hours a night for their age group had increased risk for heart disease and diabetes.  Therefore, power down your TV and smart phones when the sun goes down so the teen in your life can get plenty of heart healthy sleep.
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A1C test could predict heart disease risk in those with pre-diabetes

A1C is a test used to show your average blood glucose level in the past three months or so.  A1C tests are known to be used to predict diabetes risk so that those with pre-diabetes can prevent onset of full-blown diabetes.  However, a recent study suggests that A1C tests may also help predict heart disease risk.  Those with A1C levels above 5.7-percent showed heart disease symptoms similar to those with type 2 diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance.
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Obesity may increase risk of ovarian cancer

It is well-known that being obese can increase your risk of heart disease and diabetes.  However, such excess weight may be more harmful to your health than once thought.  A recent report suggests that excess fat in the body can lead to imbalances in hormones and body processes that can promote cancer cell growth.  Your risk of ovarian cancer increases with every five points in body mass index, or an estimate of fat in the body.
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