You may know that having a chronic disease, like type 2 diabetes or heart disease, can lead to emotional problems like depression and anxiety. Caring for your condition, in addition to all of your other responsibilities, can be very stressful. But did you know that it may also be true the other way [...]
Your heart is the cornerstone of your overall health, since it pumps blood to all of your organs. For this reason, it is important to take care of your heart, not just when a problem presents itself, but also before that point. A recent study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular [...]
Smoking is a known risk factor for high blood pressure and heart disease, because it constricts blood vessels that move oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that smokers who have had a heart attack or stroke [...]
A good heart healthy meal plan will have plenty of fresh fruit and veggies to ensure that you get all the vitamins and minerals you need every day. A new study by researchers at Imperial College London in the UK has shown that eating more veggie-based meals may even lower your risk for heart [...]
Most of us know that we should brush and floss our teeth every day. But if you have diabetes, you may not realize just how important it is to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Diabetes can affect every system in your body, including the heart, nerves, kidneys, and eyes. Did you know that diabetes can affect your oral health, as well? Here are some tips to keep your mouth–and your diabetes control–in top shape. [...]
With the increasing rates of diabetes and obesity in the United States today, and the fact that heart disease is the number-one killer, it’s not hard to see why healthy eating trends have become headline news.
Some of the most common health news stories are about foods that you “must avoid” if you want to lead a happy and healthy life. Sometimes it’s hard to know what and who to believe. [...]
Is your energy drink pick-me-up putting too much stress on your heart? Energy drinks are widely available, and if you don’t like coffee or soda, energy drinks provide a fruit-flavored way to kick start your day, or keep you going until evening. But, recent research has shown that drinking too many energy drinks can place unnecessary stress on your heart. [...]
What do diabetes, heart disease, and chocolate have in common? They all, in some ways, go hand-in-hand. If you have diabetes you probably know that your heart disease risk is much greater than someone who doesn’t have diabetes. Many people with diabetes even take medicine for heart disease or other heart problems to try to lower their risks. Taking medicine to prevent heart disease makes sense, but what about the chocolate? [...]
Many know that heart disease is the number one killer of Americans today.Risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, being overweight or obese,diabetes, and smoking.
A new study suggests there might be another risk factor to consider—your job! Not just any job, however. The study looked at a group of people who have a very physically demanding job—firefighters. [...]
You’ve probably heard a lot about “health foods,” but have you ever wondered if they really are healthy? Many of these foods may seem healthy at first glance. But, if you don’t read the label, you don’t really know what you’re getting, or whether the food is healthy or not. By learning to read a food label, you can take control of the food you eat and your overall health. [...]
There are several important numbers everyone should know — your address, phone number, social security number and date of birth. You should also know about numbers related to your body, such as height, weight and age. Do you know another important number that gives information about you? Are you familiar with your BMI? [...]
When you imagine a heart healthy lifestyle, you may think of physical activity, and eating lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean protein. But what about lowering stress? Many people seem to forget that managing stress is also an important part of a heart healthy lifestyle. Stress can [...]
Do you want to be healthy? Who is in charge of keeping you healthy? Is it you or your healthcare provider, or both of you?
Maybe you believe that you are in charge of your own health and that no one will take better care of yourself than you will? Or perhaps you like the idea of putting your health into someone else’s hands. So, which is the best approach? [...]
Do you take a daily aspirin to help lower your risk of a heart attack or a stroke? If you answered “yes” to this question, then you are like millions of other people with diabetes. Would you believe that the time you take your aspirin might affect how well it works? This might surprise you, but it is exactly the result found in a recent medical study. [...]
Some racial and ethnic groups have a higher risk for type 2 diabetes than others. African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska natives, and Asian Americans have an especially high risk for poor blood glucose control, a major predictor of type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. [...]