Health Advice



Measuring your BP at home? How to get an accurate reading

Around 45% of U.S. adults should be monitoring their blood pressure at home -- it's important, according to a study in Hypertension, because nearly 93% of folks who register one high blood pressure in their doctor's office turn out to have a healthy blood pressure when they measure it over time at home. And on the other hand, quite a few have ...Read more

Are your still beefing up?

A new study in Nutrients reveals that 12% of Americans are eating around 50% of the country's beef! How much is that? Well, beef consumption hit a record 30 billion pounds in 2021 -- so that means 39,600,000 of you are downing about 378 pounds of cow in one form or another every year. To you "Eager-Beefers," I want to say -- "Whoa."

Here's why...Read more

Maintain your testosterone level with smart everyday choices

Low testosterone, causing sexual dysfunction, loss of muscle mass, obesity, hair loss and depression, may affect 30% of guys who are overweight compared to around 6% of those who are a healthy weight. And around 35% of men with diabetes have low testosterone levels compared to 12.6% of those without diabetes. Age is also a factor. About half of ...Read more

How ultra-processed foods seduce you into eating more

An astounding 73% of the U.S. food supply is composed of ultra-processed foods (UPFs). And fully 57% of Americans' daily calories come from these nutritionally deprived concoctions.

We know ultra-processed foods are linked to obesity and diabetes and their associated health woes, from sexual dysfunction to dementia. But there's more. According ...Read more

The anti-cancer power of a healthy diet

We've all heard the phrase, "You are what you eat." But it is just as accurate to say you are what you don't eat. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, eliminating specific foods from your diet can significantly reduce your risk for a whole variety of cancers. Foods to avoid include red and processed meats, any foods with ...Read more

Taking a shot at reducing your Alzheimer's risk

In the next 22 years, 6 million Americans will develop Alzheimer's disease. Wouldn't it be wonderful if there was something you could do today to substantially reduce your risk?

There is. A retrospective study of around 20,000 folks found that if you've had a Tdap/Td vaccine against tetanus and diphtheria, with or without pertussis, you're 30% ...Read more

Listen to your body and you might dodge a sudden heart attack

Every year, 605,000 Americans have a first heart attack -- and many come as a surprise. A study in the journal Circulation showed that two-thirds of people who have a heart attack have undiagnosed heart disease. But is it really a total surprise?

A new study in The Lancet Digital Health shows that half of folks who have what's called "sudden ...Read more

Round-up: the last straw, metformin-B12 and exercising with OA

There are three interesting studies that can improve your immediate and long-term health that I thought you shouldn't miss.

The Last Straw: So often, attempts to improve public health backfire (taking BPA out of can linings and substituting another chemical that's just as bad or worse is a good example). Well, here's another one: A study ...Read more

Unmasking the risks of wildfire smoke

As of this writing there are 1,000 wildfires in Canada. Washington State is being scorched -- 79,000 acres burned in July; 21,300 in August. Louisiana reported more than 440 wildfires in August alone. And no matter where you live, the smoke and particulate matter that the fires spread can impact your immediate and long-term health.

A study ...Read more

The most effective exercise for reducing blood pressure

Almost 50% of all adults and 83% of those 85 and older in America have high blood pressure (BP), defined as 130/80 or higher. And only about a quarter of those folks have their high blood pressure under control. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 34 million of you who need to take medication to lower your ...Read more

The most common virus you never heard of until now

Every year, RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) hits 2.1 million kids under the age of 5 and sends up to 160,000 adults age 65 and older to the hospital. But when RSV vaccines were approved this year, many people said they had never heard of the disease. That's because RSV often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed (at home) as a cold or the flu. The ...Read more

Smoothing out smoothies' nutritional benefits

Some sources say that the smoothie was developed by a young man named Steven Kuhnau who was lactose intolerant. Since he couldn't have milkshakes, he concocted a frosty mixture of fruit, ice and other ingredients. It was such a taste sensation that he went on to launch Smoothie King in 1973.

Fast forward 50 years. We now know that one of the ...Read more

Should you get an annual scan to check for lung cancer?

The current PSAs about lung cancer talk directly to smokers (smoking accounts for around 80% of cases of lung cancer) about the devastation it causes. But despite the fact that 350 people a day in the U.S. die from lung cancer, hardly anyone at risk gets screened for it.

While 70% to 75% of Americans regularly get mammograms, colonoscopies, PAP...Read more

How eating nuts reduces your depression risk

An apple a day may (help) keep the doctor away -- but an ounce of nuts a day is associated with keeping depression at bay. That's the new finding published in the journal Clinical Nutrition. Researchers found that folks who ate an ounce of nuts, such as walnuts, pistachios and almonds, daily reduced their risk of depression by 17%.

Theories as ...Read more



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