Prediabetic? Go to bed earlier!

One in three people in the United States are living with a condition known as prediabetes, a level of insulin resistance that is just one step short of full-blown diabetes. Diabetes wreaks havoc on almost every part of the body, and the complications associated with it include some of the most serious and illnesses, including…

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Which is Healthier: Animal Protein or Plant Protein?

Which is Healthier Animal Protein or Plant Protein

Although it is generally agreed that a high-protein diet is important for optimal health, there remains a heated debate regarding which of the many different sources of protein offer the greatest health benefits. In particular, the distinction between animal and plant proteins is a matter of great interest. But first: a quick lesson in biochemistry.…

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6 Controllable Risk Factors for Dementia

A recent large-scale study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, provides has identified new risk factors for dementia. Identifying risk factors allows clinicians to put strategies in place to reduce the occurrence of this disease. Dementia, in its many different forms, is on the rise. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, a…

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Arthritis and Diabetes: the Surprising Connection

Arthritis is not one disease, but several. Osteoarthritis, which is usually found in older people, is caused by wear and tear on the joints. Inflammatory arthritis, on the other hand, refers to a group of autoimmune diseases, diseases in which the immune system attacks the body’s joints, and can occur at any age. Inflammatory arthritis…

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6 Tips for Avoiding Serious Medicine-Related Complications

6 Tips for Avoiding Serious Medicine-Related Complications

People over 65 use more prescription medications than any other age group — and are at the highest risk for medicine-related complications. A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) 81% of people aged 57 through 85 take at least one prescription medication regularly. Nearly one-third regularly use at least five…

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Pulled Muscle or Hernia: 4 Ways to Tell the Difference

Pulled Muscle or Hernia 4 Ways to Tell the Difference

3 You’re lifting a box to put away, and suddenly feel a sharp pain in your abdomen. Did you simply overdo, or do you have a hernia? Muscle pain can be expected when lifting a heavy weight; however, the pain may be caused by a hernia: a tear in the lining of the abdomen which…

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Cardiac Rehabilitation Following a Pacemaker

If you suffer from arrhythmias, such as bradycardia (a slower than normal heartbeat); heart block (a problem that disrupts electrical signals to the heart), or heart failure, your doctor may recommend insertion of a pacemaker. Pacemakers use electrical stimulation to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate. Pacemaker insertion is an inpatient procedure,…

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Surprising Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, implicated in one out of every four deaths annually. Today, the risk factors for heart disease are well-known: smoking, high cholesterol, hypertension, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, diabetes, and stress. But research has uncovered several other risk factors that might surprise you. Noise We…

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