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23 Oct 2021

10 science-backed reasons to eat more protein

The health effects of fat and carbs are controversial. However, almost everyone agrees that protein is important. Most people eat enough protein to prevent deficiency, but some individuals would do better with a much higher protein intake. Numerous studies suggest that a high-protein diet has major benefits for weight loss and metabolic health. Here are

21 Oct 2021

20 reasons for blood sugar swings

UPSWING 1. Caffeine Your blood sugar can rise after you have coffee – even black coffee with no calories – thanks to the caffeine. The same goes for black tea, green tea, and energy drinks. Each person with diabetes reacts to foods and drinks differently, so it’s best to keep track of your own responses.

19 Oct 2021

12 reasons how extra pounds can affect your body

Excessive pounds (obesity, being overweight) do more than increase your weight – they increase your risk of major health problems. People who are overweight or obese (BMI 30 or more) are more likely to have heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and depression. Here are 12 other reasons how too many extra pounds affect your body:

15 Oct 2021

Fun facts about the immune system

Your immune system is your body’s version of the military: sworn to defend against all who threaten it, both foreign and domestic. It has some really interesting soldiers that help make this possible. Your immune system protects against disease, infection, and helps you recover after an injury. A river of blood and lymph The immune

14 Oct 2021

How do you use a suppository?

Suppositories are solid medications that enter the body through the rectum, vagina, or urethra. Rectal suppositories are the most common type of suppository. Doctors recommend the different forms of suppositories for different medical conditions and purposes. People place some in the rectum and others in the vagina. Less commonly, a person will need to use

12 Oct 2021

Controlling eczema by moisturizing

Keeping your skin’s moisture intact is one of the most important things you can do to help control your eczema. Moisturizers helps protect the outermost layer of skin known as the stratum corneum or skin barrier. People living with eczema have a damaged skin barrier, which makes their skin more sensitive to irritants, allergens, bacteria

09 Oct 2021

Insulin resistance

What is insulin resistance? Insulin resistance is when cells in your muscles, fat, and liver don’t respond well to insulin and can’t use glucose from your blood for energy. To make up for it, your pancreas makes more insulin. Over time, your blood sugar levels go up. Insulin resistance syndrome includes a group of problems

06 Oct 2021

Can we reduce vascular plaque buildup?

The key is lowering LDL and making lifestyle changes. High blood levels of cholesterol encourage the formation and growth of vascular plaques that put you at risk for heart attack and stroke. So can we reduce plaque buildup? “Making plaque disappear is not possible, but we can shrink and stabilize it,” says cardiologist Dr. Christopher

05 Oct 2021

12 reasons you have swollen ankles, according to doctors

Swollen ankles can be totally harmless, but may also signal a serious health condition or injury. Known in the medical world as edema, swelling can be incredibly annoying and alarming – and it’s particularly common in the ankles. When left untreated, your swollen ankles can become painful, make it difficult to walk, cause stiff joints,

04 Oct 2021

The 14 best foods for hair growth

Many people want strong and healthy hair, especially as they grow older. Interestingly, your hair grows around 0.5 inches (1.25 cm) per month, and 6 inches (15 cm) per year. How fast it grows depends on factors like age, health, genetics and diet. Although you can’t change factors like age and genetics, diet is one

03 Oct 2021

16 natural ways to boost fertility

Fertility issues affect up to 15 percent of couples. The road to parenthood can sometimes be a huge challenge, but know you’re not alone in those challenges. Luckily, there are a few natural ways to increase your fertility. In fact, food choices and lifestyle changes can help boost fertility. Here are 16 natural ways to

03 Oct 2021

Fatigue in older adults

Everyone feels tired now and then. But, after a good night’s sleep, most people feel refreshed and ready to face a new day. If you continue to feel tired for weeks, it’s time to see your doctor. He or she may be able to help you find out what’s causing your fatigue. In fact, your

02 Oct 2021

9 signs of an unhealthy gut – and what you can do about it

It’s been said that the gut is the body’s second brain – and when you have an unhealthy gut, it can take a toll on your entire body. In order to understand why this happens, it helps to first know how a properly functioning gut is supposed to operate. Signs of good gut health Your

26 Sep 2021

5 spasticity triggers to avoid

Learning what they are – and lowering your exposure to them – can make your life easier. If you or a loved one have suffered a stroke, a brain or spinal cord injury, or are living with cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis (MS), you might be familiar with a condition called spasticity, which affects over

26 Sep 2021

The 13 most anti-inflammatory foods you can eat

Inflammation can be both good and bad. On one hand, it helps your body defend itself from infection and injury. On the other hand, chronic inflammation can lead to weight gain and disease. Stress, inflammatory foods, and low activity levels can make this risk even greater. However, studies demonstrate that some foods can fight inflammation.

25 Sep 2021

Heart disease: 12 warning signs that appear on your skin

Warning signs can appear on your skin and nails, which is why your dermatologist may be the first doctor to notice that you have heart disease. If you know what to look for, you can also find warning signs of heart disease on your skin and nails. The following pictures show you what to look

24 Sep 2021

The facts about carbs, fiber, and diabetes

Carbohydrates (carbs) When you watch your diet because you have diabetes, you’ll want to pay special attention to carbohydrates, because they can affect your blood sugar level faster than protein or fat. You get carbs from sweets, fruit, milk, yogurt, bread, cereal, rice, pasta, potatoes, and other vegetables. It can help to count your carbs

22 Sep 2021

Can you treat a food allergy by altering the gut microbiome?

Food allergy refers to an abnormal immune reaction to harmless proteins in food (referred to as allergens) that repeatedly occurs on exposure to the proteins and causes mild to severe symptoms, ranging from an itchy mouth through to the life-threatening allergic reaction anaphylaxis. The prevalence of food allergy has increased worldwide over the last two

21 Sep 2021

Hormone links exercise with cognitive benefits

Exercise may benefit brain health and improve cognitive performance during aging. It’s also associated with reduced Alzheimer’s disease risk and cognitive decline. But the mechanisms responsible aren’t well understood. Factors secreted into the bloodstream may play a role. If so, these factors would be promising leads for developing treatments for cognitive disorders. Past studies found

19 Sep 2021

What do we know about healthy aging?

What factors influence healthy aging? Research has identified action steps we can take to maintain our health and function as we get older. From improving our diet and levels of physical activity to getting health screenings and managing risk factors for disease, these actions may influence different areas of health. Get moving: Exercise and physical

18 Sep 2021

Drug interactions: A guide for consumers

We live in a world where incredible drugs exist to treat many conditions that seemed untouchable in the past. It’s encouraging to know that there are options to address many of our common ailments. However, the impressive availability of medications also increases the possibility of drug interactions. What is a drug interaction? Drug interactions involve

17 Sep 2021

5 alarming dangers of extreme weight-loss you can’t afford to ignore

Being obese isn’t good for our health – this we know. Healthy lifestyle campaigns have always emphasised the need to keep our weight within an acceptable range, and for good reason. However, weight-loss isn’t a one-flavour dish; there are plenty of ways to achieve this goal. Consequently, more is never always better. When it comes

16 Sep 2021

Consuming a diet with more fish fats, less vegetable oils can reduce migraine headaches

A diet higher in fatty fish helped frequent migraine sufferers reduce their monthly number of headaches and intensity of pain compared to participants on a diet higher in vegetable-based fats and oils, according to a new study. The findings by a team of researchers from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute

15 Sep 2021

How to treat hair loss

Hair loss is a concern for some people. Aging and genetics can both cause hair loss. The underlying cause of hair loss affects what treatments will be most effective. This article contains several tips for preventing hair loss and ways to regrow hair. WHY HAIR FALLS OUT Hair grows and eventually falls out as part

15 Sep 2021

6 Foods that cause inflammation

Inflammation can be good or bad depending on the situation. On one hand, it’s your body’s natural way of protecting itself when you’re injured or sick. It can help your body defend itself from illness and stimulate healing. On the other hand, chronic, sustained inflammation is linked to an increased risk of diseases like diabetes,

14 Sep 2021

Mental stress-induced constricted blood vessels more likely in women

In women with heart disease, constriction of peripheral vessels during mental stress affects the heart circulation more than men’s, potentially raising women’s risk of heart-related events and death, according to research in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, an American Heart Association journal. In most people, mental stress causes peripheral vessels to constrict. In people with

12 Sep 2021

Diabetes and eye diseases

Introduction Diabetes is a common, chronic condition that affects the body’s ability to control sugar levels. This can be due to autoimmune damage to the pancreas (Type 1 diabetes), or due to decreased effects of insulin (a natural hormone in the body that regulates blood sugar concentrations) due to poor diet, such as in the

12 Sep 2021

Heavy metal poisoning

What is heavy metal poisoning? Heavy metal poisoning can happen when you’re exposed to a lot of certain types of metals. It makes you sick and affects the way your body works. Heavy metals, like arsenic, lead, mercury, and others, are all around us. They’re in the ground we walk on, in the water we

03 Sep 2021

What is a high insulin level?

High insulin level Insulin is a hormone (a chemical substance that acts as a messenger in the human body) that is secreted by an abdominal organ called the pancreas. It controls the breakdown of carbohydrates, fats and proteins in the body. It also guides the liver and muscles to store glucose and fat that can

01 Sep 2021

Too much salt weakens the immune system

A high-salt diet is not only bad for one’s blood pressure, but also for the immune system. This is the conclusion of a current study under the leadership of the University Hospital Bonn. Mice fed a high-salt diet were found to suffer from much more severe bacterial infections. Human volunteers who consumed an additional six

29 Aug 2021

How much fiber is too much?

Too much fiber in the diet can cause bloating, gas, and constipation. A person can relieve this discomfort by increasing their fluid intake, exercising, and making dietary changes. These uncomfortable side effects of excessive fiber can occur when someone eats more than 70 grams (g) of fiber a day. This is not uncommon, and it

28 Aug 2021

How to improve your blood circulation

Why you need good blood flow It’s hard to believe, but your body holds about 60,000 miles of blood vessels. Along with your heart, they make up your circulatory system. Circulation is vital to the health of your entire body.  This network of roadways carries blood to every corner of your body. In fact, about

27 Aug 2021

How do I get healthy before I get pregnant?

A healthy pregnancy begins with a healthy mom Women who improve their heart health before pregnancy can reduce their medical risks later. This proactive approach can lower the likelihood of pregnancy complications. Starting early also protects mother and child from long-term problems, research shows. Pregnancy puts stress on a woman’s heart. This can worsen any

20 Aug 2021

Abdominal fat and what to do about it

Visceral fat more of a health concern than subcutaneous fat Though the term might sound dated, “middle-age spread” is a greater concern than ever. As people go through their middle years, their proportion of fat to body weight tends to increase – more so in women than men. Extra pounds tend to park themselves around

17 Aug 2021

What are NOACs and what do they do in your body?

For over 50 years, warfarin has been the drug of choice in preventing AF-related strokes, but a new type of anticoagulant offers more options. What is an anticoagulant medicine? An anticoagulant medicine makes the blood take longer to clot. It plays a vital part in helping to prevent strokes specifically caused by atrial fibrillation (AF).

16 Aug 2021

A baby’s gut bacteria may predict future obesity

New research into the growing problem of early childhood obesity suggests the bacteria in a baby’s gut may indicate weight problems in the years to come. Researchers examined gut microbiota – bacteria and other microbes in the digestive system – of babies, as well as their body mass index, a common gauge of overweight and

15 Aug 2021

Risk factors for dementia

OVERVIEW Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability that affects your everyday functioning. Common symptoms include: memory loss difficulty thinking difficulty communicating difficulty with coordination and motor functions general confusion and disorientation, Several factors can affect your risk for developing dementia. You can change some of these factors, such as smoking,

14 Aug 2021

Top 5 ways stress affects thyroid function

A functional medicine approach to supporting thyroid health (or any other health issue) involves widening the lens to consider the bigger picture.  All bodily systems are interconnected, and when there are imbalances in one area, there are typically knock-on effects into other areas too. The holy grail therefore for any functional medicine practitioner is to

12 Aug 2021

Diabetes and infection: How to spot the signs

Diabetes can slow down your body’s ability to fight infection. The high sugar levels in your blood and tissues allow bacteria to grow and help infections develop more quickly. Common sites for these problems are your bladder, kidneys, vagina, gums, feet, and skin. Early treatment can prevent more serious issues later on. What to look

10 Aug 2021

The truth about fats: the good, the bad, and the in-between

Avoid the trans fats, limit the saturated fats, and replace with essential polyunsaturated fats Why are trans fats bad for you, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats good for you, and saturated fats somewhere in-between? For years, fat was a four-letter word. We were urged to banish it from our diets whenever possible. We switched to low-fat

10 Aug 2021

An oral pill for COVID-19? Molnupiravir shows promise

[Updated to July 2021] The results of the trial demonstrate the safety, tolerability, and antiviral efficacy of molnupiravir to reduce replication of SARS-CoV-2 and accelerate clearance of infectious virus and support ongoing trials of molnupiravir to prevent progression of COVID-19 and eliminate onward transmission of SARS-CoV-2. After more than one year into the coronavirus disease

06 Aug 2021

Constipation might be serious and it should not be left untreated

Although occasional constipation is very common, some people may experience chronic constipation that largely interferes with their daily tasks. Chronic constipation may also cause excessive straining and pain to have a bowel movement. More importantly, if it is overlooked and left untreated, it can eventually lead to serious complications such as hemorrhoids and anal fissure

05 Aug 2021

Why do I still feel tired after 8 hours of sleep?

Getting a full eight hours of sleep a night is often a struggle. To make matters worse, there are times when one continues to feel tired despite supposedly having gotten sufficient sleep. Truth is, there are many reasons to explain tiredness persists even after getting the recommended number of hours. One of the simplest explanations

03 Aug 2021

What you should know about white hair

It is normal for hair color to change, as people age. But white hair can appear at almost any time in life. Even teenagers and people in their 20s may notice strands of white hair. The human body has millions of hair follicles or small sacs lining the skin. The follicles generate hair and color

02 Aug 2021

What your nails say about your health

Nails and health: Read the signs Did you know your nails can reveal clues to your overall health? A touch of white here, a rosy tinge there, or some rippling or bumps may be a sign of disease in the body. Problems in the liver, lungs, and heart can show up in your nails. Keep

31 Jul 2021

How emotions and organs are connected in traditional Chinese medicine

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), emotions and physical health are intimately connected. This integrated mind-body approach to health and healing operates in a dynamic loop where emotions impact the health of the body and vice versa. For example, according to TCM theory, excessive irritability and anger can affect the liver and result in multiple ailments,

30 Jul 2021

5 tips for women to keep their reproductive health concerns at bay

Don’t we all want complete physical well-being in matters related to our reproductive system? We all do, right? But that’s not all. Good reproductive health extends to complete mental and social well-being too. That’s how the World Health Organisation (WHO) sees it. It’s when you have the following three things: A safe and fulfilling sex

29 Jul 2021

Diabetes ages the brain 5 years faster than normal

People diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in middle age showed greater mental decline than people without metabolic problems. Having diabetes in middle age appears to set the mind on a path toward greater cognitive decline, shaving off the equivalent of five years of brain health. These findings, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine,

28 Jul 2021

The link between the gut microbiome and protection against viral infections

There are various protective measures that we can take to improve our immune defences such as eating healthily, getting enough sleep and taking supplements such as vitamins D and C. But did you know that supporting your gut is just as important for your immune system? Immune defence begins in the gut The digestive system

27 Jul 2021

Should you lose weight fast?

When you’re trying to lose weight, it’s tempting to want results as fast as possible. But losing weight fast is unlikely to help you keep the weight off – and it also comes with health risks. If you’re trying to lose weight, you’re probably keen to see, and feel, a difference quickly. It can be

27 Jul 2021

Understanding your cholesterol report

A lipid profile is a blood test that measures the amount of cholesterol and fats called triglycerides in the blood. These measurements give the doctor a quick snapshot of what’s going on in your blood. Cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood can clog arteries, making you more likely to develop heart disease. Thus, these tests

23 Jul 2021

Erectile dysfunction may be warning sign for more serious health problems

How men perform in the bedroom could suggest how healthy their hearts and arteries are. According to new research, erectile dysfunction may be a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. Erectile dysfunction (ED) – defined as the inability to achieve or maintain an erection long enough for satisfactory sex – is a common condition,

21 Jul 2021

What is good nutrition and why is it important?

Most of us do know what healthy eating is all about: less fried food, less sugar and more vegetables and fruits. When it comes to having good nutrition, however, too many of us don’t know the full details of the benefits of good nutrition and how to go about achieving it. Nutrition is an essential

20 Jul 2021

Cold and flu: what to eat to help relieve specific symptoms

Cold and flu: what to eat to help relieve specific symptoms Cold and flu symptoms are unpleasant, but many symptoms can be relieved by eating and drinking certain foods and beverages. Eating and drinking are also important for preventing dehydration and weight loss which may occur during periods of cold and flu infection. The best

20 Jul 2021

Top 10 reasons to give your kids omega-3

1. Omega-3s support brain growth and brain function The brain grows at its greatest rate from birth up until about 2 years old, though development continues throughout childhood and adolescence. Over 60% of the brain is made up of fat and the Omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) makes up around 10-15% of this. DHA

16 Jul 2021

6 health benefits of vitamin A, backed by science

Vitamin A is the generic term for a group of fat-soluble compounds highly important for human health. They’re essential for many processes in your body, including maintaining healthy vision, ensuring the normal function of your immune system and organs and aiding the proper growth and development of babies in the womb. It’s recommended that men

15 Jul 2021

How to boost bone health before and after menopause

Time isn’t your friend when it comes to bone density. But no matter what your age, you can improve the health of your bones with these tips. Part of being a woman means paying attention to bone health throughout your life. There’s good reason for this: Your bones are likely smaller and thinner than a

13 Jul 2021

Drug overdose

Drug overdose meaning A drug overdose is taking too much of a substance, whether it’s prescription, over-the-counter, legal, or illegal. Drug overdoses may be accidental or intentional. If you’ve taken more than the recommended amount of a drug or enough to have a harmful effect on your body’s functions, you have overdosed. An overdose can

12 Jul 2021

Obesity and fertility

Introduction to obesity Obesity may be defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. It is a medical condition in which excess body fat builds up to the extent that the health of the individual becomes negatively affected. It is becoming increasingly common in both men and women and exerts significant financial

11 Jul 2021

Which nutrient for which joint issue?

Think about the amazing job our joints do for us throughout our lives. They enable movement to happen between bones that allows us to act and move. Our joints withstand years of use. It’s no wonder that most of us, at some stage suffer with a joint problem, be it an injury, or in future

10 Jul 2021

Detoxing your liver: Fact versus fiction

Your liver is on the right side of your body, just under your rib cage. Your liver represents the human body’s primary filtration system, converting toxins into waste products, cleansing your blood, and metabolizing nutrients and medications. A healthy liver naturally cleanses itself. Over time, however, exposure to chemicals can damage your liver. For example,

10 Jul 2021

Avoid shoulder pain at work

Overview Your shoulder consists of several joints that connect to various tendons and muscles. The complexity of your shoulder is what enables you to do so much with your arms. It’s also the reason why many people suffer from shoulder pain and injuries. Chronic shoulder pain often stems from prolonged, repetitive, or awkward movements. This

09 Jul 2021

Five worst enemies of your skin and how to combat them

The sun is your biggest enemy as it causes irregular texture, wrinkles, pigmentation and dullness. Find out the other common causes of skin damage and how to combat them. You may be born with the best skin but as you get older, it will start losing its shine and texture. Increasing lines, wrinkles, age spots,

09 Jul 2021

The top 10 benefits of regular exercise

Exercise is defined as any movement that makes your muscles work and requires your body to burn calories. There are many types of physical activity, including swimming, running, jogging, walking, and dancing, to name a few. Being active has been shown to have many health benefits, both physically and mentally. It may even help you

07 Jul 2021

5 reasons you may be at risk for liver disease

The human liver is a wondrous organ. Each day it makes bile, converts nutrients from your diet, cleans toxins from your blood, breaks down fats, alcohol and medications, controls blood sugar and hormone levels, stores iron and much more. Dr. Saleh Alqahtani, director of clinical liver research for Johns Hopkins Medicine, notes that you shouldn’t

06 Jul 2021

5 vital nutrients drained by stress

Most people know when they’re stressed but very few consistently take the healthiest action to combat its negative effects. In fact, when stress strikes, most people do the opposite; they skip meals, eat junk, guzzle alcohol, drink more coffee, and throw out of the window all those nurturing self-care habits that help to protect health

06 Jul 2021

The 12 best foods to boost your metabolism

If you’re trying to lose weight or maintain your weight, you might be looking for foods that can boost your metabolism. It’s true that certain foods may help slightly increase your metabolic rate. This is the number of calories that your body burns. Adding these foods to your diet may make it slightly easier to

01 Jul 2021

How headphones, earbuds can slowly harm your hearing over time

It’s not just about the volume. The length of time you spend each day listening to devices through your headphones or earbuds can also contribute to hearing loss later in life. Cranking up your earbuds as you listen to music or a podcast might be your favorite form of self-care. However, it might not be

01 Jul 2021

How you can prevent chronic diseases

Many chronic diseases are caused by key risk behaviors. By making healthy choices, you can reduce your likelihood of getting a chronic disease and improve your quality of life. Quit smoking Stopping smoking (or never starting) lowers the risk of serious health problems, such as heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and lung disease, as

29 Jun 2021

7 ways to keep your immune system healthy

Put simply, it’s your immune system’s job to defend your body against illness and disease. The complex system is made up of cells in your skin, blood, bone marrow, tissues, and organs that – when working the way they should – protect your body against potentially harmful pathogens (like bacteria and viruses), and limit damage

24 Jun 2021

What to do before, during, and after your COVID-19 vaccine appointment

In the US, people are recommended not to wait for (or avoid) a specific shot. Rather, people should get vaccinated as soon as possible with whichever vaccine is available to them. Right now, vaccines are in high demand. More doses are on the way, but it might be a while before you can secure an

17 Jun 2021

Chemical in veggies helps heal fatty liver

A new study shows that a compound naturally occurring in a variety of commonly used vegetables as well as being produced by gut microbes is very useful in melting fat away from a fatty liver. The study, published in January 2020 in the journal Hepatology, focuses on the compound called indole, that is manufactured by

03 Jun 2021

Natural ways to cleanse your lungs

Lung cleansing techniques may benefit people who smoke, people who get regular exposure to air pollution, and those with chronic conditions that affect the respiratory system, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cystic fibrosis. Breathing in air pollution, cigarette smoke, and other toxins can damage the lungs and even cause health conditions. Maintaining

29 May 2021

9 ways to prevent disease (and to live your healthiest life)

Health is wealth. This common saying holds a lot of weight because it has truth behind it. But what exactly is disease prevention and how can you prevent diseases from happening? Integrative medicine physician Irina Todorov, MD, offers nine ways to prevent diseases and how to take care of yourself so you can live your

24 May 2021

How to treat and prevent bacterial gastroenteritis

Bacterial gastroenteritis occurs when bacteria cause an infection of the stomach or intestines. People often refer to bacterial gastroenteritis as food poisoning. Bacterial gastroenteritis commonly results from the consumption of food or water that has become contaminated with bacteria or their toxins. It can cause a range of symptoms, including diarrhea, abdominal cramping, nausea, and

21 May 2021

Older adults who ‘feel younger’ tend to live longer

Researchers say older adults who “feel younger” tend to be in better health and live longer. Experts say feeling younger includes energy for recreation, fitness activities, and creativity. They say you can feel younger by taking time to meditate, laugh, and learn new topics. You can fight the damaging effects of stress simply by feeling

15 May 2021

How to reduce your risk of infectious diseases

There are several practical ways to keep yourself healthy and free of infection. In the age of COVID-19, this has become especially important given that many traditional infections are becoming multidrug-resistant, and emerging infectious diseases are challenging researchers and public health officials faced the prospect of an epidemic or pandemic. There are even reports about

14 May 2021

How to check your pulse (heart rate)

What is your pulse? When your heart beats it pushes blood around your body. This heart beat can be felt as your ‘pulse’ on your wrist or neck. Your pulse is measured by counting the number of times your heart beats in one minute. For example, if your heart contracts 72 times in one minute,

13 May 2021

What is a chronic illness?

Overview A chronic illness (chronic disease; being chronically ill) is one that lasts for a long period of time and typically cannot be cured. It is, however, sometimes treatable and manageable. This means that with some chronic illnesses, you or your loved one can return to everyday activities. With other chronic illnesses, it may be

12 May 2021

How heart disease affects your body

What is it? From clogged arteries to infections, heart disease covers a lot of ground. It’s not just one thing, but a group of conditions that affect your heart and body in different ways. It can lead to problems like heart attacks and strokes, and it’s the most common cause of death for both men

11 May 2021

Osteoporosis prevention: what you need to know

Many of the things that raise your chances for osteoporosis are things you can’t change, like your genes, your age, and your sex. But that doesn’t mean you can’t prevent the disease. The things you do every day can be part of your plan to build strong bones. Women typically start out with lower bone

10 May 2021

Fatty liver: what it is, and how to get rid of it

Fatty liver disease is becoming increasingly common in many parts of the world, affecting about 25% of people globally. It is linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes and other disorders characterized by insulin resistance. What’s more, if fatty liver isn’t addressed, it may progress to more serious liver disease and other health problems. What is

07 May 2021

7 reasons you’re not hitting your A1C goal in type 2 diabetes

The A1C is a blood test that can be used to help determine how well your type 2 diabetes management plan is working. A high A1C could be a sign that it’s time to adjust your type 2 diabetes management plan. You’re doing everything right to manage your type 2 diabetes. You’re watching your carb

05 May 2021

Insomnia – What it is, how it affects you, and how to help you get back your restful nights

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s ICSD-3 manual, insomnia is defined as “persistent difficulty with sleep initiation, duration, consolidation or quality.” Insomnia has many potential contributing factors and symptoms, but its diagnosis hinges on two essential components: sleep difficulties that occur despite adequate opportunities for normal sleep daytime impair