March 13, 2017 3:27 pm
The ever-swirling cholesterol controversy can leave you feeling confused about what to think and do about your cholesterol levels. From total cholesterol to good and bad cholesterol ratios, it’s hard to keep up with the current recommendations. In 2013, the topic was turned on its head yet again with a new set of guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. Instead of only using LDL cholesterol (or bad cholesterol) levels to determine who is at risk for cardiovascular disease, the guidelines encourage looking at risk factors such as age, blood pressure and smoking status.1 They also include the importance of both self-help and medical options... View Article
September 21, 2016 9:19 am
Perhaps you are working on taking off some extra pounds. And that daily glass of wine (or two) … you are getting to that quite soon, right? You may be logging more time off the couch, thanks to your Fitbit or Pokemon Go app. And maybe you quit smoking. Or you are working on it. You might be getting used to low fat yogurt. Embracing Meatless Mondays? Congratulations! If you recognize yourself in one or more of these quests, you are already on the road to better living.
August 8, 2016 4:08 am
No matter your actual age it’s always a good time to assess your lifestyle habits and get a handle on your health. Making small but important changes to your lifestyle will produce major results overall, and with each day lived practicing this healthy lifestyle, it’s another day towards living longer and avoiding heart disease. The secret is to commit to these changes and practice them every day.
March 30, 2016 8:48 am
Nearly all medical conditions affect men and women differently. This is especially true for some neurological conditions, such as Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, nearly two-thirds of all Americans with the disease are women. The good news is, researchers from the Women’s Health Aging Project in Australia have released promising evidence that grandmothers who spend one day a week babysitting their grandkids have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other cognitive diseases.
January 9, 2016 3:53 pm
Among the list of habits to form to protect from heart disease is maintaining a healthy waistline. However, this simple sounding advice can confuse a lot of people. It’s hard to define a single health standard across all body types, but the Mayo Clinic has managed to form a consensus on healthy girth sizes.
January 7, 2016 9:50 am
These days, it’s harder to find a heart-healthy snack. Everything seems to be loaded with salt or coated in sugar. This challenge can be especially important if you’re battling high cholesterol or are recovering from a heart attack. Filling your pantry with heart-healthy snacks is a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep your blood cholesterol within a safe range.
December 16, 2015 2:55 pm
Did you know that just 40 minutes of brisk walking 3 times a week helps reduce heart attack risk? According to the American Heart Association, people shouldn’t sweat indulging in the occasional dessert. However, people should sweat at least three times a week for about 40 minutes. Moderate cardio, such as brisk walking, is a great combatant to high cholesterol and blood pressure.