Heart

Salt

Salt

Salt is a widely occurring mineral, and a natural part of our diet. However, many people nowadays consume far too much of it, and this leads to a range of risks for older people. The British Heart Foundation says that “Eating too much salt may raise your blood pressure, and having high blood pressure increases …

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Eggs

Eggs

We all know that eggs are packed with protein and other good things, but what about the not-so-good things? Are we in fact better off by not eating eggs, and getting our nutrients elsewhere? The Good Things about Eggs WebMD.com is typical of advice on the benefits of eating eggs: • They offer “complete protein”. …

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Alcohol

The general health viewpoint is that alcohol should be consumed in moderation or not at all. But then we hear that red wine might be good for you. So, where does the truth lie? The Recommendations Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that if alcohol is consumed, it should be …

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Blood Pressure

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says: High blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death for Americans. In 2017, nearly half a million deaths in the United States included hypertension (high blood pressure) as a primary or contributing cause. According to the UK National …

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Sleep

We often hear that sleep is important, but that leads to several questions: • How much sleep should we be getting? • What if we have less sleep than we should? • Can you have too much sleep? • Is an afternoon nap a good thing or a bad thing? The Harvard Medical School says: …

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Cholesterol

According to the Mayo Clinic: Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in your blood. Your body needs cholesterol to build healthy cells, but high levels of cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease. With high cholesterol, you can develop fatty deposits in your blood vessels. Eventually, these deposits grow, making it difficult for enough …

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Heart Disease

For many of us, heart disease is perhaps the number one threat in terms of healthy longevity. And the bad news is that often the first attack is fatal. The UK National Health Service says that “Coronary heart disease is the term that describes what happens when your heart’s blood supply is blocked or interrupted …

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How Not to Die

How Not to Die

I’ve read several books on health in the last year, but perhaps the most important for me was “How Not To Die” by Dr Michael Greger. He addresses a whole range of diseases, including cancer, dementia, heart disease and strokes, gathering a mass of published evidence from medical trials. His conclusion is that it is …

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