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Food is Medicine: Fruits and vegetables are the key to preventing and treating diseases, health experts say

Following a healthy diet is crucial for maintaining your overall wellness, but healthy food isn’t always accessible for some people. To address this issue, some experts suggest that diet can be prescribed in the same way as medication, “as a prescriptive intervention, [subsidized] by government, readily available and with plenty of support and information, to help prevent or treat diseases.” The idea of ...

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Boosting magnesium levels found to help reverse conditions like diabetes and heart disease

Magnesium is an essential mineral that’s necessary to maintain good health. It is involved in many important bodily processes, such as muscle contraction and blood sugar and blood pressure regulation. Because it is important for many bodily functions, having low magnesium levels can lead to serious conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. On the other hand, recent studies show that boosting your magnesium levels can help reduce risk factors for ...

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A closer look at the fat-fighting abilities of coffee

Here’s some news that’s sure to wake you up: A new study suggests that your cup of joe does more than just energize you for the day – it could be causing your body to burn fat. Published in the journal Scientific Reports, the study, conducted by researchers at the University of Nottingham, in the UK, found that coffee actually ...

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Diabetes and erectile dysfunction may be genetically linked

New research, published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, suggests that a genetic susceptibility to type 2 diabetes may be a cause of erectile dysfunction. New research finds evidence that erectile dysfunction and type 2 diabetes are genetically linked. Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects approximately 30 million adults in the United States. There are several risk factors, including older age, being overweight, and being ...

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How Diabetes Affects Your Oral Health

A high blood sugar gives bacteria an easier environment to grow. (Getty Images) Diabetes can affect your oral health in ways you might not expect. First, when you have diabetes, it’s harder for your body to fight off infection, including gum disease. “Uncontrolled blood sugar lowers the healing response, which makes repairing gums and fighting off infection that much harder,” says Dr. Benjamin ...

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Are you at risk for chronic kidney disease?

Today is World Kidney Day, which is a global campaign aimed at raising awareness around the importance of our kidneys. Chronic kidney disease is a debilitating condition that often requires dialysis. Yet many times, people who are at risk may not know it. The kidneys are the two-bean shaped organs that filter your blood. If they are unable to keep up with ...

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Eating chocolate may boost your brain power

Indulging in chocolate may be just what the doctor ordered. A recent study suggests consuming the dessert at least once a week may boost your cognitive function. The study, published in the journal Appetite, monitored the chocolate intake of 968 participants, aged 23-98 years old, over the course of 30 years. The participants’ cognitive function was tested by observing how ...

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9 out of 10 strokes are preventable

Are strokes largely preventable? One study found that there are 10 modifiable risk factors responsible for nine out of every ten strokes around the world. The study, called INTERSTROKE and conducted by the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) at McMaster University and collaborators from 32 countries, analyzed 26,000 individuals from Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and Australia, and sought to identify ...

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Tips for staying active at work

If you are worried that spending hours each week sitting in your car commuting to and from a seated desk job may be affecting your health, two experts from Advocate Health Care have some helpful tips to get you moving. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise, 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise or a ...

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