MAYO CLINIC: Waist size may be a predictor of life expectancy, 6/26/2014

June 26, 2014

Waist size may be a predictor of life expectancy

Believe it or not, there are other ways to monitor your health at home besides stepping on a scale. Waist circumference is a simple measurement that can be done at home with a measuring tape. Waist circumference can be an indicator of excess abdominal fat which can be associated with diseases such as diabetes and coronary heart disease. Researchers have found that men with a waist circumference of 43 inches were at a 52% greater risk of …

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KAISER PERMANENTE: Study Shows Black Stroke Patients More Likely to be Misdiagnosed, 06/23/2014

June 23, 2014

Study Shows Black Stroke Patients More Likely to be Misdiagnosed

About 800,000 Americans suffer from strokes each year, and nearly 130,000 die as a result of a stroke – that’s one death every four minutes.  Blacks are more than twice as likely as whites to suffer a stroke,partly due to the prevalence of obesity in black communities. As a result, this means they are more likely to die.  Therefore, it is incredibly important that African-American patients are properly diagnosed and effectively treated …

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USA TODAY: USA’s Health Improving: Hawaii First, Mississippi Last, 2/23

February 23, 2014

USA’s Health Improving: Hawaii First, Mississippi Last

USA Today recently released America’s Health Rankings 2013 Annual Report from the United Health Foundation, in which all fifty states are analyzed and then ranked with a particular score based on data from twenty-seven measures of health. These multiple measures of health include a variation of categories such as tobacco and alcohol abuse, exercise occurrence, premature birth rates, public health funding, rates of cancer and heart disease, prevalence of diabetes, obesity rates, crime rates, and much more. The …

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USA TODAY: Eating Too Much Added Sugar May Be Killing You, 2/19

February 19, 2014

Eating Too Much Added Sugar May Be Killing You

According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, consuming far too many calories from added sugars has been linked to a significant increase in the risk for heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, added sugar consumption should add up to no more than 100 calories for women and 150 calories for men, which is less than 10 percent of a daily diet. However, in 2010, researchers discovered that Americans …

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