Researchers estimate that almost one in three heart attacks are linked with eating an unhealthy diet while an unhealthy lifestyle – smoking, not exercising, drinking too much alcohol – accounts for many of the others. Following a heart-friendly diet and lifestyle can reduce your future risk of a heart attack whether or not you have already experienced one. Ask yourself these 10 questions to see if you need to take action…
Are you among the one in three adults who have a high blood pressure? If so, taking your prescribed medication every day is vitally important for your long-term health. You probably don’t have any obvious symptoms, but this is one of the most important conditions your doctor will screen you for.
Magnesium is one of the most important minerals for long-term health. It’s needed to maintain the ‘pumps’ that control the movement of salts in and out of cells.
It is also essential for nerve conduction, muscle relaxation, healthy bones and just about every metabolic reaction in the body – including energy production.
Have you noticed your hair is thinner than 30 years ago? If so, you’re not alone.
By middle age, most people’s hair becomes finer as the diameter of individual hair follicles, and the hair they produce, decreases. At the same time, when hairs fall out at the end of their life cycle, a higher percentage of follicles remain in their resting phase rather than reactivating to generate new hair.
While diet should always come first, there are some supplements for women over 60 that provide additional benefits that can be difficult to obtain from food alone – especially if you are eating less to lose weight, if you have a reduced appetite or are avoiding certain foods due to intolerances.
Cold weather can have many adverse effects on health. For example, your metabolism has to work harder to keep warm, which may seem a good thing if you’re trying to lose weight.
The down side, however, is that your immunity can suffer, partly because of decreased blood flow and immune responses in the nose – your first line of defence against respiratory viruses.
If you regularly feel apprehensive or panicky, or experience feelings of dread, you could have general anxiety disorder in which you worry excessively about a number of everyday problems.
Painful joints and arthritis were traditionally treated with oral painkillers such as acetaminophen (paracetamol), ibuprofen or stronger anti-inflammatory drugs.
These are now discouraged following concerns that they may affect your liver and kidneys, as well as increasing your long-term risk of heart attack or stroke.
Many kitchen spices have warming properties that can enhance your health as the weather turns colder. While they are available in supplement form, use them in recipes whenever possible.
An estimated one in two Americans take a vitamin supplement, but when you’re facing a wall of products, it’s not always easy to know which one to buy.