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Unexpected factors that can raise your blood sugar levels

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or you’re simply interested in ensuring your blood sugar levels remain within the healthy range, it’s important to be fully aware of the various factors that can cause your readings to spike unexpectedly. Avoiding sweets, chocolates and other foods that are high on the glycemic index are the most obvious steps to take, but you may be behaving in ways that have the capacity to affect your blood sugar without your realizing it. Artificial sweeteners Switching from regular…

What Happens to Your Body When you Eat Eggs

Eggs might just be the easiest, cheapest and most versatile way to up your protein intake. Beyond easily upping your daily protein count—each 85-calorie egg packs a solid 7 grams of the muscle-builder—eggs also improve your health. They’re loaded with amino acids, antioxidants, and healthy fats. Don’t just reach for the whites, though; the yolks boast a fat-fighting nutrient called choline, so opting for whole eggs can actually help you trim down.When you’re shopping for eggs, pay attention to the…

The Best Diet For Heart Health?

Coffee drinkers probably don’t need any additional data to support their habit, but a new study presented at the American Heart Association meeting brings some happy news anyway: It finds that each additional cup of coffee a person drinks is associated with a measurable reduction in heart risk. Also presented at the conference this week, a plant-based diet seems to be best for the heart, compared to various alternatives.Neither of these studies offers any great revelations—earlier research has certainly revealed the same…

Simple Trick Will Make Your Teeth Whiter

Everyone wants a better smile. In fact, according to a recent study, nearly 60 percent of Americans would opt to have better teeth than better skin. And that same study contains another astonishing figure: A whopping 87 percent of Americans would forgo “something”—maybe it’s dessert, maybe it’s vacations—for an entire year to have a perfect smile for the rest of their lives.However, life is unfortunately not so simple; you can’t just give up pumpkin pie—or that venture to Positano—and expect to miraculously develop an…

Dog Owners Live Longer, Healthier Lives

In case you need another reason to snuggle your pup: According to a new study of more than 3.4 million people, owning a dog is linked to a longer life. The research, published in Scientific Reports, is the latest in a growing body of research suggesting that canine companions may be good for human health—especially for people who live alone.To study the link between dogs and longevity, researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden reviewed national registry records of Swedish men and women, ages 40 to 80. They focused on…

Easing pain without dangerous prescription meds

Just about everyone experiences some degree of pain once in a while. Whether it is an occasional headache or everyday aches and pains, our first response is to reach for aspirin or ibuprofen.For some severe pains, doctors might prescribe opioids, but those prescriptions come with the risk of dangerous drug dependence. WRAL Health Team's Dr. Allen Mask said one of the questions that patients ask him the most often is how to ease the pain while avoiding medications.From migraine headaches to neck pains and shingles to…

10 Facts About Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers learn more and more about Alzheimer’s every year, and some of the statistics are staggering indeed.The Alzheimer’s Association publishes an annual report detailing the complications and costs of the disease to caregivers and the health care system, and we’ve pulled out 10 of the latest facts about Alzheimer’s that you will want to know.1. Half of adults aged 85 and over have Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s Facts and Figures report, an estimated 45% of American seniors 85 and older…

See a Doctor Immediately When Any of These Occur

We all have our aches and pains, and we all have accidents from time to time. Many of our problems can be dealt with at home and the general rule of thumb is, when in doubt, have it checked out. But what symptoms or health problems are generally a sign that you should see your doctor or go to an emergency room? Here are a few of the most common reasons to see your doctor.There are several medical problems that could cause chest pain, many of which aren’t serious, such as pulling a muscle or experiencing occasional…

CLINICAL TRIAL REPORTS: GREEN JUICE IMPROVES BLOOD PRESSURE

Your heart is constantly pumping blood through your entire body - since you were in the womb and until the day you die. Blood delivers energy and oxygen to all of your cells so that you can function properly. As blood moves throughout your body, it pushed up against the walls of your blood vessels and arteries. The strength that it pushes is referred to as blood pressure.High blood pressure is when your blood is pushing extra hard on your arteries, causing unneeded stress on them and your heart. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE CAN…

STUDY: Increased Blood Clots Caused By THIS!

New US research has found that too much time spent sitting watching television is linked with an increased risk of blood clots, even if people are getting sufficient amounts of exercise.Too much TV viewing has already been associated with heart disease involving blocked arteries, with sedentary behavior in general also linked with a range of health conditions such as an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease, stroke and heart attack, a higher risk of obesity, and an increased risk of…