Topic: Nutrition

health trends
Jun 6 2017

What you should know about popular health trends

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

It seems like every few weeks, there’s media coverage of new health trends that promise to help you lose weight, lower your risk of health problems, or increase your longevity. What the articles and celebrity physician interviews often don’t include is reliable scientific evidence to support these promises. In some cases, the news is based... Read More

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healthy lifestyle
Mar 7 2017

How to overcome the top five roadblocks to a healthy lifestyle

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

Most people know what a healthy lifestyle looks like, but making that leap from understanding what you should do to lower your risk of health problems to actually making a healthy lifestyle a regular part of your life can be difficult. Identifying what roadblocks are preventing you from making healthy lifestyle choices is the first... Read More

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Heart disease prevention
Feb 14 2017

In heart disease, genes are not necessarily destiny

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

Researchers have discovered that a number of genetic mutations are associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease, which is one reason why knowing your family history is an important part of building a personalized health and prevention strategy. If you have a father or brother who had a heart attack before age 55... Read More

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Are you at risk for prediabetes?
Jan 17 2017

Half of family doctors don’t follow prediabetes screening guidelines. Does yours?

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

The number of people with prediabetes has grown to 86 million in the U.S. That means 1 in 3 adults has blood sugar that’s higher than normal but not yet high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Of that 86 million, 9 out of 10 are not aware they have the condition. If left untreated, prediabetes... Read More

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Disability: Lower your risk with these steps
Dec 6 2016

Disability: 4 steps to lower your risk as you age

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

As you age, your risk of becoming disabled because of a chronic health problem or an injury like a fall can increase. But studies have found that there are four proactive steps you can take at any age that can help decrease your risk of disability and improve your overall health, wellbeing, and longevity. Step... Read More

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What is clean eating?
Aug 9 2016

What is clean eating?

Preventive Care  •  By Michael Scott

Clean eating has been the focus of a lot of attention lately, with celebrities and authors touting the health benefits of this approach to diet and nutrition. But what does it mean to eat clean? The answer to that question can vary, depending on who you ask. Some versions of clean eating require you to... Read More

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How you can live healthier with heart disease
Mar 29 2016

Living with heart disease? How to be healthier

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’re one of the more than 85 million Americans who are living with heart disease, there are several proactive steps you can take to improve your overall health and lower your risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and other heart problems. The best advice is not to try to make all these changes at... Read More

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Why evidence-based diets work better
Feb 9 2016

Want to lose weight? Try an evidence-based plan

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

There are many different ways to lose weight, but how do you know which ones will help you achieve healthy weight loss and maintain your weight for the long term? Rather than chasing the latest fad, the best approach is to find an eating strategy that’s backed by scientific evidence. When is a diet not... Read More

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Diabetes risk
Sep 10 2015

Sugary drinks increase your diabetes risk even if you’re a healthy weight

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

One sugar-sweetened soda, flavored water, or iced tea a day isn’t a going to cause any health problems if you’re slim or at a healthy weight, right? That assumption was recently found to be inaccurate by researchers in Britain. In fact, drinking just one sugar-sweetened beverage a day increased the risk of developing type 2... Read More

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transfats affect on memory
Aug 4 2015

Eating trans fats may harm your memory in the prime of life

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

You probably know that eating foods high in trans fats can raise your “bad” cholesterol level, lower your “good” cholesterol numbers, and increase inflammation in the body. But a recent study uncovered another reason to cut trans fats from your diet—they could have a negative impact on your memory. The study, led by Beatrice Golomb,... Read More

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