Here’s How to Prevent 4 out of 5 Heart Attacks

We all know the advice for preventing heart attacks: Eat right, stop smoking, get some exercise. But, really, just how effective is doing all those things? Can anyone put an exact number on it? Evidently, they can — and the numbers are dramatic: Following a healthy lifestyle could prevent four out of five heart attacks in men ages 45 through 79, a new Swedish study found. “It is not surprising that healthy lifestyle choices would lead to a reduction in …

Take a Deep Breath – and Possibly a Food Supplement

Do you feel swamped by “Eat This, Not That” advice? I love today’s instant access to all kinds of nutritional information, but sometimes it merely leads to confusion. Every morning, it seems, yet another expert pops up on national television, claiming to possess the very latest research on nutrition — specifically, “What’s Best For You Now.” Some exhort us to consume more protein, while others insist we must go vegan. Still others burble over with dire warnings along the lines …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Bacteria in your gut – some crave sugar, others want fat – might be dictating what you eat. (Learn more at The Atlantic) 2. Having an office window can help you sleep at night, lower your blood pressure and keep you in a better mood. (Learn more at AARP) 3. $100 is worth $115.74 in Mississippi, but only $84.60 in Washington, D.C. (Learn more at Washington Post) >> America’s Best Small Towns 4. The complexity of a …

Brain-Healthy Lifestyle Works to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease; U.S. Dementia Rates Drop

After just two years, older people who exercised, socialized and ate a healthy diet improved their memory, focus and other signs of brain health, according to a breakthrough study presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, this week. In another piece of good news, researchers announced at the conference that dementia rates are dropping in the United States – quite possibly because people are getting the message that healthy living can protect brain health. “These findings show that prevention …

Put Down the Diet Soda, Ladies. It’s Bad for Your Heart

Healthy, postmenopausal women who drink two or more diet sodas a day are at a higher risk for heart attack, stroke and even death, according to a large new national study. The research looked at diet-soda intake and heart health in nearly 60,000 women participating in the national Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, which investigates health risk factors for women ages 50 to 79. The average age of the women in this study was nearly 63, and none had a …

Best Yogurts to Ward Off Diabetes

It sounds so simple: Eat a couple of low-fat yogurts every week and this could reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 28 percent, a new British study finds. And if you also swap out one sugary dessert or fatty snack for an additional container of yogurt, you’ll cut your risk by a whopping 47 percent! Obviously, that’s not all it takes to ward off diabetes. Exercising, not smoking, and eating other healthy foods are important as well …