11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 08/20/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, 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 …

Should Everyone Really Cut Salt in Their Diet?

Posted on 08/14/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Personal HealthA large international study questions the conventional advice that all people should cut their salt intake to the bone. Too much salt is bad, especially for those over 60 or those who already have high blood pressure, but too little salt may be just as bad, the scientists said. The findings are the latest in a decades-long controversy over whether health officials have gone too far in urging everyone to reduce the amount of salt in their diet. The new research suggests …

Salt Shake-Up: Low-Salt Push May Be Unhealthy

Posted on 05/17/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFor years we’ve been told to slash our sodium consumption to protect against strokes, heart attacks and high blood pressure. But now an influential committee says there’s no scientific evidence that a very low-salt diet cuts the risk of heart disease. In fact, the new Institute of Medicine report says that cutting sodium to 1,500 milligrams (mg) daily — the current government recommendation for older adults (ages 51 and up), African Americans and those with diabetes, high blood pressure and …

Prevent a Heart Attack or Stroke by Controlling Your Blood Pressure

Posted on 05/1/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe following is a guest post by Janet Wright, MD, FACC, Executive Direction of Million Hearts™, a national initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As a practicing cardiologist for almost 25 years, I often met men and women for the first time when they suffered a serious and life-threatening event—a heart attack or stroke. I enjoyed being part of a team that used its skills to minimize damage and offer hope for a healthier future, and …

The Takeaway: 2011′s Low-Profile Retirement Trends; Sodium’s Dangers Mitigated By Potassium

Posted on 12/27/2011 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayRetirement savers, take heed—these developments may not have made major headlines in 2011, but they’re still important to your retirement planning efforts. And while a diet high in sodium does increase heart disease risk, even more important is the ratio of sodium to potassium in your diet.

The Takeaway: Majority of Older Americans Get Too Much Salt; Social Security COLA and the Working ‘Retired’

Posted on 10/21/2011 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayA new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most Americans still consumer too much sodium, despite the fact that we should all know better. And the Social Security Administration has also bumped up the limits on the amount working ‘retirees’ can earn without seeing a cut in Social Security benefits