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As the No. 1 killer of women, heart disease has personally touched the lives of many people. As chair of the upcoming 2014 Go Red for Women luncheon, Penny Pennington, a principal at Edward Jones, realized how much it had affected her own family: Her grandmother died at age 55 of a heart attack, along with other family members who have been affected. “As I learned more about heart disease in women, I found out that it is likely that I will have a personal experience with heart disease either myself or through someone close to me. The statistics are much higher for women and heart disease than any other killer, including cancer: About three times more women have heart disease.”
Among the controllable risk factors for heart disease, cholesterol is a primary indicator of cardiovascular health. For many adults, elevated LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is one of the first wake-up calls that lifestyle modification and/or medication is needed to help keep cardiovascular risk in check.
Are visions of sugarplums dancing in your head? Are they dancing into your mouth? Before you throw up your hands and land face-down in a pile of mashed potatoes, take control of your holiday diet with some healthy alternatives and strategies.
Of the more than 100 types of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is among the most potentially debilitating. More common among women, RA is an autoimmune disorder—the body’s own immune system attacks its tissue, especially in the small joints of the wrists and hands, causing pain, swelling, stiffness, deformity and loss of function.
Exercise is not just about losing weight, and it’s not just about looking good. For women, exercise is a key ingredient of strong bones, flexible joints, resilient muscles, improved mood, stress relief and reduced risk of many major diseases.
We can’t control our age or genetics, but women can do plenty to control their risk of cardiovascular disease, and that’s important considering that heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for men and women alike. A heart-healthy diet is among the most influential factors in reducing risk.
The National Institutes of Health estimates that about 12 percent of the American population suffer from migraine headaches, which are marked by throbbing or pulsing pain, often on one side of the head, sensitivity to light and sound, and possible nausea. And if you’re female, you’re two to three times more likely to experience a migraine.
As a a holistic physician practicing in Orlando, Fla., Dr. Eudene Harry noticed a common thread running through many of her patients’ lives: They were stressed out. And that stress seemed to be affecting their physical health in a variety of negative ways. So, Harry decided to make stress and anxiety management a focus of her work, helping educate patients and others about how anxiety affects health and what to do about it.
Most people experience back pain at some point in their life. In fact, back and neck pain are among the most common complaints made to primary-care physicians and orthopedic specialists.
A healthy diet and exercise are crucial to the health of a growing child. But another leg on the tripod of good health is proper sleep. Creating a maintaining a good sleep schedule is an important health issue for children.
You’ve seen the headlines on popular magazines about celebrities who get back their ‘pre-baby body’ within about a month or so of giving birth. Maybe some of them may just be blessed with exceptionally elastic skin; or they have time to do 500 abdominal crunches per day, as well as the ability to say no to every source of refined sugar—even at 2 a.m. when that doughnut looks awfully good while the little one is nursing.
‘Muffin top’ is a problem for many people, especially as they age. That little tummy bulge that never seems to go away, even with diet and exercise, can be maddening. Fortunately, it can be reduced via a number of cosmetic procedures, and liposuction is among the most popular.
Nothing about the discussion of obesity is simple, according to Katie Thompson, a primary therapist with Castlewood Treatment Center for Eating Disorders. And the American Medical Association’s (AMA) recent decision to recognize obesity as a disease—not just a condition that causes disease—complicates matters even more.
First we were urged to give up our Coke, with its 39 grams of sugar per can. Fair enough in the age of increasing obesity and resulting health problems. But now we’re supposed to give up our Diet Coke, too?
Like the latest fad diet or cell phone, the search for love is constantly evolving. Singles can internet date, speed date, blind date, double date, virtual date and swing date. OK, I made that last one up, but it could be a thing. Suffice it to say the search for love propels us forward. That’s great, but what if forward isn’t the way to go?
A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that people who eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables per day live longer than those who don‘t. Dr. John Morley, a SLUCare geriatrician, is not surprised, and says the study only adds to the increasing amount of data supporting the value of fresh, whole foods as the basis of a healthy diet.
The great villains of the obesity epidemic in America are sugar and starch. Or are they? Area experts say it may not be fair to characterize sugar and simple carbohydrates as the cause of our society’s weight woes.
So, last week the Ladue News staff was sitting around the conference room for a typical weekly meeting—you know, sipping Champagne and waiting for the mini-quiche to come out of the oven—when someone offered up a story idea: Why don’t we do a diet-and-nutrition series and extol the virtues of different diets? We could have doctors give their opinions. We could even have staffers try them out. Someone could do Weight Watchers, someone could do low-carb, Debbie could go gluten-free…
Don’t let appearances be deceiving. Although weight-loss coach Charles D’Angelo doesn’t look like someone who can relate to the pains of being obese; at age 16, he weighed 360 pounds. “I could have been the king of excuses,” he says. “My family was plagued by obesity and its related illnesses.” Instead, he made the decision to change, losing 160 pounds in two years—and keeping it off.
Fish oil capsules are among the most popular supplements sold, but recent studies have questioned the benefits and even proposed possible risks related to fish oil supplementation.
After years of eating only hybrid tomatoes, my first taste of an heirloom tomato eight years ago forever convinced me that hybrids no longer had a place on my plate. I was enlightened, to say the least. And so now with pork, according to Taste Network’s Brady Lowe, the founder of the Cochon 555 event (in St. Louis Aug. 25), it’s time to realize there is more to the pig, as well.
Are you an apple or a pear? These typical body shapes say something about your cardiovascular risk.
Aging is inevitable, but how people age varies widely. No longer is old age assumed to be a time of inactivity and inability to enjoy life. With a few simple lifestyle choices and attitude adjustments, we can improve the odds of aging with health and vitality.
Remember the 1970s conversation pit, all sofa and no chairs? Well, in the newest spin on ‘social-able’ furniture arrangements, there’s nary a sofa to be found. Rather, designers are placing four beautiful chairs around a conversation-starting cocktail table or ottoman, like the revolving lazy Susan-style, black-lacquer tray shown here, which can be removed for serving or dinner on your lap. The advantages of this decidedly unconventional living room setup? In addition to the fact that you won’t see it in every house you visit, it really does encourage relaxed conversation, while eliminating a lot of the placement problems often encountered with the traditional sofa and two chairs. You simply float this one in the middle of the room and voila: instant, unexpected chic. So lose the sofa, and pull up a chair!
Every pet owner wants to provide the best nutrition possible so their furry friends can enjoy a good quality of life. But as you wander the many aisles of food in the pet store, you may start to wonder: How will I know the best food when I see it?