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Going on a fast every few months could be one of the best things you can do for your health. It reduces many of the risk factors for heart disease and lowers signs of inflammation, which can be the forerunner of a range of chronic diseases, such as cancer and diabetes.
Forget the 10,000-steps-a-day rule—walking 3,000 steps in 30 minutes could be enough, especially if you have congestive heart failure and you want to improve your chances of a long life.
Health warnings about salt have been overdone, an influential expert panel has concluded. The real safe upper limit is more than double the level that health guardians are currently recommending.
Doctors are ignoring one of the most powerful healing agents around—the patient’s own network of family and friends, a new study has found. Instead of seeing more doctors, patients should be encouraged to interact with their social network in a ‘five-step ladder’ of support.
We’re told to consume less salt to reduce our risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart disease. But there’s another way: instead, we can eat more cheese, and that seems to counter the sodium in our food, a new study has discovered.
Cognitive decline is not an inevitable part of ageing. Your brain can renew itself at any age, as noted psychologist Brant Cortright reports.
A sudden rise in blood pressure doesn’t mean you’re about to have a heart attack unless you’re also suffering chest pains, severe headache, nausea or shortness of breath at the same time.
Most of the older people taking antihypertensive drugs for lowering blood pressure have hypotension, or blood pressure that is already dangerously low—which could explain the high rate of falls and dizzy spells the elderly suffer.