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A cup of beetroot juice a day may help reduce blood pressure by as much as 10 mm Hg.
Routine dental cleanings and treating periodontal disease may reduce a person’s risks of ischemic stroke.
A diet rich in antioxidants may reduce a woman’s risk of heart failure by 42%.
Stroke and subclinical markers of vascular disease may be predicative of those older patients with type 2 diabetes who may develop cognitive decline.
Cognitive training exercises – and completing crossword puzzles and Sudoku – may help to prevent cognitive decline in aging.
Diets laden with fried and sweet foods, processed and red meats refined grains, and high-fat dairy products reduce a person's likelihood of achieving older ages
Post-workout aches and pains can be effectively relieved by a short bout of light exercise.
American Cancer Society urges that a coordinated effort to change individual health behaviors could prevent much of the suffering and death from cancer.
The indigestible carbohydrate content in barley kernels may increase satiety hormones and reduce subsequent energy intake.
Netherlands researchers suggest that men who have higher levels of the mineral selenium may be at a lower risk of developing advanced prostate cancer.
A program of daily physical education in school-age years may associate with lower bone fracture risks with aging.
Long-term use of calcium and vitamin D compares a substantial reduction in the risk of hip fractures, among postmenopausal women.
US Baby Boomers are experiencing higher rates of chronic disease and lower self-rated health than members of the previous generation at the same age.
Carotenoids – and particularly beta carotene, found abundantly in carrots, may help to reduce the risk of hip fractures, among lean men.
Higher dietary intake of pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) associates with reduced risk of hip fracture, among women.
A strong social network, good self esteem, and a purpose in life correlate with increased bone mineral density.
People who have difficulty chewing hard foods are at significantly higher risk of cognitive impairments.
An indicator of poor oral hygiene and a potential source of dental infections, the amount of dental plaque may predict death from cancer.
Seeing a dental hygienist at least once a year may help to reduce incidence of myocardial infarction, stroke, and total cardiovascular events.
Young men who play volleyball, basketball or other load-bearing sports for four hours a week or more increase their bone mass.
Tip #160 - Brew Better Health
Certain studies suggest that coffee mitigates disease by reducing inflammation in blood vessels and supporting the normal function of the blood vessel lining. Coffee also is a rich source of antioxidants and magnesium, nutrients that are key in maintaining cardiovascular and circulatory health.
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (Massachusetts, USA) studied 20 years of data collected on 41,736 men who participated in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, and 86,214 women involved in the Nurses’ Health Study. The team found that in general, regular coffee consumption was linked to a slightly lower risk of death from any cause, and from cardiovascular disease in particular. Among women, those who drank at least 2 to 3 cups per day were one-quarter to one-third less likely to die of heart problems or stroke than women who did not drink coffee. For men, a protective effect was seen when drinking 4 to 5 cups daily.
A team from the University of Kuopio (Finland) completed a 21-year long study involving 1,409 men and women, ages 65 to 79 years old at the study’s concluding point. The researchers found that those study subjects who drank 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day at midlife lowered their risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease by 65%, as compared to those who drank no or a little coffee.
Opt for drip brewed coffee – the kind that uses a paper filter. Coffee beans contain cafestol, a very potent dietary cholesterol-elevating compound. Whereas paper filters remove much of the cafestol during the drip brew process, French press coffee, Turkish and Scandinavian preparations, and espresso retain very high levels of cafestol.