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5 Tips to Improve Men's Health

Posted 06-09-2014 at 05:00 PM by ChristaIB (HealthBoards Blog)
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On average, men in the U.S. are more affected than women by common diseases like heart disease, cancer and strokes. In fact, of the 15 leading causes of death, men far outpace women. The exception is Alzheimer’s disease, because many men don’t live long enough to either develop the disease, or for the disease to reach the terminal stage.

Why do men have comparatively shorter lifespans than women? One possibility is the genetic differences between the sexes. Testosterone,...
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Osteoporosis: Why Women Are At Risk

Posted 05-05-2014 at 03:06 PM by ChristaIB (HealthBoards Blog)
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Osteoporosis is a condition where the body gradually loses bone mass until the bones become weak and brittle. Although the disease actually affects both genders, it occurs most often in women. For this reason, many osteoporosis medications, treatments and methods of prevention are targeted toward women.

While many women are aware that they are at risk of developing osteoporosis, especially as they age, not many understand why. They generally understand that calcium...
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Do You Have a Healthy Heart?

Posted 02-03-2014 at 04:56 PM by ChristaIB (HealthBoards Blog)
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When was the last time you thought about your heart health? A month ago? A year ago? Never? Well, there’s no better time than the present to have a heart checkup. Sure, you could put it off for another year, but your heart deserves better.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for one out of every four casualties. While some risk factors like age, gender and family history are inevitable, other influences are preventable. High...
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Heart Health Tips for Women

Posted 01-28-2014 at 05:19 PM by ChristaIB (HealthBoards Blog)
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Men were once thought to be more susceptible to heart disease than women, but studies show that women account for more than half of those who die each year from heart disease in the United States. In fact, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing one out of every three deaths annually. Understanding heart disease and its risk factors is a good step, but it is equally important to take preventive measures.

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New Guidelines for Treating High Cholesterol

Posted 12-02-2013 at 06:44 PM by ChristaIB (HealthBoards Blog)
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On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, the American Heart Association--in partnership with the American College of Cardiology--released new guidelines for treating high cholesterol with statin drugs.

Prior to the recommendations, only the people with a total cholesterol level above 200, or a “bad” cholesterol level above 100, were considered candidates for cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. What has changed? Under the latest standards, you could be considered a candidate...
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