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Have you heard of gestational diabetes?

Many of us haven’t heard of gestational diabetes, a lesser known but fairly common type of diabetes. Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy in women who didn’t already have diabetes.1 According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 10 percent of pregnancies in the US are affected by gestational diabetes every year.2 Gestational diabetes starts when a […]

Daily aspirin therapy no longer recommended for those without a history or heart attack or stroke

According to a recent AARP article, the American Heart Association no longer recommends that adults who have not had a heart attack or stroke take a low-dose aspirin a day to prevent one from occurring.  This new advice is based on recent research showing that the risks of taking aspirin on a daily basis can […]

What binge-drinking can do to your heart’s health

A new study conducted in Russia shows that binge-drinking and heavy alcohol use can damage the structure and function of the heart. A lead researcher on the study shares that, even if symptoms don’t appear straight away, heavy drinking can significantly increase a person’s risk of heart problems, like heart disease and stroke, in the […]

US cancer rates drop, but obesity remains a risk

A recent article in The New York Times shared some rare positive news about cancer death rates: between 2016-2017, the cancer death rate in the United States decreased by 2.2 percent. Since 1991, the rate has dropped 29 percent, with 2.9 million fewer cancer deaths. The drop in cancer deaths is due to multiple reasons, including […]

Health lessons from the world’s longest-living populations

Reflecting on the first month of 2020, some of our new year’s resolutions may be in full-swing – while others may have already been forgotten about. Often, the most difficult resolutions to keep up are those that are based on the latest health fads, like starting a brand new diet or exercise routine that promises […]

Not sure what to think about “muscle confusion”? 

Many of us who are plugged into fitness trends have heard of “muscle confusion,” a type of exercise routine that calls for frequently changing workouts to consistently challenge our muscles and help them gain more size and strength. Recently, a new study was published that focused on whether the muscle confusion theory holds any weight.  […]

Why keeping an eye on blood pressure is especially important for women

  This past week, The New York Times reported new research showing that, in comparison to men, women’s blood pressure begins to increase at a younger age and goes up at a faster rate. Among the research study’s participants, blood pressure began to creep up as early as a woman’s thirties, with steep increases that […]