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Q: A recent column mentioned statin drugs and their effect on women. In August 2008, my internist said studies had shown that statin drugs for diabetics promoted heart health. At the time, my A1c was 5.8, total cholesterol 139 and LDL 75. He prescribed 5 mg Crestor every other day. By June 2009, my total cholesterol was 104 and LDL 43. My internist still wanted me to continue with Crestor,
The flip-flop is official. Nuts are no longer bad. Thanks to new research from the New England Journal of Medicine (Nov. 21, 2013), we are now urged to eat nuts daily to reduce our risk of heart disease. This is a complete U-turn from advice Americans were given during the low-fat heydays of the 1970s and 1980s. Then, physicians told us that if we indulged in high-fat foods like nuts,
What’s something that feels amazing, is contagious and actually could save your life? Realistic optimism. Embracing that glass-is-half-full view of the world, while willing to acknowledge its challenges, can increase your happiness quotient, help you live more healthfully and roll back your RealAge. Thankfully, you don’t have to act like Pollyanna or recite wimpy affirmations like “Saturday Night Live’s” Stuart Smalley (who was good enough, smart enough and doggone it,
Forget the political brawls and epic website crashes. When we think about the Affordable Care Act, we’re excited about an amazing list of wellness benefits we bet you haven’t heard much about — and that we think could help America’s health (and yours) make a big YOU-turn for the better. If your health insurance coverage is affected by the federally mandated rules of the Affordable Care Act, you and your
Ask most health professionals about the most valuable thing you can do for good health, and you’re likely to be told to exercise. Regular physical activity is good for the heart, the brain and the body as a whole. It helps control weight, boosts good HDL cholesterol, improves mood, enhances sexual performance and lowers the likelihood of developing diabetes and some cancers. That’s why the new guidelines on statin use
Q: I have a question about a medication that was prescribed to me. I originally had breast cancer in 2000 in my left breast when I was 43 years old, which also spread to two of my lymph nodes. I was treated with radiation and chemotherapy. I have been in remission all these years. I took various medicines for several years, such as tamoxifen and femara. I no longer take
Dear Dr. Camardi: As you may recall, I gave you a god-awful time about your advice about the insulin when I couldn’t get my hemoglobin a1c to come down. But after we moved, I finally gave in and started the insulin shots, and it wasn’t half as bad as I thought. At my age, I should have started it sooner, before my feet started to feel like a pin cushion.
No one could be blamed for feeling that the health headlines are causing whiplash. For decades, Americans were told to avoid butter and use margarine on their bread instead. The Food and Drug Administration has just done an about-face with a proposal to eliminate trans fats from the food supply. The agency no longer believes that partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (a primary source of trans fats) should be considered safe.
The summer’s last vine-ripened tomato may be a sweet memory, but you still can get your daily dose of its cancer-fighting, heart-protecting phytonutrient lycopene. This superhero isn’t just found in tomatoes. You can find it in other red and orange fruits and veggies (but not strawberries or cherries), and it KO’s a full crew of disease-causing bad guys. You’ve probably heard that lycopene can lower prostate cancer risk by 23
Q: I am an 82-year-old male. In my younger years, I participated vigorously in sports. As a result of that, I ended up with a degenerated joint in the big toe of my right foot. Forty years ago, the doctors gave me an artificial joint. Prior to the joint installation, I was in severe pain. After the procedure, I had no pain or problems of any kind with the joint.
Q: I have a very itchy throat that tickles and makes me cough no matter where I am. I tried taking OTC allergy meds, but they’re no help. I tried gargling with warm saltwater with vinegar, and keeping my mouth and throat wet, but no help. I take throat lozenges, but it helps only for a few minutes. It’s affecting my sleep at night as well as my work and
The drumbeat has begun. Americans are being urged to line up early for flu shots. The message is that if people act fast to get vaccinated now they will be protected from influenza when it becomes widespread this winter. This year there are more choices than ever. There are all sorts of shots, including high-tech varieties that are made in cell cultures instead of incubated in eggs. You can get
Don’t blow off the amazing long-term mind-body benefits of deep breathing. Your heart, brain, lungs, immune system and mood all get a boost, and new research keeps finding additional bonuses. All it takes to get more of the benefits? Five minutes a day of mindful inhalations and exhalations. The latest news about breathing’s so-easy, so-powerful, do-anywhere health perks comes from the Cleveland Clinic, where Dr. Mike is chief wellness officer.
This soup is a stick-to-your ribs flexitarian special. Make it with chicken broth and prosciutto and you end up with a carnivore’s delight. Make it with vegetable stock and no prosciutto and you’ve got a vegetarian’s delight. Either way, it’s plenty hearty. The potatoes give it body and creaminess. The spinach and kale give it earthiness and a bright green color. The greens also happen to be nutritional superstars —
Q: I have a question regarding my stool. It is not normal, but is in pieces, which are small and sometimes elongated. I am in no pain or discomfort. I have not lost weight or changed my eating habits. It started about a year ago. I had a colonoscopy six months ago. Everything was OK. I am a female, 64 years old. I have been eating a lot of whole
Home remedies rarely get scientific attention or respect. The lack of double-blind trials means that it can be difficult to determine whether a specific suggestion will be helpful. Sometimes we get enough testimonials about a remedy, though, that we conclude it may be worth investigating. One of these is a slightly odd recipe purported to lower high blood pressure. Several years ago, a reader asked us the following question: “Have
Why are diet-soda sales tumbling two to three times faster than sales of sugary fizzy drinks in America? Could be thanks to a supersize helping of negative news, as more and more reports uncap the facts that no-calorie sweeteners may not help your diet and instead could boost your risk for diabetes, heart disease and extra pounds. No wonder one major soda maker has gone on the defensive, recently airing
Should Medicaid be expanded in Virginia? That’s been a question for a legislative committee since June. Now, the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission is inviting public comment on the question, which could be decided by the end of the year. More than 300 people have so far submitted their written opinions to the commission’s website. The panel has also scheduled a public hearing for 1 p.m. Oct. 15 in the General
There is something so perfect, so satisfying about a bowl of warm squash bisque on a cool fall evening. And it is such a versatile dish, it is easily doctored in so many ways. Using that blend of versatility and comfort as our inspiration, we created a fast and easy squash bisque that becomes a base for whatever autumn flavors you are craving. You could, of course, keep it basic
Q: My 82-year-old brother died in January from pancreatic cancer. Prior to his diagnosis, he was the picture of health: exercising vigorously every day, eating a healthy diet, keeping his mind active and alert and taking health supplements with no excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages (only occasional wine). His only health complication was getting deep-vein thrombosis from a long horseback ride, and he was placed on warfarin (Coumadin) and told
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