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Manage Your Blood Pressure To Reduce Stroke Risk

High blood pressure is the number one cause of stroke, yet many people are totally unaware this silent killer is lurking, as there are usually no symptoms until the damage is well underway. More than 68 million American adults, about 1 in 3, have high blood pressure, putting them at risk for stroke, the third […]

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5 Lifestyle Factors Cut Diabetes Risk by 80%

Think that your risk of developing diabetes is predetermined by factors outside your control? A new large-scale study finds that a combination of five healthy lifestyle habits can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by about 80%. Surprisingly, results did not differ for those who had a family history of diabetes or were […]

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Best Strategies for Maintaining Long-Term Weight Loss

Do you wonder why, after losing weight last year, you’re back to where you started? Are you telling yourself that this time, you will strengthen your resolve and make it stick? A surprising new Australian study helps explain that your lack of willpower may not be to blame. Published recently in the New England Journal […]

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How to Kick the Added Sugar Habit

Is eating too much added sugar putting your health at risk? You are not alone: Americans are consuming an average of 22 teaspoons a day, way above the American Heart Association’s recommended limits of 6 teaspoons a day for women and 9 teaspoons a day for men.  Teenagers are eating even more: on average they […]

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Strange Health News Headline – Fizzy Drinks May Make Teens Explode

As a freelance health journalist, I cruise the digital headlines looking for story ideas about health news and medical innovations on a regular basis. Here’s one strange health headline that grabbed my attention last week – “Fizzy Drinks May Make Teens Explode.” A closer look at the study abstract from the journal Injury Prevention revealed […]

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10 freaky facts about food

We rounded up the bizarre things you may not know about some common foods. All foods mentioned are considered safe to consume, but these freaky facts may lead you to think before you eat! 1. Shellac is made from bug excrement Jellybeans are a tasty treat and come in many flavours, but did you realize their […]

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Fast food nutrition facts are not enough

Fast food nutrition facts on food labels in Canada right now is voluntary. Many places provide this information, but it can be hard to find or simply not available. Among retailers who do tell, nutrition facts are found in all kinds of different places – websites, posters near the restrooms, tray liners, brochures, or in […]

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