November 2017

4 Hidden Causes of Bladder Pain: Know the Signs

Bladder pain can signal anything from a minor infection to a serious health condition like cancer. The good news is that bladder cancer is rare, and bladder pain is usually not serious. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore it when you have pain or pressure in your pelvis or lower abdomen that may be coming from your bladder. How do you know whether the pain is worrisome or indicates

10 Foods You Should Eat When You’re Constipated

There’s nothing more frustrating than feeling the urge to poop—then sitting on the john and waiting … and waiting. Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal problems, affecting 42 million people in the United States, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. But loading up on fiber can help keep your gut moving. “You need fiber in your diet to help push foods through

Low levels of physical activity can reduce cardiovascular risk in seniors

NEW European research has found that when it comes to exercising in our senior years, something is better than nothing for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Carried out by the Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the 18-year study looked at 24,502 adults aged 39 to 79 years to compare the association between different levels of physical activity and the risk of cardiovascular disease in elderly to middle-aged individuals.

Coffee Brings More Health Than Harm: Study

Coffee drinkers have had a very good month. Last week, a study reported that coffee—up to six cups per day—was linked to heart health. This week, a large analysis in The BMJ finds that coffee consumption is associated with a variety of health outcomes, from reduced risk of diabetes to reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The caveat, as always, is don’t pair your coffee with doughnuts: sugar, as studies are

What Does Magnesium Really Do for You?

Magnesium always seems to pop up on the list of supplements nutritionists recommend, and for good reason: Around 60 percent of all Americans are not getting their recommended daily intake, and that can cause some pretty major problems. But what is magnesium, and why does it matter so much? As you may remember from your high school chemistry class but probably don’t, magnesium is an element (atomic number 12!) and

What is Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia)

Low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia, can be a dangerous condition. Low blood sugar can happen in people with diabetes who take medicines that increase insulin levels in the body. Taking too much medication, skipping meals, eating less than normal, or exercising more than usual can lead to low blood sugar for these individuals. Blood sugar is also known as glucose. Glucose comes from food and serves as an