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Body Image Cuts Both Ways for Teenagers, Studies Find

Satisfaction with one’s physical appearance is at an all-time low among today’s adolescents, and eating disorders are on the rise at an ever-younger age. Much of the blame goes to the media and fashion industry and their standards of beauty and fitness that are nearly impossible to reach for normal mortals. On the other hand, too many young people don’t take warnings about overweight and obesity seriously enough and underestimate the health risks they will be facing as adults.

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Hypertension for Beginners

More than half of people who have hypertension, a.k.a. high blood pressure, don’t know enough about the condition and are unable to control it properly, according to a new survey. Oftentimes patients don’t even correctly understand the meaning of the word “hypertension,” and think of it more in terms of stress, anxiety, or other psychological disturbance rather than what it actually is, namely a physiological dysfunction that can turn into a chronic disease if untreated, the researchers found.

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Lack of Awareness Heightens Diabetes Risk, Study Finds

Only about 10 percent of people who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes know about their condition, which makes it hard to take proactive measures while there is still time to prevent the full-blown disease. As one recent study found, lack of awareness keeps a vast part of the population with elevated blood sugar from making important lifestyle changes.

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Don’t Grow Old Sick, Experts Warn Baby Boomers

Two-thirds of today’s Medicare beneficiaries suffer from multiple chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease, and pulmonary problems. The sickest among them, about four million, or 15 percent, account for almost half of the medical costs. Much of these expenses could be reduced with diet and lifestyle improvements.

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Noise Pollution, a Widely Underestimated Health Hazard

You may get a headache, be unable to concentrate, become annoyed over seemingly simple things. Your heart races, you break a sweat, feel anxious and unsettled for no particular reason. And then you realize that it’s just awfully loud where you are. It’s called noise pollution, and it can do serious damage to both your physical and mental well-being.

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Eat Healthy on a Budget

In our busy lives, eating out or grabbing some take-out on the way home seems much preferable to home cooking. Between our demanding jobs, never-ending to-do lists, children’s busy schedules, and perhaps less-than-stellar skills in the kitchen, cooking oftentimes slides down to the bottom of our list of priorities. Knowing full well that we are short on time and often on money, grocers and restaurant owners lure us into indulging in convenient, heavily processed foods that take a toll on our health, and on our budget.

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Creating a Culture of Health and Fitness

People who live in California spend on average almost 90 minutes per week on running, swimming, bicycling, lifting weights and other measures to stay healthy and fit, which is close to the minimal amount of time recommended by the U.S. government, and more than the residents of all other states seem able to manage. While personal wellness depends on multiple factors that can be hard to calculate, it is clear that besides geographic diversity, culture also plays a role.

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