A Healthy Lifestyle Protects Best Against Stroke, Study Finds

Of course, you knew already that you should eat right, exercise regularly, not smoke, and not drink too much alcohol. Now a new study from Germany found even more evidence that you are well advised to follow these guidelines. In fact, your life could depend on it. Among countless other health benefits, people who maintain a healthy lifestyle have a significantly reduced risk of stroke, the study concluded.

For Better or Worse, Relationships Have Enormous Effects on Health

Loving relationships can produce countless benefits in terms of both mental and physical well-being. Unfortunately, a successful marriage or partnership is not easy to come by – and when it happens, there is no guarantee it will last. Nearly half of all marriages in America end in divorce, often with devastating consequences for everyone involved. The ramifications are not easily measured and often manifest themselves long afterwards. Even people who seem able to recover can suffer long-term damages, including to their physical health.

Salt and Sugar Contribute to Rise in Heart Disease, Studies Find

Several new studies focusing on heart health confirm that following certain dietary guidelines is crucial for preventing heart disease, one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Many, if not most, of these deaths could be avoided with appropriate diet and lifestyle changes. High amounts of sodium (salt) and added sugars in processed and packaged foods are believed to be among the main culprits for the dramatic rise of the disease over the past few decades.

More Than Weight, Body Fat Raises Health Risks, Studies Find

To determine the risk of diet and lifestyle–related illnesses in their patients, such as diabetes or heart disease, doctors have traditionally looked at the Body-Mass-Index (BMI), a number calculated from a person’s weight and height. But that may soon be a thing of the past because more precise indicators are becoming increasingly common in medical care. Many people with a “normal” BMI can still carry dangerously high amounts of body fat, which increases their risk of developing a number of potentially life-threatening diseases, especially as they get older.

Lower Blood Pressure Naturally

It is estimated that 50 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure, and another 15 million may have it but are unaware of their illness. Nine out of ten will develop high blood pressure in their lifetime. Untreated high blood pressure can cause permanent damage to the kidneys, cause stroke and is a leading cause of heart disease. Diet and lifestyle changes can have immediate and beneficial effects by lowering blood pressure within just a few weeks. Here are some tips to consider.