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9 Surprising Ways to Lower Your Diabetes Risk

The most common form of diabetes, Type 2 (once called adult-onset or non-insulin-dependent diabetes), affects 90 to 95 percent of the 26 million Americans with diabetes. But a diabetes diagnosis isn’t inevitable, according to Gayl J. Canfield, Director of Nutrition Research at Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami, Fla. It comes down to living a healthy lifestyle and doing all the things you already know you should do: keep your blood glucose (blood sugar) under control, eat healthy, exercise and monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

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Towns With the Best-Tasting Tap Water

Americans gulp down 1 billion-plus glasses of tap water each day, so most of us likely know: All tap water is not created equal (as the residents of Toledo, Ohio have sadly seen).
Some mouthfuls taste mountain-spring fresh; others are all-out unsavory.

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The Truth About Calcium

Some things seem to be a given when it comes to your health: fruit and vegetables are linked to healthy aging; a good night's sleep goes a long way to making you happy and productive and calcium is key for healthy bones.

But while there's no arguing with the first two, there's been quite a bit of confusion lately when it comes to calcium. Are calcium supplements dangerous to the heart? Are we getting enough calcium — or too much? And is dairy the best source?

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Next Avenue: 9 Ways to Protect Yourself From Falls This Winter

Snowstorms, freezing rains and ice are all a reality this time of year in many parts of the country. And unless you’re planning on holing up in your house until spring thaw or live in a no-snow zone, it’s a good bet that one day, you’ll step outside and be confronted with slipping, sliding…or worse.
Falls are no laughing matter for you or your parents.

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Don't Ignore These Facts About Sunscreen

The sun’s power is undeniable: The largest object in our solar system, it contains approximately 99.9 percent of the total solar system mass. Its interior could hold more than 1.3 million Earths. The sun provides for our very life. But this 4.5 billion-year-old star also has the power to kill.

Melanoma, the most dangerous and potentially lethal form of skin cancer, is caused most often by intense UV rays of the sun, and its rates have been rising for at least 30 years. About 73,870 new melanomas will be diagnosed in the U.S in 2015, and approximately 9,940 people are expected to die, according to the American Cancer Society.

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How to help a friend with cancer - Next Avenue

I’m a proud card-carrying member of the cancer survivor generation and I’m in good company: The American Cancer Society reports that there are an estimated 14.5 million cancer survivors in the United States today, with that number expected to climb to nearly 19 million by 2024.

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How Low Should Your Blood Pressure Be?

Since an estimated one in three people in the United States has high blood pressure, which puts them at risk for heart disease and stroke, kidney failure and other health problems, determining an ideal blood pressure is vital.

According to a new study, which was ended more than a year early because of “potentially lifesaving information,” the optimal number may be lower than the current blood pressure guidelines, researchers said Friday.

Currently, a systolic reading of less than 140 mmHg for healthy adults and 130 mm Hg for adults with kidney disease or diabetes is recommended.

(The systolic number is the higher of the two numbers; the number represents the pressure on blood vessels when the heart beats and the muscle contracts.)

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Don't Miss These Signs of Ovarian Cancer

Ricki Lewis ignored her belly fat for months, attributing the extra weight and bloat around her middle to aging and menopause.

“I should have paid more attention when a well-meaning woman asked me when I was due — but instead, I just got angry,” the 59-year-old said. “It didn’t even occur to me to see the doctor.”

Lewis, a Schenectady, N.Y., science writer with a Ph.D. in human genetics, finally made an appointment to see her gynecologist when her best friend remarked on the noticeable change in her girth. “When the doctor saw my middle, she literally jumped back several feet,” said Lewis. An ultrasound revealed a 23 cm ovarian cyst. “The technologist said it was the second largest she’d ever seen.”

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What Women Can Do About Hair Loss

Everyone loses hair. In fact, it’s normal to lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. But what if it seems like there’s significantly more loss than that?

“Once you exceed that, you’re losing it at an abnormal rate,” says Dr. David J. Wong, clinical associate professor of dermatology at Stanford University. Contrary to popular notion, hair loss is not just a condition that men face: up to 40 percent of women in America also experience it.

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The Best Treatments for Chronic Pain

Chronic pain affects 1.5 billion people worldwide. Of those, an estimated 100 million people live in the United States. It affects more people than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

And it involves more than just accidentally touching a hot stove and suffering a burn. It’s more than a bee sting, a twisted ankle or a bout with the dentist’s drill.