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In this blog, The Building Blocks of Health––How to Optimize Wellness with a Lifestyle Checklist, preventive medicine expert J. Joseph Speidel, MD, MPH, describes why most of us have a lifestyle that is harming our health and provides a science-based strategy to reverse the lifestyle-related damage that leads to illness and early death. Readers will learn how to prevent up to 90% of diabetes, 80% of heart disease, nearly 50% of cancers, and add 10 to 15 years to life. Each blog focuses on an important health-related topic including nutrition, weight control, heart disease, and cancer.
2022-08-03 01:45
Heavy alcohol consumption impairs cognitive performance with both immediate and long-term deleterious effects on the brain’s anatomy, neurological, and psychological functioning. Altho… Read More
2022-07-29 01:39
Studies suggest that physical activity and cardiovascular fitness are important to protect the brain against Alzheimer disease, age-related cognitive decline, and the commonest vascular caus… Read More
2022-07-27 01:37
The Caerphilly Collaborative Cohort Study assessed the association of five lifestyle factors with various health indicators among men aged 45 to 59 over 30 years. The five factors were: &bul&hell…Read More
2022-07-20 01:33
According to a survey, dementia is second only to cancer as the most dreaded illness in the United States. Undoubtedly any sign of cognitive decline can raise fears of incipient dementia and… Read More
2022-07-15 01:30
If cancer is diagnosed in a close relative, especially if it is of an uncommon type or occurs at a younger than usual age, the cancer is more likely to be caused by a family cancer syndrome… Read More
2022-07-13 01:28
The most serious form of skin cancer is melanoma. They constitute less than 5% of skin cancers but cause an estimated 75% of skin cancer deaths.221 Melanoma are usually pigmented lesions. An… Read More
2022-07-11 01:27
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men. Indications of prostate cancer can be detected by testing for blood levels of prostate- specific antigen (PSA)… Read More
2022-07-07 01:18
Breast cancer screening options include mammograms, family history, genetic testing, and MRIs. There is considerable controversy about the most appropriate ages and frequency for mammograms… Read More
2022-07-01 01:17
Cancer screening During periodic routine health exams, in addition to obtaining a patient’s history, health care providers may carry out a physical examination that could help detect c… Read More
2022-06-29 01:46
To find cancer early, while it’s small, less likely to have metastasized and is likely to be easier to successfully treat and cure, you should: 1) know and look for the signs and sympt… Read More
2022-06-27 01:31
Most skin cancer, the most common type of cancer, can be avoided by limiting exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or from man-made sources, such as indoor tanning beds. More than 3… Read More
2022-06-22 01:34
Alzheimer disease (AD) and dementia from other causes is a leading cause of disability and death. In individuals over 71 years of age, the prevalence of dementia in the U.S. is estimated to… Read More
2022-06-17 01:37
Only about 5% of cancers are linked to the inheritance of mutated genes. These abnormal genes are present in every cell in the body, including the cells without cancer. Since each parent pro… Read More
2022-06-15 01:36
About one in every 28,000 Americans may develop a cancer due to outdoor air pollutants, and more than 2 million people live where the lifetime cancer risk is particularly high. When outdoor… Read More
2022-06-13 01:34
The leading causes of an increased risk of cancer are lifestyle factors that we can control, such as smoking, obesity, alcohol, and lack of physical activity. Another important cause is rand… Read More
2022-06-10 01:33
In today’s medical world where defensive medicine is frequently practiced, over a lifetime, substantial exposure to medical X-rays is common. The FDA estimates that exposure to 10 mSv… Read More
2022-06-06 01:29
Near ultraviolet light and ultraviolet A (UV-A), both have about the same wavelengths. Radon-222 is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas, and, when inhaled, it is the source of about half… Read More
2022-06-03 01:27
Ionizing radiation and cancer Near ultraviolet light and ultraviolet A (UV-A), both have about the same wavelengths. They, and visible light, infrared, microwave, radio waves, and low-freque… Read More
2022-06-01 01:25
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) About one in three adults have evidence that their stomach is infected with the bacteria H. pylori. It sometimes causes stomach ulcers and inflammation that… Read More
2022-05-27 01:01
A variety of viruses, bacteria, and parasites have been found to increase the risk of several types of cancer. In developing countries where many types of infections are highly prevalent, in… Read More
2022-05-23 01:57
Food processing Freezing and canning are food processing methods that provide the benefit of preventing spoilage and preserving nutritional value. But much processed food is high in added fa… Read More
2022-05-20 01:51
Because cancer risk varies substantially between countries and groups of people with different dietary patterns, there have been many studies looking for links between diet and cancer. There… Read More
2022-05-18 01:54
Red and processed meat The current consensus, based increasingly on the few prospective studies that are the least susceptible to biases, is that high consumption of red meat and processed m… Read More
2022-05-16 01:50
People who undertake moderate or vigorous physical activity are at a lower risk of developing several cancers, especially lung and colorectal, but also those of the breast, endometrium (lini… Read More
2022-05-11 01:46
Over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic diseases and other serious problems including: • High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and d… Read More
2022-05-09 01:44
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that during each of the years 2006 to 2010, excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths, 2.5 million years of pote… Read More
2022-05-04 01:39
Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemical compounds, with some 250 known to be harmful and at least 69 known to be carcinogens. In addition, tobacco smoke contains radioactive polonium… Read More
2022-05-02 01:38
E-cigarettes are also known as electronic nicotine-delivery systems (ENDS) because the main experience for the user is from nicotine, an addictive substance. There is some evidence that e-ci… Read More
2022-04-27 01:59
Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S., only slightly exceeded by deaths from cardiovascular diseases. In some U.S. states, cancer is the leading cause of death. Globall… Read More
2022-04-25 01:57
The role of cellular mutations was considered in a 2015 study from Johns Hopkins University. It suggested that the most frequent cause of cancer is not susceptible to prevention because most… Read More
2022-04-22 01:45
The damage to DNA that leads to cancer can occur from a variety of external environmental causes, including ionizing radiation, exposure to carcinogenic (cancer- causing) chemicals, and infe… Read More
2022-04-20 01:44
Cancer is a complex disease, with more than 100 kinds of cancer affecting different parts of the body in many different ways. Many factors can influence the risk of getting cancer; the goal… Read More
2022-04-13 01:38
On average, statins bring about a 25% to 55% reduction in LDL-C, a 5% to 10% increase in HDL-C, and a 10% to 20% decrease in triglycerides. If triglycerides remain high (150 mg/dl or higher)… Read More
2022-04-08 01:35
Making sense of all of the guidelines is not easy. All of the guidelines stress the importance of shared decision-making with a health care provider before embarking on long-term use of a st… Read More
2022-04-06 01:33
In 2018, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) and ten additional professional organizations concerned with cardiovascular health released 2018 Cholest… Read More
2022-03-14 00:35
After considering new studies and the controversies resulting from the JNC 8 guidelines, in 2017, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) produced new… Read More
2022-02-25 01:05
High blood pressure (BP), or hypertension, is among the most common cardiovascular risk conditions in the United States and a major cause of coronary heart disease, brain damage and dementia… Read More
2022-02-23 01:51
Chronic inflammation is an unhealthy condition. Elevation of C-reactive protein (CRP) is a sign of inflammation anywhere in the body, including in arterial walls. Elevated CRP may be a bioma… Read More
2022-02-18 01:48
There is good evidence that excess sugar consumption contributes to the current U.S. epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Although the human body can convert surplus calories in… Read More
2022-02-16 01:46
Some studies indicate that individuals who drink alcohol moderately (up to two drinks/day for men and one drink/day for women) experience a lower incidence of coronary heart disease than non… Read More
2022-01-31 00:26
Many people who have heart disease or diabetes have high blood triglyceride levels and other biomarkers associated with high cardiovascular disease risk, including a high total cholesterol l… Read More
2022-01-28 00:25
People and populations with favorable blood lipid patterns have low rates of cardiovascular disease. Like Mexico’s Tarahumara and Bolivia’s Tismane, people living on whole-food p… Read More
2022-01-17 00:17
It was once thought that the development and progression of atherosclerosis was a “normal” or unavoidable part of aging. But, we now know that its occurrence and progression with… Read More
2022-01-14 00:16
Atherosclerosis often starts in childhood and frequently continues to increase in severity throughout life. The 1992 Bogalusa Heart Study examined the blood vessels of children who died in a… Read More
2022-01-03 00:08
Beverages called energy drinks are a multibillion-dollar industry based on aggressive marketing strategies that mainly target teens and young adults. In 2010, 34% to 51% of those aged 18 to… Read More
2021-12-29 02:18
You should be especially cautious about taking plant-based supplements. According to Bellows, Moore, and Gross of Colorado State University: “Current research shows limited health ben… Read More
2021-12-27 02:16
Dietary supplements other than vitamins include minerals like calcium and iron, herbs and botanicals; probiotics; sports drinks; fish oils; and hormones such as estrogen and testosterone. Al… Read More

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