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5 Things to Know about Blood Pressure

  1. Blood pressure climbs as you age – It’s normal, but make sure you are getting it checked regularly to make sure it doesn’t become hypertension
  2. The top number is the one to watch – Systolic pressure is the one to pay attention to because it measures the peak force you pulmonary system is experiencing.
  3. The optimum blood pressure number is different for different people – In fact, experts don’t agree on what the ideal pressure should be.
  4. Healthy diet and lifestyle changes can work as well as a pill – Cutting back on salt is the easiest. Dropping weight, while more difficult, can also help. Regular exercise can also help. (Make sure you consult with your physician before beginning any exercise regimen.)
  5. Yes, coffee makes blood pressure spike, but… - The spike lasts about 3 hours but appears to have no long-lasting effect.

Think Before You Go Gluten-Free

Gluten-Free is all the rage now, but doctors warn it might not be s healthy as you thought.

If you’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease or other symptoms of gluten sensitivity, then go the gluten-free route. But if you don’t, going gluten-free can actually raise the risk of heart disease.

As always, consult your doctor before you decide to drop glutens from your diet.

How Much Longer Will You Live?

We can say for certain, as each individual’s life follows a different path, but we can generalize based on the latest statistics from the government.

If you are a 65-year old woman, count on an average of 20.6 more years. If you are a 65-year old man, the average is 18 more years.

If you are Keith Richards, all bets are off!

Something Real Fishy Here!

Doctors are saying that taking fish oil tablets may be doing you no good! One of the reasons is that over-the-counter supplements are regulated at all.

Doctors recommend eating fish, not the pills.

"I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV" was first said in a commercial for what product?

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