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Self-Care Tips for Preventing and Reducing High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a serious health condition that can lead to other serious problems, including heart attack and stroke. All too often, it is also undiagnosed. As a result, health officials estimate that millions of Americans have high blood pressure and don't realize it. Here are some simple yet powerful steps you can do to prevent high blood pressure from developing, and to reduce it if it already has developed.
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Health Tip of the Day

Here's another reason why you should brush and floss your teeth every day. A recently completed 17-year study conducted by researchers at New York City's Columbia University has found that people with even mild gum disease have more than twice the risk of developing adult-onset (type 2) diabetes, compared to people with healthy gums. The study, which tracked over 9000 people, also found that people with tooth loss have a 70 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, compared to people with all of their teeth. According to the researchers, the bacterial infections that contribute to both gum disease and tooth loss results in increased levels of chronic inflammation throughout the body, and the inflammation interferes with the human body's ability to regulate insulin levels. (Previously, the inflammation caused by gum and teeth bacteria has been linked to heart disease, stroke, and cancer.) To minimize this risk, brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day, and have regular checkups with your dentist.

Yesterday's Health Tip

Did you know that most commercial candles can be damaging to your health when they are lit? That's because such candles emit soot as they burn, which can damage your lungs. In addition, commercial candles contain the petroleum product paraffin which, when burned, emits benzene, a known carcinogen (substance that can cause cancer). If you enjoy the soothing ambience of candles around your home, you can avoid these health risks by choosing candles made from beeswax or soy with wicks made from cotton. Read more health tips...
Non-Drug Treatments for Arthritis
I'm asked this question quite a lot in my medical practice. Yes, there are a number of non-drug options you can pursue to manage your arthritis, beginning with your diet. continued inside...

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