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Cancer Prevention

Enlist These Foods to Help Prevent Cancer

Plant foods, which contain antioxidants, may help reduce your risk for many cancers. Try to eat two to three servings of fruit, three to five servings of vegetables and at least six servings of whole grains every day. Be sure to make room on your plate for the following nutrition-packed foods.

Fruits and Veggies Matter

This national program encourages Americans to eat more fruits and vegetables, aiming for five to nine servings a day.

Choose My Plate

The My Plate plan can help you eat a variety of foods while encouraging the right amount of calories and fat.

Diabetes

What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that involves the regulation of blood sugar and occurs in two different forms, type 1 and type 2.

Type 2 Diabetes

A person with type 2 diabetes either can't make enough insulin or can't properly use it.

Sodium and People with Diabetes

People with diabetes are encouraged to limit the sodium in their diets to help prevent or to control high blood pressure.

Alcohol Use and People with Diabetes

Alcohol can lower blood sugar levels to the point of hypoglycemia. Keep careful track of your blood sugar levels when drinking alcohol, because certain diabetes medications also lower blood glucose levels.

Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure

Making Changes to Avoid Heart Disease

Your heart is a vital organ that keeps your body functioning. Unfortunately, many people don't treat it that way. They may not realize that their daily habits and lifestyle can overwork and damage their heart. So, take care of your heart and yourself. Start by making the following lifestyle changes.

Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis is a type of arteriosclerosis caused by a build-up of plaque in the inner lining of an artery.

High Blood Pressure/Hypertension

High blood pressure, or hypertension, increases the risk for coronary heart disease (heart attack) and stroke (brain attack).

Managing Hypertension with the DASH Diet

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet reduced blood pressure. This diet is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and total fat and emphasizes fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.

Cholesterol in the Blood

The cholesterol in your blood comes from the foods you eat and your liver—but your liver makes all of the cholesterol your body needs.

Prevention of Heart Disease Starts in Childhood

You may think of heart disease as a problem for adults, not your young children. But diet and exercise habits started in childhood can begin a lifetime of heart health, or a lifetime of heart damage.

High Cholesterol

Cholesterol in the Blood

The cholesterol in your blood comes from the foods you eat and your liver—but your liver makes all of the cholesterol your body needs.

Metabolic Syndrome

Most people who have metabolic syndrome have insulin resistance. This may be a beginning of the development of type 2 diabetes.

Components of Food

When trying to make heart-healthy changes to your lifestyle and diet, it is helpful to know some basics about nutrition.

Osteoporosis

The Healthy-Bones Diet

The right amount of calcium in your diet helps maintain your bone strength, reducing your risk for osteoporosis.

Debunking 10 Aging Myths

Many older Americans lead healthy, interesting, and productive lives well into their later years. But that’s not what we usually hear about.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis causes a loss of bone mass and destruction of bone tissue. The bones most often affected are the hips, spine, and wrists.

Osteoporosis: Evaluate Your Risk

Many people are unaware they have osteoporosis until they have advanced symptoms, which may include a broken hip or wrist, low back pain or a hunched back.
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