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More Sleep May Be Critical for Those With High Blood Pressure and Diabetes

By Hallie Levine, AARP A new study shows how less than 6 hours can raise heart attack, stroke and cancer risk For years, we’ve been told getting enough sleep will help us stay healthy, sharper and more positive in our outlook. Now, new research suggests it may be a matter of life and death for one group: middle-aged adults with …

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Stop Diabetes Before It Starts: Part 1

By Ken Budd, AARP One-third of adults have prediabetes, but most don’t know it What is prediabetes?  Let’s start with what prediabetes is not. It’s not a disease, and it has no obvious symptoms. So why should you care? Because prediabetes indicates high blood sugar, just not high enough to be type 2 diabetes — yet. It’s an indication that …

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Winter Health Myths That Can Snow You

By Kim Hayes AARP As temperatures drop many of us start worrying about our health, including the rising risk for colds and fevers. But which fears aren’t really based on fact? And what valid health concerns might we be ignoring in the winter? Here are a few winter myths that should be put on ice: Cold weather makes you sick …

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Can Drinking Soda Really Kill You? Part 3

Be judicious with juice Although soft drinks themselves are quick to get a bad rap, they’re not the entire problem. A study published this past July in the British Medical Journal found that along with sugary soft drinks, 100 percent fruit juice can also raise the risk of cancer. But in these cases, portion size may be the main problem. “A serving …

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Edgerton.Life hopes to increase awareness of pancreatic cancer

By Roberta Pardo When Andrew Edgerton was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he was 37 years old. Andrew was seemingly healthy. Nobody expected it. Pancreatic cancer can only be detected in the late stages, when there is nothing much to do. “It’s like a death sentence,” said JoAnna Edgerton, Andrew’s mother. Pancreatic cancer has the lowest five-rate survival rate of any …

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There Are Other Options Other Than Suicide

By Stanley Popovich You are at the end of your rope and you can’t take it any much longer. You are in pain and you are suffering and you feel there is no hope. The first step you need to do is to get help right away. Here are six reasons why suicide is not an option regarding your problems. …

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Can Drinking Soda Really Kill You?

By Hallie Levine, AARP The bottom line on all those scary health studies you’ve heard lately Whether you call it a soft drink, soda or pop, you’ve probably noticed that every few months one study or another comes out detailing their health risks. Now, new research published earlier this month in JAMA Internal Medicine offers an even more sobering message: …

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4 Exercise Apps to Keep You Motivated

By Valerie Latona, AARP. Easy-to-use options to help you track your fitness goals When it comes to fitness, like many endeavors, keeping track of what you plan to do, and when, has been shown to help people meet their goals. Apps can offer assistance in this area, whether they’re counting your steps or calories, or charting your weekly strength-training goals. …

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How to cope with breast cancer

Commentary by Chara Getting diagnosed with breast cancer is a challenging, difficult process. In honor of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here are some tips will help you, if you have been diagnosed, to manage your condition and the treatment process: *Express yourself: Focus on communicating and listening to your loved ones. This will facilitate the treatment process because …

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Study correlates teen depression with diet

By Chara Less sodium consumption and more potassium consumption will help reduce the prevalence of depression among teens, according to a recently published study, titled “Sodium and potassium excretion predict increased depression in urban adolescents.” Conducted by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the study examined 84 participants, who provided their urine to be analyzed. The participants were …

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