Hormones and Dark Chocolate

Okay ladies, before you go out and buy a bunch of Hershey’s chocolate bars, you will want to read this entire article! Yes, specific kinds of chocolate do have health benefits but not all chocolate is healthy. Here are some highlights about the health benefits of dark chocolate: Stressed out? A 2009 study in the…

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Do Group Walks help lower Blood Pressure, risk of Depression and Stroke?

According to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, regularly walking with a group may reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease and depression. The researchers looked at data involving over 1800 participants from over 14 countries. The participants had diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and other various ailments. The researchers assessed the…

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How Stress causes diabetes and autoimmune diseases?

I suppose it can’t be stressed enough. Learning how to manage stress in our lives is important when it comes to staying healthy. It’s important too because when we feel like the world is on our shoulders due to our work life or home life or all of the above, it triggers the flight or…

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How is Sugar is worse than salt for your Blood Pressure?

According to a paper published in the online journal Open Heart added sugars to your diet may higher your risk for hypertension and cardiovascular disease more than salt does.  Heart disease and hypertension cost the United States over 50 billion dollars a year and causing more than 348,000 deaths a year. It’s very easy to…

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Could regular Exercise fight off common diseases like drugs can?

Is exercise as effective as using drugs to alleviate issues like heart disease or diabetes?  Now the idea that exercise is maintaining one’s health is not earth shattering news.  With that said, researchers now believe that exercise may indeed be as helpful as taking pills for those issues. With all the evidence in support of…

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Do Low Vitamin D Levels have a big impact on your Health?

Usually I try and avoid talking about dry subjects like vitamin D deficiency, but the amount of patients that I see lacking in Vitamin D in the Quad City area is significantly high and that concerns me. Low levels of vitamin D has can be linked to many health problems including increased risk of heart…

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Does Lifestyle Counseling Cut the risk of Heart Disease

According to an article published by medpagetoday.com, overweight or obese adults who have additional cardiovascular disease risk factors should have behavior counseling to promote a healthy diet and physical activity. This is according to the USPSTF or the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (if you really wanted to know that). I have been preaching this…

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