Getty ImagesWhile older men and women are most at risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), younger women may also be vulnerable, especially during their childbearing years. Here's how you can protect yourself.
When you're stuck in the same position for a long time, blood can pool in your legs, setting the stage for a clot. Every one to two hours, get up and walk around, whether you're at your desk or on a long car or plane ride. (Contracting your leg muscles while seated can help, too.)
If your legs must be immobile for a week or longer-whether you're in a cast or on bed rest during pregnancy-talk to your doc about preventing DVT.
If you smoke, quit. Keep your weight down. And drink a lot of water-staying hydrated can lower your risk of blood clots.
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Be smart with meds
Taking the Pill increases your DVT risks, which means it may not be the right birth control choice if you have another risk factor (a genetic predisposition to
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Getty ImagesWhile older men and women are most at risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), younger women may also be vulnerable, especially during their childbearing years. Here's how you can protect yourself.Read More »from How to prevent a blood clot
Four crucial updates you've just gotta have before your next gyno visit. By Marisa CohenRead More »from Down-there news you need right now
Your yearly visit to the gynecologist is critical to your health-period. What's also key: going in with a list of specific questions, so your gyno can tailor her recommendations to your needs, says Jill Maura Rabin, MD, a spokeswoman for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. To get more out of your time in the stirrups, consider discussing these important findings with your doc.
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Update #1: New relief for heavy periods
If you have menorrhagia-periods so heavy and painful they interfere with daily life-your gyno may have suggested going on the Pill or taking some other hormonal medication. If that didn't work, your only other option was surgery, from endometrial ablation (which destroys the uterine lining) to a hysterectomy (total removal of the uterus). Now there's a new nonhormonal way to lighten the flow: tranexamic acid, a
- Health.com | Work + Money – Wed, May 25, 2011 7:49 PM EDT
IstockphotoThe internist says:Read More »from The burning question: Should I slash my salt intake?
Donna Sweet, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita
High-sodium foods increase blood pressure-whether you're among the one in three Americans who has hypertension or not. That's why the new federal dietary guidelines recommend lowering sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams a day from the 3,400 milligrams most of us eat daily. If you already have hypertension, the recommendation is 1,500 milligrams a day, since research shows there's a substantial drop in blood pressure when you reduce sodium intake to that amount.
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We could all stand to try. I'm not going to tell someone with normal blood pressure to cut sodium to 1,500 milligrams a day-yes, it's ridiculously low. But I do think we should all be eating less than 2,300 milligrams and definitely no more than 3,000. Just because your BP is normal now doesn't mean it will be forever-your risk of hypertension increases
Getty ImagesBy Su Reid-St. JohnRead More »from 26 fresh ways to reuse an old yoga mat
If you've just eked your millionth sun salutation out of that thin, raggedy rectangle you call a mat, it might be time to spring for a new one. But what to do with the old? Certainly, you could recycle it or even donate it if it isn't too far gone, or you could tap your inner Martha and try a little creative repurposing:
By Amanda MacMillan People often think that type 2 diabetes strikes only the overweight and sedentary, or unhealthy eaters.
CorbisBy Rozalynn S. FrazierRead More »from Bike your way to a better body
You know two-wheeling it is a great way to shape up (and torch 500-plus calories per hour), but did you know that you can always get more out of your ride? Take these cues from Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong (nope, no relation to Lance).
Get in tune
If your bike's been on hiatus for more than six months, take it for a tune-up (basic ones cost about $50). Pros will check everything from the wheels to the steering system, and they'll clean it up for a smooth ride.
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We know you always follow traffic rules (right?), but be sure to watch out for cars, too. To avoid a suddenly opened door, give parked ones a wide berth, Armstrong advises. And don't forget your cell phone, ID, and a helmet-one that fits snugly and covers the forehead.
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Tweak your technique
Rev up your speed and power by perfecting your pedaling. If you're biking with
By Leslie BarrieRead More »from Whatâ€™s hot about chili powder?
This spicy seasoning can rev up your metabolism, ease indigestion, and even fend off garden pests. How cool is that?
Pick the right powder
The "chili powder" sold at your local grocery store is often a blend that contains other ingredients like cumin, garlic, and oregano.
To pack your food with the healthiest punch, pick up pure varieties like cayenne or ancho that aren't diluted with other spices, advises Marissa Lippert, RD, owner of Nourish Nutrition Counseling.
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Spice up your summer meals and slim down with a little help from chili powder. Studies show that compounds in this seasoning can actually boost your metabolism.
For a zippy dessert, sprinkle a little of the hot stuff on a slice of cantaloupe, recommends Frances Largeman-Roth, RD, Health's Senior Food and Nutrition Editor.
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- Health.com | Shine Food – Thu, May 19, 2011 6:22 PM EDT
Credit: Jenna WeberGrocery lists and easy weeknight recipes from a culinary proRead More »from Healthy cooking on the cheap: Lightened-up comfort food with a vegetarian spin
By Jenna Weber
This menu features three classic comfort foods, all with a lightened-up, vegetarian spin! Instead of your usual pepperoni, top pizza with tasty, fresh goat-cheese crumbles and mushroom slices (you won't even miss the meat!). The soft vegetable tacos are a wonderful way to sneak more veggies into a picky eater's diet. Finally, enjoy a night off with breakfast for dinner. These skillet-baked eggs come together in only about 10 minutes, and all you need to complete the meal is a crusty loaf of bread and a simple green salad. Enjoy!
The True Blood star opens up about her tough workouts, super-close marriage to co-star Stephen Moyer, and top fitness motivator ("being naked at work!"). By Amy SpencerRead More »from Anna Paquin's all-day energy secrets
You could envy Anna Paquin a lot of things. Starting with her rocking body, which is on full display one hot morning when the 28-year-old Academy Award-winning actress shows up for our chat at a cafe in Venice, California, absolutely killing it in cutoff jeans shorts and a paper-thin white T-shirt. Then there's her red-hot career-her fourth season playing telepathic waitress Sookie on the HBO hit True Blood debuts this month. And what about her recent marriage to hunky co-star Stephen Moyer?
But after our day with Anna, we long most for her amazing energy. This is a girl who likes her workouts hard, her coffee "giant," and admits that she doesn't like to sit still. After Stephen drops her off and takes their two dogs to the park, Anna dishes about everything from the pressure to stay thin in Hollywood to whether she