Blog Posts by The Editors at Sharecare
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Regular workouts can help you run away from Alzheimer's.Feel anxious every time you forget where you put your keys? Simple memory slips aren't necessarily a sign you're developing Alzheimer's (unless they're frequent), but all of us want to prevent that scary disease.
Turns out, healthy lifestyle habits may prevent more than half of all Alzheimer's disease cases. That's right, the same smart steps you take to prevent heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other common conditions will help you fend off Alzheimer's, too. Check out these 6 ways to preserve your memory:
1. Don't smoke. This a biggie. You know smoking is bad for your lungs and not great for your heart. It's bad for your brain, too. A two-pack-a-day habit boosts your risk of Alzheimer's by 157%. "If you tried to quit and failed, try again," says RealAge cofounder Michael F. Roizen, M.D.
2. Get moving. A sedentaryRead More »from 6 Ways to Slash Your Risk of Alzheimer's
Classic cereals like Cheerios still make the grade for kids.When was the last time you let your kids eat dessert for breakfast? You'd never do that, right? Well, maybe not intentionally, but if this morning you poured a bowl of Honey Smacks, Golden Crisps, Cap'n Crunch, or even seemingly healthful Quaker Oats Oh!s cereal, the answer is: today. All have 3 to 5 teaspoons of sugar per cup.
It's hardly news that kids' cereals are loaded with sugar, but it's still surprising to see how much. Last month, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a new report that painstakingly evaluated 84 popular kids' cereals. EWG's experts found that one cup of Kellogg's Honey Smacks, Post Golden Crisp, or General Mills Wheaties Fuel has more sugar than a Twinkie (and that's a whopping 18 grams!). Honey Nut Cheerios, Apple Jacks, and Cap'n Crunch have more sugar than three Chips Ahoy! cookies (11 grams).
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Brrrr! This pup could use a coat to stay warm.When temperatures drop, snow flies, and cold winds blow, you know how to bundle up and stay warm. But your pets don't. Your cat or dog needs your help to stay warm, dry, comfy, and safe. Use these simple tips to protect your cat or dog from winter weather.
Bundle up. Dog booties and winter garb may seem silly, but they protect pets' paws, maintain body heat, and make great conversation starters with the neighbors. Winter gear is especially smart to protect an older, arthritic dog. But beware: A sweater won't protect a pet left for hours (or even minutes) in subzero temperatures.
Related: 8 signs your cat may have arthritis.
Use a leash. Whether taking your pet out for a quick bathroom break or a long walk, always use a leash. Animals become easily disoriented -- and lost -- in winter storms. Drivers on winter roads are less likely to spot a dog or cat dashing into the street, especially from a driveway lined with tall snow banks. And free-roaming pets can easily fallRead More »from 7 Ways to Keep Your Pets Safe This Winter
- The Editors at Sharecare | Healthy Living – Thu, Jan 5, 2012 7:33 PM EST
Love your coffee? Turns out, it loves you, too.Starbucks may be about to hike their prices for coffee, but we don't think that will put a damper on the worldwide love of java. As far as we can tell, America would grind to a halt without the stuff. Americans average about 1.5 cups per person, per year (and 3.4 cups per coffee-drinker, per year).
And that's a-ok, says RealAge cofounder Michael F. Roizen, M.D. In recent months, researchers have found coffee and caffeine offers a variety of health benefits. From preventing heart disease to fending off cancer, here are five ways coffee does your body good:
Related: Not a coffee drinker? Here are 12 ways tea boosts your health.
1. Preserves your memory. Three or more cups of coffee a day can slash your threat of Alzheimer's and dementia by up to 65%. Coffee releases a substance called GCSF that helps sweep the plaque build-ups seen in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.
2. Protects your heart. "One to two cups daily makes your blood vessels limber," says Roizen. "They'llRead More »from Is Coffee a Healthy Drink? 5 Ways Java Does Your Body Good
Spinach and other leafy greens are among the top anti-aging foods for women.Did you resolve to eat better in 2012? Good! Harvard Medical School researchers found that women who routinely nibble nutritious foods slash their risk of dying from the usual culprits, including heart disease and cancer. From berries and nuts to salmon and spinach, make sure to include these seven anti-aging powerhouses in your diet.
"They're the cream of the healthy-foods crop," says Elizabeth Somer, R.D., author of Eat Your Way Sexy: Reignite Your Passion, Look Ten Years Younger, and Feel Happier Than Ever (Harlequin) and Age-Proof Your Body (McGraw-Hill).
1. Berries. Ounce for ounce, berries have more protective anti-aging plant antioxidants than almost any other food. "These compounds not only lower your disease risks, they help prevent memory loss," says Somer. Aim for a cup of berries -- any kind, fresh or frozen -- at least three times a week. Since berries are high in filling fiber, they may also help curbRead More »from 7 Best Anti-Aging Foods for Women
Spending more time here than you'd like?Feel like you're spending more time in the bathroom than any other room in your house?
You're not alone. The average adult spends 8 to 16 days a year in the bathroom! That's 30 to 60 minutes a day -- way too long if you're among the millions of adults doing overtime throne duty thanks to gastrointestinal troubles ranging from constipation to diarrhea, belly cramps, and irregularity known as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Bowel troubles aren't new, of course, but modern life makes constipation and other gastrointestinal woes worse. "Stress, debt, and overprocessed and low-fiber foods all combine to keep you behind that closed door," says RealAge cofounder Michael F. Roizen, M.D.
Need to get things moving again? Roizen offers these strategies to help you find relief:
Take a breather. Hard stools and straining could be a sign that you're stressed out. "There's evidence that anxiety directly affects blood flowRead More »from The Scoop on Poop for Constipation Relief
Want to add 8 years to your life? Quit smoking.Nearly all of us make some kind of resolution at the start of the New Year, especially if it's on the heels of an indulgent holiday season. But which resolutions are the best?
"I look at what gets you a big bang in terms of your health," says Keith Roach, M.D., RealAge's chief medical officer. Anything that helps lower your blood pressure or cholesterol -- or helps keep them on an even keel if they're healthy - will make the biggest difference, Roach says. For example, keeping your blood pressure at a healthy level can make your body feel up to 12 years younger.
Keep your heart strong -- and add years to your life -- with this 10-step plan.
You may feel like your whole life needs an overhaul, but Roach advises starting small. "Pick one thing that you want to change, and focus on making that one change," he says. "You'll feel great and want to build on that success." Try one of these four resolutions to revolutionize your health in 2012.
Your health will prosper with black-eyed peas on New Year's Day.Do your New Year's resolutions include eating better? You can begin on New Year's Day with these 5 traditional lucky foods. From black-eyed peas and greens to fish and pomegranates, these eats will get 2012 off to an auspicious -- and healthy -- start.
Black-eyed peas, beans, and other legumes swell as they cook, so they represent good fortune in cultures around the world. Southerners dig into a bowl of hoppin' John made with black-eyed peas, while lentils are traditional in Italy, Germany, and Brazil.
Health perk: Legumes are high in soluble fiber, which helps chase away belly fat, stabilize blood sugar, prevent heart disease, and fend off colon cancer.
Could the prosperity connection be more obvious? Folks around the globe will gobble plates of greens on New Year's Day, from collard greens in the Deep South to kale in Denmark and cabbage in Germany.
Health perk: HeartyRead More »from 5 Lucky – and Healthy! – Foods for New Year’s
Sugar isn't the only reason soda is bad for your teeth.Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body, but some foods are tougher. You know hard candy does a number on your teeth, and these seven are just as bad. You may be surprised by some of the worst offenders.
Soft drinks. Sugar isn't the biggest culprit when it comes to soda's impact on teeth. These beverages -- including diet sodas -- strip minerals from tooth enamel because of their high acid content. We're talking corrosive acids like phosphoric, malic, citric, and tartaric. And the flavor of the fizz matters. They all have an impact, but clear, citrus-flavored bubbly beverages dissolve enamel two to five times more than colas do.
Do this: Love the fizz? Swap soda for plain sparkling water. Giving up soft drinks benefits more than your teeth because even a modest one-can-a-day habit can boost your risk of heart disease.
Sports drinks. In a study comparing the erosive effects of five differentRead More »from Worst Foods for Your Teeth