Blog Posts by The Editors at Sharecare

  • America's 10 Oldest Cities

    Cities, like people, can be young and vibrant, old and stodgy, or somewhere in between. The RealAge Test calculates how quickly test takers' bodies are aging compared to their chronological age. To find out which of America's 50 largest metropolitan areas are getting old faster than they should, we analyzed data from the more than 28 million people, and ranked cities by such factors as diet, smoking, diabetes, hypertension, health insurance, and income. Residents in these 10 cities are aging faster than they need to.

    Get more health tips from RealAge:

    Is your city making you younger or older? Take the RealAge Test to find out.

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    The stars' secret to wrinkle-free eyes.

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  • Lose Weight Without Blowing Your Budget

    Need cheap way to slim down? Get out with Fido. It's good for both of you.Need cheap way to slim down? Get out with Fido. It's good for both of you.If you're like millions of American women, you started the year with a resolution to lose weight. But whittling your waistline doesn't have mean whittling your wallet, too. (No, you don't need a $100 pair Lululemon yoga pants.) Here's where to save and where to splurge, so you don't blow your budget while you slim down:

    Save: Quit smoking. There are scores of reasons to do this, but the one of the most immediate benefits is financial. The current average price of a pack of cigarettes is $4.22, and as much as $7.50 to $10 in places like Chicago and New York City. If you're a pack-a-day smoker, quitting will put an extra $1,540 or more per year in your pocket while it removes all kinds of gunk from your lungs. (Hmmm, that could buy lots of cute Lululemon gear…)

    Splurge: Spring for a pedometer. "For the price of two movie tickets and some popcorn, you can own a powerful fitness tool: a step counter," says RealAge cofounder Michael F. Roizen, M.D., who logs 12,000 steps a day on

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  • 8 Heart-Healthy Comfort Foods

    A heart-healthy diet doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your favorite dishes. Check out these tasty comfort foods to nourish your heart health.

    Get more health tips from RealAge:

    Take the RealAge Test and see how old you really are.

    Cholesterol Quietly Sneaking Upward?

    7 Foods That Keep Eyes Looking Good

    8 Foods That Beat Down Body Pain

    It's Small, Sweet and Good for Teeth

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  • Don't Be like Paula Deen: 9 Steps to Prevent Diabetes

    Here's another reason to eat more beans: They help regulate blood sugar to prevent diabetes.Here's another reason to eat more beans: They help regulate blood sugar to prevent diabetes.No doubt, you've heard the news about Paula Deen revealing her type 2 diabetes diagnosis -- and her multimillion-dollar drug endorsement deal. Of course, Deen's signature indulgent Southern cooking likely played a big role in her condition. But whether you're a celeb like Deen or one of the rest of us, finding out you have borderline diabetes or prediabetes can be a shocker.

    Take this quiz to find out your diabetes risk.

    But here's the more important news: Smart lifestyle changes can help you prevent diabetes or, if you already have it, slow its progression to avoid devastating complications, including heart attack, stroke, nerve damage, blindness, kidney failure, and even limb amputation. Listen up, Paula!

    1. Be a Regular at the Farmers' Market

    Making fresh produce the main focus of your meals can cut your diabetes risk by 24% or more, thanks in part to all the fiber, which steadies blood sugar. In fact, just adding to your diet some greens, such as arugula or baby

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  • 6 Ways to Slash Your Risk of Alzheimer's

    Regular workouts can help you run away from Alzheimer's.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.

    Related: Here's a simple, five-minute test for Alzheimer's.

    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.

    Related: Use this plan to boost your chance of quitting successfully.

    2. Get moving. A sedentary

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  • Best Breakfast Cereals for Kids

    Classic cereals like Cheerios still make the grade for kids.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.

    Related: Here's what all that sugar does to a kid's body.

    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).

    Related: 3 smart things to include in a healthy breakfast.

    "Adding that much

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  • 7 Ways to Keep Your Pets Safe This Winter

    Brrrr! This pup could use a coat to stay warm.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 fall

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  • Is Coffee a Healthy Drink? 5 Ways Java Does Your Body Good

    Love your coffee? Turns out, it loves you, too.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'll

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  • 7 Best Anti-Aging Foods for Women

    Spinach and other leafy greens are among the top anti-aging foods for women.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).

    Related: Discover Dr. Oz's 5 favorite anti-aging foods.

    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 curb

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