Blog Posts by The Editors at Sharecare

  • How to Be Younger Tomorrow

    Find out your true age by taking the RealAge test.By Lisa Davis

    Here's a riddle: How can you be older than your parents were when they were your age?

    Answer: By packing on the pounds. A recent study from the Netherlands found that because of the way obesity rates have risen, today's 40-year-olds are just as old, metabolically speaking, as their parents were at age 55.

    Details: In the late 1980s, 40 percent of men in their thirties were overweight, while by the late 90s, 52 percent of men of the same age carried excess pounds. And today's 20-something woman is twice as likely to be obese as a twentyish woman of a decade earlier.

    Simple Tricks to Lose Weight

    This is not good. As you'd expect, the extra weight has given the younger generation a head-start on older people's diseases, like high blood pressure and diabetes. And we're seeing the same pattern in the U.S, says Sharecare expert Michael Roizen, MD, chief wellness officer for Cleveland Clinic. "The whole world is getting more obese," he says. "We're just

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  • Skincare Shocker: Women, Shave Your Face!

    This skin-saving trick is no longer a secret!

    By Genevieve Stack

    I remember first learning to shave. Crouching over the running tub in a bathing suit, shimmery, raspberry-scented Skintimate splattered everywhere, trying to steady my quivering hand while grimacing at the gaping wounds (read: tiny nicks) on my ankle. I practiced and practiced because I knew it was worth it: I was going to have smoother, softer legs.

    It makes sense; shaving is the perfect exfoliation technique. So why do most women consider shaving their faces taboo? In a YouBeauty poll, 33% of women admitted that they regularly shave their faces, but in secret!

    The 411 on Microdermabrasion

    Now, some of the country's most exclusive dermatologists and aestheticians are breaking these shaving "rules" and sharing an unorthodox secret to a smooth, fresh face: dermaplaning.

    During a dermaplaning session, a licensed aesthetician pulls skin taut and gently strokes a surgical blade over your face. The blade removes the layer of dead skin that's responsible

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  • Mistakes that Age You

    Find out what you can do to stay young.

    By Giselle Domdom

    I'm not quite 30, and people often tell me I look younger than my age. And why not? I'm a road-running regular who laces up four times a week. I try to eat right - quinoa instead of white rice, not much red meat - and I juice like crazy. I wear sunscreen and moisturize daily…and did I mention that I'm not yet 30? But I recently took the Mistakes That Age You quiz, and now I realize that I'm on a fast track to crow's feet, sagging skin and other dismal changes unless I straighten up. Here are some of the bad moves I've been making - and what I'm going to do to stay younger longer.

    Quiz! Mistakes That Age You

    Mistake #1: Texting too much
    I may not spend hours a day texting like my teenage sister and her latest crush, but I do communicate with my thumbs every day. Texting is a quick and easy way to connect, but all that time spent leaning forward and looking down is turning me into the next hunchback of Notre Dame. It's not just a matter of bad

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  • Does Dark Chocolate on Valentine’s Day Help Your Heart?

    Chocolate may be the right prescription for a healthy heart.

    By Marc Gillinov, MD and Steven Nissen, MD

    Heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are everywhere on Valentine's Day. The intriguing question, debated by scientists for decades: Does the candy inside help your heart?

    Popular mythology holds that chocolate is good for your heart, and that dark chocolate is better than milk chocolate. If chocolate does turn out to be an effective heart medicine, this is one prescription most people will be happy to fill. In fact, the average American already consumes 14 pounds of chocolate per year.

    How It Helps
    When it comes to chocolate and the heart, the focus is on the dark stuff. Small, short-term studies suggest dark chocolate has some potential heart health benefits, including decreased blood pressure and blood clotting, increased blood vessel health, and improved LDL cholesterol.

    Dark Chocolate Fights Sun Damage

    Of these, chocolate's effect on blood pressure has gotten the most attention. In most studies, short-term use of dark

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  • "Flame Retardants" in Your Gatorade: Hazard, or Hype?

    Are you drinking flame retardants? Get the scoop from Dr. Katz.

    By Sharecare Expert David L. Katz, MD

    We have a long history of doing questionable things to vegetable oils -- and putting them in odd places in the food supply.

    The best known and deservedly most notorious example to date is partial hydrogenation. Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils are formed when normally unsaturated oils are bombarded with hydrogen so that some but not all of those available bonds are "saturated" with it. The result is trans fat, which we now know to be, in essence, a slow poison, contributing to the risk of heart disease in particular. Partially hydrogenated oils became widespread in the food supply because they are inexpensive to make and act much like saturated fats, providing stability and heat tolerance. With time, we have come to learn that partially hydrogenated oils lengthen the shelf life of foods but are apt to shorten the shelf lives of people eating the food. They are still out there, but have gone from nearly ubiquitous to increasingly

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  • Dr. Oz’s Five Flu Kit Essentials

    The flu is officially an epidemic. Here's how you can fight the flu and recover faster.

    By Rachael Anderson

    The flu has officially reached epidemic proportions in the U.S., pushing many of our nation's hospitals to the brink. Health experts say this year's strain -- the H3N2 virus -- is exceptionally easy to catch and spread. And in a perfect storm of contagion, there's a highly infectious stomach bug going around and the worst outbreak of whooping cough in 60 years.

    What can you do if you come down with the flu? Mehmet Oz, MD, reveals his top flu essentials to stop the spread of the virus and help you recover faster.

    How to Stay Healthy All Year

    Essentials #1 and #2: Ibuprofen and acetaminophen
    Dr. Oz recommends you alternate between the two. "This combination of drugs targets different receptors and delivers a one-two punch to fevers," says Oz. "And by alternating them, you actually protect against overloading your kidneys or your liver." Oz recommends you take acetaminophen first. Four to six hours later, take two ibuprofen. Four to six hours

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  • Do You Need a Happy Pill?

    Discover natural treatments for depression.

    By Sharecare Expert Robin Miller, MD

    I see a lot of depression in my practice, and my experience treating it has been pretty typical: About 70 percent of patients feel somewhat better when they go on antidepressants, but only 40 to 50 percent no longer feel depressed. As success rates go, that's disappointing. So I've been searching for something that could be used along with an antidepressant or on its own.

    Adopt a Depression-Easing Diet

    And I've found it. It's a vitamin. It's safe, with no more side effects than a placebo. And it really does work.

    The vitamin is a form of folic acid (one of the B vitamins pregnant women take to help prevent birth defects) called L-methylfolate. It's used to make serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine, brain chemicals that are key to mood regulation.

    The problem is that many people are walking around with deficiencies of L-methylfolate - and this may help explain a lot of stubborn cases of depression.

    Discover More

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  • Ashley Koff’s No-Pain Diet

    Who needs an aspirin when you can eat these yummy foods?

    By Rachael Anderson

    Do you live on Advil when something hurts? Next time, curtail the pain in advance - with food! According to Mehmet Oz, MD, certain foods can pack even more pain-fighting power than some drugs. Dr. Oz teamed up with Ashley Koff, RD, to reveal the best food prescriptions for your biggest pains.

    Joint pain
    If you have joint pain, chances are it's ongoing. Instead of emptying the painkiller bottle over and over again, eat more dark cherries. "Dark cherries contain anthocyanins, which work just like aspirin or ibuprofen to turn off the body's pain signals," says Koff. These powerful antioxidants are what give cherries their rich color. According to Koff, eating 1 cup a day-about 20 cherries-can help significantly reduce joint pain. Either fresh or frozen works, but Koff recommends choosing organic because you'll get the most pain-fighting antioxidant power per bite.

    Yum! Try Ashley Koff's Cherry Treat

    Knee pain
    Limping along with knee pain?

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  • Joel Fuhrman’s 5 Essential Foods for Weight Loss

    Stop depriving yourself and eat as much as you want -- just make sure you eat the right foods.

    By Rachael Anderson

    Is losing weight one of your New Year's resolutions? Have you tried every diet before with no luck? Stop depriving yourself. According to Joel Fuhrman, MD, the secret to losing weight -- and keeping it off -- is to eat as much as you want. But there is one caveat: You have to eat the right foods. By "right," he means foods that provide more nutritional bang for the calorie buck. Dr. Fuhrman recently shared his top five essential foods for successful weight loss with Dr. Oz.

    Quiz: Why You're Not Losing Weight

    1. Pomegranate
    "This is the most powerful fruit and the best!" says Fuhrman. Pomegranate is filled with antioxidants and nutrients that help you burn fat and boost your immune system. Even better, says Fuhrman, it doesn't spike your blood sugar -- which is key to losing weight.

    Don't feel like spending the time digging out pomegranate seeds? Go for the juice. Pure pomegranate juice with no added sugar is jam packed with antioxidants.

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  • The Resolution Solution: Creating and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

    These simple tricks will make your resolutions stick!

    By John C. Norcross, PhD

    'Tis that time of the year again: 40 to 45 percent of adults in the United States will make New Year's resolutions, continuing a tradition that began in ancient Roman times.

    Resolutions run the gamut of self-improvement, but the majority concern health behaviors, such as losing weight, starting exercise, stopping smoking and reducing alcohol use.

    Associates and I have conducted multiple studies on self-change in general and New Year's resolutions in particular. Making a resolution is a valuable opportunity for you to increase the quality of your life.

    Take our resolutions solutions quiz


    In fact, 40 to 46 percent of New Year's resolvers will be successful after six months. Contrary to widespread public opinion, a considerable proportion of New Year resolvers do succeed. What's more, scientific research indicates that you are 10 times more likely to change by making a New Year's resolution compared to non-resolvers with the identical goals

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