A heart attack prevention checklist

After diagnosis with heart disease, the most important steps for a man to take are those that reduce the risk of a heart attack or other harmful events. If his doctor recommends, men should take a daily baby aspirin as well as a statin drug, and take other prescribed medications as directed. It’s also essential to do daily physical activity at any level that can be sustained long term. Enrolling in a medically supervised cardiac rehabilitation program may also reduce heart attack risk. Getting a flu shot, drinking alcohol in moderation, and maintaining a healthy weight are also important. More »

Causes of cold feet

Common causes of cold feet include clogged arteries in the legs (peripheral artery disease), low body fat, Raynaud's syndrome, and nerve damage. More »

How to get more potassium

Certain fruits and vegetables deliver a significant amount of potassium with comparatively low carbohydrates, making them better food sources for people with diabetes. They include asparagus, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, strawberries, and nectarines. More »

Self-help steps to get through hemorrhoid flare-ups

A number of self-help steps can reduce the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids. Getting more fiber, either with food alone or by adding a fiber supplement, helps to prevent straining, pain, and bleeding. Off-the-shelf creams and suppositories can ease swelling and itching. Soaking the affected area in a sitz bath can increase comfort.  Researchers are studying dietary supplements containing plant-based chemicals called flavonoids to reduce hemorrhoid bleeding and swelling, but the evidence for them is preliminary. When hemorrhoid symptoms continue to worsen despite the usual care steps, it may be time to talk to a doctor about hemorrhoid removal procedures. More »

Add color to your diet for good nutrition

Vegetable-rich diets are associated with lower risk for chronic disease. To get the full range of nutrition from plant foods, choose from a variety of colors when you shop and eat, including blue/purple, green, orange/yellow, white/light green, and red. More »

How to prevent gout attacks

Guidelines suggest that men at risk of gout attacks should keep their blood uric acid under 6 milligrams per deciliter. Dietary changes alone may not lower uric acid sufficiently if it is high, but avoiding certain gout-triggering foods can still help prevent gout attacks. For those who need uric acid lowering medication, guidelines say that they should take a high enough dose to be effective. For those with only sporadic attacks, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug may work well. During flare ups or while waiting for uric-acid-lowering medication to start working, colchicine may be taken at lower doses than were once typical. (Locked) More »

Prostate help: A test that can help you avoid unnecessary prostate biopsies

PSA testing to check for hidden prostate cancer in other wise healthy men identifies a potential risk but is not a diagnosis. Diagnosing cancer requires a prostate needle biopsy, which is painful for some men and may lead to bleeding and infection. In men with moderately elevated PSA levels, three-quarters of biopsies do not confirm the presence of cancer. The PCA3 test can help some men avoid unnecessary repeat biopsies after a biopsy does not find cancer and PSA levels remain high. (Locked) More »

Strength training is better for bones

Strength building exercise helps to prevent bone loss with aging better than regular walking, although walking has proven benefits for heart health and overall physical fitness. (Locked) More »