Making the switch to a vegetarian or vegan diet

Several million Americans have abandoned red meat and poultry in favor of a predominantly plant-based diet. One reason some are making the switch is evidence of the health perks from going vegetarian or vegan, reports the May 2014 Harvard Women's Health Watch. "There's certainly some research on the benefits of the vegetarian diet," says Kathy McManus, director of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital. It can help lower or control weight, reduce the chances of developing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, and possibly lead to a longer, healthier life. There are a variety of plant-based diets, named largely for what they include or exclude: More »

Is a vegetarian or vegan diet for you?

Going vegetarian or vegan has numerous health benefits. There are many ways to start eating a more plant-based diet. Be sure you get enough of nutrients that are typically found in animal products, such as calcium, iron, and vitamin B12. More »

Managing your blood pressure: What the new guidelines mean for you

Blood pressure guidelines released in late 2013 recommended raising the threshold for treatment in people ages 60 and older to 150/90. Yet for now, most experts advise using the 140/90 goal. Women with high blood pressure should lower it through diet, exercise, and medicines, if needed.  (Locked) More »

Before you consider a joint replacement-what you need to know

Joint replacement surgery can help women with degenerative joint disease get around more easily. However, less invasive options are available, including steroid injections and exercise. When considering a joint replacement, women need to ask their doctors many questions, including the recovery time and the number of procedures they’ve performed.  (Locked) More »

What's hiding in your medicines?

Many prescription and over-the-counter drugs contain inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or adverse health effects in people who are sensitive to them. It’s important to ask your doctor and pharmacist about both active and inactive ingredients whenever receiving a new prescription or taking a new over-the-counter drug. More »

New advice to help women lower their stroke risk

New stroke guidelines for women, released in February 2014, recommend that women over age 75 get screened for atrial fibrillation, and those ages 65 to 79 should consider taking a daily baby aspirin to prevent stroke. (Locked) More »