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Gain more weight, get more GERD

A study in Norway found that weight gain was directly tied to experiencing new chronic heartburn symptoms. Losing weight is the long-term solution to heartburn, though acid-reducing medication soothes symptoms in the short run. More »

Walkers: Take steps to enjoy this great mobility tool

Walkers help give people their independence back. They improve daily function, and they reduce the risk of falling. For most people, it takes a few physical therapy sessions to learn to use a walker correctly. The key is practice. Users learn how to navigate different surfaces, such as carpeting, tile floors, sidewalks, and grass. They must also learn how to use all of the features of the equipment, such as which buttons to push so that the walker folds. (Locked) More »

Yoga offers range of health benefits

Many men are familiar with gym training, working with weights, and jogging. But yoga also offers a range of health benefits. It combines stretching, breathing, and focused mental attention. Research suggests regular yoga can help to reduce risk factors for heart disease. It can help with arthritis symptoms, low back pain, and balance. It is best to try yoga with expert guidance, since attempting challenging yoga poses or overstretching muscles and tendons could lead to injuries. More »

8 pill-free ways to lower your blood pressure

There are many ways to try to lower blood pressure without medication. Aerobic activity improves the blood vessels’ ability to open and close, which improves blood flow. Losing weight reduces the workload on the heart. Getting rid of refined grains, sugary foods, and saturated fats and replacing them with fresh vegetables and fruits, fiber, whole grains, and lean meats can reduce inflammation and damage to the blood vessel walls. Other ways to reduce blood pressure include smoking cessation, controlling underlying conditions, limiting alcohol intake, and meditation. (Locked) More »

Battling breathlessness

Shortness of breath is one of the most common problems people bring to their doctors. The most obvious causes such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and coronary artery disease are relatively easy to uncover with a battery of standard tests. For some people, however, the source of the problem remains frustratingly elusive. Advanced cardiopulmonary testing that measures heart and lung function during exercise can often provide answers. (Locked) More »

Don't just sit there

Too much time spent sitting is linked to an increased risk for developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, and an increased risk of dying from any cause. Experts recommend reducing sedentary time by two or three hours in a day. One way to get more active is to stand up and move around for one to three minutes every half-hour. Suggestions for short bursts of activity include standing while talking on the phone, folding laundry, or using a laptop; and exercising during commercial breaks while watching TV. (Locked) More »

The downside of too much sitting

More than half of the average person’s waking hours are spent sitting: watching television, working at a computer, or doing other physically inactive pursuits. But all that sedentary behavior may put people at a higher risk for heart disease, as well as shortening their lives—even if they exercise up to one hour a day. Experts recommend taking steps to sit less throughout the day, such as standing while talking on the phone and doing light exercise during television commercials. (Locked) More »