Why African Americans May Benefit the Most From a Vegan Diet

Black veganism. To some, this may sound like an oxymoron. Why? Well many people may assume that a black/African American vegan is actually very rare.

Afro-Caribbeans Need to be Extra Vigilant about Hypertension

People of Afro-Caribbean descent – whether they live in the islands or in other parts of the world – experience higher rates of hypertension compared to other populations. In this regard, they mirror African-American adults in the United States, with both groups having hypertension that occurs earlier in life and with more serious consequences, including organ damage to the heart, eyes and kidneys as well as heart attacks, strokes, cognitive limitations and late-stage kidney disease.

Prevention is the Key

On Oct. 4, 2018, my doctor’s office called me at my son’s home in Tallahassee. The office had the results of the breast biopsy I’d had done the week before. I begged the nurse to tell me on the phone, though she wanted me to see my doctor on Monday. I made the appointment, but she did tell me the results: stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma.

If You’re a Cheese Lover, This May Be Good News!

Cheese is one of those foods some may say is healthy while others may say it’s not so good for you. For example, one could say that cheese is an excellent source of calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients as well as probiotics. But then on the other hand, one might say cheese is high in saturated fat and salt (sodium) which is bad for heart health and other metabolic concerns.

With the Help of the Food Industry, We Can Tackle the Salt Crisis Together

Americans consume way more sodium than is recommended and necessary for healthy living! I have said this before, and it is a fact worth repeating.

Your Mouthwash May Raise Your Blood Pressure! Be Proactive

One of the great benefits of exercise is that it may help reduce blood pressure. Many Americans exercise in order to reap this benefit.

Yes, Your Blood Pressure Can Be Too Low. Be Proactive.

Most Americans are concerned with developing high blood pressure, also called hypertension. And there are legitimate reasons for concern, especially because reportedly 75 million (one in three) American adults have this condition. Hypertension increases our risk of developing heart disease and stroke - two of the leading causes of deaths among Americans.

Don’t Be Too Salty This Labor Day

For some it may be back-to-school time, but summer is not quite over yet! This means picnics and barbecues are still in full swing, and this Labor Day weekend it’s likely you’ve got a picnic or party to attend.

Be Proactive About “The Black Hole of Aging”

Perhaps the most important aspect of proactive aging is understanding that health issues can sometimes occur without symptoms. A “symptom-less” health issue can happen to anyone at any age.

Four Blood Pressure-Lowering Beverages for Summer

I frequently take my own blood pressure readings at home, because I am getting older and I have a family history of hypertension. If you have high blood pressure (hypertension), which half of all adults in the United States do (according to the American Heart Association), monitoring your blood pressure at home is a great way to be proactive about lowering your blood pressure if you need to. If you know where you stand, that’s half the battle.

It’s Time to Figure Out Your Cardiovascular Health Score

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) usually refers to various conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels, also known as the circulatory system.

Hibiscus Tea May Lower Your Blood Pressure...Among Many Other Things

Popular sparkling water brand LaCroix recently debuted a new flavor: hibiscus. And according to one report, some people were pretty disappointed and hoping for a flavor more on the lines of watermelon or strawberry lemonade.

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