Exercise for Your Heart and Your Well-Being

As we age, we lose muscle mass and strength.  This process is accelerated in persons who are not physically active.  Physical activity keeps us healthier and living longer, while decreasing the risks of diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, and dementia, to name a few. Any activity is better than none. It […]

High Blood Pressure: What Can You Do to Avoid Medicines?

According to the latest guidelines of the Joint National Committee on the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of Hypertension, anyone whose blood pressure is greater than 120 over 80 (120/80) should change his or her lifestyle to help avoid hypertension (high blood pressure). The higher number is called “systolic” and the lower number is “diastolic.” […]

Vitamin D and Prevention of Heart Disease

Vitamin D is vital for preventing rickets and building strong bones. Despite its importance, 30-50% of Americans do not get enough.  Individuals at highest risk for vitamin D deficiency are obese and dark skinned individuals. Some studies show that low levels of vitamin D in the blood (<30ng/ml) are associated with a greater likelihood of […]