Less Salt, More Potassium = Millions of Lives Saved

Modest dietary changes would reduce risk of stroke, heart disease, studies confirm THURSDAY, April 4 (HealthDay News) — Reducing dietary salt intake and boosting levels of potassium would prevent millions of deaths from heart disease and stroke worldwide each year, according to three new studies. The new studies, which reviewed prior research, were published online…

Health Tip: Slumping Iron?

Learn the warning signs of iron deficiency anemia (HealthDay News) — If your blood doesn’t have enough healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells, it may be because you aren’t getting enough iron in your diet. The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says common symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia include: Tiredness. Shortness of breath. Headaches or…

Health Tip: Take a Hike — In the Right Shoes

And make sure they have sufficient traction (HealthDay News) — Choosing the proper shoes for a hike can protect your feet and help ward off injury. The American Council on Exercise offers this advice: Choose a shoe with good traction, particularly if your hike will cover hilly terrain. Consider a pair of shoes specifically made…

Health Tip: Don’t Overdo the Caffeine

Symptoms may include anxiousness and feeling jittery (HealthDay News) — Young people may be tempted to use caffeine to get through a long, busy day. But the Nemours Foundation warns against overdoing it. Possible side effects of too much caffeine include: Feeling anxious, stressed or jittery. Headaches or dizziness. Problems sleeping. Increased urination, which could…

Health Tip: Dieticians Can Help Diabetics

To balance activity and food (HealthDay News) — Controlling your diet is an important part of managing diabetes, and working with a registered dietician (R.D.) can help. The American Diabetes Association says an R.D. can help you: Learn how to balance activity and the foods you eat. Learn to read food labels and make the…