Another Reason to Get up and Move!

A new study in the American Journal of Kidney Disease has linked being a couch potato to increased risk of chronic kidney disease. Prolonged sitting also boosts your risk of developing high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other blood

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Why Diet Matters More than Exercise for Weight Loss

If you’re trying to lose weight, it’s important to eat less and move more, but it’s not a 50-50 equation—you’ll drop more pounds by paying closer attention to your diet than you will by increasing your exercise. That’s partly because

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For Those of Us Who Haven’t Gone to Cooking School…

I recently spoke with Sybil Kramer, MD, an endocrinologist in private practice in Melrose, MA, about the most common struggle facing her patients with diabetes: how to prepare healthy foods, whether they are trying to make favorite dishes lighter or

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Vitamin D and Your Immune System

Every now and then, I get to interview an expert who is so passionate about his or her work that the enthusiasm is infectious. That was certainly the case with John S. Adams, a professor at David Geffen School of

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What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Dan and I recently returned from a trip to St. Louis to visit our families, and several times while we were there and after we got back I was reminded of how beneficial a vacation can be. The change of

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The Dirty Dozen

Each year the Environmental Working Group releases an updated Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, which includes a list of the Dirty Dozen (the twelve fruits and vegetables most likely to be contaminated by pesticide residue) and the Clean Fifteen

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The Nutritional Downside of Prescription Drugs

For today’s post, I’m pulling an article out of the archives. A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that statins—widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs—are linked to fatigue, particularly during exercise. In the study, women were more likely to

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Happy Anniversary!

This week, Dan and I celebrated our 13thwedding anniversary (!), so in honor of this momentous occasion, I decided to share with you some of my favorite things that have to do with weddings, marriage, and 13. Enjoy! Weddings Highly

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Exercising Safely in Heat and Humidity

With June (the unofficial start of summer—yay!) just around the corner and a wave of humidity hitting Boston, I’ve found myself sweating more than usual when I exercise. And it’s only going to get warmer from here. Exercising outside is

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Make New Friends, but Keep the Old

There’s an old Girl Scouts song that goes, “Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other’s gold.” We used to sing it in a round at nearly every troop meeting, and it’s long been a

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