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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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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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Want to Live Longer? Eat Less Red Meat.

A study published yesterday in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that eating too much red meat can shorten your lifespan. Now, red meat has had a bad reputation for a while (blame its saturated fat and cholesterol content, which

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The Calcium Connection

The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for calcium is 1,000 mg per day for men and women ages 19-50. After age 50, women get bumped up to 1,200 mg per day. Although it is far and away better to get your

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What are your views on the recent recommendation that everyone should reduce their sodium intake to 2/3 of a teaspoon (the current limit for high-risk Americans)?

Consuming too much sodium can harm your health (and speed aging) in several ways, including weakening your bones, increasing your blood pressure (and, by extension, your risk of cardiovascular disease), and putting you at higher risk for kidney problems. And

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