Biological age calculators are a crude measurement but can be a wake-up call to improve our lifestyle.
Four in five of us have a "biological" age older than our real age, which means we have at least one risk factor that is higher than the number set as “normal”.
A woman exercising. Thousands of people will be doing the same this week in an effort to lose weight, a perennial resolution.
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Despite the efforts of millions of Americans, obesity rates continue to climb. Why is it so hard to lose weight and to keep it off? It's a lot more complicated than just pushing back the plate.
Exercise is important, but so is weight loss.
Metabolically healthy obese people are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, a large new study finds.
If you have high blood pressure, smoke or have diabetes, you’re at risk of chronic kidney disease.
The number of Australians with chronic kidney disease is set to rise, but there's no cure for most people. Here's what you need to know about this silent killer.
If not treated properly, hypertension can lead to strokes, heart attacks or kidney failure.
Although hypertension can easily be detected in Africa, up to half of the population are unaware of their condition.
Where is a fainting couch when you need one?
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Fainting is a common but often misunderstood occurrence, and heat can bring it on. As summer approaches, here are some things to know about fainting, as well as some ways to prevent it.
Exercising in a winter wonderland.
Most of us know that exercise is good for you in the long run, but there's compelling evidence to show that it helps you right away. Here's why.
Couple using in-home blood pressure monitor.
Digital devices can make a real difference in treating chronic diseases. But many who have these conditions are poor, and they often cannot afford the devices.
To improve your blood pressure, eat rolled oats or oat bran for breakfast.
High blood pressure can be treated or prevented. Eating oats, fruit and vegetables – and beetroot, in particular – helps. So does avoiding salt, liquorice, caffeine and alcohol.
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Improvements in education and vascular health are likely partly responsible for a sharp decline in dementia over the past few decades. The trend may continue, if we also address obesity and diabetes.
The higher your blood pressure, the greater your risk of a heart attack or stroke, but there are many other risk factors too.
New Australian blood-pressure guidelines support a new lower pressure target of 120, but not for everyone.
A bucket of chips contains around 275mg of sodium, which accounts for 16% of an adult’s daily limit.
Around 60% of Australians over the age of two years exceeded the recommended daily maximum intake of salt.
Mobile technology can help people adhere to treatment regimes.
If hypertension patients don't take their medication regularly, they can't control this lifelong disease. Text message communication from clinics can help remind them.
Hypertension is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, heart attacks, heart failure and peripheral vascular disease. And in the developing world, it is on the rise.
It's known that Montmorency cherry juice improves sleep, gout symptoms and muscle recovery after exercise. The latest research shows that it can also reduce blood pressure.
We could be doing much more to prevent heart attacks.
Fewer than half of Australians who have had a heart attack take blood pressure and cholesterol-lowering drugs to prevent them having another one.
Expanding the definitions of disease can cause a cascade of overtesting and overtreatment.
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The creation of new “pre-conditions” is turning millions of people into patients across the globe.
Blood pressure refers to how hard the blood is pushing against the wall of arteries.
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If you’re an adult and have ever visited a doctor, you’ve probably had your blood pressure measured. General practitioners tend to obsess over blood pressure. But with good reason: hypertension, or persistently…
There’s no proof blood pressure-lowering drugs prevent heart attacks in people with mild hypertension – but they could.
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An article in this week’s issue of the British Medical Journal calls into question a common practice: treatment of mild high blood pressure. The authors argue that lowering the drug threshold for high…
Soluble versions of common medications such as aspirin may increase risk of cardiovascular problems.
The salt found in common effervescent and soluble drugs may be exposing consumers to an increased risk of heart problems, according to a study published in the BMJ today. The study found it’s possible…