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Too much cholesterol (pronounced “ko-LESS-ter-all”) in your blood can lead to narrowing and blocking of the arteries. (Arteries are the vessels that carry blood from your heart throughout your body.) This problem, often called heart disease, is the leading cause of death in the U.S. So, it’s very important that you understand cholesterol and how you can help control it.
High blood pressure means that your heart has to work harder than normal to pump blood to all the different parts of your body. Your doctor will recommend a treatment plan to manage it. By following your doctor’s treatment, you can control your blood pressure.
Caring for someone with memory loss can be extremely frustrating. The natural instinct is to reassure the person that their unsettling thoughts or perceptions aren’t real. But correcting or reasoning rarely work and usually just cause frustration for both people. Instead, follow these tips.
Type 2 diabetes results when your body does not properly convert the sugar from the foods you eat into energy and the sugar builds up in the blood. Learn the risks for developing diabetes, and improve your chances of preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes.
Research shows that 10 to 20 percent of older patients seen by a primary care physician suffer from depression – and among the homebound, that figure may be as high as 46 percent. Yet despite these statistics, depression in the elderly is frequently ignored. Keep an eye out for these warning signs of depression.