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December 26, 2016

Eat with a small group when you can. One study found that dining with six or more people can cause you to eat 76 percent more, most likely because the meal can last so long. (After an hour of staring at the stuffing, you’re more likely to have seconds.) At a big sit-down supper, be the last one to start and the second one to stop eating.

Sit next to a fellow healthy eater (there’s strength in numbers). Or sidle up to that uncle who eats slowly, so his pace can slow yours.

Wait for all the food to be on the table before making your selections. People who make their choices all at once eat about 14 percent less than do those who keep refilling when each plate is passed.

Choose your food wisely. Instead of wasting calories on foods that you can have at any time of the year, pick items that are truly special and unique to the season, like your lola's bibingka or your close friends' cookies

Break it up. If you don’t have time for your daily four-mile walk, do a few 10- or 15-minute spurts o...

December 26, 2016

Limit high calorie foods. Research has shown that when faced with a variety of foods with different tastes, textures, smells, shapes, and colors, people eat more―regardless of their true hunger level.

Cutting down on your personal smorgasbord can decrease what you end up eating by 20 to 40 percent.

Choose food wisely such as leafy green salads, vegetable dishes, and lean proteins, and taking smaller portions of the richer ones. That way, you can eat a larger amount of food for fewer calories and not feel deprived.

Focus on your meal while you’re eating it. Focus on chewing your food well and enjoying the smell, taste, and texture of each item. Research shows that mealtime multitasking (whether at home or at a party) can make you pop mindless calories into your mouth. Of course, dinner-party conversation is only natural, but try to set your food down until you’re finished chatting so you are more aware of what you’re taking in.

Use the tall and skinny glasses not the fat, wide kind. Other s...

Who are at risk of getting a stroke? A stroke is what happens when blood flow to part of the brain is interrupted. The result is oxygen deprivation to brain tissue, which can have devastating consequences. The ability to recover from a stroke depends on the severity of the stroke and how quickly you get medical attention. The risk factors for a stroke include a family history of stroke, as well as:

Sex - Strokes are more common in men than in women in most age groups except older adults, yet stroke is more deadly in women than in men. This may be because women usually live longer than men and strokes are most common in older adults.

Race - People in the following groups have a higher risk of stroke than Caucasians, yet risk disparities among these people in these groups decreases with age: Native Americans / Hispanics / Asians / African-Americans

Lifestyle factors - The following lifestyle factors all increase your risk of stroke: smoking, diet, physical inactivity, alcohol abuse & drug a...

A stroke is most of the time considered to be an older person's disease, but an estimated 10% of stroke patients are younger than 50. Recent reports show an apparent increasing trend in ischemic stroke among young adults.

Stroke in young adults had been thought to be associated with rare risk factors, including arterial dissection, reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome, inflammatory arteritis, cardiomyopathy, and several hypercoagulable factors.

Here are some yearly statistics for stroke age under 45 in the United States:

  • Stroke occurs in 4,000 infants.

  • From birth to age 18, there are 11 strokes for every 100,000 children and teens.

  • Stroke in all people under age 45 ranges from 7 to 15 per 100,000.

All stroke is caused by decreased blood supply to the brain. In older adults, the most frequent cause is a blood clot that forms inside the heart or a blood vessel, breaks loose, and travels to the brain. This type of stroke is called an ischemic stroke. In children, how...

Nerve damage or diabetic neuropathy resulting from chronically high blood glucose can be one of the most frustrating and debilitating complications of diabetes because of the pain, discomfort and disability it can cause, and because available treatments are not uniformly successful.

Although pain or numbness in the legs or feet may be the most common complaint from people diagnosed with neuropathy, it is not the only symptom of this complication. Diabetic Neuropathy can cause a host of different types of symptoms, depending on whether nerves in the legs, gastrointestinal tract, or elsewhere in the body are affected. If you have any of these symptoms, neuropathy may be the culprit:

  • inability to adequately empty the bladder of its contents, resulting in frequent infections;

  • nausea, vomiting, abdominal fullness or bloating, diarrhea, or constipation;

  • low blood pressure upon standing that causes fainting or dizziness;

  • inability to lift the foot or new deformities of the fo...

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