Moderate exercise helps reduce blood pressure

            In a large study of people with a high-normal resting heart rate of 80 to 99 beats per minute (bpm) it was found they had a 40% shorter lifespan than those with a desirable heart rate of 60 to 69 bpm.             The good news is that moderate exercise (such as brisk walking) can […]

An Easy Exercise Lowers Blood Pressure

            Spending a few minutes three times a week squeezing spring-loaded handgrips can reduce systolic blood pressure by up to fifteen points in less than ten weeks.  Typically the diastolic number (the pressure in between beats) will fall by three points.             While handgrips are not a cure for hypertension, they are a nice way […]

The health benefits of flossing teeth

            Your teeth and gums are more than something to chew and smile with.  To a doctor, they are windows into your health.  Left unchecked, disease and inflammation in the mouth can destroy the bones supporting teeth and open the door for disease to spread into other parts of your body.             While we lack […]

The Fridge Makeover

            Arguably the number one health hazard today is the easy availability of high calorie foods almost everywhere we go.  Really, how can we avoid irresistibly tasty foods?             Perhaps the problem suggests an answer.  Make the most irresistible foods less available by eliminating them in the environments we can control.  Usually that is our […]

The three components of a well-balanced exercise routine

            For anyone suffering mild depression or low self-esteem, regular exercise is a first step therapy.  Exercise causes the body to produce endorphins that help us feel more peaceful and happy.  As a sleep, aid exercise is about as good as it gets.             We look better when we have regular exercise.  Exercise burns calories […]

Reduce risk factors to living longer with quality of life

            Improving your chances of avoiding a stroke is easier than you might imagine.  The secret is reducing risk factors known to make strokes more likely.  By managing your risk factors, 90% of strokes can be avoided.  High blood pressure tops the list of risk factors.  Second in importance is physical activity followed by cholesterol […]

The Value of Social Connections

            Recent research points to loneliness as being on par with diabetes and smoking as a health concern.  Lonely people generate more inflammation-related proteins in stressful situations than socially connected people.  Inflammation can lead to other health problems, including Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and depression.             Part of the problem is the unprecedented […]

What doctors say about benefits of walking

            Adding exercise to your routine is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  If you are unsure of what’s best for you, I’ll be glad to offer a suggestion.  The potential benefits are hard to ignore.             Benefits can include reduced risk of heart disease and high blood pressure,  reduced risk of osteoporosis, diabetes, […]