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Gratitude Matters at Thanksgiving and Beyond

Be a more grateful person Enjoy greater health and well-being The Roman orator Cicero proclaimed that gratitude was not only the greatest virtue but also the mother of every other virtue. Religious traditions have long exhorted people to grateful. While the state of gratitude is valuable in its own right, it may lead to other…

The Low-Down on High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure predicts bad health outcomes Keep Moving and Eat Better to reduce your blood pressure High blood pressure (hypertension) accounts for a substantial fraction of US medical care costs. Plus, high blood pressure predicts increased risk of other bad health outcomes including cardiovascular disease, stroke, and vascular dementia. The American College of Cardiology…

Eat Foods With Lower Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load

Reduce the glycemic index / load of foods you eat Lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, weight gain, and coronary heart disease Glycemic index (GI) refers to the relative rise in blood sugar after consuming a particular food.  Glycemic load (GL) adjusts the GI value for serving size. The bigger the serving size, the…

Do Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxes Reduce Consumption?

Simulations by economists say they should Does real-world evidence agree? Sugar-sweetened beverages provide little or no nutritional benefit. A recent review finds that higher intake predicts increased risk of type 2 diabetes, weight gain, and coronary heart disease. Our bodies may not properly account for the caloric value of sugar-sweetened beverages. The “extra” 140 calories…

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