4 Signs Your Hormones Might Be Making You Gain Belly Fat

Excess weight around your waistline can be the hardest to lose. But before you beat yourself up over not doing enough crunches at the gym, consider this: As we get older, even a slight disruption in our hormone levels can cause stubborn belly fat to stick. In fact, new research suggests that postmenopausal women on

6 Factors That Could Put You at Risk for a Heart Attack

Each year some 610,000 people in the United States die of heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)—that’s one quarter of all deaths, making it the leading cause of death in the country for both men and women. Of course not every heart attack kills, but the CDC estimates that around 735,000

5 Reasons You Have Swollen Fingers

You have arthritis pain, and the inflammation in your joints causes your fingers to swell up and resemble little sausages. Or maybe you’ve chowed down a salty meal, and now your wedding ring is stuck on your finger. Should you freak out? Probably not. Fingers swell for a lot of reasons—many of them harmless—but sometimes

10 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

If you devote so much attention to daily obligations and physical health that you often neglect your emotional well-being, you’re not alone. Mental health isn’t even a consideration for most people until it becomes a problem, but it shouldn’t take a backseat to physical self-care. From physical health to relationships to careers, mental outlook affects

High-Protein Diet: Is it Right for You? (Pros, Cons and How it Works)

Lose weight while eating steak, burgers, cheese, and bacon? High-protein, low-carb plans like Atkins and the Zone can work. But you should consider the pros and cons before you decide to try one. How Much Protein? Women need at least 50 grams of protein a day – men about 60 grams per day. With a

Common Types of Eczema Dermatologists Want You to Know

Eczema is not one skin condition but several, divided into categories. While they may differ in appearance or location, all the different forms of eczema have a few things in common: They cause your skin to become red, scaly, and itchy. They’re also all chronic with periodic flares, and they share many treatments, such as

7 Medical Tests You Should Be Getting If You’re Over 50

You may have noticed that your routine physicals include a lot more discussion of tests than they did a decade or two ago. Because age is a risk factor for many diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and most forms of cancer, the amount of screening your doctor will recommend rises as you get

6 Unexpected Conditions Linked to Fibromyalgia

About 10 million Americans have fibromyalgia, which is characterized by painful, tender joints along the body; fatigue; sleeplessness; and cognitive issues known as fibro fog. Unfortunately, people with fibromyalgia are more likely than people in the general population to have certain other conditions too. If you have fibromyalgia, here are six other health concerns. Migraines

9 Surprising Conditions Your Doctor Can Discover During an Eye Exam

Those lovely orbs of yours reveal more about your overall health than you might suspect. They offer a window on all sorts of infections, chronic diseases, and even cancers. Did you know that swelling in the eye could be a complication of a gut issue? Or that blurry vision is sometimes a sign that your

9 Reasons Why You’re Bruising Easily

Scratching your head over bruises you don’t remember getting? Maybe you find yourself wondering, Why do I bruise so easily? Bruising occurs when blood vessels burst and leak blood under the skin’s surface. It’s usually due to an injury to muscle and connective tissue. Pooled blood forms an ugly blemish that changes color and gradually

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