Counting calories

Matching how much you eat each day with how many calories you burn is just as important as what you eat. Maintaining a healthy weight will do you more good than worrying about the types and amounts of antioxidants in your food or the ratio of fats to carbohydrates.… Read More

Fluoride benefits

Fluoride has the greatest power to fight tooth decay when it�s present on an ongoing basis after the teeth have erupted through the gum. This means that people of all ages � not just young children � can reduce their risk for decay by regularly exposing their teeth to fluoride.… Read More

Asthma Treatment Goals

The ultimate goal of treatment is to keep your asthma well controlled with the least amount of medication necessary. At first, you may need more intensive therapy to achieve rapid control over symptoms. Then, as you gain control over your asthma, your medications can be reduced (or "stepped down"). This is particularly important when it comes to inhaled steroids.… Read More

Heart disease risk factors

Four of five people who develop heart disease have at least one of these major risk factors: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or current or long-term smoking.… Read More

Diet and health

Vitamins and minerals, while important, are simply one part of an overall plan for good health. Use them along with other well-established health care recommendations and treatments, not in lieu of them. If you�re worried about lung cancer, for example, quitting smoking will have a much greater impact on your health than taking supplements.… Read More

Smoking cessation barriers

The two biggest barriers to quitting smoking are the physical addiction to nicotine and the psychological addiction to the habit of smoking. Others include stress, a mistaken belief that it's too late to stop, and the influence of other smokers.… Read More
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