3 Questions to Test Your Healthy Nutrition Smarts

  • Posted on: 22 December 2009
  • By: jleff
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I do my best to eat healthy foods, especially as I get older and find out how important it is for my body to run at its peak performance. And I do okay – most of the time. As I've said in the past, it's amazing how most of the time I find my body gravitating toward fresh fruits and veggies and lots of grains, anyway. Give me a salad with lots of colors thrown in, and I'm happy. Give me a steak and mashed potatoes and you'll get the entire plate back, untouched.

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A Celebration of Cancer Survivorship

  • Posted on: 23 November 2009
  • By: jleff
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I must admit that by the end of October I felt inundated by pink. I'll also admit that all the pink might have made me a bit grouchy. In I wrote about not being so special just because I survived cancer; that really, we all all survivors of some sort. After all, who hasn't faced difficult situations in their lives?

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10 Things Everyone Over 50 Needs to Know About Strokes

  • Posted on: 23 April 2019
  • By: jleff
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Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the U.S., so it's important to understand what it is, what can cause it and what the warning signs are.
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I recently found out that a friend of my husband's had a stroke a few weeks ago.

That jolted me, big time.

Although we are in this so-called midlife, after all—and I'm fully aware that health risks increase with age—I suppose I don't feel that we're "old enough" for something like this to happen.

But that way of thinking is faulty, and this is proof.

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Asthma: It's Different When You're Older

  • Posted on: 2 April 2019
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Asthma can develop for the first time in midlife. Triggers that might never have bothered you before can now be a problem, and the symptoms can be more serious for adults.
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There are many health conditions that are usually diagnosed in younger women, but if you think you're out of the woods because you've made it this far without having asthma, sorry, you're not. Asthma can strike at any age.

Many people wrongly think that asthma is a childhood condition, and if they've not had it before, they won't develop it in midlife.

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The 4 Best Exercise Classes for Chronic Joint Pain

  • Posted on: 28 March 2019
  • By: jleff
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How can you be sure that your joints will tolerate the class you are taking? Which type of class will be best to help reduce the pain you already have?

Ashley Drake is a #teamHealthyWomen Contributor and this post is part of HealthyWomen's Real Women, Real Stories series.

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Tips for a Better Colonoscopy

  • Posted on: 26 March 2019
  • By: jleff
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Colonoscopies are essential to preventing colon cancer, but the prep is never fun. Here are some tips for making sure the preparation goes well—and you don't have to repeat it.
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"Ooh, I love the way this colonoscopy prep tastes. Bring it on!" said no one, ever.

Let me reassure you. It's so common to dread it. In fact, it's the procedure before the procedure that causes most people—myself included—the most angst. It's hard to find an equivalent of unpleasantness. (All I can think of is going to the dentist times a zillion.)

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Self-Love: Learning to Love Your Body Despite Your Disease

  • Posted on: 26 March 2019
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When you live with a chronic illness like Crohn’s disease, taking time to honor all that you do to merely function and keep up with the general population is worth recognizing.
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Natalie Hayden is a #teamHealthyWomen Contributor and this post is part of HealthyWomen's Real Women

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10 Things Every Woman Should Know About Colon Cancer

  • Posted on: 12 March 2019
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Without screening, colon cancer can be in an advanced stage before it is discovered. Generally, the earlier colon cancer is found the easier it is to treat.
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Colon cancer is not the most "glamorous" of cancers—if you can call cancer "glamourous."

What I mean is that it hasn't been widely celebrated with ribbons and balloons and marches and merchandise. Rather, because it involves a less-than-appealing part of the body, many people run the other way when it comes to awareness and screening, using not-so-sophisticated but appropriate words like "ewwww," "gross," "revolting" and "I'd rather NOT."

OK, I get it. But we really need to grow up.

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