Americans Are Not as Healthy as Europeans

Americans Are Not as Healthy as Europeans

This clearly is not good news. Americans are not as healthy as Europeans. Americans are more likely than Europeans to be diagnosed and treated for chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The United States was compared with ten European countries and there were some important findings that may help predict problems down the road. Americans are twice as likely to be obese. That’s twice as likely as Europeans. Also, more than 50% of Americans have a smoking history, while it’s only 40% in Europe. Now, there is a potential good side. The United States has better screening than Europe. If diseases are detected earlier, then they can be treated more effectively. The United States spends more on health care than any country in Europe, and that’s a very important point. We need to be more aware of what we’re spending, how we’re using it, and how effectively we can make it to help others.

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Osteoporosis Is Not Just A Women’s Disease

Osteoporosis Is Not Just A Women’s Disease

When we hear osteoporosis, we usually picture a postmenopausal woman. But 2-million American men have osteoporosis, and another 12-million are at risk. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, in men over age 50, the risk of osteoporosis is greater than the risk of prostate cancer. Around age 70, men, like women, experience a precipitous drop in hormone levels, creating a similar risk profile for fragility fractures. Yet many clinicians don’t counsel men about osteoporosis or screen them for risk factors. And most elderly men have no idea they are at risk for osteoporosis and disabling osteoporotic fractures.

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Almonds and LDL Cholesterol

Almonds and LDL Cholesterol

We take almonds as a way to help curb hunger. Little did most of us know that they have a positive effect on not only lowering the LDL, or bad cholesterol, but affecting your triglycerides. Is it the almonds or is it the fact that you’re not eating other foods, the saturated foods? It’s probably a combination of both. Almonds are, in and of themselves, perfect, but what we’re finding is they can be definitely very effective as a tool to help reduce those problems associated.

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