8 ways you can prevent gallstones

If you’ve ever heard the adage, “A single stone can fell a giant,” then you understand the painful truth of a gallstone attack.

Your risk for gallstones rises after you hit 50, unless you’re physically active and keep a healthy weight. In addition, women, especially young women, are more likely to develop gallstones than men. Hormones explain the difference, scientists say. The “gender gap” narrows with age, so older men and women have a similar risk of gallstones.

Lower blood pressure and cholesterol with everyday fruit

Grapes are a handy, lip-smacking snack you can buy pretty much year-round. And you’ll want to do just that, not only for their mouth appeal, but because adding them to your diet can help you lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

5 foods that keep blood pressure down

Your life may depend on your blood pressure. Hypertension — high blood pressure (HPB) — hits around 50 million people in the United States and a billion worldwide. It can trigger coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, and kidney disease. HPB causes two-thirds of the strokes, almost half of all heart attacks, and is the biggest risk factor for death in the world.

Hiatal hernia — How to handle the hidden cause of heartburn

You have a 60-percent chance of having a hiatal hernia if you’re over age 60. The good news is, even if you have a hiatal hernia — no matter what your age — it’s probably not a problem. You may not even know you have one. That’s because most hiatal hernias are small and don’t cause any symptoms. 

Inulin — super nutrient against diabetes

There’s a new kind of fiber in town, and its name is inulin. Actually, it’s not new at all — it’s been a nutritional ingredient in your onions and garlic forever. But inulin is getting new respect for what it can do.