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Heart Healthy Foods to Add to Your Diet

Your heart is a blood-pumping machine that helps you get up and go every day. Of course, you need to refuel in order to keep you heart and your body going, but not any type of fuel will do.

It’s important to maintain a healthy diet with foods that will be good for your heart. These foods will help you keep your ticker in shape and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, which kills over 600,000 people in the United States each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are some heart healthy foods that you can focus on, plus a few foods that you should avoid.

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Three Good Exercises for Your Heart

In order to keep your heart in tip-top shape, you’re going to want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, this can prove to be a trick balancing act, as you have to stay active without ever overworking your heart, especially as you get older. 

Part of this effort includes finding good exercises that can help keep you in shape and reduce the risk of heart disease without ever putting too much of a burden on your heart. Here are some exercises that can help.

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What is a Podiatrist?

Feet and ankles are real superstars for your body. Every day, they provide you with the support you need to go about your business. Foot and ankle injuries or conditions can take this freedom away and leave you with pain and other negative effects. Fortunately, a podiatrist can help.

A podiatrist is a doctor who diagnoses and treats feet, ankles, and other related areas. These doctors complete training in podiatric medicine so that they know the ins and outs of your feet and ankles and can help you recover from injuries, infections, and other issues while helping you stay a step ahead of other problems through preventative measures.

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Four Ways to Help with Itchy Skin in Winter

Winter and your skin do not get along. Cold temperatures, a lack of moisture, and dry air can wreak havoc on your skin during the winter season, leaving your hands, legs, and face with itchy, scaly skin.

Not only does cracked dry skin look and feel unappealing, it can also have other negative effects. Repeated scratching cause by dryness can lead to thicker, rougher skin, which can lead to painful cracks. Dry skin can also become inflamed and sensitive. There’s even a chance of a bacterial infection developing in open cracks and sores.

The best way to prevent these issues is to try and prevent or treat dry winter skin right away. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to protect your skin this winter. Here are four ways to help prevent itchy, dry skin this winter.

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Preventing Sunburn in the Snow

When you think about typical places where you might get sun burn, you might imagine a trip to the beach, a baseball game, or some other outdoor activity in the summer. In short, you’re probably not thinking about soaking in too much sun during the winter. However, you probably should.

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Common Winter Injury Prevention Tips

Winter weather can lead to more than just itchy, dry skin and flu season. Winter injuries are a real possibility for many people. A combination of poor traction and certain activities caused by snow and ice are a cause for concern for many people in snowy regions. 

However, once you learn about some common winter injuries, you can also prepare for them. Here are some common winter injuries and what you can do to help prevent them.

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Four Health Tips for the Holidays

The holiday season can be a great time to gather with friends and family, but it can also usher in some less than desirable health concerns. A combination of cold weather, sick people, and busy schedules can lead to a month full of runny noses and headaches if you’re not careful. Here are four holiday health tips to keep you on your feet this season.

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Taking Care of Young Children with Diabetes

Seeing a loved one experience discomfort is always difficult—but to see a young child be diagnosed with a lifelong condition is even harder. For parents learning their child has type 1 diabetes, the news can be crushing, but it doesn’t have to be. While type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition, advances in treatment options have made managing it easier than ever before. 

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The Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

There’s been an increasing amount of discussion surrounding the growing levels of sugar in our food and how it relates to the obesity epidemic. Frequently, these statistics are paired with the rising rate of diabetes across the country.

But what does that mean?

According to the American Diabetes Association, 29.1 million people had either type 1 or type 2 diabetes in 2012—that’s nearly 10 percent of the population! However, many of these people went undiagnosed because they didn’t know the warning signs. Today we’re going to talk about both types of diabetes and their differences so that you can catch the symptoms early.

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