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Over the last few weeks, businesses have been slowly starting to reopen and restrictions eased in many parts of the country. However, the pandemic isn't over yet. During his podcast The Osterholm Update: COVID-19 on May 5, Michael Osterholm, Ph.D., MPH. Dr. Osterholm is the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota, issued a sober warning while talking with host Chris Dall. Read on to find out what he had to say—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID and Didn't Know It. 1 The Virus Expert Warns the Virus "Is Not Done with Us" "So looking at the global situation, we've talked a lot about India in recent weeks and the situation there remains catastrophic," Dall said to Osterholm, adding that South America is also "reeling" accounting for 35 percent of all the COVID-related deaths in the last week. "So how concerned should we be about the trajectory that we're seeing in those regions and what it means for the future of the pandemic?" he asked. "This virus is telling us loud and clear. It is not done with us. It is not done with us. And while we surely are focused on what's happening in the United States, there is every reason to also be concerned about what's happening globally," Dr. Osterholm responded. 2 Global Deaths Are Still On the Rise "This past week, the case numbers have basically been stable from the previous week at about 5.7 million new cases. We understand that the under-reporting particularly from countries like India are substantial. So we know those numbers are higher, but nonetheless, it still points out the burden of disease," he continued. "We're seeing that it is far in excess of what we've seen previously—global deaths continue their ascent with more than 93,500 reported last week. This is the seventh straight week of increasing deaths, less than 6,000 deaths short of the record high reported this week of January 25th." 3 Death Is a "Lagging Indicator" He also pointed out that "death is a lagging indicator," and "so the cases that we're seeing now at these very high levels will be the deaths that we'll be talking about in two to four weeks." He also reiterated that the situation is still worsening, with a seven day daily case average of about 378,500 and seven day average of new deaths around 3,500, which "calls for a national lockdown." Even scarier? "As we have seen in the news media, it's very likely that these numbers are greatly under-reported, both the number of cases and deaths. Some experts are now saying that the daily COVID death toll could be five to 10 times higher than is being reported while India's prime minister is hesitant to impose a national lockdown due to the economic impacts," he added. 4 Vaccination Efforts Are Lagging Abroad While the United States has made great strides in getting the country vaccinated, this isn't the case elsewhere. "Globally we have the opposite problem that we're seeing here in the United States," he said. "There are not enough vaccines to go around." And, even if they were available, he points out that not everyone will get them. "Even if it's available, we have the same challenges likely working there as we do here in the United States. So we need to understand there'll be real efforts needed to actually educate the public, to support programs for vaccination. And don't think it's just enough to send vaccine to a country and then assume that it's all going to be used in the way that it should be and could be." 5 The Virus Expert is Worried Joe Rogan's Comments Were Dangerous Osterholm also addressed comments made by Joe Rogan, whose anti-vaccine comments recently put him under fire, asking him to walk back on his comments. "We appreciate you and your audience, and if we can help put the facts out there, we must because your audience is of the same people we want to protect like everyone else in this country," he said. "And I would not want one of your audience members to develop COVID-19 and die because of the fact that he or she believed that when they heard you say don't get vaccinated, that was not the reason why they didn't and subsequently became infected and had such a terrible, terrible outcome."RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers 6 Keep Doing Your Part So keep following Dr. Anthony Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
Nearly every time you walk into a doctor's office or hospital, one of the first things they do is check your blood pressure. High blood pressure (aka hypertension) is when the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels is consistently too high, per the CDC—and, there's a good chance yours is. Approximately half of Americans suffer from hypertension, which is the primary or contributing cause of around 500,000 deaths per year. What exactly is it and what is the number one cause? Here is everything you need to know about high blood pressure. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID and Didn't Know It. 1 What Is High Blood Pressure "Blood pressure is a measure of the pressure that your arteries see while the heart is contracting (top number) and relaxing (bottom number)," Joyce Oen-Hsiao, MD, Director of clinical cardiology at Yale Medicine and assistant clinical professor of medicine, Yale School of Medicine, tells Eat This, Not That! The CDC explains that those arteries your blood is putting pressure against are responsible for carrying blood from your heart to other parts of your body. While it is normal for blood pressure to rise and fall throughout the day, it can damage your heart and cause health problems if it stays high for a long time. The term hypertension, also called high blood pressure, is used to describe higher than normal blood pressure.Leaving high blood pressure uncontrolled can lead to serious medical conditions, such as heart attack, stroke, heart failure or renal failure. 2 What Happens If You Have It? Leaving high blood pressure uncontrolled can lead to serious medical conditions, such as heart attack, stroke, heart failure or renal failure, explains Dr. Oen-Hsiao. Specifically it can damage your organs, including the brain, heart, kidneys, and eyes. Ultimately, the higher your levels, the more at risk you are for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke—and death. 3 How Do I Know I Have It? The primary detection method is done by calculating your blood pressure either at-home with a blood pressure monitor, at the doctors office, or even your local pharmacy. "However, some patients do have symptoms, such as headache, shortness of breath, or dizziness," Dr. Oen-Hsiao adds. Systolic blood pressure measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats, while diastolic blood pressure measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart rests between beats, explains the CDC. If you are 120 systolic and 80 diastolic, you would say, "120 over 80," or write, "120/80 mmHg." A reading higher than that would be considered high blood pressure. One of the most highly rated, easiest to use, and accurate blood pressure monitors is WITHINGS BPM Connect, which takes your reading with the touch of a button and can even be programmed to send all readings straight to your MD. 4 Here Are the Top Contributing Factors High blood pressure isn't something that develops overnight. It generally happens over time and can be the result of unhealthy lifestyle choices, including diet, lack of exercise, smoking, and stress. A few health conditions, including diabetes and obesity, can also increase your chances of developing hypertension. 5 What Is the Number One Cause? The most common cause of high blood pressure is genetic predisposition, states Dr. Oen-Hsiao. "High blood pressure runs in families, so if your parents have high blood pressure, you are more likely to also have high blood pressure," she explains. RELATED: The #1 Cause of Heart Attack, According to Science 6 How to Prevent It Luckily, there are actions you can take to decrease your chances of developing high blood pressure or even lower it if it is already high. "The best way to prevent high blood pressure is to watch your diet: be sure to limit how much salt you eat and also make sure you don't overeat," Dr. Oen-Hsiao instructs. Another important way to prevent high blood pressure is to exercise. "You should try to do moderate cardiovascular exercise (walking, biking, running) for at least 30 minutes 5 days a week, which will help to keep your blood pressure down."Per the CDC, not smoking, limiting alcohol, and managing stress can also help. 7 What to Do If You Notice Symptoms If you are worried you have high blood pressure, the best thing to do is take action. "If you notice symptoms (headache, dizziness, shortness of breath), make sure to call a doctor and have them check your blood pressure reading as soon as possible," advises Oen-Hsiao. The CDC also suggests measuring your blood pressure regularly in order to diagnose any issues promptly. And to protect your health, don't miss these Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers.
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We all know that feeling that sinks in by mid-afternoon. You suddenly feel tired, hungry, and sluggish. You still have a couple of hours left at work, but you are starting to crash. You might even grab a coffee or a sweet treat to push through, maybe even a snack. Mid-afternoon tends to be prime snack time for many of us. Your energy from lunch is waning, and you know that you still have a few hours until dinner. So, what is the best snack to eat to keep you going?Have you ever thought about why so many of us feel crummy by 3 pm? If you find yourself regularly reaching for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, you likely are dealing with a post-lunch blood sugar issue. Regulating blood sugar is like working with Goldilocks. You don't want it to go too high or too low, but you want to get it just right. Blood sugar impacts our appetite cues: hunger, energy, and cravings. Thus, fluctuations in blood sugar spike hunger, zap energy, and dictate cravings…all at once. Ah-ha, now that 3 pm crash makes more sense!To keep our blood sugar stable and subsequently prevent the afternoon crash, you'll want to seek out a snack that is high in protein and fiber. Protein and fiber take longer to digest than only carbohydrates. By hanging around in your stomach longer, you'll feel full for hours with stable energy between meals. (Related: 100 Easiest Recipes You Can Make)To find snacks that are high in protein and fiber, you'll want to pay attention to the label. I recommend shooting for 10 grams of protein per serving and at least 3 grams of fiber.The best high-fiber and protein snacks to eatIf you are someone who commutes to work and needs a small pick-me-up before you get home for dinner, you might start with something small like a Chomps jerky stick or a palm-full of nuts. This option works best if you don't want to feel starving by the time you walk in the door or want to decrease cravings from dinnertime to bedtime.If you are hitting the gym after work, you will need to add a carb to your protein and/or fiber choice! Carbs give us a quick energy boost, but the protein and fiber are key to slowing down the rate of absorption—ultimately keeping your energy stable throughout your workout. Munk Pack, a high-fiber protein cookie, offers a great all-in-one energy source!If you want something sweet that satisfies, and doesn't leave you feeling zapped for energy, a high-quality Greek yogurt is your friend! Packed with protein and lightly sweetened, I love Siggi's Icelandic yogurt. The consistency is oh-so-creamy with half the sugar of other supermarket yogurt brands. Pair with berries for a fiber boost!If you want the scoop on other snacks that will crush your cravings, check out these 12 Best Snacks That Crush Hunger Cravings.
People who drink alcohol moderately (meaning one or two drinks a day) may face fewer heart problems than people who totally abstain, a new study has found. In the research, presented at the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting, scientists analyzed the healthcare records of more than 53,000 people. They divided the study subjects into three groups—those who described their alcohol intake as low (less than one drink per week), moderate (one to 14 drinks per week), or high (more than 14). Overall, 15% of the study group experienced a "major adverse cardiovascular event" such as heart attack or stroke. The researchers found that moderate drinkers had a 20% lower chance of suffering a heart attack than people who reported low or no alcohol intake. The scientists also found that moderate drinkers had lower stress-related brain activity. Moderate drinking may relieve stress, which is associated with negative health outcomes, particularly related to heart disease. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID and Didn't Know It.But It's Not a License to Tie One OnConversely, binge drinking seems to stress the body. "We found that stress-related activity in the brain was higher in non-drinkers when compared with people who drank moderately, while people who drank excessively had the highest level of stress-related brain activity," said Kenechukwu Mezue, MD, a fellow in nuclear cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and the study's lead author. "Moderate amounts of alcohol may have effects on the brain that can help you relax, reduce stress levels and, perhaps through these mechanisms, lower the incidence of cardiovascular disease."Several other studies have suggested there are health benefits to moderate drinking, but experts haven't officially set a "healthy" alcohol intake, because excessive consumption raises the risk of cancer, heart disease, and other negative outcomes."The current study suggests that moderate alcohol intake beneficially impacts the brain-heart connection," said Mezue. "However, alcohol has several important side effects, including an increased risk of cancer, liver damage and dependence, so other interventions with better side effect profiles that beneficially impact brain-heart pathways are needed."RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" CancersWhat to Do NowTo stay healthy, experts advise limiting your alcohol consumption to one drink a day for women and two for men younger than 65. After age 65, men should also dial back to one daily. (As we age, the stomach and liver naturally shrink, shortening the alcohol-to-stomach travel distance and reducing the liver's capacity to detox.) "If you feel concerned about your liver functioning, speak to your doctor as soon as you can and find out what blood tests can help identify liver inflammation and dysfunction," advises Dr. Wynne Armand, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Always be honest with your doctor about how much you drink.And if you're feeling stressed, be honest with your doctor about that also. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
The old adage about having "one too many" is usually spot on, well, except for this one instance.When it comes to sweets, the popular belief is that the limit most definitely does exist. As anyone who has over-indulged knows, there's a certain point where your stomach waves a warning flag to signal that's too full for comfort before it practically begs you to stop ingesting the sugary stuff. If this triggers bad memories from candy-engorging festivities around Halloween, we're sorry—that just means you've experienced it firsthand!Even nibbling on too much of a healthier "sweet" such as dark chocolate can leave you feeling lethargic and even a bit queasy. However, when consumed in moderation, dark chocolate is an excellent sweet treat to have on hand as it's loaded with healthy antioxidants. Now, new research is suggesting there's another candy on the block that's packing antioxidant properties.Caramel-lovers, rejoice! According to a new study published in the Journal of Functional Foods, caramel contains a promising number of antioxidants. Interestingly, research linked the antioxidant level to the color of the candy, meaning the richer the color (aka the greater the degree of caramelization) the more antioxidants it will have."The research states that the heating process that sugars undergo produce antioxidant compounds, like those found in whole plant foods," says Trista Best, MPH, RD, LD. "Antioxidants have been studied for years and used for centuries in the treatment of conditions and diseases related to free radical damage and toxins, otherwise known as oxidative stress."It's important that you take the findings of this study with a grain of salt, or should we say, a granule of sugar? In other words, researchers aren't suggesting you reach for a bag of caramel candies over a fruit salad, for example. However, it will likely prompt some exciting research in the future."Further studies will be conducted, but this is a promising result that a comfort food could help mitigate acute and chronic conditions," she adds. "If these findings continue it is likely that medicinal caramels will be researched next to make them healthier and possibly multifunctional in what all they deliver to the consumer."Nutritionist Lisa Richards adds, "This study has the potential to be a quite groundbreaking find in the area of health and the role of a sugar-laden food."But while you could soon be popping medicinal caramels instead of Werther's Original soft caramel candies, both Best and Richards emphasize that it's premature to consider caramel a healthy food right now."It is important to note that the caramels being looked at in this study are of a high quality and meet specific parameters, more so than those found on local grocery store shelves," Richards says. "At this point in the research process it is not safe to say that caramels are 'healthy' per se, but we can definitely look forward to further research."For more, be sure to check out The Classic Candy Bars That Are Terrible For You.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just updated its take on the transmission of COVID-19 "to reflect current knowledge about SARS-CoV-2 transmission. Modes of SARS-CoV-2 transmission are now categorized as inhalation of virus, deposition of virus on exposed mucous membranes, and touching mucous membranes with soiled hands contaminated with virus." What does that mean in plain English? Read on for 7 key takeaways from the CDC's new guidance that could save your life—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID and Didn't Know It. 1 This is the Primary Way People Get COVID, the CDC Says "The principal mode by which people are infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) is through exposure to respiratory fluids carrying infectious virus," says the CDC. So how might this happen? "Exposure occurs in three principal ways," they say, "(1) inhalation of very fine respiratory droplets and aerosol particles, (2) deposition of respiratory droplets and particles on exposed mucous membranes in the mouth, nose, or eye by direct splashes and sprays, and (3) touching mucous membranes with hands that have been soiled either directly by virus-containing respiratory fluids or indirectly by touching surfaces with virus on them." Keep reading to see where the virus can get you. 2 The Virus Escapes From Someone Else and Can Remain Suspended in Air For Hours "People release respiratory fluids during exhalation (e.g., quiet breathing, speaking, singing, exercise, coughing, sneezing) in the form of droplets across a spectrum of sizes. These droplets carry virus and transmit infection," says the CDC. "The largest droplets settle out of the air rapidly, within seconds to minutes. The smallest very fine droplets, and aerosol particles formed when these fine droplets rapidly dry, are small enough that they can remain suspended in the air for minutes to hours." 3 You Can Get COVID From Inhaling "Inhalation of air carrying very small fine droplets and aerosol particles that contain infectious virus. Risk of transmission is greatest within three to six feet of an infectious source where the concentration of these very fine droplets and particles is greatest," says the CDC. 4 You Can Get COVID From Splashes "Deposition of virus carried in exhaled droplets and particles onto exposed mucous membranes (i.e., 'splashes and sprays', such as being coughed on). Risk of transmission is likewise greatest close to an infectious source where the concentration of these exhaled droplets and particles is greatest," says the CDC. 5 You Can Get COVID By Touch "Touching mucous membranes with hands soiled by exhaled respiratory fluids containing virus or from touching inanimate surfaces contaminated with virus," says the CDC.RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers 6 The Virus Can Be Spread From More Than Six Feet Away "With increasing distance from the source, the role of inhalation likewise increases," says the CDC. "Although infections through inhalation at distances greater than six feet from an infectious source are less likely than at closer distances, the phenomenon has been repeatedly documented under certain preventable circumstances. These transmission events have involved the presence of an infectious person exhaling virus indoors for an extended time (more than 15 minutes and in some cases hours) leading to virus concentrations in the air space sufficient to transmit infections to people more than 6 feet away, and in some cases to people who have passed through that space soon after the infectious person left. Per published reports, factors that increase the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection under these circumstances include:Enclosed spaces with inadequate ventilation or air handling within which the concentration of exhaled respiratory fluids, especially very fine droplets and aerosol particles, can build-up in the air space.Increased exhalation of respiratory fluids if the infectious person is engaged in physical exertion or raises their voice (e.g., exercising, shouting, singing).Prolonged exposure to these conditions, typically more than 15 minutes." 7 How to Stay Safe Given This New News "Although how we understand transmission occurs has shifted, the ways to prevent infection with this virus have not," says the CDC. "All prevention measures that CDC recommends remain effective for these forms of transmission." So follow the public health fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated ASAP, wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
The lifestyle landscape of New York City has certainly changed over the past year, as one more major NYC restaurant closure proved this week. The good news is that while this marks the end of an era for diners in one Manhattan neighborhood, the most resilient NYC restaurants—like this one—are finding intriguing ways to start over.Renowned French-American chef Daniel Boulud opened Café Boulud in 1998 at the Surrey Hotel on 76th Street and Madison Avenue. Poised since then as a mainstay to the Upper East Side of Manhattan and a darling for local and national media coverage, Café Boulud has branded itself to deliver "the finesse of traditional French cuisine with the warm hospitality of a neighborhood café," as their website reads. (Prior to Café Boulud's opening in the location, Boulud's flagship restaurant, Daniel, occupied the space before moving half a mile south to 65th Street.)RELATED: The Saddest Restaurant Closures in Your StateHowever, this week news broke that Café Boulud will be closing in its current location, as a new hotel group is taking over the Surrey Hotel… and it sounds like their vision differed from Boulud's. "The new owners wanted to take the restaurant in a direction that didn't suit me," Boulud has been quoted saying about the matter. While it sounds like the chef is navigating the transition with some degree of grace, it's likely not a breezy change. After he'd occupied the current space for a decade, in 2009 Boulud tapped an artist from Paris and a New York architect to tailor the restaurant to have a very precise vibe.So while it would be tough for any business owner to leave a space so many patrons have looked to (and with a Miami-based Italian restaurant rumored to be taking its place), word has it Boulud isn't looking to shutter Café Boulud for good. He's said to be seeking out another Upper East Side location to reopen Café Boulud.Meanwhile, interestingly, Boulud and his team made the best of pandemic struggles for customers and Boulud's employees when they introduced Daniel Boulud Kitchen, a pickup and delivery concept that offers "a weekly-changing menu of contemporary French classics prepared in the acclaimed DANIEL kitchen." They say a portion of all sales benefits Boulud's staff in the wake of business dampened by COVID-19.In the meantime, hopefully New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's tourism vaccine hopes and the September reopening of Broadway that was announced this week will help many New York restaurants turn the corner this summer.If you're catching up on the week's trending food news, check out This Is the Country That Drinks the Most Wine, Data Says.
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. The same deadly disease took civil rights leader and Democratic Representative John Lewis and Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek. So what is pancreatic cancer—and why should you be worried about getting it yourself? Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID and Didn't Know It. 1 What is Pancreatic Cancer? Your pancreas, tucked away behind your stomach, is an inconspicuous organ tirelessly producing essential enzymes and hormones your body needs for digestion, and to regulate blood sugar. Pancreatic cancer is a disease in which cancerous cells form in the tissues of the organ, disrupting its necessary functions. 2 How is it Diagnosed? Justice Ginsberg's cancer was caught during a routine blood test last July. If caught early, pancreatic cancer is treatable. But the vast majority of cases aren't diagnosed until it's too late—in large part because no reliable early screening test exists. And when something goes wrong with it, your pancreas has a tendency to whisper, not shout. This makes pinpointing problems particularly challenging, especially when it comes to pancreatic cancer. 3 How is it Treated? There are a variety of effective forms of treatment: surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy. Justice Ginsberg's initial treatment lasted three weeks—and was then ongoing as it flared. Trebek underwent chemotherapy. "Cancer is mysterious in more ways than one," he told GMA. "The thought of passing on doesn't frighten me," he said. "Other things do. The effect it will have on my loved ones—yes, that bothers me. It makes me sad. But the thought of myself moving on? Hey, folks, it comes with the territory." 4 What is the Prognosis? According to the American Cancer Society, "for all stages of pancreatic cancer combined, the one-year relative survival rate is 20%, and the five-year rate is 7%," reports Pancreatic.org.Trebek originally said he'd fight his, ending with a joke: "Truth told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years." His good humor aside, the news shocked his fans—and many Americans. The "low survival-rate statistics for this disease" he said meant "the prognosis for this is not very encouraging." As for Ginsberg, she initially "canceled her annual summer visit to Santa Fe," according to a statement, "but has otherwise maintained an active schedule"—and she worked right up until her death.Discovering it early was key to her recovery. Read on to learn the warning signs we should all watch out for. 5 You Experience Nausea and Vomiting, Especially After Eating Fatty Foods Fatty foods can do a number on you, and others—for proof, just visit a men's room on a Monday morning (or don't). However, if you are repeatedly experiencing nausea and vomiting, especially after eating fatty foods like fries, pizza, or even avocados, it may be a sign that something is wrong with your pancreas. Why? Pancreatic cancer symptoms can arise when pressure from a pancreatic cyst or tumor is growing on the stomach or small intestine, causing a block of the digestive tract. As the growth becomes bigger, it can actually cause a partial block by entwining itself around the far end of the stomach.As well, your pancreas produces digestive enzymes that help your system break down fat, among other things. Diseases that affect the pancreas tend to mess with your body's fat-digesting capabilities, leading to nausea and possible vomiting. A sudden onset of these symptoms, though, is more likely to indicate pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas.The Rx: There are myriad reasons for an upset stomach, so don't quickly jump to conclusions. If nausea or vomiting after eating persists, make sure to see a doctor so you can find out what's going on. 6 Your Skin and Eyes Look Yellow Jaundice is a yellowing of the skin and eyes that occurs when bilirubin, a component of bile, builds up in the blood. Bilirubin is made by the liver as a breakdown product of old red blood cells and is usually eliminated from your body when your gallbladder releases bile.Here's how your pancreas is involved: Bile travels from your gallbladder through the common bile duct and passes through the pancreas. But if the bile ducts become blocked—for whatever reason—jaundice may result. Jaundice can be a sign of pancreatic cancer if a tumor is growing in the head of the pancreas, obstructing the bile duct and flow of bile.The Rx: They may be galling, but gallstones are the more likely cause for jaundice in adults than pancreatic cancer. Lower your risk of gallstones by following a healthy eating plan and regularly exercising. 7 Your Poop. It's Doing Funny Things, like Floating Oily? Greasy? Gray? Floating? If your poop is playing these tricks on you, it may be a sign of pancreatic disease. It can wreak havoc on your ability to produce the digestive enzymes that break down fats properly. The result can be funky feces. See an oily film in your toilet water after going No. 2—or find your feces floating? That's due to dietary fat that's not getting broken down by your body. And as for the pale poop phenomenon: Bilirubin gives your poop its brown color, but when your bile ducts are blocked, that color goes to monochromatic hues of gray or clay.The Rx: Poop that's a bit "special" every now and then is nothing to freak out about. But if most of your bowel movements start to have these characteristics, call your doctor and get yourself checked out.RELATED: The #1 Cause of Obesity, According to Science 8 You Suddenly Get Diabetes If you eat a healthy diet, your weight is under control, but you become diagnosed with diabetes, it might warrant a closer look at your pancreas. This is true especially if you're over 50 and have a low BMI (body mass index), with no family history of diabetes. Your pancreas produces insulin, which regulates your body's blood sugar. When your pancreas is under attack by a tumor or disease, systems begin to fail, and it can be common for people to suddenly develop type 2 diabetes.The same goes if you've had well-controlled diabetes for a while and suddenly find it difficult to manage the disease. Rapid shifts in diabetes status without a clear-cut rationale may be associated with pancreatic cancer.The Rx: If you have diabetes but experience a sudden change in your blood sugar levels, be sure to let your doctor know so you can rule out a more serious problem with your pancreas. 9 You've Just Unexpectedly Lost Weight You might be rocking the keto diet, but if you're dropping weight (too) rapidly, it could be due to digestive issues associated with pancreatic cancer or other pancreatic disorders. The weight loss may be caused by incomplete digestion either due to the cancer or as a result of the cancer itself (like when a tumor creates a stomach blockage). Unintended weight loss is a common symptom of pancreatic cancer.The Rx: Many other health conditions can also explain sudden weight loss, like thyroid issues. If you have just unexpectedly lost weight, you should see a doctor.RELATED: 5 Ways to Prevent Dementia, Says Dr. Sanjay Gupta 10 You Experience Abdominal Pain Pain in your abdomen or back is a common warning sign of pancreatic cancer and acute pancreatitis, but the pain manifests differently for each. Radiating pain that extends toward the mid or lower back, which goes on for weeks, could be a sign of pancreatic cancer. The American Cancer Society shares that if a tumor that starts in the body or tail of the pancreas grows to be rather large, it can press on neighboring organs, causing pain. Sometimes, pancreatic cancer can spread to the nerves that surround the pancreas, which can result in back pain.If the pain, however, comes on suddenly, feels intense, and is mostly in the middle of your abdomen, it's more likely to be acute pancreatitis.The Rx: Any number of health issues can be the cause of your stomach aches or pain. And more likely than not, your upset stomach is due to a more mundane, garden-variety cause. If abdominal pain persists, however, please see your doctor. As for yourself: To get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
"Growing evidence indicates that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting key lifestyle habits," says the Alzheimer's Association. "When possible, combine these habits to achieve maximum benefit for the brain and body. Start now. It's never too late or too early to incorporate healthy habits." Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID and Didn't Know It. 1 You're Not Fueling Up Right "Eat a healthy and balanced diet that is lower in fat and higher in vegetables and fruit to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline," says the Alzheimer's Association. "Although research on diet and cognitive function is limited, certain diets, including Mediterranean and Mediterranean-DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), may contribute to risk reduction." 2 You're Not Taking Care of Your Mental Health "Some studies link a history of depression with increased risk of cognitive decline, so seek medical treatment if you have symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns," says the Alzheimer's Association. "Also, try to manage stress." 3 You're Not Staying Socially Engaged This one is hard to do during the pandemic, but it's important. "Staying socially engaged may support brain health. Pursue social activities that are meaningful to you. Find ways to be part of your local community — if you love animals, consider volunteering at a local shelter. If you enjoy singing, join a local choir or help at an after-school program. Or, just share activities with friends and family," advises the Alzheimer's Association. 4 You're Not Staying Educated "Formal education in any stage of life will help reduce your risk of cognitive decline and dementia," says the Alzheimer's Association. "For example, take a class at a local college, community center or online." 5 You're Not Taking Care of Your Heart or Lungs "Evidence shows that risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke — obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes — negatively impact your cognitive health," says the Alzheimer's Association. "Take care of your heart, and your brain just might follow." Don't smoke either. 6 You're Courting a Brain Injury "Brain injury can raise your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Wear a seat belt, use a helmet when playing contact sports or riding a bike, and take steps to prevent falls," says the Alzheimer's Association. 7 You're Not Sleeping Enough "Not getting enough sleep due to conditions like insomnia or sleep apnea may result in problems with memory and thinking," says the Alzheimer's Association. 8 You're Not Exercising "Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body," says the Alzheimer's Association. "Several studies have found an association between physical activity and reduced risk of cognitive decline."RELATED: 5 Ways to Prevent Dementia, Says Dr. Sanjay Gupta 9 Play Brain Games "Challenge and activate your mind. Build a piece of furniture. Complete a jigsaw puzzle. Do something artistic. Play games, such as bridge, that make you think strategically," says the Alzheimer's Association. "Challenging your mind may have short and long-term benefits for your brain." And to protect your health, don't miss these Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers.
McDonald's often advertises new deals for customers, especially those who are using the chain's phone app. But there may be no better deal than the always-popular Buy One Get One For $1 deal. And now it's back for a limited time!How does it work? When you buy one of the menu items that are part of this deal at full price, you'll get a second one for just $1. It's the perfect option for those who are buying for two.RELATED: McDonald's Is Teaming Up With the Most Popular Pop Band in the WorldThere are, however, only a few items to which this BOGO For $1 deal applies. These are the Big Mac, the Quarter Pounder with Cheese, the Filet-O-Fish, and the 10-Piece Chicken McNuggets. And while most McDonald's locations nationwide will be honoring the deal, according to Chew Boom, universal participation is not guaranteed.McDonald's is also currently offering a number of other deals, many of which are designed to shepherd customers toward using the company's app to place their orders. For example, through late June, you are eligible for a free serving of Large Fries with a first-time purchase through the McDonald's app. Also through late June, existing McDonald's app users can add Large Fries for just $1 once a week to any mobile order, and free fries on Fridays with any purchase made through the app.Also currently on offer: any size of Premium Roast Coffee (hot or iced) for 99 cents as well as the seemingly perennial $1 for any size of soft drink offer. For more, check out McDonald's Has a New Summer Treat On the Menu, and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
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It's no secret that fresh groceries leave your body feeling better than processed foods. Highly processed diets can sap your energy, hurt your skincare regimen, and even put you in a bad mood. Now, researchers have discovered yet another reason to cut out the Big Macs for good—turns out, diets full of processed foods can weaken your immune system and increase your risk of certain chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes.A recent study published in the journal PLOS Pathogens found that a Western-style diet—described as a diet rich in processed foods that are high in fat and refined sugars but low in fiber—could create a breeding ground for harmful gut bacteria and make you more susceptible to insulin resistance which can lead to type 2 diabetes. (Related: The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now)"Processed foods, such as high sugar foods and pre-packaged foods, lack fiber and nutrients which are needed to support the gut microbiota," Jonathan Valdez, RDN, CDCES, owner of Genki Nutrition, and Media Spokesperson for New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, said in an interview with Eat This, Not That! "Studies have concluded that processed foods reduce the number of gut microbiota and influence the immune system's 'readiness' and the body's defense against pathogenic bacteria."In other words, if your diet includes too many processed foods, you could be reducing the healthy bacteria in your gut that protect you from harmful bacteria that can a) make you sick immediately (think foodborne illness) and b) alter your gut microbiota and increase your risk of chronic inflammatory diseases in the long run.So, what foods should you avoid to keep your gut health in tip-top shape? Abbey Sharp, a registered dietitian at Abbey's Kitchen, strongly recommends cutting back on red meat varieties that are high in preservatives, salt, and saturated fat including bacon, pepperoni, and hot dogs."While I don't believe in completely removing any one food from your diet, I think there's value in trying to limit our intake of ultra-processed foods," she said, adding that it's not just inflammatory infections and foodborne illnesses that you should be watching out for."We do have evidence to suggest that a diet rich in ultra-processed red meat like hot dogs may increase the risk of cancer. Even 'nitrate free' or 'natural' hot dogs contain natural nitrates so I suggest limiting consumption to special occasions."Looking for foods that won't leave you at high risk? Try these 15 Homemade Swaps for Ultra-Processed Foods.
They called for peace and unity, but in truth, they came to dominate. Smashburger introduced their Scorchin' Hot Crispy Chicken Sandwich last month, rolling it out with a marketing campaign that called for the end of the "chicken sandwich wars" among fast-food restaurants. They gave sandwiches away for free to fast-food workers and ran a BOGO deal for everyone else.But it's easy to make a peace offering with such a powerful weapon in hand. Smashburger's newest menu item is flying off the shelves (or, perhaps more accurately, out of industrial ovens). The sandwich is made with famed Nashville hot crispy chicken, spicy red pepper mayo, pickles, and served on a classic toasted bun. And Smashburger locations cannot keep enough of it in stock.RELATED: This Popular Fast-Food Chain Just Confirmed a Shortage of Chicken TendersThe Scorchin' Hot creation has already sold out at 35 of the chain's 200+ locations, according to a spokesperson for the brand. In just over two weeks after it launched, the new chicken sandwich has become Smashburger's second most popular menu offering. The sammy was meant to be on the menus until June 15, but there's a chance your local Smashburger has already run out of their supply.The popularity of the Scorchin' Hot Crispy Chicken Sandwich underscores what all fast-food chains seemingly realized at the same time: chicken is the fast-food of the moment. Especially when you add the words "spicy" or "crispy" (in McDonald's case, both) to the name, the popularity of a fast-food chicken sandwich is unmatched in 2021.Smashburger in particular says that the new poultry promotion has contributed to a 30% traffic increase since its launch. The chain recently redid their logo and their online presence, made plans to open 40 more locations, and launched this incredibly popular item—who says you can't be productive in a pandemic?For more, check out We Tried Popular Spicy Fast-Food Items and This Is the Best One, and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.