Diseases & Conditions

Diseases & Conditions

QFor a woman, what are the most important stroke risk factors? AThe major ones are shared by both genders—high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, being overweight and lack of exercise. But women have unique risk factors, too… • Women who take birth control pills or are pregnant are at higher risk of developing blood

Diabetes

QI’m 58 and have prediabetes. What’s the best multivitamin supplement for me? AA good multivitamin can’t replace healthful eating, but it can help people with prediabetes, whose blood sugar levels are chronically elevated but who don’t quite have diabetes. Getting the full range of vitamins and minerals will help stave off metabolic syndrome—a group of

Diseases & Conditions

QSince reaching menopause this year, my breasts are frequently tender and sometimes swollen. What could be causing this, and what should I do? Should I worry? ADiscomfort, even pain, is fairly common for women in one or both breasts. Most of the reasons are not dangerous but, of course, it’s important to find out the

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