According to the Heart Research Institute, nine in ten Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease or stroke. It’s a sobering outlook, but a statistic is not necessarily a prophecy. There are things you can do right now to improve your health.
You’ve just discovered that you’re pregnant. Congratulations! It’s time to shop for nursery furniture, establish a college fund, and start taking care of yourself so that you’re ready for a healthy pregnancy.
Did you know that an estimated 60% of Canadian adults are overweight? This means that a substantial percentage of this country’s population is: Four times more likely to develop diabetes, Over three times more likely to have high blood pressure, Twice as likely to develop heart disease.
We know the importance of lutein and zeaxanthin (L and Z) for the eyes in protecting against macular degeneration. More recently, studies have shown a connection between L and Z and brain health. L and Z accumulate in human brain tissue and account for more than two-thirds of the total carotenoid in the brain.
The lifetime prevalence of migraines in Canada is estimated to be 24% in women and 9% in men (CADTH, 2017). Migraines can be debilitating causing cognitive dysfunction, neck pain, depression and anxiety. Migraines are caused by inflammation of the nervous system.
A combination of good nutrition, exercise, and multivitamin supplementation will replace nutrients lost by these stressors and give your body what it needs for optimal health.
The flu causes as many as 12,200 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths in Canada annually. People over 65 are especially at risk due to weakened immune systems and possible underlying conditions. The Winter of 2017 was dominated by the influenza subtype known as H3N2 causing the most confirmed infections, and is expected to do so again in 2018. This strain of the flu virus tends to hit older people a lot harder and causes amplified symptoms.
The good news is that we can take control of our heart health. By adopting a heart-healthy diet and making healthy lifestyle choices you can reduce your risk of heart disease by 84%.
In 2016 Statistics Canada reported that 7% of Canadians 12 and older (~2.1 million people) were diagnosed with diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes (DM2) is primarily attributed to poor diet, obesity and aging. Diabetes may lead to nerve damage, amputations, blindness, heart disease and strokes.
Winter can be a time of overindulgence and minimal activity, but those that embrace this cold season tend to find that it has much to offer in the way of family bonding. Interested in helping your loved ones get off the couch? Keep reading for tips and tricks on how to keep your family active and together this winter season.