My son is now 11 years old, but I still remember how hard those early months were. Everyone always told me that nothing could prepare you for life with a new baby, especially emotionally, and boy was that true. What surprised me the most was how truly hard everything seemed to be – and in reality, it was. Luckily, I had a wonderful support system and a doctor who diagnosed me quickly with postpartum depression (PPD). PPD goes beyond the blues that many woman experience after giving birth. PPD can last weeks, months and sometimes never really goes away, if left untreated. Continue reading “6 Tips to Help With Postpartum Blues”
Black people had a nearly twofold higher mortality rate than their white peers for hypertension-related heart disease deaths in 2018, according to a new study in the journal Hypertension.
While several factors played a role in this disparity, a plant-based diet is one way to help fight high blood pressure. One study found that a plant-based diet reduced hypertension risk by 44% in Black Americans. Continue reading “Plant-Based Diets Shown to Fight Hypertension in Black People”
A study published last week in the Journal of the Endocrine Society found that taking cinnamon may have positive effects on blood sugar control in people with a condition known as prediabetes, and may even slow the progression toward type 2 diabetes.
Although the 2-week study was small, the findings open the field for longer and larger studies to address whether cinnamon can help reduce the risk over time of developing type 2 diabetes. Continue reading “New Study: Cinnamon May Help Blood Sugar Levels in Prediabetes”
“I am going through menopause and I can’t seem to lose the weight. What can I take?” We hear this question a lot, and most of us would like to hand over a magic pill that would shed those extra pounds, but this pill doesn’t exist, although certain infomercials might have you believe otherwise. Diet, exercise, genetics and hormones all play roles in weight control. Two of these four can be easily remedied for most people. Continue reading “Weight Gain and Menopause”