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Planning for Pregnancy

If you are trying to have a baby or are just thinking about it, it is not too early to start getting ready for pregnancy. Preconception health and health care focus on things you can do before and between pregnancies to increase the chances of having a healthy baby. For some women, getting their body […]

Smokeless Tobacco: Health Effects

On This Page Addiction to Smokeless Tobacco Smokeless Tobacco and Cancer Smokeless Tobacco and Oral Disease Reproductive and Developmental Risks Other Risks References Smokeless tobacco is associated with many health problems. Using smokeless tobacco: Can lead to nicotine addiction1,2 Causes cancer of the mouth, esophagus (the passage that connects the throat to the stomach), and […]

Preventing Childhood Obesity: 5 Things You Can Do at Home

Eat the RAINBOW! Move More Slow Down on Sugar Reduce Screen Time Sleep Well About 1 in 5 American children has obesity. Compared to children with healthy weight, children with overweight or obesity are at a higher risk for asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Children with obesity […]

All about borderline diabetes (prediabetes)

We include products we think are useful for our readers. If you buy through links on this page, we may earn a small commission. Here’s our process. A person with borderline diabetes, or prediabetes, has blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. Borderline diabetes is […]

How to Advocate for Yourself and Your Baby During Delivery

Babies are unpredictable. Knowing your rights can help you better prepare for the unpredictable. After 9 months of nausea, weight gain, back pain, and general discomfort, the day is finally here: delivery day. And, if you’re anything like me, you are more than ready. I was trying to evict my daughter as soon as she […]

2 servings of avocado per week may cut heart disease risk by 16%

Researchers examined the relationship between avocado consumption and cardiovascular events.  They found that eating 2 or more servings of avocado per week is linked to 16% fewer cardiovascular events over a 30-year period. One serving is half an avocado, or 80 grams (g). The researchers conclude that replacing certain fat-containing foods with avocado could lower […]

Taking Care of Your Mental Health

Sadness, fear, worry, or other emotions can affect us during or after tough situations, like dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the loss of a family member or friend, or experiences related to racism. Dealing with these challenges can weigh heavily on your mental health, and recent data suggest this is the case for many who have sought […]

Watch for symptoms of COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: Fever or chills Cough Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing Fatigue Muscle […]

Type 2 Diabetes

More than 37 million Americans have diabetes (about 1 in 10), and approximately 90-95% of them have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes most often develops in people over age 45, but more and more children, teens, and young adults are also developing it. Insulin is a hormone made by your pancreas that acts like a key […]

Food Poisoning Symptoms

Food poisoning symptoms can be anywhere from mild to very serious. Your symptoms may be different depending on the germ you swallowed. The most common symptoms of food poisoning are: Upset stomach Stomach cramps Nausea Vomiting Diarrhea Fever After you swallow an unsafe (contaminated) food or drink, it may take hours or days to develop […]