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Going on a fast every few months could be one of the best things you can do for your health. It reduces many of the risk factors for heart disease and lowers signs of inflammation, which can be the forerunner of a range of chronic diseases, such as cancer and diabetes.
Forget the 10,000-steps-a-day rule—walking 3,000 steps in 30 minutes could be enough, especially if you have congestive heart failure and you want to improve your chances of a long life.
If you’ve got a cold or flu, don’t take one of the common painkillers like aspirin or ibuprofen. The drugs increase the risk of a heart attack while you’ll snuffling.
Common heartburn medications you can buy at the pharmacy increase the chances of a stroke. The drugs, known as proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, have already been found to raise the risk of a heart attack, kidney disease and dementia.
If you’ve got a heart condition, you’re twice as likely to stay alive by eating a Mediterranean diet—rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish and oils—than taking a cholesterol-lowering statin drug.
Although these over-the-counter and prescription pills are the modern standby for every ache and pain, what Big Pharma hasn’t told you about the risks of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs could just kill you, as Celeste McGovern discovers
It doesn’t seem to matter if you’re fat or thin: your chances of a heart attack—and possibly dying from it—are about the same. But being overweight or obese does increase your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, a study of identical twins has discovered.