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Thyroid disordersThyroid: Thyroid disorders impact the metabolism, which helps the body to use energy. Thyroid disorders can cause a wide variety of symptoms including weight gain, fatigue or anxiety, brain fog, and chills, and Grave’s disease. Untreated thyroid issues can lead to heart problems. A low iodide diet may be used in treatment of thyroid disorders. Learn more at www.thyroid.org.


Heart diseaseHeart Disease: Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, includes problems related to plaque buildup in the artery walls (atherosclerosis). The plaque buildup can lead to narrowed arteries, causing a heart attack or stroke. A heart-healthy diet can reduce plaque buildup, lower blood pressure and cholesterol. To learn more, go to www.heart.org or www.webmd.com/heart-disease.


Dr. Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD, FACEWeight Management: Physiological changes as we age can cause weight gain or loss, as can lifestyle changes or other factors. Obesity and patterns of weight gain and loss are unhealthy and add stress to many bodily systems. Diet management through satiating yet nutritionally balanced foods can help manage weight or avoid the need for bariatric surgery. Dr. Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD, FACE is a leading expert on obesity. He is the Medical Director of the Obesity Clinical Program, at Joslin Clinic.


Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowingDysphagia: Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, is often a result of a problem with the throat or esophagus, which moves food from the mouth to the stomach. It may be caused by a variety of factors including brain injury, or may result from a neuromuscular disease such as Parkinson’s disease. Treatment for dysphagia includes diet modification to provide food and liquid textures that are more easily swallowed. For more information, go to www.webmd.com.


CancerCancer: Cancer is the broad terms for a group of diseases, all involving unregulated cell growth. Treatment for cancer may include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Side effects of chemotherapy treatment and radiation can include nausea and loss of appetite, as well as sensitivity or sores within the mouth, requiring nutritive foods that are more easily tolerated. Find additional information at www.cancer.org or www.webmd.com/cancer.


MesotheliomaMesothelioma: Mesothelioma is a group of cancers which affect the body’s organs and is commonly caused by exposure to asbestos. Treatment for malignant mesothelioma may include radiation and chemotherapy. Proper nutritional regimens are now being included in treatment plans for malignant mesothelioma patients. To learn more see www.mesothelioma.com or http://www.mesotheliomagroup.com/prognosis/.


DiabetesDiabetes: Diabetes is a series of disorders of the endocrine system which impact the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. The main types include type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes. Exercise and a healthy diet can prevent the onset of or limit the impact of type 2 diabetes. For additional information go to www.diabetes.org or www.diabetes.webmd.com.


High CholesterolHigh Cholesterol: High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, and can be caused by poor diet or may be a result of family history. While medications are often prescribed to manage high cholesterol, cholesterol levels can often by managed through careful nutrition. Learn about natural cholesterol management at www.heart.org/cholesterol or www.webmd.com.


Crohn’s DiseaseCrohn’s Disease: Crohn’s disease is a chronic disorder that causes inflammation of the digestive tract and most commonly affects the small intestine and/or colon. Dietary recommendations should be individualized for each person with Crohn’s disease and may need to change over time. For more information about Crohn’s disease, see www.CCFA.org.


Understanding Cancer Risk:Understanding Cancer Risk When talking about cancer, risk is most often used to describe the chance that a person will develop cancer or have a recurrence. Knowing this information helps you make more informed decisions about your health. When talking about cancer, risk is most often used to describe the chance that a person will develop cancer or have a recurrence. Knowing this information helps you make more informed decisions about your health.


Cancer Awareness: Risk Factor Assessment To help increase awareness and aid in early detection, following is a list of 34 cancer risk calculators for common types of cancer. Cancer Awareness: Risk Factor Assessment: To help increase awareness and aid in early detection, following is a list of 34 cancer risk calculators for common types of cancer.


7 Ways to Cancer-Proof Your Home7 Ways to Cancer-Proof Your Home In the past few years, consumer health groups have studied many household products and warned that they contain carcinogens, or ingredients known to cause cancer. : In the past few years, consumer health groups have studied many household products and warned that they contain carcinogens, or ingredients known to cause cancer.


Test or Remove Radon:Test or Remove Radon Gas Radon is a radioactive, odorless, colorless gas formed by the decay of radium in soil, water and natural gas. It has been named the number two cause of lung cancer, so the EPA has recommended that all homes get tested for the gas. Gas Radon is a radioactive, odorless, colorless gas formed by the decay of radium in soil, water and natural gas. It has been named the number two cause of lung cancer, so the EPA has recommended that all homes get tested for the gas.


Prevent Cancer Foundation:Prevent Cancer Foundation Research suggests that only five percent of cancers are hereditary. That means the non-inherited causes of cancer - the lifestyle choices we make, the foods we eat, and our physical activity levels - have a direct impact on our overall cancer risk. Research suggests that only five percent of cancers are hereditary. That means the non-inherited causes of cancer – the lifestyle choices we make, the foods we eat, and our physical activity levels – have a direct impact on our overall cancer risk.


Breast Cancer Risk Factors & Alcohol - What You Need to Know Learn why alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer and other effects of alcohol with continued consumption. Breast Cancer Risk Factors & Alcohol – What You Need to Know: Learn why alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer and other effects of alcohol with continued consumption.

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