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ALTHOUGH heart disease causes one in four deaths among men in the United States, you don’t have to be one of them - if you have been diagnosed with heart disease, there are things you can do today to lower your risk, says the July 2013 issue of the Harvard Medical School Harvard Men’s Health Watch.

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ALTHOUGH many individuals choose sunglasses by how they look and feel, the most important feature to consider is how well they shield your eyes from the ultraviolet rays (high-frequency invisible energy emitted by the sun), as well as blue light (high-frequency visible light) - the good news is that it’s not hard to find affordable sunglasses that are fashion-forward and protective, says the August 2013 issue of the University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter.

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INDIVIDUALS who have heart disease or who are at risk for it - and probably take two or more prescription drugs - need to know about foods, beverages, vitamins, dietary supplements, over-the-counter drugs, or other prescription medications that could interact with their medications, says the June 2013 issue of the Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Heart Letter.

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WHILE high blood pressure can be stubborn — three to five medications are often needed to bring it down — the good news is that making simple changes to your everyday life may help reduce your dependence on drugs, says the June 2013 issue of the Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Heart Letter.

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ALTHOUGH anyone with diabetes is going to have a bad day now and again with blood glucose control — which often corresponds with a known slip-up, such as eating too much at a party or foregoing exercise — sometimes, blood glucose levels can rise above your target range and you don’t understand the reason behind this, or how to get them back within your goal range, says the May 2013 issue of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter.

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