• By Jen O'Hara

Monday's Housecall

March 16, 2015

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Oral Health: A window to your overall healthdentist inspecting mouth of patient - oral health
Did you know that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Discover the link between oral health and overall health.

Male Menopause: Myth or reality?
Male menopause is a catchy phrase, but it isn't necessarily accurate. Here's why.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Monounsaturated Fatty Acids: Why should my diet include these fats?

Not all dietary fats are unhealthy. Monounsaturated fatty acids are one of the good kinds. See where to find them.

Walking poles: Good for brisk walking?
Walking poles can turn your daily stroll into a full-body workout.

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PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Kidney stones
Atrial fibrillation
Flu tracker
Preventing diabetic macular edema

HEALTHY RECIPES
Green smoothie
Whole-wheat soda bread
Baked oatmeal
Potato-fennel soup

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Fiber: how to get your fill
There are two types of fiber in food: soluble, which dissolves in water, and insoluble, which doesn't dissolve in water. Soluble fiber can help lower blood cholesterol and blood glucose levels. Good sources of soluble fiber include oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium. Insoluble fiber promotes the movement of material through your digestive system and increases stool bulk, so it can be of benefit if you struggle with constipation or irregularity. Good sources of insoluble fiber include whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, nuts and many vegetables.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover even more healthy lifestyle topics at MayoClinic.org.

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Nutrition-wise: Waste not, want not
By making small changes in how you buy and prepare food, you can toss less, eat well and save money.

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