- By Laurel J. Kelly
Consumer Health: Treating a cold
Cold remedies: What works, what doesn't and what can't hurt
Cold remedies are almost as common as the common cold, but are they effective? Nothing can cure a cold, but there are some remedies that may ease your symptoms and keep you from feeling so miserable. Here's a look at some common cold remedies that may work for you.
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Weight loss: 6 strategies for success
Did your New Year's resolutions include dropping those extra pounds once and for all? The foundation of successful weight loss remains a healthy, calorie-controlled diet combined with increased physical activity. For successful, long-term weight loss, you must make permanent changes in your lifestyle and health habits. Here are six strategies to make your weight-loss goals a reality.
Slideshow: Balance exercises
Balance exercises can help you maintain your balance and confidence at any age. If you're an older adult, balance exercises are especially important because they can help you prevent falls and maintain your independence. Nearly any activity that keeps you on your feet and moving, such as walking, can improve and maintain good balance. But specific exercises designed to enhance your balance are beneficial to include in your daily routine. Check out this slideshow of simple balance exercises to add to your workout.
Diabetes: Choosing a blood glucose meter
If you have diabetes, you'll likely need a blood glucose meter to measure and display the amount of sugar (glucose) in your blood. Exercise, food, medications, stress and other factors affect your blood glucose level. Using a blood glucose meter can help you better manage your diabetes by tracking any fluctuations in your blood glucose level. Many types of meters are available, from basic models to more advanced with multiple features and options. The cost of blood glucose meters and test strips varies, as does insurance coverage. From ease of use to cost, here's how to find a blood glucose meter that fits your needs and lifestyle.
Hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, is a condition in which your thyroid gland doesn't produce enough of certain hormones. Hypothyroidism may not cause noticeable symptoms in the early stages. Over time, untreated hypothyroidism can cause a number of health problems, such as obesity, joint pain, infertility and heart disease. Your health care provider may test for an underactive thyroid if you are feeling increasingly tired; have dry skin, constipation or weight gain; or have had previous thyroid problems or a goiter. Standard treatment for hypothyroidism involves daily use of the synthetic thyroid hormone levothyroxine (Levo-T, Synthroid and others), which restores adequate hormone levels, reversing the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism. Learn more about treating hypothyroidism.