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7 nutrition rules that will fuel your workout
Your body needs the right fuel to run well. What you eat, and when, affects your energy level and how well you recover from a workout. Fueling up for exercise is as easy as following these simple, well-established rules of a healthy diet.

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Did you know that falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults? A fear of falling need not rule your life, though. Instead, consider these six simple fall prevention strategies, from eliminating hazards in your home to reviewing your medications.

Can lupus cause hair loss?
Lupus causes widespread inflammation that usually involves your skin, particularly on your face and scalp. Lupus can cause the hair on your scalp to gradually thin out and, especially along your hairline, become fragile and break off easily. Loss of eyebrow, eyelash, beard and body hair also is possible. Although it can be distressing, the problem is usually temporary. Learn more from Dr. April Chang-Miller, a Mayo Clinic rheumatologist.

Do atypical cells usually mean cancer?
A biopsy or Pap test report of atypical cells, also called dysplasia, can be worrisome. These cells appear abnormal, but they aren't necessarily cancerous. Many factors can make normal cells appear atypical, including inflammation, infection and normal aging. Atypical cells can change back to normal cells if the underlying cause is removed or resolved. Learn more from Dr. Timothy Moynihan, an emeritus Mayo Clinic oncologist.

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Vitamin C: An essential nutrient
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that supports normal growth and development, and helps your body absorb iron. Because your body doesn't produce or store vitamin C, it's important to include it in your diet. For most people, an orange, or a cup of strawberries, chopped red pepper or broccoli provides enough vitamin C for the day.

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

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