• By Laurel J. Kelly

Housecall: Women’s health — live a longer, healthier life

May 28, 2018

a close-up of three generations - grandmother, daughter and granddaughter - outdoors, smiling, huggingTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Women's health: Prevent the top threats 
The biggest threats to women's health, which include heart disease, stroke, cancer and unintentional injuries, often are preventable. Take control by talking with your health care provider about your risk factors for these conditions. Then, get serious about reducing your risk. Here's what you need to know to live a longer, healthier life.

5 tasty ways to tweak recipes for healthier eating
If you're struggling to master the art of healthy cooking, you're not alone. These five tips can help you cut fat, salt and sugar; make healthy substitutions; and convert recipes to healthy, delicious new favorites.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Are vitamin B-12 injections helpful for weight loss?
Proponents of vitamin B-12 injections say the shots give you more energy and boost your metabolism, helping you shed unwanted pounds. A shot that helps you shed pounds sounds appealing, but there's no solid evidence that vitamin B-12 injections aid weight loss. Learn more from Dr. Brent Bauer, director of Mayo Clinic's Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program.

Do calcium supplements interfere with blood pressure drugs? 
Calcium supplements may interact with some blood pressure medications but not with others. Learn more from Dr. Sheldon Sheps, an emeritus Mayo Clinic hypertension and peripheral vascular diseases specialist.

PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Atrial fibrillation
Baker's cyst
Vascular dementia
Opioid use during pregnancy

HEALTHY RECIPES
Almond and apricot biscotti
Sesame-crusted tofu
Fish tacos with tomatillo sauce
Strawberry balsamic sorbet

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Sunscreen: One dose doesn't do it
You can't apply sunscreen in the morning and expect to be protected for a full day in the sun. To maximize sun protection, apply generous amounts of sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes before you go outdoors. Reapply sunscreen every two hours and immediately after swimming or heavy sweating — even if you're using a product that's water-resistant.

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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