Marguerite McNeal

Content by Marguerite McNeal

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Do you know exactly how many carbs you ate for lunch, how fast your blood sugar drops when you run a couple of miles, or how much insulin your body needs to digest that slice of pizza?

If you’re one of the 3 million Americans living with Type 1 diabetes, these are the kinds of questions you ask yourself every day.

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Common risk factors for heart attack and stroke should be curbed early in life to avoid trouble later. Doctors at Northwestern University studied more than 250,000 patients and found that low risk in the short term doesn’t preclude higher risks in the long term based on four health factors.

Researchers monitored traditional indicators for heart disease – blood pressure, cholesterol levels, smoking status and diabetes – and discovered that even one elevated factor, present at any age, substantially increases an individual’s lifetime risk for heart problems.