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Survey: Cataracts impact lifestyle; surgery brings emotional benefits

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You may know that cataracts can interfere with your ability to see clearly, but might be unaware of their impact on your emotions. Alcon, the global leader in eye care, conducted a survey of about 1,300 people age 60 and older who have undergone cataract surgery and found that almost 60 percent of respondents said cataracts made them feel annoyed, frustrated or old. Also, many respondents said that the condition makes some daily activities harder.

If cataracts are impacting your ability to perform your usual day-to-day activities, a clouding the richness and detail of life, there's good news. Cataract surgery is common, effective and not only can improve your vision, but many patients report emotional benefits and some positive impact on their lifestyles. What's more, 93 percent of those surveyed say they would recommend cataract surgery to someone considering the procedure.

"Cataracts impair more than just vision, they can interfere with a patient's lifestyle and emot…

Fiber: 3 simple ways to get more in your diet

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Eat more fiber.

If your doctor didn't say to eat more fiber at your last checkup, he or she should have. 97 % of Americans don't get the recommended daily amount of dietary fiber they need to stay healthy.

But what is fiber, and why is it good for you?
Dietary fiber is a plant-based carbohydrate. You find it in fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains.

Our bodies have a difficult time digesting fiber. This is actually a good thing - as fiber passes through the body undigested, it does a lot of good along the way!

Fiber has many proven health benefits.
Studies show it helps improve many health related things such as:
Heart healthLower cholesterolControl blood sugarDecrease the risk of strokeHelp you feel fuller longerPrevent constipationBoost digestive health Boost your immune system.
The Food and Drug Administration recommends we consume about 28 grams of fiber each day. 
That is a lot of food. 
Here are three ways to include more fiber in your diet.Eat whole grains…

Your Morning Routine Sets The Day

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How often do you jump out of the bed, get ready and rush out the door to work or getting the kids off to school?

Do you often feel stressed and on the go or even behind in everything you have to do?

Your morning routine plays a big part in how you handle the day and often determines how the rest of your day will go.

Creating some quiet time in the morning helps to ease into your day. By doing that you’ll be better equipped to handle what life throws at you. 
Starting your morning with quiet time won’t make all your troubles go away. It won’t prevent the day from trying to tackle you. But, it will give you a better foundation and mindset to deal with the problems that come along during the day.

Try getting up half an hour earlier. 
Especially, if you have children and need to get them up, dressed and out the door for school. By having some quiet time to yourself, you set yourself up to handle things better. 
If you’re the kind of person who hits the alarm, jumps out of bed and imme…

Start Slow And Easy With An Exercise Plan

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You know you need to start getting in better shape, but it’s been awhile. You’ve gained more weight than you intended.

The thought of doing a huge workout might scare you. 
Stop thinking that way. 
You can get back on track if you start slow and easy. No one is expecting you to run a marathon by next weekend. If you’re expecting that from yourself, you need to stop that. You need to start thinking of a long-term plan instead of a quick fix.

If you can start with a five-minute walk, do that. 
Depending on where you live, you may be able to walk down your neighborhood street. If you live in the city, you can walk down the sidewalk. The thing to do is, set a timer on your phone for two and a half minutes. Start walking. When the timer goes off, turn around and head back home. 
It may seem silly and you may feel like you didn’t get very far, but over time, you will add minutes and distance. This will build up and before you know it, you’ll be walking around the block. Every few weeks you …

Stress Kills: Is Yours Out Of Control?

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Stress is one of the most silent killers on the planet. This is because people don’t realize something is going wrong, or they refuse to act on it.

But why does stress contribute to so many aspects ill health, leading to death?

It is because often it is untraceable. You may not realize you are suffering from stress overload.

Interested to know if your stress is becoming out of control? Look for the following tell-tale signs:

Unexplained Aches And Pain About The Body
A little pain here and there is normal and should be nothing to get worried over. But it can spell a worrying trend when it occurs too often. And this is the case with continual stress all the time.

Muscular pains occur around the back, neck or shoulder areas. They are often caused by poor sleep patterns, although it is not always the case. Medication to treat the pain many only yield temporary relief and not as a long term solution.

Frequent Colds And Infections
One thing associated with high-stress levels is the negative …
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