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Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are too high. MedlinePlus describes the differences between type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, and provides resources for both types of diabetes.
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Hypertension
Blood pressure refers to the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. High blood pressure is indicated by a reading of 140/90. While it usually has no symptoms, it often causes serious problems such as stroke, heart failure, heart attack and kidney failure.
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Hyperlipidemia
High levels of cholesterol increase your risk of heart disease. It is difficult to detect through signs or symptoms, but a simple blood test can detect high blood cholesterol. This comprehensive National Library of Medicine resource provides overviews, guides on getting tested, and treatment information.
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Coronary Artery Disease
The most common type of heart disease, CAD happens when cholesterol buildup on the inner walls of the arteries causes heart muscle to become hardened and narrowed. See the MedLinePlus guide on CAD for more tools and information.
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Smoking
Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body and is responsible for numerous cancers and health problems including lung disease, heart disease, stroke and cataracts. Visit the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus guide on smoking for the various impacts of smoking.
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Smoking Cessation
Quitting smoking provides many benefits, many of which are observable soon after your last cigarette. Tobacco use is the most common preventable cause of death. MedlinePlus shares resources and guides on quitting smoking from various sources.
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Smokeless Tobacco
It is a common misconception that chewing tobacco or dipping snuff is safer than smoking. Chewing or dipping carries serious risks and can be highly addictive due to the high levels of nicotine. Visit MedlinePlus for information and resources on smokeless tobacco and how it affects your health.
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Obesity
Obesity is defined by the level of body fat in comparison to a person’s weight. Being obese increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and some cancers. The National Library of Medicine shares information on defining, studying and treating overweight and obesity.
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Metabolic Syndrome
While there is no consensus on the definition or causes of metabolic syndrome, it is a group of conditions that puts you at risk for heart disease and diabetes. Read more from MedlinePlus on the signs and conditions of metabolic syndrome.
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Asthma
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways. Those with asthma have airways that are sore, swollen and sensitive to various allergens or irritants. These reactions caused by irritants can cause airways to get narrower and reduce oxygen intake in the lungs. See more about asthma symptoms and treatments at MedlinePlus.
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
COPD is a lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. Typically caused by breathing irritants over a long period such as air pollution, cigarette smoke, chemical fumes or dust, COPD has no cure. COPD can usually be detected by coughing up of mucus. To learn more visit the MedLine Plus guide to COPD.
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Headaches
A headache is pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck. Types of common headaches include tension headaches, migraines, cluster headaches, and sinus headaches. While not all headaches require medical attention, they can often signal a more serious disorder. Visit MedLine Plus to learn about the warning signs of headaches that may require medical attention.
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Migraines
Migraines are recurring attacks of moderate to severe pain, during which people can become very sensitive to light and sound. The National Library from Medicine provides comprehensive information on migraines, including control and prevention tips.
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Sleep Disorders
If you find it difficult to fall asleep, stay asleep through the night or are tired after sufficient sleep, you may have a sleep disorder. The most common sleep disorders include insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy. Read more from MedlinePlus on the types of sleep disorders, specific conditions and how to manage them.
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