There is a lot of health information or "Web Resources" freely available on the internet. A Web Resource is any item you find online that you can watch, read, listen to, or interact with, such as videos, fact sheets and online quizzes. Many resources are consumer-friendly, but it's often difficult to know which ones have credible information, based on scientific research.
Web Resource Ratings do the homework for you, assessing the quality of the information available online and presenting our assessment using a 5-star rating scale.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) occurs when narrowing arteries hinder the flow of blood to different areas of the body, such as the arms or legs. If not adequately managed, PAD can led to a heart attack, stroke, or amputation. To manage symptoms and keep the disease from progressing, follow a healthy diet, exercise regularly, do not smoke, and watch out for your blood pressure and cholesterol.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition that hinders the flow of blood to your limbs. The arms and legs are common sites of impact. Cramping in your hips, thighs, or calves following physical activity, leg pain and numbness, hair loss, slow growing toenails, and changes in your leg colour are some of the many symptoms of PAD. Connect with your health care provider if you are experiencing symptoms of PAD or if you have no symptoms but are over 65, over 50 with a history of smoking or diabetes, or under 50 and have PAD risk factors (e.g., hypertension and diabetes), as you may need to be screened.
Over-the-counter painkillers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can be effective for pain relief. However, these medications can also come with side effects. To safely use over-the-counter medications, always monitor the dose you are taking, use them for only as long as needed, and be aware of possible interactions they may have with other medicinal products you are using.
Age, sex, calcium and vitamin D deficiencies, family history, drinking alcohol, and smoking are a few risk factors for the development of osteoporosis. Help prevent osteoporosis by consuming a diet rich in calcium, regularly exercising, getting enough vitamin D, and not smoking.
High blood pressure can lead to a variety of medical issues if left untreated. It is often symptomless until it becomes extremely high, at which point people can experience vision problems and dizziness. High amounts of salt and alcohol intake, excess weight, lack of physical activity, family history, certain medications, and an overactive thyroid are some causes and risk factors for high blood pressure. Strategies such as consuming less salt, exercising more, losing weight, and medication prescribed by a health care provider can be used to help lower blood pressure.
We don't rate every resource we find on the web that relates to optimal aging. In some cases, entire health-related websites are excluded from what to evaluate in detail. In order to be rated, a Web Resource must:
If you cannot find a website or Web Resource that you are looking for, check out our list of excluded websites. If you still can’t find it, let us know; we may have missed it!
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