Advice from Hippocrates, “Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food” has proved true for 2,500 years!

Hypertension (high blood pressure), prediabetes and osteoporosis are often asymptomatic for years. A yearly checkup will help know your numbers for the first two; however, eating well and getting exercise is really the best practice for all three and health in general.

There have been cases where a person’s blood sugar was fine one year and they transitioned to full type 2 diabetes by the next. Hypertension can come on in a heartbeat. And you may not have built as much bone as you could have as an adolescent and young adult, so you are in double need of keeping all that you have.

The great news is that all three conditions are supported by and possibly prevented by eating a diet rich in vitamins and minerals. Your four main minerals are potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and calcium but all minerals are necessary for true health. Vitamins A, C and E provide antioxidant protect + many other services. Vitamin D is essential for calcium uptake and overall bone health and the B-Complex suite of vitamins support energy metabolism.

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