Why do we have higher rates of cancer and heart disease than rural people had?

We live longer, etc. Rural people, generations ago did not have as many modern conveniences, nor was food as readily available, so there was less incidence of heart disease back then. They had no fast food, and when they wanted something, they often had to work hard for it. Probably most important was the fact that because of lack of modern medicine, people did not live as long on average.

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Saw something online that said "men who can grow beards easily are at higher risk for heart disease and cancer" is this true or is this nonsense?

Haven't heard that. Looking at our Earth's population as a whole, such an assumption is probably not true. The amount of facial hair varies a great deal among different racial groups, so there are probably many other factors involved in cancer risks and heart disease risks. Read more...

When visiting a new doctor for 1st time. What detailed family medical history is important to give besides cancer and heart disease

Everything. Detailed family history is very important. Increase cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, obesity, thyroid diseases or any endocrine condition, gastrointestinal conditions, mental disorders etc. Just to mention few. Genetics is playing a big role on many diseases. And the list keep growing. Read more...

I have had green stool for a week now and pain on the left side of my spin close to my hip and butt bone im 30 white male history of colen cancer and heart disease I have not had anything green to eat in a while

Hello. . Hello. You can get green bowel movements when feces transits too quickly through the colon. Bile makes the stool green. As the stool makes it's way through the colon, water is reabsorbed back into the body, giving firm feces. There is also enough time for the bile to be metabolized leading to brown colored stool. When the feces moves too quickly, usually the bowel movement is loose or liquid. It is normally recommended that if you have a change in your bowel habitus that you advise your doctor. I am not sure about your pain. However, the left side of the colon (descending) can sometimes be involved in conditions that cause diarrhea. Take care. Read more...

What to do if I have high blood pressure. Cancer and heart disease run strong in my family along with diabetes. What are some tips on a healthy vegetarian diet?

Great question. Avoid saturated fats Watch the carbs (no more than 30-40% of your total caloric intake. Avoid refined carbs (simple sugars, juices, processed grains...stick to whole grains) Watch salt intake and processed foods intake and canned foods (high in sodium) Fresh veggies, fresh fruit 30-60 min of exercise at least 5x/week Regular check ups, Keep eye on cholesterol and HgbA1C (diabetes screening test) Read more...
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Can an employer fire you for having heart disease or cancer?

Employment at will. Employment at will is the law of the land and an employer can fire an employee for no reason at all. Read more...
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Could a cure for ageing be found before a cure for cancer or heart disease?

? Aging is not a disease but rather a normal process of life so there is no "cure". We all need to live healthy lives and stay physically, mentally, and even spiritually active so our quality of life will still be good in the twilight years. Read more...