William Frauenheim, MD, MPH

It’s estimated that as many as 50–70 million US adults suffer from a sleep disorder. While lack of sleep may seem harmless, over time it can actually have some pretty big health consequences, including raising the risk for obesity, diabetes and even heart disease.


So how much sleep is ideal? The amount can vary from person to person, but most adults need at least seven hours of sleep per night.


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Americans tend to have an all-or-nothing mindset when it comes to eating, and for generations, we’ve been told to forgo fat because it raises cholesterol and increases our risk of heart disease. 

After decades of research, however, experts are questioning and reevaluating the link between fat and heart disease. The skinny is, researchers now believe the relationship between cholesterol and heart disease is much more complicated than it was thought to be in the 1960s, when concerns over fat intake reached a fever pitch. 

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