Fitness & Weight Loss

Advil Not for Athletes

February 18, 2014
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Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) is often used to address minor pain. Sold over-the-counter, it is considered by many to be a “safe” drug. Yet, it is widely known that all drugs have side effects, some of which are not readily known for decades (ibuprofen was patented in 1961. A recent study found that use...
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Greater Muscle Strength Saves Teens

January 30, 2014
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A study of over 1 million teens found that muscle strength has an impact on their risk of death at an early age. The authors found that: “High muscular strength in adolescence, as assessed by knee extension and handgrip tests, was associated with a 20-35% lower risk of premature mortality (death) due to any...
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Helmetless Cycling Increases Death Risk

November 21, 2013
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Ever wonder how important it is for you or your children to wear a helmet while riding on your bicycle? According to recent research “not wearing a helmet while cycling is associated with an increased risk of sustaining a fatal head injury.” How much of an increase? People who don’t wear their helmet are...
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Exercise for Brain Health

November 7, 2013
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An interesting study looks at how exercise impacts brain health in seniors over 70. Specifically, the study looked at how a higher level of physical activity would impact brain atrophy (brain shrinkage) and white matter lesions (WML), which are dead cells in the brain that can cause a loss of memory, vision and cognitive...
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Mediterranean Diet Succeeds

November 5, 2013
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Want to know which type of diet helps you lose weight and keep it off? A study looked at how moderately obese participants fared in one of three weight-loss plans: “a low-fat, restricted-calorie diet; a Mediterranean, restricted-calorie diet; or a low-carbohydrate diet without calorie restriction.” After two years, the average weight loss for each...
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Teen Muscle Strength Reduces Death

October 1, 2013
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A study of over 1 million teenage men examined how muscle strength impacted their risk of death. Follow-up after 24 years discovered that “high muscular strength in adolescence, as assessed by knee extension and handgrip tests, was associated with a 20-35% lower risk of premature mortality due to any cause…” In addition, “stronger adolescents...
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High Fructose Corn Syrup = Diabetes?

September 19, 2013
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A new study by University of Southern California (USC) and University of Oxford researchers indicates that there is a relationship between the amounts of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) consumed in various countries and the likelihood of type 2 diabetes. Researchers found that “countries using high fructose corn syrup in their food supply have...
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Fitness in Middle Age Increases Life Span

September 10, 2013
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A recent study looked at how keeping yourself physically fit in your 40s and 50s can benefit you as you get older. The study particularly examined how better fitness could reduce the risk of chronic conditions later in life. Researchers found that “higher fitness was associated with lower risk of developing chronic conditions relative...
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Exercise Lowers Diabetes Risk

August 8, 2013
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A recent study found that men can dramatically lower their risk of type 2 diabetes through weight training and aerobic exercising. Researchers “observed a dose-response relationship between an increasing amount of time spent on weight training or aerobic exercise and lower risk of T2DM.” The study results showed that “engaging in weight training or...
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Spend More Active Time with Children

August 1, 2013
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An interesting study attached accelerometers and GPS devices on parents and children in order to record how they spent their time together. The study sought to determine how much active time parents spent with their children vs. passive time. The results were not positive. On average, parents and children “spent 2.4 (minutes per day)...
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