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Outliving Our Children?

May 27, 2010
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A recent study finds Americans getting fatter sooner than their parents. As we look at the years when people are born, we find each decade group reaching a level where 20% or more are obese at younger and younger ages: It wasn’t until they reached 50-59 years old that 20% of those born between...
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Only Women Suffer From Eating High-GI Foods

May 25, 2010
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Women beware. Some things in life just aren’t fair and the way we process our food is one of them. Consider the fact that “carbohydrate intake from high-GI foods increase the overall risk of CHD (coronary heart disease) in women but not men.” High GI (Glycemic Index) foods are foods whose carbohydrates convert quickly...
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Less Sleep = More Snacks

May 20, 2010
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The more you lose sleep, the more you pack on the pounds. People who sleep less than 6 hours a night tend to make up for it with more snacks, according to a recent study. The authors noted that reduced sleep “can modify the amount, composition, and distribution of human food intake,” and that...
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Seniors Must Walk Faster to Decrease Cardiovascular Mortality

May 18, 2010
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While walking is a good exercise for older adults, walking slowly doesn’t do the job when it comes to heart health. A study of senior adults (65 years and older) looked at the impact walking speed has on mortality. Specifically the study found that “participants with low walking speed had about a threefold increased...
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Chocolate Reduces Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

May 13, 2010
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Some good news for chocolate lovers: A study from Germany found that “Chocolate consumption appears to lower CVD (cardiovascular disease) risk, in part through reducing BP (blood pressure).” And while the risk reduction was modest, it is in keeping with other recent studies that suggest weekly consumption of chocolate results in a significant reduction...
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The Danger of Hospital Acquired Infections

May 11, 2010
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The risk of a “health care-associated infection” is much greater than you might think. These are infections you can get while in the hospital as a result of your stay. Annually, approximately 1.7 million hospitalizations involve some sort of infection, the most common being pneumonia and sepsis (an infection causing whole-body inflammation). If you...
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Increase Your Life Expectancy at Middle Age

May 6, 2010
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Want to find a way to increase your longevity? Just take a look at some of the critical numbers. A recent study quantifies ways to increase your life expectancy three different ways: Never Smoking – increased life expectancy: men – 4.3 years, women – 4.1 years Physical Activity – increased life expectancy: men – 3.5...
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Circulating Vitamin D Reduces Risk of Colorectal Cancer

May 4, 2010
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Vitamin D has a range of benefits and one of them has to do with colorectal cancer. Another study on the benefits of vitamin D looked specifically at colorectal cancer. This study found that higher concentrations of circulating vitamin D reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by as much as 40%. Using a midlevel...
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Elderly Women Benefit from Resistance Training

April 29, 2010
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Physical activity, cardio workouts and resistance training hold great cognitive benefits for older men and women. Many studies have proven this, including one done in Canada that examined the effects of weekly resistance training on the cognitive function of women 65 to 75 years old. The study found that “twelve months of once-weekly or...
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Bitter Melon to Prevent or Treat Breast Cancer?

April 27, 2010
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The use of Bitter Melon Extract (BME) has the potential to offer an alternative breast cancer treatment to the usual drug regimes without the side effects. A preliminary study looked at the use of bitter melon (Momordica charantia) extract (BME) as an anticancer agent. In lab tests, researchers found that “BME treatment of breast...
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Soccer Beats Healthy Diet & Exercise

April 22, 2010
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Who says healthy living can’t be fun? Research from the University of Copenhagen on inactive men with high blood pressure demonstrated “that just 3 months of soccer practice twice a week causes a significant fall in blood pressure, resting pulse rate, and percentage of body fat, and is more effective than the doctor’s usual...
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Pancreatic Cancer from Soft Drinks

April 20, 2010
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Pancreatic Cancer is a particularly vicious type of cancer. The survival rate three years after diagnosis is only 30%, dropping to a mere 5% five years after diagnosis. A recent 14-year study found that drinking only two or more soft drinks a week increased the risk of pancreatic cancer by 87%. When compared to...
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Calcium & Vitamin D Prevents Fractures in Older Adults

April 15, 2010
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Lower your risk of bone fractures by making sure you’re getting enough calcium and vitamin D. A pooled analysis of 68,500 patients from seven major vitamin D fracture trials in the U.S. and Europe determined that daily calcium and vitamin D supplements were effective in reducing fractures in older adults. According to the authors,...
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