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Weight Loss May Spare Knee Cartilage, Study Finds

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MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 – Losing a large amount of weight slows the loss of knee cartilage in obese people, a new study shows. Obesity is a major risk factor for knee osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that often leads to joint replacement surgery. The new study included just over 500 overweight and obese Americans who either had mild to moderate osteoarthritis or risk factors for the disease. The study participants were randomly assigned to a control group that lost no weight, a group that lost a little weight, or a group that lost more than 10 percent of their body weight. Four years of follow-up showed significant weight loss protected against cartilage degeneration and that larger amounts of weight loss provided more protection, according to the study to be presented Monday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, in Chicago. Research presented at ... Read more

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Why You Need Flexibility Exercises

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SATURDAY, Nov. 28, 2015 – Flexibility exercises should be part of your regular workouts, an expert says. Effective fitness programs should include cardiovascular training, strength building and flexibility exercises, but the flexibility component is often overlooked, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. "Increasing your flexibility improves your ability to move easily," orthopedic surgeon Dr. Raymond Rocco Monto, of Nantucket, Mass., said in an academy news release. "Some joints lose up to 50 percent of motion as we age. There are many ways to improve your joint flexibility, including controlled stretches held for 10-30 seconds, stretches that rely on reflexes to produce deeper flexibility, as well as yoga and pilates," explained Monto. Including flexibility exercises in your workouts helps reduce back and joint pain, increases circulation, improves joint motion, ... Read more

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Sweat to Help Reduce Your Risk for Prostate Cancer

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FRIDAY, Nov. 27, 2015 – Vigorous exercise, a healthy diet and not smoking may dramatically reduce a man's risk for aggressive prostate cancer, new research suggests. Nearly half of lethal prostate cancer cases in the United States would be prevented if men over 60 followed five or more healthy habits, lead author Stacey Kenfield, an assistant professor in the urology department at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, said in a university news release. Most cases of prostate cancer do not spread to other parts of the body and are not life-threatening. For some men, however, the disease is deadly, affecting their bones and other organs. Kenfield's team investigated whether healthy lifestyle habits could help protect men from aggressive forms of prostate cancer. They analyzed data from two large studies involving more than 62,000 men between 40 and 84. The men, who were ... Read more

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Health Tip: Learn About Processed Foods

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-- Not all processed foods are unhealthy, experts say. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers this advice: Foods range from minimally to heavily processed. Minimally processed foods include cut and bagged vegetables, canned tuna or roasted nuts. These are generally healthier than heavily processed foods, such as microwavable dinners. Some processed foods, such as milk and juice, are fortified with vitamins. To wise up on processed foods, remember to read labels and see what's included. Check food contents for sugar, sodium and fat to get a better idea of what you're buying. Read more

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Frequent Heartburn May Signal More Serious Digestive Problem

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THURSDAY, Nov. 26, 2015 – Every Thanksgiving, lots of people loosen their belts and reach for antacids to quell an overstuffed tummy. But for some, turkey day is just another day of severe or persistent heartburn, and that chronic digestive trouble may be a sign of a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), an expert says. In GERD, the contents of the stomach repeatedly flow back into the esophagus. This causes symptoms such as chronic heartburn, regurgitation, difficulty swallowing, sore throat and morning hoarseness, explained Nancy Norton, president and founder of the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. "The symptoms of GERD can seem so common that many people do not consult with health care providers or mention them during routine exams," Norton said in a foundation news release. "When symptoms often occur two or more times a week, or ... Read more

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Health Tip: Reward Yourself for Reaching Fitness Goal

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-- Attaining a fitness goal is a milestone, and you should reward yourself for a job well done. The American Heart Association suggests any of these treats: Buying yourself new clothes. Splurging for concert tickets. Going on a vacation. Treating yourself to a spa day. Setting aside personal relaxation time. Spending the night out with friends. Read more

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Obesity in Youth May Harm the Heart Long-Term, Even After Weight Loss

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – A new study finds that even if overweight or obese young women slim down later on, obesity-linked damage to the heart may linger for decades. The research shows that even formerly overweight women remain at heightened risk for sudden cardiac death later in life. So, "it is important to maintain a healthy weight throughout adulthood as a way to minimize the risk of sudden cardiac death," lead author Stephanie Chiuve, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, said in a news release from JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology. The study was published in the journal Nov. 25. In their research, Chiuve's team tracked outcomes for more than 72,000 healthy American women followed from 1980 to 2012. The women provided information about their weight and height when they were age 18. Their body mass index (BMI - an estimate of body fat based on weight and ... Read more

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Could Obesity Be Wired Into Some Children's Brains?

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TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 – Obese children may have difficulty resisting food because of how their brain is wired, a new study suggests. The small study found that food smells activated the parts of their brains related to impulsive behavior and obsessive-compulsive disorder, which is characterized by recurrent thoughts and repetitive behaviors. This did not occur in children of a normal, healthy weight, researchers reported. The findings suggest that children with obesity are not able to stop eating, said study author Dr. Pilar Dies-Suarez, head of radiology at the Federico Gomez Children's Hospital of Mexico in Mexico City. "Thus, treatment of obesity must focus on the impulsivity problem," she said. But researchers only saw an association between impulsive brain reactions and children's weight. It's not conclusive which one caused the other. The findings were to be presented Tuesday at ... Read more

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Too Many Pregnant Women Gain Too Much Weight: Doctors' Group

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MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 – Women need to exercise and eat healthy foods during and after pregnancy in order to combat overweight and obesity and related health problems, women's health experts say. More than half of reproductive-age women in the United States are overweight or obese, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). In pregnant women, obesity increases the risk of miscarriage, premature birth, cesarean delivery, stillbirth and having a baby with a birth defect, the group said in an ACOG news release. In addition, obese pregnant women are more likely to have health problems. These issues can include heart problems, sleep apnea, gestational diabetes, blood clots in the veins and preeclampsia (marked by high blood pressure), ACOG said. And children born to obese mothers have higher odds of long-term health problems, the physician's group explained. ... Read more

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Child Care Centers Offering Too Little Outdoor Time

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FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 – Preschool children at child care centers spend too little time outdoors, a new study says. The research from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center included 380 children, ages 3-6, at 30 U.S. child care centers from November 2009 through January 2011. While 90 percent of the centers said they scheduled at least two outdoor sessions daily, only 40 percent of the children took part, and only 30 percent had the recommended 60 minutes daily outdoor time. Thirty-two percent of the children spent no time outside. The researchers also found that children in centers with at least 60 minutes of outdoor time were more active over 24 hours than those who did not get this amount of outdoor time, according to the study published recently in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "These [outdoor] opportunities may be especially important for children who lack ... Read more

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Teasing Girls About Weight May Cause Lasting Harm

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FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2015 – Teasing overweight girls about their weight can cause lasting harm to their self-image and might increase their risk of eating disorders, a new study suggests. "Weight status may be a more sensitive issue for children who are overweight or obese, and being teased about it may elicit a stronger response from them as opposed to children who are not overweight or obese," Norma Olvera, a professor and health educator at the University of Houston, said in a university news release. The research included 135 black and Hispanic girls about age 11 who were overweight or obese. Eighty-one percent of the girls were obese. All of them said they were unhappy about their body weight and wished they were thinner, the researchers said. "The study focused on black and Hispanic girls because they are at a higher risk of obesity, which may increase their desire to be thinner and ... Read more

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Cancer Survivors, Overweight Men May Face Job Discrimination

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THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 – Cancer survivors could face discrimination when looking for work, and overweight men are just as likely as overweight women to face discrimination when job hunting, shopping or dealing with customers. Those are the findings of two new studies published recently in the Journal of Applied Psychology by researchers from Rice University, Penn State and the University of North Carolina. In the first case, five undercover researchers, ages 21-29, posed as job applicants at 121 retail stores at three large shopping malls in a southern U.S. city. In some cases, the researchers indicated on their resume that they were cancer survivors and wore a hat that read "cancer survivor" when applying for a job. In other cases, they did not disclose anything about their health. Only 21 percent of the "cancer survivors" received callbacks from potential employers, compared with 37 ... Read more

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Do Men 'Eat to Impress' When a Woman's Around?

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THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 – Ladies, if guys always seem to be going for second helpings on dates, you're not imagining things. A new study suggests that men consume much more food when they dine with women, likely because they're "eating to impress." "Men tend to overeat to show off – you can also see this tendency in eating competitions, which almost always have mostly male participants," lead researcher Kevin Kniffin, of Cornell University, explained in a university news release. In the study, his team secretly observed 105 adults having their lunches at an all-you-can-eat Italian buffet over the course of two weeks. Men who dined with at least one woman ate 93 percent more pizza and 86 percent more salad than those who ate only with men, Kniffin's team found. In contrast, women ate the same amount of foods, whether they dined with women or men. Pigging out at meals would seem more of ... Read more

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Foods May Affect Each Person's Blood Sugar Differently, Study Suggests

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THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 – New research would seem to support what many have enviously suspected while watching a thin friend chow down – the same foods don't necessarily have the same effect from person-to-person. A new study from Israel suggests that people have very different blood sugar responses to the same food – with some showing large spikes even after eating supposedly healthy choices. Researchers said the findings, published in the Nov. 19 issue of the journal Cell, underscore the message that there is no "one-size-fits-all" diet. The investigators also suggested that carefully tailoring diets to meet individuals' blood sugar tendencies could be the wave of the future. "I think our research offers a new, distinct look at nutrition and how it may affect our body," said Dr. Eran Elinav, a senior scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science, in Israel. "Each human being has a ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Obesity, Weight Loss, Dietary Supplementation, Insulin Resistance

Health Tip: Using Technology to Get Fit

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-- You don't absolutely need a fancy gadget to help you get fit, but technology can make it more fun and help motivate you. The American Council on Exercise mentions these examples: Heart-rate monitors that sync with other devices and upload your stats to an app or website. A smartphone app that acts as an online coach to offer feedback and suggestions during your workout. Apps that monitor exercise duration and distance, calories burned, workouts and more. Video games that encourage activity and help you have fun as you get moving. Read more

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