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Seniors: Pump Iron, Live Longer

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WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 – You probably already know that strength training, such as lifting weights or doing pushups, is good for you, but now new research suggests it may help you live longer, too. When people 65 and older did strength training twice a week, they lowered their odds of dying from any cause by almost half during a 15-year study. "The secret to a longer and healthier life may not be available in pill form, but it may look like a barbell," said lead study author Dr. Jennifer Kraschnewski. She's an assistant professor of medicine and public health sciences at Penn State College of Medicine, in Hershey, Pa. "Strength training can substantially decrease mortality risk, and more importantly, some of our other work demonstrates the impact of strength training on improving functional limitations [in older people]," she added. The study included data on more than 30,000 adults, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Trim Daily Calories

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-- Experts say to lose a pound a week, you'll need to cut 3,500 calories during that span. But how can you do so without feeling hungry? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: Avoid sweetened drinks, and foods with fat and added sugar. Instead of chips, snack on raw vegetables. In lieu of baked goods, enjoy sliced pineapple, oranges or some berries. Avoid alcohol, in favor of a glass of sparkling water. Drink a glass of fat-free chocolate milk, which should satisfy your craving for a candy bar. Read more

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Fatty Foods, Drowsy Days

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TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 – Men who eat a lot of fatty foods may find themselves needing an afternoon nap, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among almost 800 men aged 35 to 80, those with diets high in fat reported more problems with daytime sleepiness. The connection was not explained by body weight, exercise levels or chronic health issues, such as diabetes or depression. The study, published recently in the journal Nutrients, does not prove that dietary fat, itself, induces drowsiness. It's unclear why a fatty diet might affect drowsiness, according to lead researcher Yingting Cao, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Adelaide in Australia. But, Cao said, lab studies suggest that certain "gut neuro-hormones" promote sleepiness, so it's plausible that a high-fat diet could somehow affect daytime drowsiness. According to Cao, more research is needed to understand how fatty ... Read more

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Why Labradors Often Get Fat

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TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 – One of America's favorite dog breeds, the Labrador retriever, has a genetic variant that seems to make them more likely to gain weight, a new study suggests. "Labradors make particularly successful working and pet dogs because they are loyal, intelligent and eager to please, but importantly, they are also relatively easy to train. Food is often used as a reward during training, and carrying this variant may make dogs more motivated to work for a tidbit," said the study's senior co-author, Giles Yeo, of the University of Cambridge in England. "But it's a double-edged sword," Yeo added. "Carrying the variant may make them more trainable, but it also makes them susceptible to obesity. This is something owners will need to be aware of so they can actively manage their dog's weight," he said in a university news release. As in humans, obesity in dogs can shorten their ... Read more

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Even Non-Obese Report Better Mood, Sex Drive After Dieting

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MONDAY, May 2, 2016 – Dieting might help improve your health, mood, sex drive and stress levels even if you're not obese, a new clinical trial reports. A group of either healthy weight or mildly overweight people who followed a calorie-restricted diet for two years lost nearly 17 pounds on average and enjoyed significant quality-of-life improvement, said lead author Corby Martin. He is director for behavioral sciences and epidemiology with the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La. "Even among people who are relatively healthy, you see these positive biological and physiological changes occurring with calorie restriction," Martin said. Participants felt better and lost weight even though they fell short by half of their original calorie-cutting goal, Martin noted. Researchers had asked study participants to restrict their calorie intake by 25 percent, but over two ... Read more

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Health Tip: Planning Makes Healthy Eating Simpler

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-- Making healthy food choices requires some planning to avoid spontaneous choices – which may not be so healthy. The American Heart Association suggests: Create a plan of two-to-four weeks' worth of healthy meals for your family. Include your family's favorite healthier meals, adding new recipes to the rotation as you come across them. Plan your week's menus on the weekends, using the long-term list. Bring the menu with you when you shop. If work weeks are too busy, cook most of your meals on the weekends. Refrigerate or freeze them. Use free time to cut up fresh vegetables. Store them in the refrigerator for healthy snacks that are easy to grab. Read more

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If You're Craving Cookies, You Might Just Be Bored

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FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 – If you find yourself reaching into a bag of chips and you know you're not hungry, maybe you're just bored instead, new research suggests. British researchers conducted two experiments to see how boredom affects people's food choices. In one trial, the researchers asked 52 participants to fill out a questionnaire about their food preferences before and after repeatedly copying the same group of letters. After completing that boring task, the participants were more likely to say they preferred unhealthy fare such as chips, sweets and fast food. In a second experiment, 45 people were offered a number of healthy and unhealthy snacks while watching either a boring or funny video. Those who watched the boring video ate much more of the unhealthy snacks. The findings were presented at the British Psychological Society's annual meeting this week. "These results are in ... Read more

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Psoriasis Tied to Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes

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WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 – The chronic skin disease psoriasis may be linked to excess weight and type 2 diabetes, results of a new study suggest. Danish researchers found that people with type 2 diabetes had more than 50 percent greater odds of having psoriasis compared to people without diabetes. The study also found that the rate of psoriasis went up with increasing weight. For example, obese people with a body mass index (BMI) over 35 had almost double the odds of psoriasis than normal weight people did. BMI is a body fat measurement based on height and weight. A BMI of 30 or over is considered obese. Exactly how these conditions might be connected isn't clear, but the study authors suggested that genetics, smoking, drinking alcohol, or inflammation might play a role. "Psoriasis is a complex disorder," said lead researcher Dr. Ann Sophie Lonnberg, of the University of Copenhagen. ... Read more

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Gotta Minute? Get a Good Workout

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WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 – Couch potatoes, there are no more excuses. New research from Canada contends that just one minute of high-intensity exercise can boost your health as much as 45 minutes of a moderate workout. That means you can't claim that you don't have enough time to get in shape. "Most people cite 'lack of time' as the main reason for not being active," said study author Martin Gibala, a professor of kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. "Our study shows that an interval-based [intense] approach can be more efficient – you can get health and fitness benefits comparable to the traditional approach, in less time." The study included 27 inactive men who were randomly assigned to do either intense or moderate workouts three times a week for 12 weeks, or to a control group that did not exercise. The intense exercise was so-called sprint interval training, ... Read more

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Mom's Pre-Pregnancy Weight May Help Predict Child's Size

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WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 – Toddlers whose mothers were overweight or obese before pregnancy may be more likely to be overweight, a new study suggests. The study also found that mothers who gain too much weight during pregnancy may be more prone to having overweight toddlers. The study had a bit of good news – breast-feeding for at least six months could reduce a toddler's risk of being overweight. "Childhood obesity is linked with adult obesity and long-term negative health outcomes, which is why it is important to explore which factors may contribute to excessive weight during early childhood," said lead author Anny Xiang, from Kaiser Permanente's Southern California Department of Research and Evaluation. "Our study findings highlight the need for more public health efforts to reduce maternal obesity, appropriate gestational weight gain and to promote breast-feeding," Xiang said in ... Read more

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Health Tip: Choose Energy-Boosting Foods

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-- If you feel too tired to hit the gym despite your commitment to exercise, your diet may need an energy boost. The American Council on Exercise suggests: Eat frequent small meals that include complex carbohydrates, such as veggies, fruit, whole grains and beans. Avoid refined carbohydrates, such as donuts or cookies. Don't drink caffeine within an hour of your workout. Instead, have a small glass of juice to help boost your energy. Start your morning with a breakfast rich in whole grains and fruit. If you work out in the afternoon or evening, plan a light but nutritious snack an hour before your workout. Also drink plenty of water. Read more

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Rates of Severe Obesity Among U.S. Kids Still Rising: Study

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TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 – Obesity continues to plague American kids, with a new study finding rates of severe obesity climbing over a 15-year period. Examining national data from 1999 through 2014, researchers found that one-third of American children aged 2 to 19 were overweight, nearly one-quarter were obese, and more than 2 percent were severely obese. "Despite other recent reports, all categories of obesity have increased from 1999 to 2014, and there is no evidence of a decline in the last few years," said lead researcher Asheley Skinner, who's with the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, N.C. Treatment for the 4.5 million severely obese kids is urgently needed, Skinner said, noting their heightened risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer compared with children with milder forms of obesity. "Unless we make big changes on a national level, we're not going to see ... Read more

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Health Tip: Help Prevent High Blood Pressure

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-- High blood pressure is sometimes called "the silent killer" because it can be deadly, and affected people may not know they have it. To help prevent high blood pressure, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises: Monitoring your blood pressure regularly. Keeping your blood sugar well controlled if you have diabetes, which is a risk factor for high blood pressure. Taking your meds for diabetes, blood pressure and other chronic health conditions exactly as prescribed. Discussing with your doctor any health issues that may contribute to high blood pressure. Read more

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Focus on Healthy Foods, Not Avoiding 'Bad' Ones, for Heart Health: Study

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MONDAY, April 25, 2016 – Emphasizing healthy foods in your diet, not just banishing "bad" foods, may be the key to avoiding heart attack and stroke, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the eating habits of thousands of older adults worldwide with heart disease and found results that might surprise you. "Eating a healthy diet seems to have protective effects, but unhealthy foods don't seem to cause any harm," said lead researcher Dr. Ralph Stewart, a cardiologist at Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand. Nutritionists didn't agree with the latter notion, however, stressing that more research is definitely needed. The new study found that for every 100 people eating the healthful, Mediterranean-style diet, three fewer heart attacks, strokes or deaths occurred, compared with the same number of adults eating the so-called Western diet, the study found. A Mediterranean diet is rich ... Read more

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Health Tip: Dig Into More Flavorful Foods

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-- Healthier food doesn't have to taste like cardboard. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions to keep food healthy while boosting its flavor: Give veggies a sweeter, smokier flavor by brushing them lightly with oil and a sprinkle of herbs, then roasting in the oven at 450 degrees. Using a bit of oil, slowly caramelize onions in a pan over low heat. Use the sweet, rich sauce over a meat or poultry dish. Add to your food a variety of colorful peppers or hot pepper sauce, citrus juice, pomegranate seeds or herbs such as cilantro. Opt for healthier condiments, such as fresh salsa, tapenade, chutney, horseradish, mustard, bean puree or wasabi. Read more

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