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Family Lifestyles May Be as Important to Health as Genes

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WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 – Shared lifestyles and surroundings may play as strong a role as genes in diseases that run in families, a new study indicates. The study included medical histories of more than 500,000 people and their families in the United Kingdom. The information included blood and adoptive relatives. The researchers focused on 12 common diseases, including high blood pressure and heart disease, as well as several cancers and neurological diseases. Factors shared by family members can have a significant influence on a person's risk for some diseases. These factors include the same living space and similar eating habits. The impact of genes on disease risk may be overestimated by 47 percent when shared family factors aren't taken into account, the study authors contended. The study offers "precise estimates of the role of genetics in these important diseases. It also ... Read more

Related support groups: High Blood Pressure, Cancer, Hypertension, Heart Disease, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Ischemic Heart Disease, Hypertensive Heart Disease

Hour of Exercise a Day May Offset Sitting's Toll on Health

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WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 – Just one hour of physical activity a day – something as simple as a brisk walk or a bicycle ride – may undo the increased risk of early death that comes with sitting eight hours or more on a daily basis, a new study suggests. "These results provide further evidence on the benefits of physical activity, particularly in societies where increasing numbers of people have to sit for long hours for work or commuting," said lead researcher Ulf Ekelund. He is a professor in physical activity and health at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo, Norway. "Unfortunately, only 25 percent of our sample exercised an hour a day or more," he said. The study also found that watching TV for three hours or more a day was linked with an increased risk of early death, regardless of physical activity – except among those who were the most physically active. However, ... Read more

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Lack of Fitness Second Only to Smoking as Predictor of Early Death: Study

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WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 – Poor physical fitness ranks right behind smoking as leading risk factors for an early death, new long-term research suggests. Analyzing nearly 800 men starting at midlife, Swedish scientists also found that each measurable increase in fitness levels translated into a 21 percent lower risk of death over 45 years of follow-up. "Fitness in middle age is of importance for mortality risk for several decades," said study author Per Ladenvall, a researcher in the department of molecular and clinical medicine at University of Gothenburg. "Persons with low fitness are associated with an increased mortality risk throughout life." "Smoking was the risk factor that was [most strongly] associated with mortality," Ladenvall added. "We were somewhat surprised that the effect of aerobic capacity was even more pronounced than that of high cholesterol and high blood pressure." ... Read more

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Even a Little Exercise May Help Younger Women's Hearts

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MONDAY, July 25, 2016 – Younger women who exercise just 2.5 hours a week may cut their risk for heart disease by up to 25 percent, a new study suggests. "The habits and the choices we make in the first half of our life determine our well-being and freedom from chronic disease in the second half of our lives," said Dr. Erin Michos, an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. "Importantly, higher levels of physical activity have been shown to be associated with reduction in rates of heart disease, stroke, cancers, diabetes and many other chronic health conditions," said Michos. She co-authored an editorial accompanying the study, which was published online July 25 in the journal Circulation. Lead researcher Andrea Chomistek said women can achieve the recommended 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week in as ... Read more

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FDA Renews Call to Reduce Salt in Processed Foods

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FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 – Americans eat way too much salt, and one reason why is that processed and prepared foods have a lot of hidden salt, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. But proposed new guidelines for food manufacturers and restaurants – first announced early in June – may change that. The FDA is asking food makers and eating establishments to voluntarily reduce salt levels in their products to help reduce Americans' high salt intake. The draft guidelines target these sources of salt with the goal of reducing Americans' average daily salt intake from 3,400 milligrams (mg) a day to 2,300 mg a day. "It's no easy task for consumers to consume the recommended amount of sodium in their diets," Susan Mayne, director of FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said in an agency news release. "We want to help reduce the amount of sodium across the entire food supply ... Read more

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'Walking Meetings' May Boost Employee Health, Productivity

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FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 – Here's an idea that might make staff meetings less boring and more healthful: New research suggests you walk while you talk business. The small study found that converting a single weekly meeting to a "walking meeting" may raise work-related physical activity levels of white-collar workers by 10 minutes. By walking meeting, the researchers mean a group of employees and their manager literally walk around while discussing company matters. "Walking is known to have tremendous health benefits," said study author Hannah Kling, a graduate of the department of public health sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. One walking meeting can help meet the targeted goals for physical activity set by the American Heart Association, which recommends adults get about 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each weekday, Kling added. The ... Read more

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Living Past 90 Doesn't Doom You to Disease, Disability

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THURSDAY, July 20, 2016 – What if you could live well into your 90s and still be in good health? A new study suggests that may be possible, particularly if you have good genes. "Chronic disease is not an inevitable part of aging," said Dr. Sofiya Milman, an assistant professor of medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. "An extended period of good health can accompany a long life span and is an achievable goal." Milman is one of the authors of a U.S. National Institutes of Health-funded study on aging. Americans are living longer than ever. In 2014, the average life expectancy at birth had reached nearly 79 years, according to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. A century earlier, it was just slightly over 54 years. But gains in "health span – the period of time that people live in good health – have not kept pace with longevity, the study ... Read more

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Even Your Heart May Benefit From Extra Education

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WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 – While there are many obvious benefits to achieving a higher level of education, one you may not have considered is a boost to your heart health. New research suggests that heart attack survivors with higher levels of education appear less likely to develop heart failure. Heart failure is a serious complication of heart attack that significantly increases the risk of death, study author Gerhard Sulo said in a European Society of Cardiology news release. Sulo is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bergen in Norway. The study included more than 70,500 people in Norway, aged 35 to 85. All had been hospitalized with a first heart attack between 2001 and 2009. None had a history of heart failure at the start of the study. By the end of 2009, 18 percent of patients had been diagnosed with early onset heart failure, the findings showed. Compared to those with ... Read more

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Even High-Fat Mediterranean Diet Good for You: Review

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TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 – Even a high-fat Mediterranean diet may protect against breast cancer, diabetes and heart disease, a new review finds. "If you adhere to a Mediterranean diet, you will probably have fewer heart attacks and strokes, and will be less likely to develop breast cancer and less likely to develop diabetes," said study leader Dr. Hanna Bloomfield. She is a professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota and associate chief of staff for research at the Minneapolis VA. Connie Diekman, director of university nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis, said that the findings are a good reminder that focusing on your overall dietary pattern – and not single foods or nutrients – is the key to health. "The impact of the Mediterranean diet on health has always been demonstrated to be due to the plant food pattern, and this study again appears to support that ... Read more

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Healthy Fats Can Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: Study

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TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 – Eating more healthy fats, like nuts, seeds and vegetable oils, while limiting animal fats and refined carbohydrates, can help prevent or control type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. The large study found these dietary changes can lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. "The world faces an epidemic of insulin resistance and diabetes. Our findings support preventing and treating these diseases by eating more fat-rich foods like walnuts, sunflower seeds, soybeans, flaxseed, fish and other vegetable oils and spreads, in place of refined grains, starches, sugars and animal fats," said study co-leader Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian. He is dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston. "This is a positive message for the public. Don't fear healthy fats," Mozaffarian said in a university news release. ... Read more

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Which Diabetes Drug Is Best?

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TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 – No single drug to treat type 2 diabetes stands out from the pack when it comes to reducing the risks of heart disease, stroke or premature death, a new research review finds. The analysis of hundreds of clinical trials found no evidence that any one diabetes drug, or drug combination, beats out the others. Researchers said the results bolster current recommendations to first try an older, cheaper drug – metformin (Glumetza, Glucophage) – for most patients with type 2 diabetes. "There are very few things experts agree on, but this is one of them," said Dr. Kevin Pantalone, a diabetes specialist at the Cleveland Clinic and a member of the Endocrine Society. "Metformin, in the absence of contraindications or intolerability, should be the first-line agent to treat patients with type 2 diabetes," he said. Metformin can cause upset stomach and diarrhea, so some ... Read more

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College Linemen Larger Than Ever, Study Finds

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MONDAY, July 18, 2016 – Offensive linemen who play college football – even at small Division III schools – are getting bigger than ever, a new study shows. Researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston found these players were 38 percent heavier than their counterparts were in 1956. Meanwhile, the average male's weight increased only 12 percent during the same period. "Through selective recruiting, weight training and nutrition ['hyper-nutrition'], we end up with a population of large linemen," said senior study author Dr. David Greenblatt, professor of integrative physiology and pathobiology. "The public health issue is that everybody involved with American football needs to develop concerted ways to assure the health of players when their football days are over," he said in a Tufts news release. "The results of our study emphasize the importance of helping these ... Read more

Related support groups: High Blood Pressure, Obesity, Hypertension, Weight Loss, Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Poverty Takes Bigger Toll on a Man's Health If He's Black: Study

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MONDAY, July 18, 2016 – While being poor raises the odds of dying early for American black males, it doesn't seem to have the same impact for white males, a new study suggests. One expert who's long researched health disparities wasn't surprised by the finding. "The fact that poverty in African Americans can be considered a life-threatening 'disease' emphasizes the urgent need for society to increase their health care access opportunities," said Dr. Liron Sinvani. She is an investigator at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, N.Y. Sinvani was not involved in the new study, which was led by Dr. Alan Zonderman of the U.S. National Institute on Aging. In its research, Zonderman's team tracked data on more than 3,700 black and white men and women aged 30 to 64. All of the participants were involved in a major national study on "healthy aging," conducted between 2004 ... Read more

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Health Tip: Pack Your Pantry With Heart-Healthy Staples

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-- Keeping a stash of heart-healthy basics means you can whip up a nutritious meal on a moment's notice. The American Heart Association suggests you include: Canned beans, tuna, salmon, marinara and tomatoes. Whole grains, including whole-wheat pasta, bulgur, quinoa and brown rice. Spelt, whole-wheat flour or cornmeal – to use in baking. Low-sodium soy sauce, balsamic vinegar and low-sodium bouillon cubes. Dried herbs, such as rosemary, basil, thyme, curry powder and oregano. Read more

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4 in 10 Americans Think Work Affects Their Health: Poll

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WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 – Many Americans think their job takes a toll on everything from their health and stress levels to their eating and sleeping habits, a new poll found. "The takeaway here is that job number one for U.S. employers is to reduce stress in the workplace," said poll director Robert Blendon. He is the Richard L. Menschel Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. The poll, which included phone interviews with more than 1,600 workers in the United States, found that 44 percent think their job affects their overall health. And only 28 percent of those people believe the influence is positive. Among the 16 percent who think their job is taking a toll on their health are those with disabilities, those with dangerous jobs, those working more than 50 hours a week, those working in retail and those earning ... Read more

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