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When It Comes to Exercise, Quality Trumps Quantity

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FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 – You've probably heard that you need to get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week. But a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology suggests that a mix of different types of exercise brings better results than simply adding more quantity. That's important if you spend hours at the gym, but focus solely on strength training or pounding the treadmill. Researchers at Skidmore College in New York compared the effects of different exercise regimens. Their findings: participants got the most benefits from a program that included resistance exercise, cardio workouts, interval training and stretching, along with eating moderate amounts of protein throughout the day. The theory is that this blend addresses more of your body's needs. The approach led to impressive results – weight loss, less belly fat, lower blood sugar levels and an increase in ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Even a Little More Activity Could Save Millions of Lives

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FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 – Just a half-hour of physical activity a day could prevent millions of early deaths and cases of heart disease worldwide, a new study says. "Meeting physical activity guidelines by walking for as little as 30 minutes most days of the week has a substantial benefit, and higher physical activity is associated with even lower risks," said study lead author Scott Lear. Lear is a professor in the faculty of health sciences at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. He and his colleagues analyzed survey responses from more than 130,000 people aged 35-70 in 17 countries. Participants were asked about their levels of physical activity, then they were followed for nearly seven years. The researchers concluded that 1 in 20 cases of heart disease and 1 in 12 premature deaths could be prevented if everyone met World Health Organization guidelines. WHO ... Read more

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For Men, Fitness Can Often Last a Lifetime

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THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 – Active middle-aged men are likely to stay active into old age, a new study finds. The research included nearly 3,500 British men, aged 40 to 59 at the start of the study. The researchers followed the men's health for 20 years. Those who were physically active in mid-life were nearly three times more likely to be active at the end of the study period. Men who played sports in mid-life were more likely to be active in old age than those who did other types of physical activity in mid-life. That was especially true of those who played sports for many years, the findings showed. Men who played sports for 25 years or more were nearly five times more likely to be physically active in old age than those who didn't play sports, the study authors said. But plenty of men took up high levels of walking as they aged. At the start of the study, just 27 percent reported ... Read more

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One Weight-Loss Surgery Shows Lasting Results

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 – Obesity surgery can have long-lasting effects on weight and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, a new study finds. Doctors have known that a type of obesity surgery, called gastric bypass, works in the short-term. Patients typically lose a lot of weight, and obesity-related health problems can be prevented or even cured. But the new findings show that the benefits are still apparent 12 years later. The study, of more than 1,100 severely obese adults, found that those who underwent gastric bypass lost an average of 100 pounds over two years. By year 12, they'd managed to keep 77 of those pounds off. On top of the weight loss, surgery patients had a much lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes – 92 percent lower, versus obese patients who did not have surgery. "This is very effective at diabetes prevention," said lead researcher ... Read more

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'Green Schoolyards' May Bring Better Health to Kids

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 – A "green schoolyard" might boost the health of children in your community, researchers report. "Green schoolyards can include outdoor classrooms, native gardens, storm water capture, traditional play equipment, vegetable gardens, trails, trees and more," Dr. Stephen Pont said in an American Academy of Pediatrics news release. He and his colleagues found that green schoolyards provide benefits in areas such as heart health, weight control, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and stress relief. "And outside of school time, these schoolyards can be open for the surrounding community to use, benefitting everyone," added Pont, medical director of the Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity. For their report, Pont's team summarized the findings of prior published studies on the potential benefits of green schoolyards. "We ... Read more

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Styling a Home Gym

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 – Whether it's a matter of cost or convenience, you might want to opt out of a fitness facility and opt to work out in the comfort of your own home. A home gym can be simple or elaborate, but it's important to have the basics for all key exercise components – cardio, strength training, stretching and balance. You can follow along with workout DVDs or even exercises on YouTube, but there is some equipment you'll need to meet all of your fitness goals. For indoor cardio, choose a machine that simulates an outdoor activity you really like. This might be an upright or semi-recumbent stationary bike or a motorized treadmill for walking or running (incline settings are great for adding intensity). Other options include an elliptical trainer, a stair-stepper or, for a total-body workout, a cross-country ski machine or a rowing machine, the American College of Sports ... Read more

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Weight-Loss Surgery May Leave Some Anemic

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 – For many obese Americans, weight-loss surgery can be a path to losing lots of unhealthy pounds. But new research suggests it can also lead to a long-term loss of healthy red blood cells, otherwise known as anemia. In a study of U.S. veterans who got a common form of weight-loss (bariatric) surgery, "anemia rates are high 10 years after," conclude a team led by Dr. Dan Eisenberg, a bariatric surgeon at Stanford School of Medicine. One specialist who reviewed the findings wasn't surprised. "Anemia is a common problem in patients who have undergone gastric bypass, and this study sheds light on the severity of the problem in patients who don't receive adequate treatment," said Dr. Allison Barrett. She directs bariatric surgery at Long Island Jewish Forest Hill, in Forest Hill, N.Y. She believes the research "proves that complications of surgery, such as vitamin ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Anemia, Iron Deficiency Anemia, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery

As Men's Weight Rises, Sperm Health May Fall

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 – A widening waistline may make for shrinking numbers of sperm, new research suggests. Indian scientists studied more than 1,200 men and found that too much extra weight was linked to a lower volume of semen, a lower sperm count and lower sperm concentration. In addition, sperm motility (the ability to move quickly through the female reproductive tract) was poor. The sperm had other defects as well, the researchers added. Poor sperm quality can lower fertility and the chances of conception. "It's known that obese women take longer to conceive," said lead researcher Dr. Gottumukkala Achyuta Rama Raju, from the Center for Assisted Reproduction at the Krishna IVF Clinic, in Visakhapatnam. "This study proves that obese men are also a cause for delay in conception," he added. "Parental obesity at conception has deleterious effects on embryo health, implantation, ... Read more

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Restaurant Rules for Weight Loss

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TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Is eating out your diet downfall? Getting together with friends is fun, but a tempting menu can quickly derail your weight loss efforts. Try these restaurant rules to stay on the calorie track. First, choose a restaurant that offers healthier fare. Japanese, Thai and other Asian cuisines are usually vegetable-based with little saturated fat in the other ingredients. Greek and Spanish restaurants serve foods from the healthy Mediterranean diet, so you'll likely be able to choose from fish, grilled lean meats and salads. If your willpower fades the second you face a menu, decide what to order before you set foot in the restaurant. If its menu isn't online, call ahead and ask for recommendations by phone. Remember that restaurants want to accommodate you. If you're trying a new cuisine and want to sample unique dishes, make it your goal to limit calories. Never ... Read more

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Obesity Rates Have Stopped Rising for Young Americans

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TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Youth obesity rates are leveling off in the United States, with about one-third of kids and teens now overweight or obese, a new report shows. "Obesity rates are still far too high, but the progress we've seen in recent years is real and it's encouraging," said Richard Besser, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). "That progress could be easily undermined if leaders and policymakers at all levels don't continue to prioritize efforts that help all Americans lead healthier lives," Besser said. The findings were recently detailed in the annual State of Obesity report from the RWJF (a philanthropy that supports research and programs targeting health issues in America) and the nonprofit Trust for America's Health. John Auerbach is president and CEO of Trust for America's Health. He said, "It's clear that the progress we've made in fighting ... Read more

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Cutting the Fat From Your Favorite Brews

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MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 – Whether it's to get your day going, a way to curb your appetite, or just a taste you love, you might insist on your daily coffee fix. But depending on what you add to it, that cup of joe can easily skyrocket from zero calories into the hundreds. And that could be as much as a third of your daily allotment if you're dieting. You don't have to give up the coffee – just rethink your drink. When choosing a blended drink, the easiest change is the cup size. Scale down from large to medium and you cut out a quarter or more of the calories. Downsize to small and you've cut the calories in half. Or ask for a shot of sugar-free hazelnut or almond syrup in a regular coffee to get a flavor for next-to-no calories. Maybe fancy flavors aren't your thing. But if you typically douse your coffee with cream and sugar, you can get dramatic savings by switching to skim or ... Read more

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Health Tip: Overcoming the Obesity Epidemic

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-- Your chances of becoming obese are only made worse if you're a chronic couch potato. The American Council on Exercise suggests how businesses, governments and communities can promote physical activity: Employers should create programs that motivate people to stay moving on the job. Physical education programs for grades K-12 should require exercise to be a part of all before-school, after-school and summer programs. Governments and businesses should stress opportunities for physical activity, including for people with disabilities. Governments should concentrate on funding research into the dangers of physical inactivity. Read more

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Hidden Gems in Your Health Insurance Plan

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FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 – You might only think about your health insurance coverage when it's time for a doctor visit. But there may be many hidden health gems in your policy – wellness programs. Usually offered through your employer, wellness programs are designed to improve your health and help you avoid chronic conditions or better manage ones that you may already be battling. About half of all U.S. employers offer wellness initiatives, according to a study sponsored by the federal Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services. They include such programs as ways to help you manage diabetes or lose weight, screenings to identify health risks, and interventions to promote a healthy lifestyle. But few people take advantage of these benefits, especially programs to uncover and treat health conditions, even when they're free. Yet participation can make a difference ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Diabetes, Type 2, Weight Loss, Diabetes Mellitus, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance

Skin Patch Shrinks 'Love Handles' -- in Mice

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FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 – Imagine using a medicated skin patch to burn off areas of unwanted fat, including those "love handles." Scientists are doing just that – in mice. A skin patch designed to convert unhealthy white fat into energy-burning brown fat was effective in rodents, according to researchers at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. They said the patch could help reduce unwanted fat in specific areas of the body, which could aid in treating problems related to obesity and diabetes. "Love handles" – the fatty bulges along the sides of the torso – might be one of the targets. Researchers for years have sought to find a viable way to convert white fat to brown fat, a process called browning. Browning can occur naturally when the body is exposed to cold temperatures. "There are several clinically available drugs that promote browning, but all must be given as ... Read more

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Smoking, Poor Diet Lead Global Death Causes

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THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 – Tobacco caused 7.1 million deaths worldwide in 2016, and poor diet was associated with 1 in 5 deaths, according to a new report. The Global Burden of Disease study also found that 1.1 billion people had mental health and substance use disorders in 2016, and that major depression was among the top 10 causes of poor health in all but four countries. Non-communicable diseases caused 72 percent of all deaths worldwide. Heart disease was the leading cause of premature death in most regions, accounting for 9.5 million deaths, an increase of 19 percent since 2006. Diabetes caused 1.43 million deaths worldwide in 2016, a 31 percent increase since 2006. The study also said deaths from firearms, war and terrorism have increased. But overall, the report found, death rates have declined in all age groups. The largest decline has been among children under the age of 5, ... Read more

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