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Exercise a Powerful Ally for Breast Cancer Survivors

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TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 – For breast cancer survivors, exercise may help lower their chances of dying from the disease more than other healthy habits, a new review suggests. The Canadian researchers analyzed 67 published articles to see which habits made the most difference in reducing the risk of either breast cancer recurrence or death. Exercise came out on top, reducing the risk of breast cancer death by about 40 percent, said review author Dr. Ellen Warner, a medical oncologist at Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre and a professor at the University of Toronto. "It's similar to the magnitude of chemotherapy or hormone therapy," she said. "So, that's pretty powerful." However, the review did not prove that exercise causes breast cancer risk to drop. Besides exercise, the previous research looked at weight and weight gain, diet, smoking, alcohol and vitamin supplements. The new review ... Read more

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Tired of the Ups and Downs of Yo-Yo Dieting?

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MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 – Anyone who has been on a diet knows the real challenge comes later, when you've got to fight tooth and nail to keep from regaining the lost weight. Now, a new trial finds that regular "diet coaching" may help keep the weight off. People were more likely to maintain successful weight loss if they took part in a series of post-diet coaching sessions conducted mostly by phone, said study author Corrine Voils. She is scientific director of the Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research Program at the University of Wisconsin. Dieters who received coaching had only regained about a pound and half, on average, a year after their initial weight loss, Voils said. Successful dieters who received no follow-up coaching regained about 5 pounds. Typically, most people tend to regain weight at a rate of about 2 to 4 pounds a year, the study authors said in background notes. "The ... Read more

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Most Parents Don't Think They're Meeting Their Kids' Nutritional Needs

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MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 – Even though most American parents believe good nutrition is important for their children, only one-third think they're doing a good job teaching their kids healthy eating habits, a new survey shows. "Most parents understand that they should provide healthy food for their children, but the reality of work schedules, children's activities and different food preferences can make meal preparation a hectic and frustrating experience," said Sarah Clark. She co-directs the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. The poll included more than 1,700 parents with children aged 4 to 18. The researchers found that half of the respondents believe their children eat a mostly healthful diet, but only one in six rate their children's diets as very nutritious. A quarter of the parents said their child's diet is somewhat healthy or ... Read more

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Health Tip: Reducing Your Heart Disease Risk

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-- If you have risk factors for heart disease, such as being overweight, eating unhealthy foods or being sedentary, take steps to lower your risk. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends: Eat a healthy diet, consisting of lean proteins, vegetables, fruit and whole grains. Indulge occasionally in your favorite cravings. If you're overweight, set weight-loss goals. Even losing a small percentage of your body weight reduces your risk for heart disease. Get more active. Go for walks, dance, do sit-ups or push-ups. You don't have to join a gym to move more. Do not use tobacco in any form. Find healthy ways to control stress. Take care of your teeth and gums, as there is a link between gum disease and heart disease. You don't have to make all of these changes at once. Achieve one goal at a time. Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Smoking, Heart Disease, Weight Loss, Oral and Dental Conditions, Smoking Cessation, Toothache, Gingivitis, Dental Abscess, Periodontitis, Prevention of Dental Caries, Ischemic Heart Disease

Lingering Baby Weight? Don't Blame the Pregnancy

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FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 – Women have long blamed pregnancy for weight gains that linger after their babies are born, but a new study suggests the demands of motherhood might be to blame. "We found that by one or two years after birth, women who had children were very similar [in weight gain] to those who did not," said lead researcher Olga Yakusheva. She is an associate professor of nursing at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. However, "from that time on, women with children were gaining weight at a faster rate than women without," she added. Yakusheva has a theory, which wasn't tested or proven in the study, about why. "Mothers tend to put the needs of their children first, so they might not be exercising or taking care of themselves," she said in a statement. "It might also be little things like finishing the food on their child's plate or spending more time sitting with their ... Read more

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Post-Menopausal? Give Exercise a Try

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THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – After menopause, moderate exercise can help women manage hot flashes, become more fit and feel better, a new study suggests. Researchers found that a 20-week exercise program helped women boost their fitness levels, lose a little weight and give higher ratings to their physical and mental well-being. That included a reduction in hot flashes and night sweats – two of the most bothersome symptoms of menopause. Researchers led by Debora Godoy-Izquierdo, of the University of Grenada in Spain, reported the findings online Feb. 15 in the journal Menopause. The study offers good news to women who want alternatives to hormones for managing menopause symptoms, according to Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of the North American Menopause Society. Hot flashes and night sweats are the most common reasons that women seek treatment for menopause symptoms, said ... Read more

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Health Tip: Enjoy Beans

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-- Beans are easy to prepare, inexpensive and packed with nutrients. The American Heart Association explains: Beans are rich in fiber and minerals, but don't contain the saturated fats found in animal products. Eating beans may help lower cholesterol, and help you feel more full and stay full longer. Watch for salt added in canned beans. Buy "no salt added" varieties or drain them before eating. Eat beans on toast, with rice, in soups or salads, or in a whole-grain tortilla. Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, High Cholesterol

Teens May Go Hungry as Poorest Families Struggle to Feed Kids

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 – In extremely poor American families, teens go hungry more often than younger children, a new study finds. Parents will first forgo food themselves to feed their kids. But if there still isn't enough food for everyone, younger children take priority over teens, the research showed. "If you're really poor, you try to sacrifice yourself first, but when you're forced to make some choices, these parents are deciding to let the teens not have enough," said lead author Robert Moffitt. The Jhns Hopkins researchers analyzed data from about 1,500 families in Boston, Chicago and San Antonio, who were surveyed several times between 1999 and 2005. The average income in these families was about $1,558 a month. Most families were headed by single parents who were unemployed and receiving government assistance. Most were minorities. Teens in those families went hungry twice ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Weight Loss, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation and Deficiency

Genes Tied to Belly Size Also Linked to Heart Disease

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TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 – Gene variants that raise a person's odds of being "apple-shaped" may be linked to heightened risks of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, a large study suggests. Many previous studies have hinted that a large waistline can be particularly unhealthy, compared to carrying your weight around the hips and thighs ("pear-shaped"). This new research suggests that people who carry weight at the belly tend to have higher rates of diabetes and heart disease. These types of studies do not prove a cause-and-effect link, said Dr. Kirk Knowlton, director of cardiovascular research at Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City. But, the new findings "go a step further," said Knowlton, who was not involved in the study. The new findings give "considerably more weight" to the evidence that excess belly fat, by itself, contributes to diabetes and heart ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Obesity, Heart Disease, Weight Loss, Diagnosis and Investigation, Ischemic Heart Disease

Health Tip: Eat Your Antioxidants

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-- Antioxidants, found in many healthier foods, protect your cells from damage. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests eating these antioxidant-rich foods: Eggs, milk, butter and liver, which are sources of vitamin A. Colorful fruits and vegetables, which contain vitamin C. Good sources include citrus fruits, strawberries, papaya, broccoli, cauliflower, kale and Brussels sprouts. Nuts (especially almonds and pecans), seeds (especially sunflower), nut oils, kale and spinach, which are good sources of vitamin E. Peas, carrots, apricots, peaches, sweet potatoes, beet greens and kale, which are sources of beta-carotene. Leafy green vegetables, such as spinach and kale, as well as papaya, corn, peas and oranges, which are good sources of lutein. Pink and red fruits and veggies, such as watermelon, tomatoes, pink grapefruit and apricots, which contain plenty of lycopene. ... Read more

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

Mediterranean Diet Plus Olive Oil a Boost to Heart Health?

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MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – A Mediterranean diet high in virgin olive oil may boost the protective effects of "good" cholesterol, a new study suggests. The study included 296 people, average age 66, at high risk for heart disease. They were randomly assigned to follow one of three diets for a year. The diets were: a traditional Mediterranean diet enriched with virgin olive oil (about 4 tablespoons) each day; a traditional Mediterranean diet enriched with extra nuts (about a fistful) each day; or a healthy "control" diet with reduced amounts of red meat, processed food, high-fat dairy products and sweets. Both Mediterranean diets emphasized fruit, vegetables, whole grains and legumes such as beans, chickpeas and lentils. They also included moderate amounts of fish and poultry. The research showed that only the control diet reduced total and "bad" LDL cholesterol levels. None of the diets ... Read more

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

FDA Issues Warning About Balloon Obesity Treatments

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MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – Fluid-filled balloons placed in the stomach to treat obesity have been linked to serious complications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports. The balloons treat obesity by taking up space in a patient's stomach, and are used in conjunction with diet and exercise. Two types of fluid-filled balloon systems – the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System and the Orbera Intragastric Balloon System – were approved by the FDA in 2015. But in a recent warning sent to health care providers, the FDA said it has received multiple reports of complications associated with the two balloon systems. One type of problem involved the balloons over-inflating with air or with more fluid in patients' stomachs. This led to the premature removal of the balloons. The second type of problem is development of acute pancreatitis. This complication also led to the removal of the ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Xenical, Pancreatitis, Chronic Pancreatitis, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery

Health Tip: Eating a Healthy Diet

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-- Eating well doesn't have to mean dieting or going hungry. The American Heart Association advises: Follow a simple, nutritious eating plan. Avoid fad diets. Instead of quitting your favorite treats cold turkey, shrink portion sizes. Bulk up on foods high in fiber, such as whole grains, fruit, vegetables and legumes. These will help you feel fuller and more satisfied. Don't buy high-sugar beverages or other foods with empty calories. Keeping them out of your home will help you avoid temptation. Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss

Health Tip: Daily Routine Can Minimize Stress

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-- No one can avoid stress entirely. But your daily routine can be designed to minimize your chances of becoming "stressed out." The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions: Exercise regularly – every day if possible. Eat nutritious meals on a regular schedule. Get plenty of sleep. Stretch, breathe deeply or practice relaxation training. Move past things you cannot control, and don't worry too much about small problems. Prepare as much as possible for upcoming challenges. Maintain a positive attitude. Find a friend or loved one to talk to about what you're feeling. Don't overburden yourself, and don't be afraid to say "no" when necessary. Establish goals, but keep them realistic. Make time for fun! Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Obesity, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Weight Loss

Winning the Veggie Wars With Kids

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FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017 – For every parent who's ever pleaded with their young child to eat "just one more bite," a nutrition expert says there are ways to get kids to eat and even enjoy vegetables. Youngsters' tastes start being influenced while they're still in the womb, according to Richard Rosenkranz. He's an associate professor of food, nutrition, dietetics and health at Kansas State University. "During pregnancy, an embryo and then a fetus is obtaining information about the outside world. So, moms can set the stage for what their kids will want to eat before they're even born," he said in a university news release. Parents should eat the same vegetables they serve their babies and toddlers because little ones take cues from their parents. "Babies start to think, 'Why does he keep putting this stuff in front of me, but he never eats it?' We're being watched by our kids from very ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation and Deficiency, Delivery, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

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