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Health Tip: Protect Yourself Against Breast Cancer

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-- Family history and age are risk factors that you cannot change, but there are lifestyle choices that you can make to better control your risk of developing breast cancer. The American Cancer Society suggests: Maintain a healthy weight Exercise regularly Limit sitting. Limit alcohol. Avoid or limit hormone replacement therapy. Read more

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Could Too Much Exercise Be Bad for Men's Hearts?

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 – When it comes to exercise, can you get too much of a good thing? Possibly, suggests a new study that found white men who exercise more than seven hours a week have an 86 percent higher risk of developing plaque build-up in their arteries. No such elevated risk was seen among either black men or women. Plaque build-up is a critical warning sign for possible future heart disease risk. "We were surprised by the finding, mainly because we essentially think of exercise as medicine. And we've never thought of exercise as perhaps having an upper limit in terms of its cardiovascular benefit," said study author Deepika Laddu. She's an assistant professor of physical therapy at the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. But Laddu doesn't want any men to hang up their running shoes just yet, because there are many questions that ... Read more

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How Foods Labeled 'Healthy' Can Still Make You Fat

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TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 – Be careful when you reach for foods labeled "healthy" – new research suggests if they have hidden high levels of sugar, you may snack more later. Prior studies have shown that sugary foods can make a person feel hungrier later in the day, said lead researcher Naomi Mandel, a professor of marketing at Arizona State University. But these latest findings reveal that people can exercise some self-control over sugar-driven hunger, if they are given fair warning through product packaging, Mandel said. "When people think something is healthy, they don't psychologically process it that much and so the physiological factors take over," Mandel said. "But when they think something is unhealthy, they're able to override their physical impulses." For the study, Mandel and her colleagues created two types of "protein" shakes that tasted the same and contained the same ... Read more

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Health Tip: 5 Suggestions to Promote Healthy Aging

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-- Today's lifestyle choices can help prevent or delay age-related health problems well into the future. The NIH offers these five suggestions: Be active for at least 30 minutes a day. Make exercise a consistent part of your life. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Opt for foods that are low in added sugars, saturated fats and salt. Choose whole grains, and lean proteins and dairy products. Read more

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Benefits of Eating Seafood

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TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 – Seems like there's no end to the list of benefits from eating seafood. Ounce for ounce, you get more protein and less fat and fewer calories from most fish and shellfish. And there are heart-health benefits as well as weight-loss ones. But just how can you get more seafood in your diet if you've never been a fan? Here are easy ideas you can try right now. At home, start by replacing one meat meal each week with a fish dish. Fish burgers, tacos and kebabs are easy recipes with a familiar taste. In a month or two, step up to two seafood meals every week. Make friends with the fishmonger at your local supermarket so you can get the freshest fare. He or she can also filet whole fish choices for you to make preparation easier. When eating out, get into the habit of ordering seafood. If you're concerned about unwanted calories, request that your fish dish be simply ... Read more

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Weight-Loss Surgery May Curb Risk for Certain Cancers

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TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 – Weight-loss surgery could help some severely obese people reduce their risk for cancer by at least 33 percent, a new study suggests. The researchers examined medical data compiled by health insurance and health care delivery systems in the western United States, including Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado. The analysis included data on nearly 22,200 people who had weight-loss surgery between 2005 and 2012, and over 66,400 people who didn't have the surgery. More than 80 percent of the study participants were women. Within 3.5 years after their surgery, about 2,500 people had developed cancer, the findings showed. The study found that patients who'd had weight-loss surgery, compared with those who had not had the surgery, were one-third less likely to have developed cancer, particularly the types of cancer related to ... Read more

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A 3x10 Exercise Plan That'll Work for You

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MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 – Sometimes it's hard to fit 30 minutes of exercise into your day. But did you know you can break up daily workouts into shorter segments and get the same health benefits? Exercising for just 10 minutes at a time, three times a day, counts toward the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. The trick is that you have to work hard enough to get your heart rate up. And you have to do the activity for the full 10 minutes. Make it easier by working exercise chunks into your existing routine. For instance, try getting off the bus or train a stop or two early and briskly walking the rest of the way to your workplace. Then take another 10-minute brisk walk 10 or 15 minutes before you eat lunch. When you get home from work, grab your bike and go for a quick spin around the neighborhood before dinner. (As a bonus, this may even help curb your appetite and make ... Read more

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Health Tip: Make Exercise a Habit

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-- Too many exercise plans fail because daily life gets in the way. But if you include it in everyday activities, you are more likely to see positive results. The U.S. National Library of Medicine suggests: Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk to a co-worker's desk, rather than sending an email. Park in the furthest spot in the parking lot, and walk to your destination. Join an exercise group that combines exercise with socialization. Listen to music or watch TV while working out. If it seems like less of a chore, it will be more fun. Find activities that you can do even when the weather is bad. Read more

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Nearly 4 in 10 U.S. Adults Now Obese

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FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 – Almost forty percent adults in the United States are now obese, continuing an ever-expanding epidemic of obesity that's expected to lead to sicker Americans and higher health care costs. Almost four out of 10 adults and 18.5 percent of kids aged 2 to 19 now meet the clinical definition of obesity, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's up from 30.5 percent of adults and 13.9 percent of children in 1999-2000, the CDC report noted. Public health experts are concerned that the continuing rise in obesity will lead to greater numbers of people suffering from diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses. "We've made tremendous progress reducing deaths due to cardiovascular disease and stroke in our country. Part of that is due to treatment. Part of that is due to the tremendous reduction in tobacco use," said ... Read more

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Good Lifestyle Choices Add Years to Your Life

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FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 – Change your lifestyle, change your life span. That's the claim of a new study that found not smoking, watching your weight and continuing to learn new things could help you live longer. And genes play a part in the lifestyle choices people make, according to researchers at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. "The power of big data and genetics allow us to compare the effect of different behaviors and diseases in terms of months and years of life lost or gained, and to distinguish between mere association and causal effect," researcher Jim Wilson said in a university news release. But this study didn't prove that lifestyle choices cause life span to shorten or lengthen. For the study, scientists analyzed genetic information from more than 600,000 people in North America, Europe and Australia to determine how genes affect life span. For example, certain genes ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Alcohol Dependence, Alcoholism, Hangover, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Dance Your Way to a Healthier Aging Brain

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THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 – Dance classes may beat traditional exercise when it comes to improving older adults' balance – and it might enhance brain areas related to memory and learning along the way. That's the finding of a small study that compared dance lessons against standard exercise – including brisk walking – among 52 healthy seniors. Over a year and a half, older adults who took weekly dance classes showed gains in their balancing ability. There were no such improvements in the traditional exercise group. Researchers also found hints that all those mambos and cha-chas had extra brain benefits. Seniors in both groups showed growth in the hippocampus – a brain structure that's involved in memory and learning. But the dancers showed changes in more areas of the hippocampus. Patrick Muller, one of the researchers on the study, suggested an explanation: The "multimodal" nature ... Read more

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Happier Mealtimes, Healthier Eating for Kids

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THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 – Parents who struggle to get their children to follow a healthy diet may want to make dinnertime a pleasant experience, new research suggests. The study found a happier emotional atmosphere during meals allows preschoolers to make healthier food choices. "Having more positive mealtimes, where people are enjoying themselves, where there's mutual warmth and engagement, makes it a little bit easier for children to approach healthy foods," said lead author Jaclyn Saltzman, a doctoral candidate in the department of human development and family studies at the University of Illinois. And that's especially important in young kids, she noted. "The eating behaviors you have early in childhood can track later on," Saltzman said in a university news release. "Preschoolers are unique because they are on solid foods with a diet similar to adults, but their food choices are ... Read more

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Today's Middle-Age Americans in Worse Health Than Prior Generations

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FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 – As Americans in their 50s move toward retirement age, many are in worse overall health than their peers in prior generations, researchers warn. "We found that younger cohorts are facing more burdensome health issues, even as they have to wait until an older age to retire, so they will have to do so in poorer health," said study author Robert Schoeni. He's an economist and demographer at the University of Michigan. Americans born in 1960 or later must wait until age 67 to collect their full Social Security benefit. People born before that were able to collect sooner. Schoeni and his colleagues analyzed data collected over decades by the U.S. National Institute on Aging and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They found that a higher percentage of Americans now in their 50s rated their own health as just fair or poor, compared with what older ... Read more

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

Too Much Sugar Can Harm Livers of Even Healthy Men

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FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 – Here's news that might sour you on sweets: New research shows that overdoing it on sugar might harm the livers of otherwise healthy men. British researchers found that a sugar-rich diet was associated with unhealthily high levels of fat in both the blood and the liver. The bottom line, said lead researcher Bruce Griffin, is that "consuming high amounts of sugar can alter your fat metabolism in ways that could increase your risk of cardiovascular disease." Griffin is professor of nutritional metabolism at the University of Surrey in Guildford, England. One U.S. nutritionist wasn't surprised by the findings. "This study offers yet another valid reason to cut back on sugar," said Dana Angelo White. She is a dietitian and clinical assistant professor of sports medicine at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. "In addition to piling on the empty calories, sugar ... Read more

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Obesity Linked to 13 Types of Cancer

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TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 – There's a link between obesity and 40 percent of all the cancers diagnosed in the United States, health officials reported Tuesday. That doesn't mean too much weight is causing all these cancer cases, just that there's some kind of still-to-be explained association, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Still, the study findings suggest that being obese or overweight was associated with cancer cases involving more than 630,000 Americans in 2014, and this includes 13 types of cancer. "That obesity and overweight are affecting cancers may be surprising to many Americans. The awareness of some cancers being associated with obesity and overweight is not yet widespread," Dr. Anne Schuchat, CDC deputy director, said during a midday media briefing. The 13 cancers include: brain cancer; multiple myeloma; cancer of the esophagus; ... Read more

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