eNews on Prevention, Wellness & Lifestyle
Mar. 12, 2014

Why high-impact exercise is good for your bones
The New York Times
Bones should be jarred, for their own good. Past experiments have definitively established that subjecting bones to abrupt stress prompts them to add mass or at least reduces their loss of mass as people age. What has been in dispute, however, is how much force is needed to stimulate bone — and how to apply that force in daily life. Recently researchers at the University of Bristol gathered male and female adolescents — the body accumulates bone mass rapidly at this time of life — and had them go about their daily routines while they wore activity monitors.More

The worst states for exercise
A new Gallup survey finds that people in Delaware and West Virginia are the least likeliest Americans to take exercising seriously. Their counterparts? Vermont and Hawaii, where 65 percent of their state populations get active at least three days a week. Declared the worst state for exercise, only 46.5 percent of Delaware inhabitants are likely to exercise for 30 or more minutes three days a week or more.More

Modern fitness and exercise sciences cannot keep adults fit
According to Ask.com, America's fitness and exercise industry has annual revenues of over $26 billion, with 29,501 businesses operating gyms, health and fitness clubs, employing more than 573,000 people. According to a recent study from Iowa State University, only about 3.5 percent of American adults, even get enough exercise to become physically fit.More

Vegetarian or omnivore: The environmental implications of diet
The Washington Post
The argument that a vegetarian diet is more planet-friendly than a carnivorous one is straightforward: If we feed plants to animals, and then eat the animals, we use more resources and produce more greenhouse gases than if we simply eat the plants. As with most arguments about our food supply, though, it's not that simple. Although beef is always climatically costly, pork or chicken can be a better choice than broccoli, calorie for calorie.More

The risk of high-protein diets
The Wall Street Journal
Research shows that a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates can help shed pounds and normalize blood-glucose levels, improvements that lower the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. But will you live longer on a high-protein, low-carb diet? Two studies in the current edition of the scientific journal Cell Metabolism suggest the opposite. More

Is the paleo diet right for you?
Health.com via ABC News
The paleo diet, also nicknamed the caveman diet, is hugely popular these days, and goes by one simple question: What would a caveman eat? Here, Health.com explains what the paleo diet involves, its pros and cons, and, ultimately, what a modern person needs to know to decide whether or not to take the paleo diet plunge.More

Why high-impact exercise is good for your bones
The New York Times
Bones should be jarred, for their own good. Past experiments have definitively established that subjecting bones to abrupt stress prompts them to add mass or at least reduces their loss of mass as people age.More

7 weird signs of health troubles
Men's Health via TIME
You don't need a crystal ball to predict your future health — just your five senses.More

3 ultra-effective exercise machines you're not using, but should be
It's easy to get into a gym routine and just bust in, do your thing and leave. We all do it.More

Vitamin D may boost breast cancer survival odds
CBS News
Vitamin D may help women with breast cancer survive the disease. Researchers reported in Anticancer Research that patients with high levels of vitamin D in their blood were twice as likely to survive the disease than women with low levels of the nutrient. The researchers think vitamin D should be included to supplement other breast cancer treatments.More

Food, supplements that could help ward off Alzheimer's
More than 5 million Americans have the disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association, and that number is expected to triple in the coming years. The doctors were certainly right that at present there isn't a single drug on the market that can hold Alzheimer's at bay. But shame on them for not mentioning that there's a whole host of things you can do to protect yourself.More

Supplements may cut LDL in older women
MedPage Today
Postmenopausal women taking calcium and vitamin D supplements had improved lipid profiles compared with those taking placebo, researchers found. In an analysis of data from the Women's Health Initiative, the level of LDL cholesterol was lower by an average of 4.46 mg/dL in the women on active treatment.More

Report links obesity to ovarian cancer
USA Today
A new report for the first time suggests that being overweight increases a woman's risk of ovarian cancer, one of a growing list of cancers now linked to obesity or excess body fat. Researchers have examined the link between excess body fat and ovarian cancer for years, with mixed results. Today's report, released by the American Institute for Cancer Research and World Cancer Research Fund, is the first to find that being overweight is a "probable" cause of ovarian cancer.More

Food for thought: Don't die curious
By Karen Childress
What would you do if you wanted to be certain that you wouldn't die curious? What's on your bucket list? You know how you feel when you hear about a friend, acquaintance or colleague dying suddenly or receiving a diagnosis that you know means they won't be around for long? Most likely, you think about how fragile life is, spend a few minutes pondering the meaning of your existence and vow to get busy living while you still have time. And then your cell phone rings, or the next patient is in a room ready to be seen, or you have to rush off to that meeting at the hospital ... and, and, and ... life goes on. More

Report: Cancer will be No. 1 killer in US
In 16 years, cancer will become the leading cause of death in the United States, surpassing heart disease, according to a new report from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The number of new cancer cases is expected to increase nearly 45 percent by 2030, from 1.6 million cases to 2.3 million cases annually.More