eNews on Prevention, Wellness & Lifestyle
Oct. 23, 2013

Diet, exercise key for improving heart health
The American Heart Association wants to improve the heart health of all Americans by 20 percent by 2020. To meet that goal, treating unhealthy habits will be just as important as treating high blood pressure and cholesterol, it said. Those habits include having a poor-quality diet, eating too much, not exercising enough and smoking, according to a position statement published in Circulation.More

Housework: No compensation for exercise
Heatlh Newsline
If you thought doing housework is an alibi for not exercising; think again. Findings of a new research show that doing housework is no substitute for recommended physical activity. Instead, people who do the most housework are also the most overweight, the researchers found. The findings of the study are based on an analysis of physical activity habits of 4,563 adults.More

Exercise type: Compound and isolation
Health Daily Online
Our fitness routines are defined by our current needs. Sometimes, the fitness bug may stem from something temporary, like needing to lose a few pounds for our friend's wedding. There are others who life a different lifestyle with maintenance and cardiovascular health being their primary concern. Depending on the phase of our lives, we float somewhere in the middle. With that in mind, you may need to stay fit in a different manner depending on your lifestyle and personal needs. More

Dreading your workout? 3 easy ways to get motivated
Feeling blah about your upcoming workout? Hey, it happens to the best of us. Instead of trudging along and going through the motions, try one of these easy ideas for energizing your workout. You'll get more out of your sweat session, which means better and faster results. More

When it comes to the good cholesterol, fitness trumps weight
There's no question that high levels of good cholesterol — also known as high-density lipoprotein — seem to be protective against heart disease. Rather than depositing fat into the blood vessels the way the "bad" cholesterol — low-density lipoprotein — does, HDL appears to carry cholesterol away from blood vessels to the liver. From there, the liver processes it for removal from the body. However, adequate levels of HDL might not be enough.More

The nutrition lies that made the world fat
Nutrition trends sometimes seem to fluctuate even faster than fashion trends. One day it's skinny jeans and low fat everything; the next day it's 90s-throwback jumpers and raw veganism. So, should we even listen? And, what happens when a whole lot of people jump on the wrong bandwagon? Over at "Nutrition Authority," they've compiled 13 "nutrition lies" that have cost those who believed them dearly.More

Low-fiber diet tied to higher cardiometabolic risk
Medical News Today
A new U.S. study that analyzed data from a large national survey has found a significant link between diets low in fiber and increased cardiometabolic risk, a cluster of risk factors that increases a person's chances of having diabetes, heart disease or stroke. The researchers report their findings online in the latest issue of The American Journal of Medicine.More

6 ways to naturally boost your metabolism
By Jeff White
How is it some people can eat whatever they want, whenever they want and never gain any weight, while others simply look at food and gain 10 pounds? Nobody said life was fair. If you're the type who gains weight easier than you'd like, you might be the victim of a slow metabolism.More

Diet, exercise key for improving heart health
The American Heart Association wants to improve the heart health of all Americans by 20 percent by 2020. To meet that goal, treating unhealthy habits will be just as important as treating high blood pressure and cholesterol, it said. More

How walking may lower breast cancer risk
The New York Times
Physical activity, and in particular walking, can substantially reduce a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, encouraging new science shows, in part, it seems, by changing how her body deals with estrogen.More

An old exercise is making a comeback at the gym
It's long been the least popular cardio machine in the gym — passed up for the treadmill, stationary bike and elliptical trainer. The ergometer, or rowing machine, is gaining new fans.More

Vitamins may protect against atherosclerosis
A study suggests that taking folic acid and vitamin B-6 might help prevent hardening of the arteries. This study, was conducted by researchers from University Hospital and Institute for Cardiovascular Research Vrije Universiteit and the Institute for Research in Extramural Medicine in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.More

Meth-like compound in sports supplements could be crime
USA Today
The Drug Enforcement Administration could pursue a criminal investigation in cases where dietary supplements are found to be spiked with illegal drugs or compounds similar to them, a spokesman for the DEA confirmed. The DEA was asked to comment on reports that scientists had found an analog — or chemical cousin — of methamphetamine in two popular sports supplements: Craze, a pre-workout drink mix, and Detonate, a weight-loss supplement in pill form.More

Vitamin supplements waste money and pose potential harms
Slowly — ever-so-slowly — people seem to be getting the message, supported by a multitude of recent scientific studies, that vitamin and mineral supplements are not only a waste of money for most of us, but also potentially harmful. Whether or not people heed that message is another matter. As I've reported here before, at least half of Americans regularly take some kind of nutritional supplement, mostly vitamins and minerals.More

Learning new skills keeps aging minds sharp
Medical News Today
We are constantly reminded to "use it or lose it," and new research from the University of Texas at Dallas shows the same is true for keeping your brain up to speed. No one likes the idea of slowing down as they age, but a new study suggests that challenging yourself to learn a new skill can bring noticeable benefits to an aging mind.More

Men's eating disorders get increased attention
San Francisco Chronicle
Food was cathartic for Max Sala, something that held his life together and at the same time tore it apart. As a child he ate for comfort, arriving for his freshman year of high school, as he put it, "significantly overweight." Then Sala, now 19 and a student at UC Davis, started losing weight and couldn't stop. More

Fiber foods to help fight breast cancer
Fox News
Estrogen is a factor in the early growth and development of breast cancer and a study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that a diet with 20–30 grams of fiber per day can be helpful in lowering estrogen levels. One theory is that fiber interferes with the absorption of estrogen into the blood. Another theory is that people who eat more fiber consume less fat, and a diet that is high in fat is believed to increase the risk of developing breast cancer.More