eNews on Prevention, Wellness & Lifestyle
Dec. 25, 2013

What's your 'fitness age'
The New York Times
From Nov. 6:Trying to quantify your aerobic fitness is a daunting task. It usually requires access to an exercise-physiology lab. But researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim have developed a remarkably low-tech means of precisely assessing aerobic fitness and estimating your "fitness age," or how well your body functions physically, relative to how well it should work, given your age.More

Myths surround breakfast and weight
The New York Times
From Sept. 11: Americans have long been told that routinely eating breakfast is a simple habit that helps prevent weight gain. Skipping breakfast, the thinking goes, increases hunger throughout the day, making people overeat and seek out snacks to compensate for missing that first — and some would say most important — meal of the day.More

CDC ranks foods most likely to make Americans sick
HealthDay News
From Jan. 30: Leafy green vegetables are responsible for more foodborne illnesses than any other food, according to a new government report. But meat and poultry cause more deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report published in an issue of the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.More

Angelina Jolie undergoes preventive double mastectomy
The New York Times
From May 15: Angelina Jolie writes: "We often speak of 'Mommy's mommy,' and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. (My children) have asked if the same could happen to me. I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a 'faulty' gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman."More

Over-50 checklist may predict if you're alive in 10 years
HealthDay News
From March 6: A simple checklist could help doctors estimate whether an older patient will be alive 10 years from now, according to a new study. Researchers hope the findings, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, will help older adults and their doctors come to better decisions on healthcare.More

Sex as exercise
The New York Times
As far back as the 1950s, couples have been asked to strap on monitors, blood-pressure cuffs, oxygen masks and other paraphernalia and copulate, to scientifically quantify the impacts of sex. More

The power of a daily bout of exercise
The New York Times
This week marks the start of the annual eat-too-much and move-too-little holiday season, with its attendant declining health and surging regrets.More

Short fasts for weight loss vs. traditional diets
The Wall Street Journal
In an effort to make losing weight — and keeping it off — easier, researchers are studying what happens to the body when people eat next to nothing every few days.More

Can't sleep? Diet may be to blame
Counsel & Heal
From Feb. 13: Can't get enough sleep? Your diet may be to blame. A new study found that what people eat plays an important role in how much they sleep. The latest study, published in the journal Appetite, is the first to show how certain nutrients can affect short- and long-sleep duration, and that people who eat a large variety of foods had the healthiest sleep patterns.More

Should you switch to a gluten-free diet?
From July 10: It isn't terribly difficult these days to find gluten-free products on store shelves. People with celiac disease need to get gluten completely out of their diets, but there are still others who are simply gluten intolerant. WCCO's Natalie Nyhus spoke with registered dietitian Christina Meyer-Jax to get a closer look at what gluten is, and how it affects our bodies.More

50-something diet: Is it time to go vegan?
The Huffington Post
From Nov. 13: Ex-heavyweight champion Mike Tyson credits his vegan diet with helping him lose 140 pounds. Ellen DeGeneres went vegan after watching a documentary about the cruelty of factory farming. Former president Bill Clinton has dined vegan-style for more than three years to protect his heart. These are just a few of the many Americans barring all animal products from their diets, including meat, fish, eggs, dairy and even honey.More

6 things your pee is trying to tell you
Shape Magazine via Yahoo Shine
From Sept. 25: You know that you've had your share of water/beer/coffee by the frequency in which you need to use the bathroom, but what else can pee tell you about your health and habits? A lot, it turns out. R. Mark Ellerkmann, M.D., director for the Center of Urogynecology at the Weinberg Center for Women's Health and Medicine in Baltimore for some of the specific health and lifestyle issues your urine's odor, color and frequency can indicate.More

Researcher: Myths about weight loss are plentiful
The New York Times
From Feb. 6: If schools reinstated physical education classes, a lot of fat children would lose weight. And they might never have gotten fat in the first place if their mothers had just breast-fed them when they were babies. But be warned: Obese people should definitely steer clear of crash diets. Those are among the myths and unproven assumptions about obesity and weight loss that have been repeated so often and with such conviction that even scientists like David B. Allison, who directs the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, have fallen for some of them.More