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31 benefits of exercise supported by research
The Huffington Post
Most people know exercise is good for them, but do you know just how good? Being in shape is not just about looking good at the beach or being able to lift the heaviest weights, but having a baseline of strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular capacity and flexibility so you can lead a fuller, healthier life.
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Exercise data reveal a couch potato nation
Los Angeles Times
Americans are stuck in chairs and on the couch, spending eight hours a day with their metabolic engines barely idling, according to data from sensors that scientists put on nearly 2,600 people to see what they actually did all day.
The results were not encouraging: Obese women averaged about 11 seconds a day at vigorous exercise, while men and women of normal weight exercised vigorously (on the level of a jog or brisk uphill hike) for less than two minutes a day, according to the study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
A brief history of avoiding exercise
The Wall Street Journal
Winter storms have become so frequent in the U.S. that they now have names, like hurricanes. This week saw the arrival of Seneca, making for a touch-and-go race about which will run out first: the alphabet or the jet stream. The weather in the eastern U.S. has been brutal enough this year that millions of Americans have been confined to their homes. In a country where, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 1 in 6 of us does anything like the recommended amount of physical activity, "Snowmaggedon" is a danger to the country's health as well as its roads.
Research shows connection between dementia and AGE-rich diets
Western diets are often rich in advanced glycation end-products. Also known as glycotoxins, AGEs are found in processed foods. Weijing Cai of The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and his colleagues have found that AGE-rich diets could suppress the activity of the protective enzyme NAD+-dependent sirtuin 1. Suppression of this enzyme can lead to dementia, Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
Researchers: Vegetarian diet associated with lower blood pressure
Los Angeles Times
A vegetarian diet may help lower blood pressure, researchers who reviewed data from 39 previous studies said. The researchers suggested that a vegetarian diet could be an alternative to drugs for people whose blood pressure is too high — a condition known as hypertension and one that is a risk factor for heart disease and other problems.
Best tips from 'Super Shred,' 'Doctor's Diet' authors
High-profile physicians Ian Smith and Travis Stork of the TV show "The Doctors" offer different takes on how to lose weight in their new books, which have spent weeks on USA Today's Best-Selling Books list. Here's a look at both doctors' best diet tips.
VITAMINS & PHARMACEUTICALS
Jury out on vitamins' use against heart disease, cancer
There is not enough evidence to recommend that people take multivitamins or single or paired nutrients to prevent cancer or heart disease, according to a government-backed panel. But there is enough evidence to recommend that people do not take beta-carotene or vitamin E to prevent those conditions, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said.
Health myth: Do you really need to take a multivitamin?
Details via Fox News
Your multivitamin isn't a miracle pill, but could it actually be dangerous? Follow the money and you'll find it going into the cushy pockets of the supplement industry, now estimated to be a $30 billion behemoth — and that's just for the U.S., where more than half of adults use dietary supplements and about 40 percent pop a multivitamin every day.
Selenium, vitamin E supplements may double prostate cancer risk
Men who take selenium and vitamin E supplements may increase their risk of prostate cancer, researchers have found. The new study examined about 1,700 men with prostate cancer and 3,100 healthy men. These men had previously participated in a large trial in 2001, in which they had been randomly assigned to take either high doses of vitamin E and selenium supplements, or a placebo.
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. Whether you realize it or not, many conditions and diseases start with physical changes you may not pinpoint as problematic. The good news: if you know what to look for, you can spot many issues early — and treat them fast. Here are seven ways your body could be signaling a health hazard.
Obesity rate for young children plummets 43 percent in a decade
The New York Times
Federal health authorities reported a stunning 43 percent drop in the obesity rate among 2- to 5-year-old children over the past decade, the first broad decline in an epidemic that often leads to lifelong struggles with weight and higher risks for cancer, heart disease and stroke.
Expert claims selfies are giving teens head lice
Teens everywhere are smooshing their heads together in an attempt to capture the perfect selfie, and while that sounds pretty innocent, danger is lurking just around the corner: all those selfies could be causing an uptick in head lice cases. SFist talked to a lice expert located in Scotts Valley named Marcy McQuillan who notes that though lice is usually found in elementary aged kids, she's seen a "huge increase" in lice cases in teens this year.
"Whooping cough is very contagious and can cause serious illness in infants, children and adults, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
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