Drinking fewer sugary drinks lowers blood pressure

Heart Health, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
The Los Angeles Times "Booster Shots" blog reported that "there may be a link between drinking fewer sugar-sweetened beverages and lowering blood pressure," according to a study published in the journal Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers followed "810 men and women age 25 to 70 who were part of a lifestyle intervention study and had prehypertension or stage I hypertension." The researchers found that "drinking one less serving, or 12 ounces, of sugar-sweetened beverages per day was associated with 1.8 drop in systolic blood pressure, and a 1.1 drop in diastolic blood pressure over 18 months." Reuters quotes one of the study authors as saying, "If you reduce your consumption by two servings, you would probably lower your blood pressure even more." The NPR "Shots" blog pointed out that "Americans…
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Ten minutes of brisk exercise triggers metabolic changes lasting for at least an hour

Heart Health, Men's Health, Woman's Health
The AP reports, "Ten minutes of brisk exercise triggers metabolic changes that last at least an hour," with more fit exercisers reaping a greater number of benefits. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital came to that conclusion after measuring "biochemical changes in the blood of a variety of people: the healthy middle-aged, some who became short of breath with exertion, and marathon runners." In a study of "70 healthy people put on a treadmill, the team found more than 20 metabolites that change during exercise, naturally produced compounds involved in burning calories and fat and improving blood-sugar control." As the Scientific American points out, "The virtues of exercise are myriad: better cardiovascular health, decreased risk for diabetes, boosted mood, and even perhaps a leaner physique. But aside from such macro links…
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Study: Working overtime increases heart risk

Heart Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
People who regularly put in overtime and work 10 or 11-hour days increase their heart disease risk by nearly two-thirds, research suggests. The findings come from a study of 6,000 British civil servants, published online in the European Heart Journal. The bottom line, according to the researchers is, "... the findings highlighted the importance of work-life balance." If you're having trouble finding that balance, you may want to read my book 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy -- which is chock full of suggestions for measuring and balancing what I call "the four wheels of health:" physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual. Here are some of the details on the study from the BBC: After accounting for known heart risk factors such as smoking, doctors found those who…
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