Women interested in preventing age-related weight gain should take up biking or walking

Obesity, Woman's Health
USA Today reports, "Women who want to prevent weight gain as they age should hop on a bike or take a brisk walk," discoveries that add "to mounting evidence of the importance of moderate to vigorous exercise for weight control." Those who participated in the Harvard study "gained an average of 20½ pounds over 16 years," but "those who regularly biked or walked briskly were less likely to gain as much." The "findings are based on the second Harvard Nurses' Health Study, which is tracking 116,608 female nurses who periodically fill out questionnaires about their health, weight, diet and behavior," the New York Times Vital Signs reports. The "new analysis, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, looked at weight change and behavior from 1989 (when the nurses were 25 to…
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Weight loss may help reduce menopausal hot flashes in overweight or obese women

Mental Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
CNN reports, "Overweight women who experience hot flashes -- the uncomfortable flushing and sweating spells that accompany menopause -- may be able to cool those symptoms by losing weight," according to a study published in the the Archives of Internal Medicine. HealthDay explained that study participants "were encouraged to exercise at least 200 minutes a week and reduce caloric intake to 1,200-1,500 calories per day." Meanwhile, matched controls "received monthly group education classes for the first four months." WebMD pointed out that participants all "had a BMI of 25 or higher" at the study's start. Six months later, "compared with those in the health education program, women who were in the weight loss program and were bothered by hot flashes had more than twice the odds of reporting a measurable improvement after…
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High cholesterol in youth may increase heart risks later in life

Children's Health, Heart Health, Parenting
For the last couple of years, I've been offering my adolescent patients the option of checking their lipid panels, especially if they are overweight or obese. Now, new research is showing the wisdom of this approach. The Wall Street Journal reports that research published in the Annals of Family Medicine suggests that even younger people should pay attention to their cholesterol levels, being that they may have an impact on health later in life. The Los Angeles Times "Booster Shots" blog reported that researchers "analyzed data from 3,258 men and women who have been tracked by the CARDIA , or Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults, study for the last 20 years and were ages 18 to 30 at the start of the study." The investigators "found that participants with…
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