TV watching as dangerous as smoking and lack of exercise

General Health, Health Headlines
Researchers in Australia say smoking "can shorten of life expectancy by more than four years after the age of 50. That represents 11 minutes of life lost for every cigarette and that's the same as half an hour of TV watching." Said another way, for every hour of TV watched "after age 25, lifespan falls by 22 minutes." Ouch! Time to turn off the TV, snub out the cigarettes, and begin walking 15 minutes a day to increase the quality and quantity of your life! (more…)
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Moderate exercise delays age-related memory decline

Mental Health
Studies show, and my experience with my patients concurs, that people, as they age, fear memory loss, in general, and Alzheimer's, in particular, even more than cancer. To date, there's been little that's been shown to be effective to prevent age-related memory decline ... that is until now. To prevent the loss, you'll need to get off your butt and begin exercising. Here are the details: (more…)
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Regular exercise wards off colds and flu

General Health, Men's Health, Woman's Health
Earlier this week I discussed how regular exercise can reduce your risk of depression. It can also help you reduce your risk or colds and the flu. The CNN "The Chart" blog reported, "Working out regularly helps ward off colds and flu," according to a study published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. HealthDay reported that after collecting "data on 1,002 men and women from ages 18 to 85," investigators "tracked the number of upper respiratory tract infections the participants suffered" over 12 weeks during the fall and winter of 2008. Study participants also "reported how much and what kinds of aerobic exercise they did weekly." The study authors found that "people who were physically fit and who engaged in exercise five or more days per week were…
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Exercise Reduces Depression Risk

Mental Health
In past blogs I've told you about how exercise can help both prevent and treat depression. I also discuss this phenomena in my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy. Now, along comes one of the largest studies ever published on the topic (of 40,000 Norwegians), which found that people who take regular exercise during their free time are less likely to have symptoms of depression and anxiety, a study of 40,000 Norwegians has found. However, physical activity which is part and parcel of the working day does NOT have the same effect. Writing in the British Journal of Psychiatry, the researchers said it was probably because there was not the same level of social interaction. Here are the details from the BBC: The mental health charity Mind…
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Three Healthy Habits Cut Breast Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Cancer, Woman's Health
There's been a lot of debate about mammograms for breast cancer screening, but an even more important health promotion exercise would be for women to everything they can to prevent breast cancer. And now experts are reporting that women can do three things to dramatically reduce their risk of getting breast cancer -- especially if they have a strong family history of breast cancer: Exercise (20 minutes of heart-rate raising exercise at least five times a week), Maintain a healthy weight (BMI of 18.5 to under 25), and Watch alcohol intake (fewer than seven drinks per week). Here are the details in a report from HealthDay News: Women who maintain certain "breast-healthy" habits can lower their risk of breast cancer, even if a close relative has had the disease, a…
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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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Expectant Mom’s Exercise Keeps Newborn’s Birth Weight Down

Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting, Woman's Health
A pregnant mother's exercise may lower her baby's risk of obesity later in life. The new research shows that regular moderate-intensity exercise during pregnancy reduces an infant's birth weight, which may lower the child's risk of obesity later in life. In a new study, 84 first-time pregnant women were randomly assigned to exercise or control groups, with those in the exercise group participating in a weekly maximum of five 40-minute sessions on a stationary cycle. They did this program until at least 36 weeks into their pregnancy. Here are the details from HealthDay News: Babies born to mothers in the exercise group were an average of 143 grams lighter than infants born to mothers in the control group, and also had a lower body-mass index (a measurement that takes into account…
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Women may need at least an hour of exercise daily to avoid weight gain

Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
Here's a bad news story to post the day after the Easter holiday -- a day when many of us consume more calories that we should. Nevertheless, being committed to always bring you the truth about the medical news you can use, here we go: A major study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that without making significant changes in their nutritional habits, women need a lot of exercise just to keep their weight stable. The AP reports that investigators found that "at least an hour of moderate activity a day is needed for older women at a healthy weight who aren't dieting," and overweight women require "even more exercise ... to avoid gaining weight without eating less." The researchers "said it's uncertain whether the results…
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The Ten Commandments of Preventive Medicine – Part 3 – Exercise

Children's Health, Heart Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
In my newest book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People, I teach people how to utilize ten essentials that are necessary to live a happy and highly healthy life. Under The Essential of Self-Care, I teach what I call “The 10 Commandments of Preventive Medicine." Here’s the third installment of this ten-part series. (more…)
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The Ten Commandments of Preventive Medicine – Part 2 – Obesity

General Health, Men's Health, Woman's Health
In my newest book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People, I teach people how to utilize the ten essentials that are necessary to live a happy and highly healthy life. Under The Essential of Self-Care, I’ve developed a list of what I call “The 10 Commandments of Preventive Medicine."  Here’s the second installment of this ten-part series. More information: (more…)
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