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Archive for the ‘ Prevention ’ Category

19 Feb

Top 10 Reasons to Stay Healthy

We know by now that we need to work out, need to eat the right foods and do stuff that is “healthy for us,” but sometimes when we’re waking up at 5 am to hit the treadmill before work or shunning the donuts at the breakfast meeting, its easy to lose sight of what we’re […]

14 Feb

Mature Muscle?

A few weeks ago we tackled the importance of lean muscle mass in aging and its typical correlation with organ reserve. Conventional wisdom tells us that muscle is easiest to develop when you are young, that we tend to lose muscle as we age, and that it becomes more difficult to put on muscle as […]

14 Feb

Smart Fuel: Beets

Haven’t been eating your beets? Don’t beat yourself up (see what we did there), because technically they’re out of season right now. But with spring fast approaching, perhaps it’s time to dig deeper and examine what these little purple monsters have to offer! Hailing from South Africa, the beet – which is a relative of […]

13 Feb

What’s All This Talk About Inflammation?

We talk a lot around here about inflammation, and some of you have raised good questions (and answers) regarding what we’re really getting at. A continuing thanks for your comments and thoughtful responses. So, what do we mean by inflammation when we harp on the evils of sugars, grains, trans fats and other nutritional fiends? […]

13 Feb

Study Finds Low-Carb, High-Protein, High-Fat Diet Associated with Lowered Diabetes Risk

Chalk yet another one up for low-carb, high protein diets: A study in the current issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that a vegetable-based, low-carbohydrate diet can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in women. To assess the impact of diet on type 2 diabetes risk, researchers from the Harvard School […]

13 Feb

Good Night and Good Health

One more point to show that “nature” doesn’t run the show when it comes to the health of our seedlings (or any of us, for that matter)… Last week Mark offered commentary on an analysis of twins and childhood obesity published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which had been picked up by MSNBC. […]

11 Feb

NHLBI Study: What’s Next?

Last week The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) halted a treatment regimen that was part of a large trial assessing treatment goals for those with both type 2 diabetes and very high risk of cardiovascular disease. Patients had been divided into two groups with different blood sugar goals: one with a conventional treatment […]

7 Feb

High Blood Pressure and Follow-up Care

High blood pressure is a major public health threat and one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. An analysis of hospitalization and follow-up care for individuals with severe hypertension, however, shows gaping holes in the maintenance of care. Granger and colleagues at nearly two dozen institutions around the country created a special […]

7 Feb

Smart Fuel: Kale

Meet Kale, yet another member of the brassica family, a clan of vegetables that includes cabbage, collards, and Brussels sprouts. Although believed to have been brought over to Europe around 600 BC by groups of Celtic wanderers (and over to the U.S. in the 17th Century), Kale has only recently stepped into the spotlight for […]

5 Feb

Growing Gout Problem Linked to Sweet Drinks

Did you do a double take on this one? Yes, gout is making an uncomfortable comeback in the U.S., actually doubling in the last few decades. If you always pictured gout as a disease of the Charles Dicken’s era, you’re not alone. It’s likely history buffs knew more about it than health nuts until now. […]

4 Feb

Dear Mark: Chronic Cardio

Dear Mark, I’m still having a hard time understanding what “chronic high level training” is, exactly. How much is too much? Is there a heart rate zone you guys can give me? A time limit? Am I overthinking this?? Thanks, Charlotte, for posting this question last week. As is so often the case, another MDA […]

4 Feb

You Double Dipped that Chip!!!

Cast your mind back to Sunday, when you crowded around the television with your best buds to watch a great game of football. Now cast your mind back to the eating habits of your friends. Were there any double dippers in your crew? If so, you might be interested in a new study by Clemson […]

1 Feb

Can the Super Bowl make you Super Sick?

A study published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that settling down to watch this weekend’s Super Bowl could be harmful to your health! For the study, researchers from the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany recorded the number of heart attacks, cardiac arrests and other acute cardiac events reported in the […]

31 Jan

The Role of Lean Muscle Mass and Organ Reserve in Aging

There’s been a lot in the news lately about the question of longevity. This past week an article discussed the role of exercise in “biological aging,” the relative age of a person based on biomarkers (determined by telomere length in this study), rather than simple chronology. To add to this discussion, I want to offer […]

31 Jan

Low Carb, High Protein Diet Reduces Seizure Rate in Epilepsy Sufferers

A study in the February issue of Epilepsia suggests that a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet can significantly reduce the number of seizures in adult epileptics. For almost a century, physicians have prescribed low carbohydrate diets to control epilepsy in children. Among the more popular diets is the ketogenic diet, which requires a period of initial fasting, […]

30 Jan

The Definitive Guide to Cholesterol

That makes it easy. With all the talk of fighting, battling, combating and beating cholesterol into submission, you’d think it had a black plastic body suit and James Earl Jones’ voice. Big Pharma has, dutifully created quite an arsenal for our supposed defense, and the medical community has been a willing faction, delivering the rhetoric […]

29 Jan

A Sanitized World is a Healthier World?

It’s the season for scrubbing, soaping and sanitizing. After all, no one exactly enjoys getting stuck at home miserable with the latest cold or flu strain making its way through all humankind. But is this obsession with absolute cleanliness really the best way to keep ourselves healthy? We certainly wouldn’t argue with the positives of […]

28 Jan

Dear Mark: Sugar Cravings

Dear Mark, I do pretty well in the fitness department, love my veggies and get plenty of protein. My problem is that I can’t seem to shake my sugar cravings. Suggestions? I get some version of this question on a fairly regular basis. A common theory says that we evolved to crave sweet tastes in […]

25 Jan

Study Finds Exercise Prolongs Lifespan

A study published Tuesday in the online edition of the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation suggests that frequent exercise can reduce the risk of death in men. To examine the link between fitness and mortality, Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers gathered fitness data on 15,660 male VA patients undergoing treadmill testing for various medical reasons. The […]

24 Jan

Study Finds Fitness Best Determinant of Future Cancer Risk

A study in the most recent edition of Obesity for the first time finds that fitness is more important than fatness in decreasing cancer mortality in men. For the study, researchers from the not-for-profit Cooper Institute in Dallas tracked 38,410 men who completed a comprehensive baseline physical examination at Cooper Clinic in Dallas that included […]

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