Don’t Wait Until You’re Older to Fight Getting Old

Research shows aging can start surprisingly early—but there are ways to counteract declines in hearing, sight and bone and muscle mass You might not qualify for any senior-citizen discounts yet. But aging starts sooner than you might expect. Age-related hearing starts going downhill at 25, though it isn’t noticeable until … Continue reading

Fitness Helps Improve Lipid Profile

Exercise may delay age-related elevated cholesterol, among men. A measure of the ability of the body’s circulatory and respiratory systems to supply oxygen to the skeletal muscles during sustained physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) may be achieved by plentiful aerobic exercise. Yong-Moon Mark Park, from the University  of South Carolina … Continue reading

Half the planet will need glasses by 2050 because of screens

Half of the world’s population could be short-sighted by 2050, research shows. That’s a surge from the current 34 per cent that currently struggles with seeing distances. The reason for the sudden decline in eyesight abilities is too much time spent looking at computer and smartphone screens and not enough time spent … Continue reading

Test Your Genes to Find Your Best Diet

Your genes can help tell you what to eat and influence how diet affects your health. Variants in some of our genes determine how we metabolize and utilize nutrients, a field of study known as nutrigenomics. Nutritional genetic testing is offered by a handful of companies and clinics, though it … Continue reading

Researchers Propose New Treatment to Prevent Kidney Stones

Researchers have found evidence that a natural fruit extract is capable of dissolving calcium oxalate crystals, the most common component of human kidney stones. This finding could lead to the first advance in the treatment of calcium oxalate stones in 30 years. Jeffrey Rimer, associate professor of chemical engineering at … Continue reading

Lighter weights just as effective as heavier weights to gain muscle, build strength

New research from McMaster University is challenging traditional workout wisdom, suggesting that lifting lighter weights many times is as efficient as lifting heavy weights for fewer repetitions.  It is the latest in a series of studies that started in 2010, contradicting the decades-old message that the best way to build … Continue reading

Hormone therapy has no effect on verbal memory after menopause, study suggests

Although millions of American women use hormone therapy, some of its effects are uncertain due to previous mixed results and insufficient research. But a new randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial suggests the therapy does not impact mental skills like verbal memory— a suspected effect that has encouraged and discouraged women from … Continue reading

Coconut oil & abdominal fat? (research update)

I’ve run across some VERY interesting studies recently on the relationship between coconut oil (or any type of coconut fat, including coconut milk and cream) and how it can affect your body fat… The findings may surprise you! A 2009 study published in the Journal Lipids consisted of testing the … Continue reading

Debunked: Major Weight Loss & Exercise Myth

If only we weren’t so lazy, obesity wouldn’t be a problem.  That seems to be the assumption behind Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! program which aims to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation. But as with many government programs, Let’s Move! avoided addressing the real cause of obesity.  … Continue reading

Exercise Lowers Dementia Risk and Could Affect Brain Size

Regular physical activity for older adults could lead to higher brain volumes and help stave off the risk of developing dementia, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California Los Angeles. Researchers used data from the landmark Framingham Heart study which started in 1948 as a … Continue reading

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