Tag: Health

50 Years of Diets to Prevent Heart Disease: Did They Work?

By T. Jared Bunch, MD Most of us will try a diet some time during our lives. Often when I talk about steps needed to treat a heart disease, patients will say they know they need to lose weight and plan to start a diet. In my clinic patients bring in all sorts of diets to discuss with me. Most diets that I review involve limiting choices. For example, let’s propose a cupcake diet. You eat cupcakes alone for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, and have as many as you want. However, eating cupcakes day after day is not...

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Middle-Age Fitness Helps Ward Off Stroke Later

By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay News Study finds this one thing reduces risk by 37 percent. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of long-term disability. Physical fitness in middle age may lower your risk of stroke after 65, a new study finds. “It is becoming increasingly clear that healthy mid-life behaviors pay off as we age, and lower our risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke,” said Dr. Ralph Sacco, chairman of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He was not involved in the study. Among nearly...

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Fitness With a Disability Starts Here and Now

By David Lyons Photo: Robert Michael/Corbis I am in the process of finishing and publishing my new book, The NaturalBody Road to Fitness: An Easy-to-Follow Guide to Fitness for People with Disabilities. This book will cover every aspect of exercise, nutrition, and mindset in taking charge of MS or any debilitating challenge through fitness and health. I’m writing this book in response to the thousands of people who ask me how they can battle MS in the gym as I am doing. I am here to help you understand the psychology and methodology that is the foundation for fitness...

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Raising Awareness of Women’s Heart Health

By Marijke Vroomen-Durning, RN | Medically reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH Heart disease is not exclusive to men, and more than ever before, heart organizations are making sure women get that message. Depending on where you live, you may have noticed more promotions targeting women about heart disease awareness. Posters, television ads, even special heart disease awareness days, have been created to help remind women about this serious condition and what can be done to prevent it. Why the focus on women? There’s a common misconception that heart disease only affects men, but statistics show that this is...

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Mediterranean Diet May Help Women Live Longer, Healthier Lives

By Kathleen Doheny, HealthDay News Study finds that following diet during middle age ups odds of living past 70 by 40 percent. Middle-aged women who follow a heart-healthy Mediterranean diet may live a healthier, longer life, a new study suggests. “Women with healthier dietary patterns at midlife were 40 percent more likely to survive to age 70 or over,” said lead researcher Cecilia Samieri, a postdoctoral fellow who conducted the study while at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She is now a researcher at INSERM and Universite de Bordeaux, in France. INSERM is the...

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