An hour per week at the gym lowers the risk of metabolic syndrome — ScienceDaily

Less than one hour of resistance exercise training per week lowers the risk of developing metabolic syndrome (cardiovascular risk factors such as overweight, high blood pressure and elevated blood sugar). This was shown by a study involving more than 7,000 participants from the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study (ACLS) in the USA. The beneficial effects of […]

Why intensity is not a bad word: Optimizing health status at any age.

Despite claims to the contrary, high-intensity exercise is important for the prevention of obesity and sarcopenia with advancing age.

How eating less can slow the aging process

ScienceDaily Date:February 13, 2017Source:Brigham Young UniversitySummary:New research shows why calorie restriction made mice live longer and healthier lives. FULL STORY “When you restrict calorie consumption, there’s almost a linear increase in lifespan,” Price said. Credit: © Steven R Breininger / Fotolia There’s a multi-billion-dollar industry devoted to products that fight signs of aging, but moisturizers […]

Sugar substitutes may cut calories, but no health benefits for individuals with obesity: The study suggests that the bacteria in the gut may be able to break down artificial sweeteners, resulting in negative health effects — ScienceDaily

Artificial sweeteners help individuals with obesity to cut calories and lose weight but may have negative health effects, according to researchers at York University’s Faculty of Health. “Our study shows that individuals with obesity who consume artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame, may have worse glucose management than those who don’t take sugar substitutes,” says Professor Jennifer […]

Increased physical activity associated with lower risk of 13 types of cancer | National Institutes of Health (NIH)

A new study of the relationship between physical activity and cancer has shown that greater levels of leisure-time physical activity were associated with a lower risk of developing 13 different types of cancer. The risk of developing seven cancer types was 20 percent (or more) lower among the most active participants (90th percentile of activity) […]

Regular exercise at any age might stave off Alzheimer’s: Fitness level correlates with increased blood flow to essential areas of brain — ScienceDaily

Recent research suggests that exercise might provide some measure of protection from Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. A group of researchers led by Nathan Johnson PT, DPT, PhD of the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences, was able to demonstrate a positive correlation between fitness and blood flow to areas of the brain where […]

Distance makes the habits healthier: Advice on snacking — ScienceDaily

Free food: It’s a growing workplace trend, especially in tech companies, to incentivize productivity and morale around the office. But how can companies promote healthy choices and still provide indulgent goodies? Google executives asked consumer behavior expert and Saint Joseph’s University professor Ernest Baskin, Ph.D. and his colleagues, to help them resolve that question. Continued […]

Three lessons gut microbes have taught us about antibiotics — ScienceDaily

Not sure why the alternatives mentioned in this article don’t say anything about eating more (volume and variety) cultured foods, but … whatever.  Science!  – jk Antibiotics have proven to be a double-edged sword: capable of killing a range of bacteria that cause infections, but also depleting our gut microbes, impairing our immune system, and […]

Higher muscle mass associated with lower mortality risk in people with heart disease Date:  April 22, 2016Source:  University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health SciencesSummary:Cardiovascular disease patients who have high muscle mass and low fat mass have a lower mortality risk than those with other body compositions, researchers have found. The findings also suggest that regardless of a person’s level of fat mass, a higher level of […]

Strength training helps older adults live longer — ScienceDaily

ScienceDaily.comDate:  April 20, 2016Source:  Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical CenterSummary:Older adults who met twice-weekly strength training guidelines had lower odds of dying, a new analysis concludes. The study is the first to demonstrate the association in a large, nationally representative sample over an extended time period, particularly in an older population. Full Story Older […]