Diet & Fitness


weight-012815.jpg Rapid weight loss or weight gain may lead to increased risk of bone fractures for older women, according to a new study from researchers at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in the United Kingdom. For the study the researchers collected data from 120,000 post-menopausal women between the ages of 50 and 79 as part of the Women's Health Observational Study and Clinical Trials.

bottledrink-012815.jpg A new study has found that girls who drink a lot of sugary soft drinks often start their periods younger than girls who consume fewer sugary drinks. Researchers tracked a group of 5,583 girls aged 9 to 14 between 1996 and 2001, noting their intake of sugary drinks. They found that the girls who drank more sugary drinks (over 1.5 servings per day) got their periods 2.7 months earlier.

Everyone knows that diet and exercise are essential to keeping a healthy body. Sometimes, though, dangerous obesity requires cultural or medical intervention. Here are 3 other recent events that are helping the fight against obesity.

Girlsittinginchair-012215.jpg Sitting for long portions of each day could lead to increased risk for a variety of health problems including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and early death, according to researchers from the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. For the study the researchers examined 41 adult Canadians and found that the amount of time they spend sitting was directly linked with increased health risks.

coffee-022113.jpg Those who drink four or more cups of coffee a day could be at a decreased risk for developing skin cancer, according to a new study from researchers in the U.K. For the study the researchers examined health records from just under 500,000 adults in the U.S. They found those who reported drinking four or more cups of coffee daily were twenty percent less likely on average to develop melanoma.

A recent study has linked poor sleeping habits during youth to other problems down the line, like drinking and drug dependency. That's just one of the many problems that can be caused by a lack of adequate shut-eye.

pizzaslice-012015.jpg Pizza has been targeted as a main culprit in the childhood obesity epidemic by a team of researchers at the Illinois Prevention Research Center. For the study the researchers reviewed dietary health records collected from children between the ages of 2 and 19 between 2003 and 2010. They found that about 30 percent of the children and teens in the study reported eating pizza on a daily basis.

Beer-030512_21Aug12.jpg A new study has shown that binge drinking kills thousands, with alcohol responsible for 88,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. The study reveals that six people die each day in the U.S. due to alcohol poisoning, most of them due to binge drinking. Three out of four of the 2,200 deaths each year caused by binge drinking took place in men between the ages of 35-64.

Beer-030512_21Aug12.jpg A new study has found that working too hard can lead to excessive drinking. A group of researchers examined studies of over 400,000 people from different countries and noted that working 49-54 hours a week made people 13 percent more likely to develop "risky alcohol use," while those working 55 or more hours a week were 12 percent more likely to develop risky behaviors.

cornsyrup-010615.jpg Corn syrup may be more toxic than regular table sugar, according to a new study from the University of Utah. For the study the researchers tested toxicity levels of corn syrup by feeding it to groups of mice in a controlled environment. They had previously used this method to test harmful effects of some medicines, social conditions like inbreeding and high glucose diets.

wholegrains-010615.jpg Those who eat a diet rich in whole grains may enjoy a better overall life expectancy, according to a new study from researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health. For the study the researchers reviewed data collected as part of two researcher studies starting in 1980s that included 118,000 and nurses and health care workers.

fruits-010615.jpg The DASH diet has been named the best overall diet for the fifth straight year by U.S. News & World Report. The diet, which was initially developed as a means to lower blood pressure, has once again beat out Weight Watchers and the Mediterranean diet. Angela Haupt, senior health and wellness editor at U.S. News & World Report, spoke on the diet saying, "The DASH diet has been our top diet . . ."

redmeat-061214.jpg Neu5Gc, a sugar specific to red meat, may play a role in forming tumors in humans, according to a new study. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, conducted a systematic survey of common foods rich in Neu5Gc, such as beef, pork and lamb. For this they concluded that Neu5Gc is strongly associated with increased cancer risk.

children-with-diabities-122914.jpg Children with type 1 diabetes may experience delayed brain development, according to new study from researchers at Nemours Children's Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. For the study the researchers performed brain scans on kids between four and nine years old. They found that compared to children without diabetes, those with the condition showed significantly slowed growth of grey matter.

health-diabetes-122414.jpg Asian Americans have a higher risk for type two diabetes at a lower body weight than other groups do, a new study has found. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has recommended lowering the body mass index (BMI) at which Asian Americans should be screened for diabetes, noting that they are at risk for diabetes at a BMI of 23 or higher (as opposed to the standard risk number of 25 or higher).

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