Category Archives: Health, Fitness & Food

Multicomponent Exercise is Best for the Aging Brain

Exercise has been linked to improved cognition in aging adults, but what types of exercise are best? Geriatric medicine researchers in Pamplona, Spain set out to explore the effects of various types of exercise on the aging brain. The health benefits of regular exercise are widely celebrated, from reducing diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, to…

Management of Hypertension: What You Need to Know

A recent review suggests that for most individuals, the ideal blood pressure target is not 120/80mmHg, but actually somewhere below 140/90mmHg. It also discusses the management of hypertension with the latest drug treatments. Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a disease that affects almost a quarter of all adults living in the United…

Consume More Magnesium To Decrease Risk of Hypertension

Hypertension is a predominant risk factor for stroke and cardiovascular disease. A meta-analysis found a significant inverse relationship between dietary intake of magnesium and risk of hypertension. Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a risk factor for several major causes of death including stroke and cardiovascular disease. About 29.6% of U.S. adults live…

Dietary Supplementation Does Not Increase Physical Activity

Studies have found that undernourished children are less physically active than well-nourished children. Researchers investigated the effects of lipid-based nutrients supplements (LNS) on the physical activity levels of children born to Malawian mothers and found that LNS does not increase physical activity in Malawian toddlers. Poor dietary intake and malnutrition are issues prevalent in developing…

Replacement Diet to Lower Elevated Triglycerides in Obese Adults

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition shows that replacement of refined carbohydrates with a combination of Egg protein and unsaturated fats increases insulin sensitivity and lowers triglycerides in obese adults with elevated triglyceride levels. Hypertriglyceridemia, defined as a fasting plasma Triglyceride (TG) concentration of more than 150 mg/dL, is a common condition in…

Views of Young People on Physical Activity and Risk of Bowel Cancer

A new study examines young people’s understanding of physical activity and how it can reduce bowel cancer risk. Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in women and the third most common in men globally. Furthermore, the second most common cancer-related death is due to bowel cancer. Several factors such as chronic illnesses, family…

Perceived Physical Fitness Leads to Greater Perceived Quality of Life

Physical fitness, an important health status marker, has been found to predict cardiovascular disease and mortality. A recent study demonstrated that greater self-reported physical fitness, in particular cardiorespiratory fitness, is associated with higher self-reported life satisfaction, quality of life, and self-rated health among adolescents. Physical fitness, an important health status marker, has been found to…

Menopause Help? Blocking FSH Hormone Halts Weight Gain and Bone Loss

Menopause is associated with weight gain and bone loss. Building on previous research indicating that levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) begin to remain high just prior to menopause, researchers investigated whether treating mice with an antibody to block FSH action triggered weight loss and prevented bone loss. FSH is a fertility hormone produced by…

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Long-Term Treatment of Depression

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) are widely-used effective treatments for depression. A recent study examined patients over the course of 10 months of treatment and found that CBT was more effective at lowering depression severity than IPT. Depression, also known as major depressive disorder, is defined by the National Institute of Mental…

Keeping the Weight Off: Your Diet After Bariatric Surgery

A study recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition set out to determine whether changes in diet after bariatric surgery could predict weight change 10 years post-procedure. Greater weight loss was achieved by patients who adapted soon after the surgery to a diet that consisted of both a lower caloric intake and reduced…