Why You May Not be Losing Weight

04.09.2015

(StatePoint) When it comes to weight loss, the recommendation of “diet and exercise” has become a standard refrain from personal trainers, fitness gurus, magazines and even doctors. But the issue is more complex, say experts. “There are underlying physiological, and in some cases pathological, mechanisms driving weight gain,” says Dr. Michael A. Smith, senior health scientist for Life Extension Foundation and host of “Healthy Talk” on RadioMD.com. “Until you address these issues, you won’t be as successful on any diet plan as you could be.” So far, research has identified nine weight gaining mechanisms: insulin resistance, hormone imbalance, excessive carbohydrate and starch absorption, muscle loss from low physical activity, low brain serotonin, slow resting metabolism, abnormal fat cell signaling, low adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase activity and diet imbalances. “Think of these nine mechanisms as pillars holding up an overweight frame burdened with too much body fat,” says Smith. A successful approach …

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News Review From Harvard Medical School — Fitness May Reduce Lung, Colon Cancer Risk

04.02.2015

Men who are fit in middle age may have lower risks of some cancers in later years, a new study finds. The study included nearly 14,000 men who were part of a long-term health study. Their average age when the study began was 49. Nearly all were white. Men were given treadmill tests to assess their fitness. After the men turned 65, researchers looked at Medicare records to see who was diagnosed with cancer. On average, they looked at 6½ years of records for each man. Men who had the top fitness scores in middle age were 55% less likely to develop lung cancer than those who were least fit. They were 44% less likely to develop colorectal cancer. But they were 22% more likely than less fit men to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. The men who were most fit also had a 32% lower rate of death from …

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Are You Reaching for the Right Pain Medication?

03.20.2015

(StatePoint) The use of opioid painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin is on the rise and this trend is taking its toll. Opioids account for 46 deaths each day in the United States — more than any other drug. Is your pain medication the best option for you? Depending on the type of pain you’re experiencing, and the duration of your expected treatment, the answer may be “no.” “Surprisingly, opioids are not very effective pain medications, and they can also have serious side effects,” says Dr. Donald Teater, M.D., medical advisor to the National Safety Council. Acute pain includes dental pain, back pain, renal colic pain (kidney stones), sprains and fractures. What may be surprising to some is that studies show a combination of over-the-counter acetaminophen and ibuprofen is more effective at relieving acute pain than opioids. Not only are opioids less effective than NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) in particular …

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Eating Between Meals May Help You Live Longer—If You Do It rRght

03.04.2015

You probably think of your afternoon snack as an indulgence, one that adds pounds, not benefits. But not if you make smart choices. Studies suggest that some between-meal bites may actually extend your life and help you maintain a healthy weight. For most people, snacking contributes about 25 percent of your daily calories. That’s why you want to make every bite count. A study from Auburn University in Alabama found that older adults who snacked twice per day got 18 percent more vitamin C, 16 percent more beta carotene, and 10 percent more vitamin E than those who didn’t. They also got slightly more magnesium and potassium. What makes a healthy snack? Small portions of nutrient-packed, unprocessed foods. Allow yourself two snacks per day. Each should include at least two food groups and have 150 to 200 calories. Consumer Reports’ food experts say a 6-ounce container of low-fat yogurt with …

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9 Smart Ways to Save on Health Care

02.18.2015

How to get more bang from your out-of-pocket buck 1. Don’t pay for care you don’t need. If you are sick and need to see a doctor but your doctor can’t see you because he or she has no openings, go to Boca Regional Urgent Care (BRUC) and avoid the expense of going to the E.R. Of course there are times that and E.R. visit is necessary but if it isn’t you can save a lot on copays and out of pocket costs by going to BRUC. The Clinic is open every day from 9am-9pm. Walk right in, no appointment is needed. Pre-registration is available online at BocaRegionalUrgentCare.com 2. Find out the price ahead of time. Obviously this tactic works only for non-emergency situations. But did you know that the price of a routine MRI might vary four-fold among imaging centers that participate in your health plan? Or that an …

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9 Smart Ways to Save on Health Care

02.18.2015

How to get more bang from your out-of-pocket buck 1. Don’t pay for care you don’t need. If you are sick and need to see a doctor but your doctor can’t see you because he or she has no openings, go to Boca Regional Urgent Care (BRUC) and avoid the expense of going to the E.R. Of course there are times that and E.R. visit is necessary but if it isn’t you can save a lot on copays and out of pocket costs by going to BRUC. The Clinic is open every day from 9am-9pm. Walk right in, no appointment is needed. Pre-registration is available online at BocaRegionalUrgentCare.com 2. Find out the price ahead of time. Obviously this tactic works only for non-emergency situations. But did you know that the price of a routine MRI might vary four-fold among imaging centers that participate in your health plan? Or that an …

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What’s Wrong With Herbal Remedies

02.09.2015

They might not contain what they claim—and probably don’t work, either The millions of Americans who regularly take herbal supplements like echinacea, garlic, ginkgo biloba, and saw palmetto were likely shocked earlier this week by news that several popular products sold in major retail stores like GNC, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens might not contain what they claim. The supplement industry responded, predictably, by criticizing the tests, and several independent experts have also raised concerns about the methodology used by New York state regulators. But the argument over whether the tests were accurate obscures a basic problem with most dietary supplements: there’s very little evidence that they work in the first place. “The idea that dietary supplements cure the common cold, restore prostate health, sharpen your mind, or have any other health benefit is dubious at best,” says Marvin M. Lipman, M.D., chief medical adviser for Consumer Reports. And that may …

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Tips to Manage Pain from Arthritis Naturally

02.04.2015

(StatePoint) One in five adults in the United States now reports having doctor-diagnosed arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For those living with the chronic pain of this disease, learning how to manage arthritis is crucial to the health and happiness of millions of Americans. With that in mind, here are several natural ways to reduce complications and pain associated with arthritis: • Those who are overweight or obese are diagnosed with an arthritis symptom more often than those with a lower body mass index, according to CDC statistics. Take a load off your joints by maintaining a healthy weight. Weight loss has also been linked to less pain from arthritis, especially in the knees, which bear the brunt of excess pounds. • Evidence indicates that both endurance and resistance exercise can provide significant benefits to those with osteoarthritis, according to the U.S. Department of …

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Safety Tips For Teen Drivers

01.23.2015

One of the most important milestone’s in a teenager’s life is when they are finally able to drive on their own. Being able to drive opens up a multitude of opportunities; however, if your teenager is not careful, driving can also be the gateway to significant danger. To ensure that your teenager is being a safe driver make sure that they are considering the cardinal rules of driving: 1. Eyes on the Road: No matter what. Before they enter the car, the teen should remove their cell phone from their pocket, and put it in silent mode. The phone should placed somewhere in the car where it will not be tempting to reach out and check it. If they need to make an emergency phone call, they should pull into the nearest parking lot. 2. Never Drive Under the Influence: 31% of the traffic deaths in 2013 were due to …

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5 reasons to skip taking vitamin C for colds

01.05.2015

It won’t make your sniffles disappear Sniffles, sneezes and an achy head are a good indicator that you’ve caught a cold—and nobody wants to be sick during the holidays. But unfortunately, chomping on megadoses of vitamin C, aka ascorbic acid, or sipping yet another glass of vitamin C mix won’t make your illness magically disappear. In fact, it could add to your woes. “Nothing, including vitamin C, has ever been shown to shorten the course of a common cold, which usually lasts 7 to 10 days,” says Marvin M. Lipman, M.D., Consumer Reports’ chief medical adviser. Here are five reasons vitamin C is not much better than a tincture of time. 1. It’s probably too late While research suggests that taking a daily dose of C on a regular basis while you’re still healthy might shorten your cold by a day or so, the same studies show that blasting your …

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