The Deadly Duo: Western Style Fast Food and Sugar Sweetened Beverages

Posted December 6, 2012 by

The number one factor that determines our health is our genetic makeup.  Diseases tend to run in families and some diseases are passed on from parents to children.  After genetics, the next biggest factor that determines our health is our diet.  The link between diet and health is becoming increasingly relevant due to the growing [...]

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Child Daycare Is Associated with Childhood Overweight and Obesity

Posted November 20, 2012 by

Childhood obesity is becoming a health problem for children and their parents throughout the world.  Obesity that develops during early life can be problematic because the influence on health is longer and can lead to other problems such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.  The childhood obesity epidemic has paralleled the [...]

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Weight Loss Decreases Inflammation and Heart Disease Risk

Posted November 12, 2012 by

Inflammation has become increasingly recognized as contributing to the development of heart disease and stroke.  Inflammation increases the risk of atherosclerotic plaque formation, blood clot formation, and decreases the ability of blood vessels to contract and relax normally.  Obesity is known to be a high inflammatory state, and the increased risk of heart disease that [...]

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Eating Fast Food Increases Calorie Intake and Decreases Nutrient Consumption

Posted November 8, 2012 by

The world is becoming increasingly fast paced and instant gratification has tended to be the driving factor for the success of many products.  In the food industry, this is also true and has spawned an entire fast food segment that is a multibillion-dollar a year business.  From the late 1970s to the early 2000s, the [...]

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Indoor Smoking Ban Decreases Heart Attack and Sudden Cardiac Death Rates

Posted November 2, 2012 by

Tobacco smoking is an independent risk factor for heart disease and stroke.  Smoking causes hardening of the arteries, also termed atherosclerosis, and dysfunction of the endothelial lining of arteries.  Second hand smoke has been identified as being similarly detrimental to health.  In 2002, New York City as well as other cities throughout the United States [...]

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Could Obesity Be An Irreversible Condition?

Posted November 1, 2012 by

Obesity is becoming an increasingly prevalent problem and affects over 500 million people worldwide.  Obesity has also reached epidemic proportions among children and is estimated to affect 43 million children throughout the world.  Being overweight and obese increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer.  [...]

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Do Sleeping Pills Raise the Risk of Dementia in Seniors?

Posted October 26, 2012 by

Everybody loves – and needs – a good night of sleep. Occasional nights of poor rest, for whatever reason, can be tolerated by most, but ongoing insomnia wreaks havoc with our alertness, moods, and day-to-day functioning. Despite being retired and presumably having less to worry about, senior citizens have a well-known tendency to sleep poorly. [...]

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Weight Lifting Reduces the Risk of Developing Metabolic Syndrome

Posted October 25, 2012 by

The metabolic syndrome is a group of cardiovascular disease risk factors that when combined together significantly increase the likelihood of developing heart disease or stroke.  These risk factors include poor blood glucose control or diabetes, elevated triglyceride level, low high density lipoprotein cholesterol, obesity or overweight, and high blood pressure.  In order to meet the [...]

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America’s Sugar Addiction Continues to Run Amok

Posted October 24, 2012 by

There is a white powdery substance that has become increasingly abundant and available in today’s society.  It can be found in every house and in every food store, and can be purchased by anyone who chooses to do so.  This substance seems innocuous and appears beneficial at times.  In actuality, this substance can wreak havoc [...]

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Exercise Prevents Brain Atrophy and other Signs of Aging in the Elderly

Posted October 23, 2012 by

Brain atrophy, also called cerebral atrophy, can develop when there is loss of grey matter (brain cells) or white matter (brain cell connections).  Brain atrophy causes shrinkage of the brain and an overall reduction in brain size.  Brain atrophy is more common with increasing age and several medical conditions such as epilepsy, strokes, Alzheimer’s dementia, [...]

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