Sugary drinks are linked to obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes — and the more soda people drink the more likely these outcomes. The deniers keep arguing that association isn’t proof that one actually causes the other, although when epidemiologic studies show a link again and again, and the mechanism of harm is plausible, it is actually pretty damning evidence. That’s how we proved smoking cigarettes caused disease (there never was a controlled study asigning people to smoking and comparing them to controls). But there’s nothing like controlled experiments, especially double blind placebo controlled ones, to prove cause and effect. Read more
A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor.
The bill would prevent adolescents from smoking, buying or possessing both traditional and electronic cigarettes. Read more
An enzyme secreted by the body’s fat tissue controls energy levels in the brain, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The findings, in mice, underscore a role for the body’s fat tissue in controlling the brain’s response to food scarcity, and suggest there is an optimal amount of body fat for maximizing health and longevity.
The study appears April 23 in the journal Cell Metabolism. Read more
Breakfast is an important meal for cultivating good health no matter what your age, but a handful of recent studies seem to be building a case for it ranking as perhaps the most critical meal for fifty- and sixty-something eaters, particularly when it comes to preventing and managing diabetes.
When many people think of exercise, the first thing that comes to mind is aerobic training, such as walking, swimming or cycling. While cardiovascular training is most often associated with better health and longevity, more recent research also evaluates the benefits of strength training beyond the typical result of improving muscle mass.
To maximize your fitness program, strength training should be an equally important partner to aerobic training. This partnership will help these two routines benefit one another, and the end result will be a more balanced approach to fitness with enhanced results. Read more
In the war against cancer, we’ve taken many steps forward, thanks to science and treatments like radiation and chemotherapy. But the disease has also found a way to fight back. Some tumors can develop a resistance against chemotherapy, which is why certain scientists are focusing their efforts on creating more chemosensitization drugs. Think of these medications as a chemotherapy assistant: They help to make chemotherapy drugs work more effectively by counteracting the tumor’s resistance on a cellular level. Read more
Jeans don’t lie. You knew you let yourself go a little bit, and after throwing the stupid bathroom scale away because it said you were (insert red-flag number here), you went for the true test—slipping on your favorite denim pants. Ugh. Not being able to pull them past your thighs sure does tell you something. If you’re at a loss as to how to begin, here’s a no-fuss, straightforward, 11-step guide to losing weight.
There’s nothing quite like the rush of seeing the number on the scale drop. When you’ve been pouring effort into living a healthy life, results are just the push you need to stick to your habits. But that weight-loss high is a major factor in that surprisingly bummed feeling you might get after you reach your goal weight. Shift into maintaining rather than actively shedding pounds doesn’t feel quite as validating, which can lead to weight creeping back on before you realize it. We asked Michelle Segar, Ph.D., behavior-change expert at the University of Michigan and author of No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness what’s behind this frustrating phenomenon and how you can stop it in its tracks.
“When I exercise, I zone out and collect my mind for the day ahead,” says the actress, who appears in Pitch Perfect 2 (in theaters May 15). Her tote of choice is just as chill: a pale-blue Adidas classic.
April is National Stress Awareness month, when the U.S Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) urges Americans to refresh and recharge their bodies and minds for a healthier lifestyle. The HHS website suggests a number of simple activities like taking a walk, doing yoga, having a cup of tea, or practicing meditation as methods for combating stress and adds, “While you can’t avoid stress, you can minimize it by changing how you choose to respond to it.” Read more
Why does it always seem that the minute you decide to clean up your diet and make healthier choices the food cravings kick in? It’s been weeks, maybe months, since you’ve wanted a candy bar, but now it’s all you can think about. The mind is a very strong “muscle”—but it can be trained. First, it helps to understand why cravings occur, then you can use some unexpected methods to conquer them.
Get all of the body-shaping benefits of high-intensity training without the impact with this no-equipment-needed workout
High intensity interval training (aka HIIT) is making major headlines lately for all of its incredible benefits, including maximum calorie burn (both during and after a workout), anti-aging effects (did you know it can help boost your body’s natural production of human growth hormone?) and belly-fat-blasting power. There is no doubt that HIIT is a super effective way to work out, but many typical high-intensity moves, like squat thrusts, burpees, tuck jumps, etc., can not only be tough to do, but they can also be tough on the joints too—especially if you have existing conditions or previous injuries. The good news: You don’t have to jump to get your heart rate into the HIIT zone. The following low-impact moves can help you pump up your fat-burning potential without the impact. Read more
Show of hands if this sounds familiar: You get the recommend eight hours of sleep and wake up feeling rejuvenated and ready for the day—but when you go to look in the mirror, you realize with horror that you’ve got some massive dark circles under your eyes. What the eff? Sadly, even if you get plenty of shuteye every night, there are plenty of other reasons you may still look tired. Here’s the deal:
About 6 million American adults experience a panic attack every year. Panic attacks are bi-products of anxiety that occur regularly or intermittently. Either way, they are frightening to say the least. Panic attacks can cause major disruptions in people’s lives and left untreated, may cause deterioration of social and occupational functioning.