Exercise: Midlife Fitness Reduces Cancer Risk in Men.
Middle-aged men who are fit appear less likely to develop lung and colon cancer when they reach their later years. After treadmill testing nearly 14,000 men, researchers found that the more fit participants had roughly a 50% lower risk for lung and colon cancer and a 30% lower risk of death from such cancers when compared with the least fit men in the study. Lead researcher Dr. Susan Lakoski writes, “Importantly, fit men who developed prostate cancer in the current study had a lower risk of dying of cancer or cardiovascular disease. This speaks to the importance of being fit in midlife to improve survival, even if a man ultimately develops lung, prostate, or colorectal cancer.” JAMA Oncology, March 2015
Diet: Limit Alcohol Consumption and Maintain Healthy Weight to Lower Liver Cancer Risk.
While it may not surprise anyone that drinking three or more alcoholic drinks per day may raise an individual’s odds for liver cancer, a new study that analyzed data collected from 8.2 million men and women also found that being overweight or obese appears to raise an individual’s risk for cancer of the liver. World Cancer Research Fund International, March 2015
Health Alert: Deaths Rising Due to High Blood Pressure.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the overall death rate attributable to hypertension has increased 23% since 2000. Sadly, cardiac care experts agree that many fatal heart attacks and strokes could be prevented if individuals took measures to better manage their high blood pressure. Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a professor of cardiology at the University of California adds, “There is a critical need to facilitate and incentivize improvement in blood pressure control and heart health, as well provide optimal patient care.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 2015
Mental Attitude: This Herb May Be a Potential Alternative Treatment for Depression.
Promising new research indicates that roseroot (Rhodiola rosea) could one day serve as an alternative treatment option for those suffering from mild-to-moderate depression. The herb has traditionally been used to promote work endurance, increase longevity, and promote resistance to several health conditions such as fatigue, altitude sickness, and depression. Researchers found that although study participants receiving a common anti-depressant were more likely to report improvements in their symptoms than those given the roseroot extract, the differences were not statistically significant. Furthermore, 63% of patients who received the anti-depressant reported side effects compared with only 30% of those in the roseroot group. Phytomedicine, March 2015
Wellness/Prevention: Are 80% of Strokes Preventable?
According to an article in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, four out of every five strokes could be prevented if individuals took measures to avoid cigarette smoke, eat a heart-healthy diet, exercise on a regular basis, and better control their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, among other strategies. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, March 2015
Quote: “Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” ~ George Lucas
Exercise: Type 2 Diabetics Should Exercise After Dinner.
Researchers at the University of Missouri have discovered that people with type 2 diabetes can reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease by exercising after eating supper. Participants in the study performed resistance exercises such as leg curls, calf raises, and abdominal crunches either before dinner, after dinner, or not at all. Compared with blood sugar tests conducted on non-exercise days, the researchers found that exercising either before or after dinner led to reductions in blood glucose levels. However, only exercise conducted after dinner was associated with reductions in cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Researcher Dr. Jill Kanaley explains, “This study shows that it is not just the intensity or duration of exercising that is important but also the timing of when it occurs… Results from this study show that resistance exercise has its most powerful effect on reducing glucose and fat levels in one’s blood when performed after dinner.” Journal of Applied Physiology, December 2014
Health Alert: Statins Linked to Increased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may significantly increase a user’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The authors of a new study found that statins increase insulin resistance and also appear to impair the pancreas’ ability to secrete insulin. They also found that the risk of developing diabetes increased with higher statin doses. Diabetolgia, March 2015
Mental Attitude: Are Men the More Narcissistic Gender?
Based on information collected over 30 years from more than 475,000 people, researchers from the University of Buffalo School of Management claim they can explain why some females fail to break the corporate glass ceiling: women just aren’t narcissistic enough. The results of the study showed that men scored consistently higher than women in narcissism, regardless of age. Study author Dr. Emily Grijalva explains, “Narcissism is associated with various interpersonal dysfunctions, including an inability to maintain healthy long-term relationships, unethical behavior, and aggression. At the same time, narcissism is shown to boost self-esteem, emotional stability, and the tendency to emerge as a leader. By examining gender differences in narcissism, we may be able to explain gender disparities in these important outcomes.” Psychological Bulletin, March 2015
Staying motivated to achieve your health and fitness goals can be easier if you have a strong support system. The American Council on Exercise recommends communicating with a partner or loved one about your goals, finding an accountability buddy to encourage you, and connecting with others who are focused on improving their health. The American Council on Exercise, March 2015
Diet: Vitamin B1 Deficiency May Affect from 1 in 6 to Nearly 1 in 3 Obese Adults.
Between 15.5% and 29% of obese patients seeking bariatric surgery are thiamine (also known as vitamin B1) deficient. Though important for metabolism, nerve conduction, and muscle contraction, thiamine is not produced by the body and must be derived from food sources. Thiamine deficiency has been associated with weakness, fatigue, psychosis, and nerve damage. While obesity is thought to be a disease of excess nutrition, this finding suggests that it may also be a disease of malnutrition. Advances in Nutrition, March 2015