Healthy Habits

Moderate coffee drinking associated with lower risk of death

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Healthy Habits, Nutrition | 0 comments

Moderate coffee drinking associated with lower risk of death

CBS News reports — In the study, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, researchers looked at the coffee drinking habits of a large sample of U.S. adults and found that those who drank moderate amounts of coffee — less than 5 cups per day — had a lower risk of deaths from cardiovascular disease, neurological diseases, type 2 diabetes and suicide. “Previous studies show that chemical compounds in coffee beans reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation,” the study’s first author, Dr. Ming Ding, a doctoral student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told CBS News. “This may account for the inverse association between coffee and...

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Reduce Risks of Cancer

Posted by on Oct 18, 2014 in Healthy Habits, Nutrition, Vaccinations | 0 comments

We all know that smoking is the number one cause of cancer. However, there are other ways studies have shown that can reduce the risk of cancer. 1. Check for radon levels before buying your new home 2. Avoid tanning beds 3. Breastfeeding 4. HPV vaccination 5. Maintain a healthy body weight To read more about reducing risks of cancer, click here.

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Lifestyle Changes That Can Help Prevent Heart Attacks

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in Healthy Habits, Nutrition | 0 comments

Heart attacks are one of the leading causes of death for men and women in the United States. At least 80 percent of heart attacks that occur can be prevented. There are simple lifestyle changes we can do to help prevent a heart attack. Maintaining a healthy weight and diet, adopting a regular exercise program, avoiding cigarettes and keeping alcohol consumption at a minimum can help reduce risks. Simple changes such as including fruit, veggies, legumes, nuts, reduced-fat dairy products, fish, and whole grains in your diet to keep your heart healthy and exercising at least one hour per week can go a long...

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Can Prediabetes Cause Cancer?

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Healthy Habits | 0 comments

“Prediabetes — even at lower levels of impaired fasting glucose (IFG) as defined by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) — is associated with a significant increase in cancer risk that is independent of the effects of obesity, according to the results of a large new meta-analysis. Yuli Huang, MD, PhD, from First People’s Hospital of Shunde, Foshan, China, and colleagues found that prediabetes was associated with a 15% increased risk for cancer overall, based on data derived from 16 prospective cohort studies, with differing risks depending on the type of cancer. The risk was particularly increased for liver cancer and stomach or colorectal cancer. ‘Epidemiological studies have shown that diabetes increases the incidence of cancer and mortality from it, but we thought that maybe not only diabetes but prediabetes may be associated with an elevated cancer risk,’ Dr. Huang told Medscape Medical News. ‘And considering the high prevalence of prediabetes as well as the robust and significant association between prediabetes and cancer we demonstrated in our study, a successful lifestyle intervention could have a major public-health impact on cancer prevention,’ he added.” Click here to read the full...

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Staying Healthy: Low-Carb Diet vs. Low-Fat

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Healthy Habits | 0 comments

A new study shows that you are less likely to have fewer cardiovascular risks if you avoid carbohydrates and eat more fats, opposed to the low-fat diet. The study showed that the low-carbohydrate group, lost eight more pounds than those in the low-fat group. To read more about the study and benefits of low-carb diet, click here....

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Colon Cancer – Screenings Cut Death Rate down for 50+

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Aging Adults, Healthy Habits | 0 comments

Colon cancer incidence, death rates down among Americans 50 and older The Wall Street Journal reports that research suggests that colon cancer incidence among individuals in the US aged 50 and older has declined 30% of the past decade, with the decline being driven by an increase in colonoscopies. USA Today reports that additionally, “death rates from colon cancer…have fallen, declining at a rate of about 3% a year over the past decade, the report found.” The largest “declines in colon cancer incidence were in people over age 65, who qualify for Medicare, which makes colon cancer screenings available for free.” The study also indicated that “declines in colon cancer rates became more dramatic in more recent years, falling at an annual rate of 7.2% a year from 2008 to 2010.” The National Journal reports that the findings were published in…CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Investigators “evaluated data from the CDC and the National Cancer Institute in preparing the report.” The Journal points out that “the data comes as the Health and Human Services Department and National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable – an organization founded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cancer Society – make a new nationwide push to increase screening rates to 80 percent by...

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