Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Wine & Exercise Reduce The Risk of Heart Attack

Scientists have long suspected that red wine is protective against heart disease.  About 50 years ago, scientists identified the concept of the French paradox.
The French have the lowest heart disease rate in the world yet eat very rich diets.  The French drink a lot of red wine, which is thought to protect the heart. 
Researchers from the Czech Republic, in a study on 146 healthy adults, found that both red and white wine reduced the risk of heart disease but only when accompanied by exercise.  In their study, they found that drinking wine and exercise reduced blood cholesterol and increased heart-healthy HDL cholesterol.
Even more reason to enjoy that glass of wine--as long as you exercise too.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Young Women Have Strokes Too

Up to 10% of strokes occur in people ages 45 or younger, yet nearly 3 in 4 women do not know the most common symptoms, according to the National Stroke Association.  And the longer it takes to get help, the harder the recovery can be.  Waiting just an hour to get treatment can lead to more than three and a half months of recuperation.

To help identify the signs, remember this cue:  BE FAST:
Balance is lost.
Eyes blur.
Face drooping.
Arm weakness.
Speech difficulty.
Time to call 911.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Every Step Counts

Study after study proves that the simple act of walking can have profound effects on your health.

Your Brain: Just 2 hours of walking a week can reduce your risk of stroke by 30%.
Your Memory: 40 minutes of walking 3 times a week protects the brain region associated with planning and memory.
Your Mood:  Walking 30 minutes a day can reduce symptoms of depression by 36%.

Your Health:  Logging 3500 steps a day lowers your risk of diabetes by 29%.
Your Lifespan:  75 minutes a week of brisk walking can add almost 2 years to your life.

Your Heart:  Walking 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week drastically lowers your risk of heart disease.

Your Bones:  Walking 4 hours a week can reduce the risk of hip fractures by up to 43%.

Your Weight:  A daily one hour walk can cut your risk of obesity in half.

Courtesy of Prevention Magazine

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Can One Habit Change Your Life?

Adopt ONE change every day for a week-- and see how it will improve YOUR life.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Every new diet book explains why it's better than all the previous ones. This new plan, claims the author, holds the key to losing weight and keeping it off.  It will succeed where the others have failed.  So we decrease our fat intake. Or increase it. We eat more protein. Or less. We eat more carbs or cut them out. 

And the question remains: Which is the best diet to lose weight? 

Well, we now have the answer.  A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine put 811 overweight adults through four different diets, each one a different proportion of fat, carbs, and protein.

The result?  On average, participants lost twelve pounds after six months and kept nine pounds off after two years.  No matter which diet they followed.   In terms of losing weight, no diet was better than any other.  Because all diets work through a single mechanism--they restrict your calorie intake. 

People lose weight when they eat less.

If that's true, then the best diet is the simplest one.  So ask yourself: 
What's the one thing you can change that will make the biggest difference in your calorie consumption?  Everyone has one thing.
And each person's one thing could be different. For some, it might be sugar.  For others, fried foods.  For others, sodas.  What's important is to keep it simple. Pick your one thing that can have the biggest impact and then focus 100% of your effort on that one thing.   

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