Smoking kills. That idea is universally and scientifically accepted. Millions have died from smoking-related illnesses and many more continue to die. But obesity and excess body fat may be giving smoking a run for it’s money, according to new research. They may even be the new biggest killer.
When it comes to regulating glucose levels in the body, skeletal muscle plays a key role. With obesity, Type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases exploding in the US, understanding how this works might be a game-changer. Now a key factor in fat metabolism has been identified.
Doctors and lots of people on treadmills in health clubs believe better “cardio” leads to a longer life. People run, swim, row, climb and engage in all sorts of cardiorespiratory fitness activities in order to keep the Grim Reaper away a little longer. The big question is “does it work?”
We know that when expecting mothers eat well and exercise, it has a positive impact on baby’s health. But what about dad’s food and activity habits? What impact do they have on the health of his kids? The answers to those questions might surprise you.
Mental health is in the news right now. The isolation, fear and anxiety of COVID-19 shutdowns have spawned a society very much on edge, and not as mentally healthy as it could be. But there are three key things that can help us turn the corner on this problem.
Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is the leading cause of disability in the US. Over 250 million works days are lost each year to CLBP. The cost in lost productivity and wages is over $100 billion dollars a year. Doctors know exercise helps CLBP. Science just can’t decide on why.
Many ways have been devised to test the strength and health of the human heart. Treadmill stress tests are possibly the most common medical test used. But there may be a better way to test your heart’s strength and health, and you don’t even need a prescription.
It is widely accepted that your sport of choice, surface you play on and even your shoes can contribute to your risk of an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. But is your risk of rupturing your ACL also influenced by your genetics? A new study answers that question.
Science has already established a link between periodontal (gum) disease and metabolic syndrome. A group of Japanese researchers went looking for a more specific linkage. They wanted to know what the specific connection was between gum disease and metabolic syndrome. They believe they have found it.
The United States CDC says over 42 percent of adults and 18 percent of children are obese. Both numbers continue to rise. This epidemic costs the nation $147 billion (USD) annually. Change is needed to reverse the course of this dangerous trend. Could part of the solution involve restaurant menus?