Podcast: Research Round-Up, Vol. 3

Welcome to Volume 3 of Research Round-Up! The connecting theme of today’s research is heart health. More specifically, we’re talking about aspects of heart health for men. Men who do extreme things. Men who used to block, tackle, hit other men for a living. (Or avoid being blocked, tackled or hit!) Men who fight fires… Continue reading Podcast: Research Round-Up, Vol. 3

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NFL Players Hearts Show Abnormalities Decades After Retirement

While elite athletes are often at peak fitness, they are not immune to—and may even face a higher risk for—potentially detrimental heart conditions later in life. Former National Football League (NFL) players, particularly those with larger body sizes, were found to have heart abnormalities specifically associated with high blood pressure in a study being presented… Continue reading NFL Players Hearts Show Abnormalities Decades After Retirement

Most Americans Don’t Connect the Dots Between Their Weight and Their Health

The survey found 74 percent are concerned about their weight and 65 percent are worried about getting heart disease due to extra pounds, yet less than half (43 percent) of Americans have tried to make dietary changes to lose weight and 40 percent of those who describe themselves as overweight or obese say they aren’t… Continue reading Most Americans Don’t Connect the Dots Between Their Weight and Their Health

No Increase in Heart Disease or Mortality Risk From Extreme Exercise in Middle Aged Adults: Study

Exercise is often cited as the best preventive medicine, but how much is too much for the hearts of middle-aged athletes? Sports cardiologist Dr. Benjamin Levine led a study, now published in JAMA Cardiology, to find the answer. Dr. Levine is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the Institute for Exercise and Environmental… Continue reading No Increase in Heart Disease or Mortality Risk From Extreme Exercise in Middle Aged Adults: Study

Eat Eggs and Beat Type 2 Diabetes? Maybe: Study

Consumption of one egg every day seems to associate with a blood metabolite profile that is related to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study conducted in the University of Eastern Finland shows. The findings were published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. Eggs remain one of the most controversial food items.… Continue reading Eat Eggs and Beat Type 2 Diabetes? Maybe: Study

Depression, Anxiety as Bad For Your Health as Smoking and Obesity: Study

An annual physical typically involves a weight check and questions about unhealthy habits like smoking, but a new study from UC San Francisco suggests health care providers may be overlooking a critical question: Are you depressed or anxious? Anxiety and depression may be leading predictors of conditions ranging from heart disease and high blood pressure… Continue reading Depression, Anxiety as Bad For Your Health as Smoking and Obesity: Study

Are You at Risk for Heart Failure? Your Weight History May Predict Your Fate!

In a medical records analysis of information gathered on more than 6,000 people, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers conclude that simply asking older adult patients about their weight history at ages 20 and 40 could provide real value to clinicians in their efforts to predict patients’ future risk of heart failure, heart attacks or strokes. In… Continue reading Are You at Risk for Heart Failure? Your Weight History May Predict Your Fate!

What Two Tribes Tell Us About The Western Diet

A South American tribe living in near-total isolation with no Western dietary influences showed no increase in average blood pressure from age one to age 60, according to a study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In comparison, a nearby tribe whose diet includes some processed foods and salt did… Continue reading What Two Tribes Tell Us About The Western Diet

Lifting Less Than an Hour a Week Improves Heart Health:Study

Lifting weights for less than an hour a week may reduce your risk for a heart attack or stroke by 40 to 70 percent, according to a new study. Spending more than an hour in the weight room did not yield any additional benefit, the researchers found. The results show benefits of strength training are… Continue reading Lifting Less Than an Hour a Week Improves Heart Health:Study

Nutrition, Lifestyle, Disease and Wealth: Is There a Connection?

Is it possible that better nutrition could solve two critical problems that have persisted worldwide? According to one food industry expert, it’s our own wealth that is driving obesity levels. He says our economy is thriving because we’re NOT as active as we once were, especially at work. Combined with dramatically cheaper calories, this creates… Continue reading Nutrition, Lifestyle, Disease and Wealth: Is There a Connection?