Fifteen million people suffer strokes worldwide each year. Obesity plays a role in many of those. Brain plasticity, or the brain’s ability to create new neural pathways, is critical to stroke recovery. But does obesity both increase stroke risk and impair the brain’s ability to recover from stroke?
Are you a regular user of cannabis? Whether it’s for claimed medical benefits (which won’t be argued here) or recreational use, marijuana, or cannabis, is rapidly becoming mainstreamed. Here in the States, the rush to legalize, commercialize and, of course, tax marijuana use is nothing short of mad. One might argue that with a federal… Continue reading Cannabis Use May Cause Structural Changes In The Heart
Do you suffer from insomnia? According to a new study from the American Academy of Neurology, your insomnia is not just a nuisance. It also puts you at greater risk of heart attack and stroke. In a study published in the online version of the journal Neurology, researchers at the University in Beijing, China involved… Continue reading Insomnia Linked to Increased Heart Attack, Stroke Risk
Many veterans face enormous stress while deployed. Even those not in the heat of battle are faced with significant performance challenges. Those challenges can negatively impact their mental and emotional health. Many veterans feel the effects of this long after their tours of duty end. Now new research from the Uniformed Services University School of… Continue reading Veterans Mental Health Issues Put Them At Higher Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
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
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
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!
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 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
Hands down, creatine is the king of supplements for those interested in bodybuilding or physique development. It’s high on the list for those who want to improve strength and power, as well as those whose interests lie in the sports performance realm. Why? The simplest answer is because it actually works. No supplement on the… Continue reading The Real Scoop on Creatine