May 22, 2013

Sorry Men. Women Win This One.

1 Calcium Helps Women Live Longer

Whether calcium comes from supplements or food, it helps women live longer, claim researchers in Canada. While previous studies have linked calcium supplements with heart disease risk, the new study found that calcium is associated with a lower risk of death for women, regardless of cause of death. Researchers say that women who took a daily dose of up to 1,000 mg of calcium supplements (with or without Vitamin D) lived longer. The same benefit was not found for men in the study. Findings are published in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. According to David Goltzman, Director of the Calcium Research Laboratory at McGill University, "… the same benefits were seen when the calcium came from dairy foods, non-dairy foods or supplements."

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

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Tags: Calcium and Heart Disease Risk in Women, Calcium Supplements, Calcium Supplements Linked Heart Attacks, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Calcium Helps Women Live Longer

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Adiponectin Is Good to You

2 Fish Oil May Help Fight Type 2 Diabetes

Fish oil supplements can modestly increase levels of adiponectin, a hormone in the bloodstream that's associated with a lower risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Researchers say that fish oil supplements, also known as omega 3 fatty acid capsules, may be helpful because they raise levels of adiponectin, which has beneficial effects on glucose regulation and modulation of inflammation. Previous long-term studies on humans have found that higher levels of adiponectin are associated with lower risks for coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes. However, researchers are still unsure whether fish oil actually influences glucose metabolism and development of type 2 diabetes. The research will be published in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

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Tags: Fish Oil Supplements, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Prevent Type 2 Diabetes, Fish Oil Fights Type 2 Diabetes, Increase Levels of Adiponectin, Lower Risk for Heart Disease, Glucose Regulation, Omega 3 Fatty Acid Capsules

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Marriage Produces Skinnier Kids

3 Kid with Married Parents Less Likely Obese

Children living in a household with two married parents are less likely to be obese, find researchers from Rice University and the University of Houston. Published in Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk, the research found that children living in two-parent married households had an obesity rate of 17 percent compared to an obesity rate of 31 percent for children living with cohabitating parents. Due to lack of available data, the study didn't evaluate children living with same sex couples. For children living with an adult relative, the obesity rate was 29 percent, compared to 23 percent for kids living with a single mother. For kids living in a household with a cohabitating stepparent, the obesity rate was 23 percent.

More at Rice University | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Teens Who Text and Drive Run Other Risks

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Childhood Relationships, Preventing Childhood Obesity, Parents Marriage Affects Kid Weight, Journal of Applied Research on Children Informing Policy for Chi, Cohabitating Stepparent, Single Mothers Obese Kids

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Don't Drink the Poop Water

4 CDC Reminder: Don't Swim If You Have Diarrhea

Don't you even think about swimming when you're suffering from diarrhea! As part of the ninth annual Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII) Prevention Week, the CDC wants everyone to remember that you shouldn't swim with diarrhea. According to the CDC, swimmers often "bring poop into the water." How's this possible?! Well, it happens when swimmers don't shower with soap before entering the pool. It also happens when there's a "diarrheal incident" in the pool. This stuff matters since it can take minutes or days for pool chlorine to kill germs. The CDC warns, "Poop might contain germs, which can be swallowed by others in the water and make them sick." When did the CDC start using the word "poop" to describe feces?

More at CDC | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Teens Who Text and Drive Run Other Risks

Tags: Giardia, Cryptosporidium, Shigella, Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII) Prevention Week, Reasons Not to Swallow Pool Water, Pool Safety Tips

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Choose to Brew

5 Bottled Green Tea Might Be Sugar Water

Some bottled varieties of green tea may actually be fancy sugar water with few antioxidants, says ConsumerLab.com. The independent testing site evaluates many kinds of health products. According to ConsumerLab.com, you're better off brewing your own green tea using loose tea leaves like those offered by Teavana. Tea bags from Lipton or Bigelow are more cost-effective, but they contain slightly fewer antioxidants than Teavana's Gyokuro green tea, found the testers. ConsumerLab.com found that Snapple Green Tea contains almost no epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), an antioxidant. The group also found that Honest Tea's Green Tea with Honey contained only 60 percent of the catechins it claims to contain (190 mg). Catechins are a group of antioxidant compounds. Sounds like it's time to brew.

More at New York Times | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

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Tags: Bottled Green Tea Safety, Teavana's Gyokuro Green Tea, Honest Tea Green Tea with Honey, Snapple Green Tea, Best Type Green Tea, Epigallocatechin Gallate

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