June 3, 2013

It's Not Weird Science

1 Change Your Lifestyle: Postpone Death

Four lifestyle changes contribute to heart health and longevity finds a large, multi-center study led by Johns Hopkins University. They are: not smoking, regular exercise, eating a Mediterranean-style diet and maintaining a healthy weight with a BMI of less than 25. Adopting these four behaviors reduced the chance of death from not only heart disease but all causes by 80% over an 8-year period, say researchers who evaluated data on more than 6,200 men and women, ages 44-84. "While there are risk factors that people can't control, such as their family history and age," says lead author Haitham Ahmed, M.D., M.P.H, "these lifestyle measures are things that people can change and consequently make a big difference in their health. That's why we think this is so important."

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Less Active Thyroid Linked to Longevity

Tags: Exercise, Heart Health, Johns Hopkins University, Live Longer, Longevity, Maintaining a Healthy Weight, Mediterranean Diet, Smoking, Weight, Haitham Ahmed

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Junior Mints or Popcorn?

2 What Your Movie Snack Says About You

Snacking on Junior Mints during the movie means you're more likely to be the intellectual type, while those who pick Peanut M&Ms are easy-going, say researchers. Parade recently highlighted previous research from the The Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation. The study involved food-preference tests of more than 18,000 subjects. Responses to the food tests were cross-referenced with results from personality tests. According to the research findings, those who pick Junior Mints tend to be creative individuals who like working alone, while Raisinet lovers are engaging and social. Peanut M&M fans are likely to be calm and level-headed, while those who prefer popcorn are humble and reliable in emergencies. Yogurt-covered pretzel lovers are likely to be flirty and commitment-phobic!

More at Parade | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Overweight Are More Likely to Switch Doctors

Tags: Movie Snacks, Food Linked Personality, Junior Mints, The Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation

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Bacon and Eggs Get New Friend

3 Doughnut Breakfast Sandwich Goes National

Dunkin' Donuts has added a doughnut breakfast sandwich to its national menu. The Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich will be available June 7. Added just in time for National Donut Day, the new breakfast sandwich features fried eggs and bacon nestled between a split glazed doughnut. The new doughnut sandwich contains 360 calories. Amazingly, the doughnut sandwich has fewer calories than the Dunkin' Donut turkey sausage sandwich, which contains 390 calories. But can you get that doughnut sandwich with a different type of doughnut, such as a chocolate cake doughnut, perhaps? Washington Post reports that Stan Frankenthaler, executive chef and vice president of product innovation at Dunkin’ Donuts, answers that question with "I'm sure the store will do that for you."

More at Washington Post | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Donut Sandwich, Doughnut Sandwich, Dunkin' Donut Donut Sandwich, Egg and Bacon Sandwich, Donut Sandwich Goes National, Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich

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