July 24, 2013

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1 Lower Birth Weight for Moms Who Exercise

Pregnant women who exercise three times a week during the second and third trimesters have half the risk of giving birth to a baby with a birth weight of more than 8 lbs., 8 oz., finds a study from the Polytechnic U. of Madrid. Researchers followed 780 sedentary pregnant women, 510 of whom volunteered to do aerobic, muscle strength and flexibility exercises for 55 minutes three days a week during their second and third trimesters. The control group received standard care. While exercise did not reduce the incidence of gestational diabetes, it did reduce the incidence of having a high birth weight baby. In addition, deliveries by Caesarean section fell by 34% in the group that exercised. Researchers say the findings reinforce the need to encourage supervised exercise during pregnancy.

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Previously: Watching Weight During Pregnancy Can Be Safe

Tags: Birth Weight, Caesarean Risk, Gestational Diabetes, Low Birth Weight, Pregnancy, High Birth Weight, Pregnancy and Exercise, Polytechnic University of Madrid

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2 Skipping Breakfast May Up Heart Disease Risk

Skipping breakfast upped the risk of heart attack or death from heart disease in men, finds a large-scale 16-year study reported in the American Heart Assn. journal Circulation. The study found that the timing of meals, either a skipped breakfast or eating a meal late at night, may lead to heart disease. Key findings of the study: Men who skipped breakfast had a 27% higher risk of heart attack or death from heart disease than those who ate breakfast. Men who ate late at night had a 55% higher risk of heart disease than those who didn’t. "Skipping breakfast may lead to one or more risk factors, including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, which may in turn lead to a heart attack over time," said lead author Leah E. Cahill, Ph.D., Harvard School of Public Health.

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Previously: Protein for Breakfast Curbs Teens' Hunger

Tags: Harvard School of Public Health, Late Meals, Breakfast and Heart Disease, Skipping Breakfast, American Heart Association Journal Circulation, Leah E. Cahill

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