October 9, 2013

Just One Per Day Can Do It

1 Sugary Drinks Even Make Preschoolers Obese

Previous studies have clearly linked drinking sugary beverages with obesity in teens and adults, and now we have the trifecta: University of Virginia researchers report that even five-year-olds who drink at least one sugary soda, sports drink, or sugar-sweetened juice drink each day are more likely to be obese. The daily sugary soda drinkers are also more likely to have an overweight parent and to spend at at least two hours a day watching TV. But even accounting for those factors, and for family income and education, the daily sugary drink imbibers are 43 percent more likely to be obese than children who drink fewer or none. According to the study's leader, sugar-sweetened drinks add just a small number of calories to the child's daily intake, but they add up to obesity over time.

More at Oxnews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Obese Kids Have Same Signs of CV DiseAse As Adults

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Causes of Obesity in Children, Sugary Beverages and Obesity, Why Children Gain Weight, Sodas and Childhood Obesity

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Sometimes Nagging Is Good

2 Marriage Boosts Cancer Survival Rate by 20%

According to data drawn from the cases of almost 735,000 victims of one of the 10 deadliest cancers, those who were married stood a 20 percent better chance of surviving than those who were unmarried. A key factor was having someone to urge the patient to investigate suspicious symptoms; married cancer patients were twice as likely to receive the appropriate treatment as were singles, while unmarried cancer patients were 17 percent more likely to have progressed to late-stage cancer by the time they were diagnosed. Another factor was having spousal aid and encouragement in dealing with often difficult forms of therapy. With half of all Americans currently unmarried, researchers note that such therapeutically beneficial support can also be provided by a close friend or family member.

More at Www.sfgate.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Aspirin May Help Beat Breast Cancer

Tags: Cancer Survival, Marriage and Cancer, Beating Cancer, Surviving Chemotherapy, Marriage and Health

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Better Than Drugs

3 Exercise As Medicine for Heart Disease

Structured exercise may be as good at or better than drugs when it comes to preventing some common cardiovascular ailments according to researchers who evaluated 57 randomized trials testing the effect of drugs and exercise on mortality. In most cases, the data indicated no difference between using prescribed medication and a program of structured exercise in the secondary prevention of coronary heart disease or Type 2 diabetes. When it came to stroke prevention, exercise proved more effective than anticoagulents or antiplatelet meds but diuretic drugs proved more effective than exercise in the treatment of heart failure. Said lead author Huseyin Naci, Harvard Medical School, “These findings do not imply that patients should go off their medications and start exercising instead.”

More at Www.well.blogs.nytimes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Exercise Reduces Heart Disease Risk

Tags: Anticoagulant, Exercise, Exercise and Heart Disease, Harvard Medical School, Heart Failure, Mortality, Type 2 Diabetes, Huseyin Naci

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