Mediterranean Diet Associated with Healthy Aging

Med Diet Associated with Healthy Aging

A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine demonstrates that eating a Mediterranean Diet is associated with greater health and well-being in older age. The study analyzed food frequency questionnaires collected between 1984 and 1986 from 10,670 women in their late 50s and early 60s with no major chronic diseases. Fifteen years later researchers again collected data from the same women and found that those who had adhered to a Mediterranean Diet in middle age were about 40% more likely to live past 70 and to have avoided 11 chronic diseases measured in the study including many cancers, type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease. Those who most closely followed a Med Diet also were more likely to age without physical disabilities, signs of cognitive impairment, or mental health problems.


Shocking Health News About Mud Runs

This article was written by Melissa Dahl  and appeared in Today Health. For more great article from Today Health go to http://www.today.com

13 shocks in one race? ER doctors warn about 10,000 volt wires in mud runs

Melissa Dahl TODAY

Here is some news that may (or may not) shock you, pun totally intended: Those muddy obstacle course races everyone seems to be doing lately can be dangerous, especially when they involve obstacles charged with 10,000 volts of electricity, emergency physicians say.

Doctors confirmed this in a series of case studies looking at the injuries that happened during a Tough Mudder event in Philadelphia earlier this year. Of the 38 racers treated in the emergency department over that weekend in June, about half suffered electrical injuries.

That’s because this particular event features two obstacles that require runners to brave their way through electroshock: There’s the Electric Eel, in which participants “slide on stomach through frigid water or along layer of ice while shocks hang overhead,” and there’s Electroshock Therapy, in which they “run through a field of live wires (up to 10,000 V).”

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Whats The Healthiest Turkey For Your Feast

When your out there looking for the center piece to your Thanksgiving meal you’ll find yourself faced with several decisions to make about what kind of turkey to purchase for your family. But what does all that stuff on the label really mean? Conventionally raised, organic, beyond organic, pesticide free, all natural, free range and pastured raised. The packaging says no hormones, no anti-bionics, vegetarian diet,  heritage and pre-brined, but what does all that mean and which is best for taste and for your families health? Lets take a look at what the terms on the label of your turkey mean and what effect the different processes and breeds of turkey have on both flavor and your health.

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Go nuts! A Handful Of Nuts Each Day May Help You Live Longer

This article was written by Maggie Fox of NBC News. To see more from NBC News go to http://www.nbcnews.com


An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but if you want to live longer, a handful of nuts may be a better bet, researchers reported Wednesday.

The biggest study yet into whether nuts can add years to your life shows that people who ate nuts every day were 20 percent less likely to die from heart disease, cancer or any other cause over 30 years than people who didn’t eat them.

And not only that, nuts seem to help keep the pounds off, the team at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Harvard School of Public Health found.

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The STI – Rumble Roller Foam Roller

Wouldn’t it be great if after every tough workout you could get a massage. I don’t know about you but If I could get a deep tissue rub after every tough gym session I would miss a lot fewer sessions. But most of us can’t afford a deep tissue massage 3 or 4 days a week. Well here’s a great tool that you can use everyday that can get you that deep tissue massage without the high priced massage therapist, the foam roller. Foam rolling can:

  • Improve blood flow to specific muscles
  • Help prevent common injuries
  • Improve flexibility
  • Lower stress levels

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Fun Fitness: HIIT Training

For the past couple of years I have been doing my HIIT workout (high intensity interval training) religiously. Not because I love it, I don’t. In fact I hate it with a passion. Don’t get me wrong. As a personal trainer, group exercise instructor and wellness coach I really like to exercise, but I find traditional HIIT just plain painful. But if your not a trainer or an exercise aficionado you may be asking yourself, what exactly is HIIT? It’s a workout were you go very hard (80-90% of your maximum effort) for a short period of time (for beginners 10-30 seconds) then actively recover (keep moving but at a much slower pace) for a period of time, then repeat that sequence several times. So why do I do it? Well the benefits are just too good not to do it. Interval training can cut the amount of time needed to do exercise in half while actually improving performance. HIIT is actually more effective for burning fat than aerobic exercise and increases your metabolism for up to 24 hours after finishing your workout.  Interval training actually triggers a huge boost in the production of human growth hormone a big plus if you’re over 30 as this is the anti-aging hormone that keeps skin looking young and muscle mass high. Studies even show that it can improve memory and brain function, not to mention its positive effects on heart health and lung capacity. But for me HIIT is a lot like Brussels sprouts…something you force down and move on as quickly as possible.

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New Statin Guidelines Stir Controversy

This article appeared in Philly.com and was written by Stacy Burling. You can see more of Philly.com at http://www.philly.com

Medical guidelines are meant to unify doctors and standardize care for patients around treatments supported by the best available science.

But the latest guidelines on the use of statins, a class of drugs used to reduce cholesterol, are already generating significant pushback from doctors. The controversy is likely to confuse patients.

The new rules released this week by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology would expand the number of people getting statins to prevent heart disease, heart attacks, or stroke while eliminating specific numeric goals for LDL, or bad cholesterol.

Some critics say the new guidelines will have too many patients taking drugs while others worry that young people at high risk of heart disease are left out.

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Workout at Work: 25 Lower Body Strength Exercises to do at Your Desk

Workout at Work

Losing weight over the holidays is tough. A better strategy is to try not gain weight between Thanksgiving and the new year. Simple exercises that you can do right at your desk in just a few minutes are the key to not gaining weight during the “eating season”. The muscles of our lower body are some of the biggest muscles and burn more calories over the course of the day than any other muscles. Yet sitting at work all day long causes these vital muscles to go “dormant” causing us to gain weight and get sick. Learn how to activate these muscles and jump start your metabolism helping you to control  your weight during these tough times. These no sweat exercises take only a few minutes each hour and are simple and easy to do. Get your copy of the ebook

Workout at Work: 25 Lower Body Strength Exercises to do at Your Desk