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The benefits of even minimal weekly activity

Arnold Schwarzenegger got back to exercising regularly after his 2018 emergency open-heart surgery. The 72-year-old goes to Gold's Gym at 7 a.m. every day. Midday, he takes a 45-minute bike ride. In the evening, he does an at-home workout.

Be inspired! Set a goal of 150 minutes a week if you're a workout novice. Most folks are. Only 23% of U.S....Read more

Preventing diabetes adds years to your life

Chris Rock knows how to get to the point: "You know, some people say life is short and that you could get hit by a bus at any moment and that you have to live each day like it's your last. Bull****. Life is long. You're probably not gonna get hit by a bus. And you're gonna have to live with the choices you make for the next 50 years."

With the ...Read more

Protein amount, not source, key to increasing your muscle mass

"The Game Changers" is billed as a documentary about meat, protein and strength. The mission: to show folks that for many professional athletes, a vegan or vegetarian diet gives them an edge over their competition, and it can do the same for you in the gym, on the field, at work and at home. As the vegan strongman Patrik Baboumian says: "When ...Read more

Where there's smoke there's fire

Lady Gaga, Kate Winslet and even Gwyneth Paltrow have all admitted to smoking. Gwyneth goes for one cig a week on Saturday night; Winslet says she didn't do it around her kids -- which this tip proves is not good enough; and Gaga opts for smoking with a glass of whisky while she works, because, she says, "it just frees my mind a little bit."

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Who might need B12 supplements?

To B12 or not to B12 -- that's a question a lot of folks are asking. The answer? It depends. If you have a healthy blood level of B12, taking a supplement won't boost your energy, improve your mood or sharpen your concentration. However, if you're deficient -- and it's estimated that up to 15% of adults in the U.S. are -- you can get those ...Read more

How your attitude influences your health

When Frank Sinatra sang, "Don't you know that it's worth/Every treasure on earth to be young at heart?" he was declaring how beneficial it is to be able to ignore your chronological age and feel younger than you are. German researchers agree. Their study, in Psychology and Aging, looked at more than 5,000 folks ages 40 and older and found that ...Read more

Foods that chill you out

Our close relative, the orangutan, is a fruit lover -- the tasty treats make up around 90% of its diet. And overall, the big O feasts on more than 400 varieties of plants. Maybe that's why they look so chill as they amble through the rainforest.

An Australian study in the journal Clinical Nutrition found that for middle-aged humans (ages 45-65)...Read more

Don't let pain knock you off your game

When LeBron James twisted his ankle during a game with the Atlanta Hawks, even he couldn't dismiss the pain. Writhing on the floor in agony, the All-Star joined the ranks of the 54% of Americans who report troubling pain -- and the increasing number who report joint pain. (It went up 21% from 2002 to 2018).

According to a 17-year study in ...Read more

Putting a stop to prediabetes risks

People like to predict things -- and sometimes they are uncannily accurate. In 1909, Nikola Tesla, former right-hand man of Thomas Edison, told The New York Times: "It will soon be possible to transmit wireless messages all over the world so simply that any individual can carry and operate his own apparatus."

The new predictions about your ...Read more

Put that soda down

Audrey Hepburn of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" fame died of colon cancer in 1993 at age 64; Elizabeth Montgomery -- Samantha on "Bewitched" -- also succumbed to the disease, in 1995 at age 63. They were young, but these days, the disease is appearing in even younger women. Overall, the risk of developing colon cancer is about one in 25 for women. ...Read more

One more way to get heart-healthier

Bono wrote the lyrics to "Two Hearts Beat as One" on his honeymoon; his band U2 premiered it in 1983. "Two hearts beat as one ... The way I feel ... Oh, yeah, two hearts." That romantic joining can make life so sweet -- but if you're not careful, it can also put you at big-time risk for heart disease!

A new study presented at the American ...Read more

Let weight loss drive you (to) nuts

Is trying to lose weight driving you nuts? Well, maybe it should just drive you to nuts. New findings published in the journal Nutrients highlight the power that nuts have to help you lose weight and keep it lost.

UCLA researchers put 95 overweight or obese folks ages 30 to 68 on a diet that provided 500 calories less than needed to maintain ...Read more

Foods that fight Alzheimer's disease

In 1979, the NHL finally decided that all hockey players had to wear helmets. That came more than a decade after the death of the North Stars' Bill Masterton from an on-ice head injury. It took that long for the warrior culture to admit the toll that head injuries and CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) were taking on players.

Regrettably, ...Read more

What kind of role model are you?

Oscar Wilde said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Not always. Although it may seem cute when your little ones mimic your behavior, there's nothing cute about the outcome if they're imitating your bad habits -- and they're just as likely to do that as to adopt your virtuous ones.

When researchers followed 400 children and their ...Read more

Soy myths busted

Actor Rick Moranis once summed up most folks' relationship to soybeans: "I have 68 takeout menus from four restaurants [and] 116 soy sauce packets." But soy shows up on your plate more often than Chinese takeout.

It's the most commonly consumed cooking oil in the U.S., and soybean oil accounts for around 7% of Americans' total calorie intake. ...Read more

Is something bugging you?

When five men attempted to set up a wiretap at the Democratic National Headquarters in June 1972, the bad news bugs backfired, big time. The Watergate burglars only succeeded in causing a national anxiety crisis and bringing down the presidency of Richard Nixon, who resigned in August 1974.

That's just the opposite of what setting up good bugs ...Read more

Diabetes & dementia

"I have not failed, I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Thomas Edison's determined optimism illuminates how important it is in the face of delays to keep your eye on the goal. That will-do attitude got us the electric lightbulb and, if you have Type 2 diabetes (or prediabetes), it can help you avoid dementia.

A new study published in ...Read more

Bariatric surgery can be lifesaving

Former NFL coach Rex Ryan (348 pounds), writer Ann Rice (254 pounds) and comedian Roseanne Barr (350 pounds) have thrived after having weight-loss surgery. In 2019, around 256,000 fellow Americans did the same, 61% opting for what's called sleeve gastrectomy. (About 18% had the more complex gastric bypass, once the most common form of bariatric ...Read more

Fighting inflammation -- one more time

Zig Ziglar said, "Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment." If he's right, then you all should have vanquished your chronic inflammation, because we sure have repeated our warnings about its dangers. (It fuels cancer, depression, heart diseases, gastro distress, impotence, ...Read more

The magic of non-magic mushrooms

From their revered position as a part of Mazatec Indian rituals to a shaman-visiting treat for adventurous musicians (John Lennon) and writers (Jack Kerouac), the hallucinogenic ingredient in Magic Mushrooms -- psilocybin -- has long been touted as an elixir of enlightenment. The U.S. National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates that around ...Read more

 

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