Health Advice



Planting the seeds of longevity

Vegans and vegetarians are still pretty rare in the U.S. In a Gallup poll from 2018, only about 8% of 30- to 49-year-olds said they were vegetarians and 4% said they were vegans. Surprisingly, fewer young folks, 18 to 29, were off meat: 7% were vegetarian and 3% were vegan. Go figure.

Well, that's what researchers did in a study in JAMA ...Read more

Is your child at risk for premature heart disease? Nearly 60% are!

When you hear the Bee Gees plead, "How can you mend a broken heart?" we doubt you're thinking, "Hmmm, that could be a good question to ask about my little kid's ticker." But an alarming new scientific statement from the American Heart Association, published in the journal Circulation, reveals that almost 60% of U.S. kids don't have healthy ...Read more

Early cognitive dysfunction linked to CVD, diabetes, smoking

In an episode of "The Simpsons," Homer, who never completed high school, decides to take an exam to finally get his degree. The problem is, his lifestyle choices have made his memory a little shabby. "All right, brain," he pleads, "you don't like me and I don't like you, but let's just do this, and I can get back to killing you with beer." At ...Read more

Do you get more fit from aerobics or strength training?

Brie and Nikki Bella are identical twins who entertained folks as a professional wrestling tag team for the WWE. Nikki says lifting weights works to trim her down and stay strong. Brie says staying fit takes a mix -- say, a 14-minute barre routine on busy days and two hours at the gym when there's time. They're an example of what researchers ...Read more

Breakthrough in treating PTSD

Monica Seles, Mick Jagger and Ariana Grande all have been diagnosed with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). The triggers? Tennis great Seles was stabbed during a match by a crazed fan in 1993; Jagger's long-term partner L'Wren Scott committed suicide; and a suicide bomber at Grande's 2017 concert in Manchester, England, killed 22 people. In ...Read more

Eating omega-3-rich fish protects your brain from shrinking

As Lewis Carroll, author of "Alice in Wonderland," once said, "No good fish goes anywhere without a porpoise." And, it turns out, no wise person would porpoisely avoid a fish. According to a new study published in the journal Neurology, which tracked more than 1,300 women with an average age of 70, eating baked or broiled, omega-3-rich fish ...Read more

Sugary beverages increase your risk for metabolic syndrome

Five years ago, Kate Hudson kicked her sugar addiction. "I realized I was craving it like an addict around 4 p.m. every day ... and it hit me how much sugar we really eat." It's a lot! According to Health and Human Services, 200 years ago, the average American ate 2 pounds of sugar a year. Today, it's almost 152 pounds annually.

However, all ...Read more

Are you at risk for a broken heart?

The day after actress and writer Carrie Fisher died suddenly of a heart attack, her mother, Debbie Reynolds, passed away. Her son said the death of Fisher was just too much for his mother to bear, and she died of a broken heart.

Broken heart syndrome, or stress cardiomyopathy, is a real medical condition. Extreme emotional stress and sadness ...Read more

Defeating adult acne

Adult acne isn't anything to be ashamed of, just ask model Chrissy Teigen, actress and writer Mindy Kaling and actress Bella Thorne, all of whom have shared make-up-free pictures of their skin in distress. They are not alone. The International Dermatology Institute says studies indicate that 40% to 55% of folks age 20 to 40 have low grade, ...Read more

Getting a leg up on your heart health

When a career-defining horse race comes down to victory by a head -- like it did in the 1978 contest between Alydar and Affirmed in the Belmont Stakes (Affirmed won) -- you know those thoroughbreds' legs were stretched to their limit.

That's what it takes to be in top form -- for people, too! A new study published in the Journal of Physiology ...Read more

Are you a pro at managing depression?

The list of athletes who have contended with depression may surprise you: the NFL's Terry Bradshaw, hockey player Dan Carcillo, NBA star Larry Sanders and the list goes on and on. Clearly, being a sports pro doesn't protect you from the mental health challenges of depression.

But, it turns out that probiotics might do just that! A new study ...Read more

An inside look at why meat is bad for you

In 2018 Americans ate a record-breaking amount of red meat and poultry (much of it fried) -- 222.2 pounds apiece. No wonder a new study published in the journal Hypertension has us once again singing the praises of omega-3-loaded fish, like salmon and sea trout, and advising you to eat lean, skinless poultry (not fried), and plant proteins found...Read more

'Morning' sickness is a misnomer

In the film "Knocked Up," Katherine Heigl plays Alison, an entertainment reporter who finds herself pregnant after a one-night stand. She tries to hide her pregnancy, but it becomes difficult when during an interview she's overwhelmed by nausea and has to run off the set in search of a receptacle. Alison doesn't just have morning sickness. She ...Read more

Are you at risk for post-menopausal metabolic syndrome?

A poll of 1,012 Americans found that 47% of women say they've gained weight "due to COVID restrictions." Most said they put on one to nine pounds, but 21% says it's more like 10 to 20. For middle-age and older women that compounds health problems that may appear post-menopause.

A new study based on data from more than 10,000 women ages 45 to 85...Read more

How exercise transforms your genetic future

When Chris Pratt went from pudgy (300 pounds) Andy Dwyer in TV's "Parks and Recreation" to ripped Peter Quill in "Guardians of the Galaxy" he knew he was transforming his career. But what he didn't know was that he was changing his muscles' genetic makeup too.

A study in Cell Reports looked at a group of amateur athletes, 34 to 53, to see what ...Read more

Your diet choices can help prevent Alzheimer's

Leonardo da Vinci, Mohandas Gandhi, George Bernard Shaw and the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician Norbert Wiener all were vegetarians. Their genius was powered by plants! If you want to keep your brain sharp and avoid dementia, yours should be too. That's the conclusion of researchers who studied the MIND -- or Mediterranean-DASH Intervention ...Read more

The truth about coconut oil

Emma Stone uses coconut oil as makeup remover. Mindy Kaling applies it to her hair as a mask. And Mandy Moore loves how it hydrates her skin. All appealing ways to use the oil that's loaded with sat fat and medium-chain fatty acids. But when it comes to eating coconut oil, that's another story. Despite claims that it's good for your heart and ...Read more

Breakthrough study looks at cigarettes, e-cigarettes and hookahs

When Gomez (John Astin) and Morticia (Caroline Jones) Addams settled in for a shared hookah session in the 1965 "The Addams Family Meets the Undercover Man" episode of their TV show, it seemed exotic and daring. Fifty-five years later, hookah/waterpipe smoking has become all too common -- one 2013 study published in the British Medical Journal ...Read more

How much nutrition isn't in the fast food you eat?

Burger King's Bacon King serves up 1,147 calories, 79 grams fat, 30 g saturated fat and 2,153 milligrams sodium. That's more total fat, saturated fat and sodium than you should have in a day -- and you haven't had fries or a soda yet! You can find the same kind of health-destroying excess on the menus at scores of other fast food places, but ...Read more

Vitamin K kick-starts a younger, healthier old age

Kevin "Special K" Daley played with the Harlem Globetrotters, and was the body double for a young Michael Jordan in a 2002 Gatorade commercial; Alan "Special K" Kulwicki was the NASCAR 1986 Rookie of the Year; and pro tennis player Athanasios "Special K" Kokkinakis defeated No. 1-ranked Roger Federer in the second round of the 2018 Miami Open.

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