Your Balance on One Leg & Your Stroke Risk Linked

If you can’t balance on one leg for at least 20 seconds you may be at risk of a stroke, Japanese researchers suggest. Difficulty standing on one leg may indicate that small strokes or tiny bleeds have already occurred, which means the risk for more serious strokes is high, the investigators reported online Dec. 18 in the journal Stroke. “Individuals showing instability while standing on one leg, as well as problems walking, should receive increased attention, as […]

Cinnamon and Diabetes

Can cinnamon help people with diabetes as it’s been touted to do? Results of studies into the use of the aromatic spice for diabetes have been mixed, and the American Diabetes Association discounts its use in the treatment of diabetes. WebMD took a look at the research, the safety of cinnamon, and its possible interactions with herbs and other supplements. Does Cinnamon Help Diabetes? Cinnamon comes in two varieties — Ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon. […]

Men Who Take Statins May Exercise Less

Older men taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins appear to be slightly less active than those who don’t take them, a new study suggests. Statin users logged about 40 fewer minutes of moderate activity each week compared to nonusers, according to the study. These findings confirm those of previous studies that found an association between a drop in activity and the use of statin medications such as Lipitor, Pravachol, Crestor, Zocor, Lescol and Vytorin, according to background information in the study. However, […]

Soy Protein and Cholesterol

Adding tofu to your stir-fry, soy milk to your morning bowl of oatmeal, or edamame as a snack can be a good move if you’re working on improving your cholesterol level. Some studies suggest that soy protein may help, says cardiologist James Beckerman, MD, of Portland, OR. But the evidence isn’t strong, so you’ll definitely want to make other changes to your diet to help your cholesterol, too. Eating soy foods may help lower your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by about 3%. That’s very little, but […]

Exercise for a Healthy Heart

Your heart is a muscle, and it gets stronger and healthier if you lead an active life. It’s never too late to start exercising, and you don’t have to be an athlete. Even taking a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day can make a big difference. Once you get going, you’ll find it pays off. People who don’t exercise are almost twice as likely to get heart disease as people who are active. Regular exercise can help you: Burn calories Lower […]

Tips for Power Walking

Every hour you spend walking may add 2 hours to your life, research suggests. Brisk walking can help trim your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and depression. To reap the benefits of walking and stay injury-free, try these tips. Wear comfy, well-fitting shoes. They should be lightweight and breathable. Look for thick cushioning in the heel, good support, and flexibility. Replace them after 3 to 6 months. Start with a warm-up. Stroll at a comfortable pace for […]

Cooler Temps May Boost Calorie-Burning ‘ Brown Fat ’

Cold temperatures may raise levels of calorie-burning “ brown fat ” in your body, a new study conducted with mice suggests. Unlike white fat, brown fat burns calories instead of storing them, and some studies have shown that brown fat has beneficial effects on glucose (blood sugar) tolerance, fat metabolism and body weight. “Overall, the percentage of brown fat in adults is small compared to white fat,” study lead author Hei Sook Sul, professor of nutritional science and […]

60-Minute Treadmill Workouts

If you’ve got an hour, here are two treadmill workouts to try. Wasilewski, who designed both workouts, calls the first one the “No Excuses” routine because it delivers maximum results for the time investment. The second workout is an interval trek, designed to boost cardiovascular endurance. The “perceived exertion rate” in these workouts is a scale of 0-10 used to measure the intensity of exercise. For example, 0 (nothing at all) is how you feel […]

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