Study: Lack of Exercise More Deadly Than Obesity

“Just a 20-minute brisk walk each day can lower odds of early death”   Being sedentary may be twice as deadly as being obese, a new study suggests. However, even a little exercise — a brisk 20-minute walk each day, for example — is enough to reduce the risk of an early death by as much as 30 percent, the British researchers added. “Efforts to encourage small increases in physical activity in inactive individuals likely have significant health […]

Nuts May Lengthen Your Life, Study Suggests

Eating nuts, including peanuts and peanut butter, may help you live longer, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at the diets of more than 200,000 people in both the United States and China, and found nut consumption was linked with a lower risk of premature death from heart disease and other causes. The findings lend support to previous evidence on the heart-healthy benefits of nuts, said study researcher Dr. Xiao-Ou Shu, associate director of global health and […]

Why Am I Binge Eating?

Everyone overeats from time to time. Binge eating disorder is different, though. You might have it if you regularly eat a lot of food in just a few hours — even when you’re not hungry — to drown out emotions. Then you quickly feel shame or guilt about it. The disorder is treatable. Your doctor can help you stop and, later on, get to a healthy weight. The first step is to understand why you’re bingeing. […]

Very Obese Kids: Higher Heart Risks Than Thought

Extremely obese children — such as those at least 100 pounds overweight — are in deeper trouble in terms of heart disease risks than doctors have thought, new research suggests. In the study, about half the children suffered from high blood pressure, and almost 15 percent were diabetic. Seventy-five percent had high levels of a protein that’s linked to heart disease. “Severe obesity in the adolescent age group is associated with numerous cardiovascular risk factors […]

Yoga for Heart Health?

More than a few patients have told me they do not like exercise. (Gulp.) Three well-known facts make this tough to hear: exercise is essential for heart health; heart disease is the number one killer of men and women; and heart disease is largely avoidable. For many people, the word “exercise” conjures up unpleasant images of stomping madly on a mechanical contraption, or racing numbly around a track, or turning breathless laps in a pool. But does […]

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