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 […]

Heart Attack in Middle Age May Be Tougher on Women

Women who survive a heart attack before age 55 tend to face more complications over the coming months than men do, new research suggests. One year after their heart attack, women had worse physical functioning, poorer mental functioning and a lower quality of life than men who survived their heart attack, the study found. The researchers can only speculate on the reasons for these results, “but we’re definitely finding that women are generally already in worse […]

Take Charge of Your Blood Pressure

They call high blood pressure “the silent killer” because so many people are walking around with it and don’t even know it. Government statistics indicate that roughly 29% (or about one in three) American adults have high blood pressure, compared with 25% in the early 1990s. With the rising rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes, it comes as no surprise that higher rates of high blood pressure would follow. It doesn’t help that one out of four of […]

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