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 […]

Your Brain On Exercise: 30 Minutes Of Physical Activity Makes Your Brain More ‘Plastic’

Evidence has shown that regular physical activity can improve cognitive function and brain plasticity. However, research has been unclear in proving how much exercise is needed and how long these benefits can last for. A recent study conducted at the University of Adelaide in Australia suggests that one 30-minute session of vigorous exercise can lead to changes in the brain that make it more “plastic,” including improvements in memory and motor skill coordination. “Although this […]

High-Fat Diet May Alter Behavior And Brain: Gut Bacteria May Increase Anxiety, Impaired Memory

So often we hear about the negative effects of a high-fat diet: The more fatty foods we eat, the more we put ourselves at risk for diseases, such as obesity and heart disease. But do high-fat foods threaten our psyche, too? A study recently published in the journal Biological Psychiatry hypothesized a high-fat diet produces changes in health and behavior (partly) by altering a person’s gut microbiota. Prior research suggests “alterations in the microbiome may underlie the host’s susceptibility […]

Could advice prescriptions help diabetes patients?

People with  diabetes who do not have their condition under control could be issued with a personal action plan by their  GP to improve their health. The new scheme, which is called an ‘information prescription’, is being launched today after trials in Yorkshire and London. It means that patients might leave their surgery with a piece of paper listing some lifestyle changes they should make rather than the more familiar prescription for medication. Health targets Diabetes UK, which is launching […]

Dairy & Diabetes Risk: New Thinking?

Dairy & Diabetes Risk: New Thinking? Some intriguing new research shows that dairy foods, perhaps even high-fat ones, may play a role in type 2 diabetesprevention. Although experts say it’s too soon to draw clear conclusions, the findings seem to run counter to current advice to people with diabetes, who are generally told to pick low- or non-fat dairy products. Recent studies on how dairy products might lower diabetes risk don’t all reach the same verdict. Nor […]

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