Study results have shown that taking a daily dose of the pine bark extract pycnogenol may help to treat or prevent metabolic syndrome, a condition that is linked to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Researchers administered 150 mg/day of the extract to 64 subjects (range 45-55 years) presenting with all 5 risk factors of metabolic syndrome for 6-months. Another group of 66 matched participants served as controls. Results showed that supplementation with the pine bark extract was associated with a reduction in waist circumference, triglyceride levels, fasting blood glucose, and blood pressure, and an increase in HDL cholesterol levels. The authors concluded that the results suggest that the extract may help to improve health risk factors in people with metabolic syndrome.
G Belcaro, U Cornelli, R Luzzi, MR Cesarone, M Dugall, B Feragalli, S Errichi, E Ippolito, MG Grossi, M Hosoi, M Cornelli, G Gizzi. Pycnogenol® supplementation improves health risk factors in subjects with metabolic syndrome. Phytother Res. 2013 Jan 28.[Epub ahead of print]
A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help to lessen neurodegeneration caused by eating junk food.
Mice injected with a hormone called growth differentiation factor 11 (GDF11) experience a reversal in signs of cardiac aging.
Taking a daily dose of the pine bark extract pycnogenol may help to improve risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome.
Many women in their 40s are still have regular breast cancer screenings despite national guidelines recommending otherwise.
Giving children at elementary school an extra 60 minute gym class each week significantly reduces their risk of being obese by fifth-grade.
Scientists warn that many kinds of cinnamon-flavored foods contain a cheaper form of the spice that contains a substance that may cause liver damage.
The amount of salt in processed food and food from fast food restaurants is still at dangerously high levels, say researchers.
People who suffer from depression are significantly more likely to contract this hospital-acquired infection.
Study results suggest that eating a combination of tomatoes and soy foods offers the most effective protection against prostate cancer.
People with a parent who has early atherosclerosis of the aorta have a significantly increased risk of developing the disease.
Consuming avocados may associate with better diet quality – translating into healthier weight, as well as better cardiovascular and metabolic markers.
Supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids may postpone the onset of metabolic disorders and associated declines in cognitive functions.
Men who have Metabolic Syndrome may be at increased risk of diagnosis and death from prostate cancer.
The longer you drive to work, the more likely you are to be overweight and have high blood pressure.
Eating tree nuts helps to lower body weight and body mass index, while improving cholesterol levels and markers of inflammation.
Regular physical activity associates with positive health outcomes, particularly for women.
Among older people with glucose intolerance, daily resveratrol supplementation improved insulin sensitivity and reduced post-meal spikes in blood sugar.
An increased risk for colorectal cancer may exist among older women with high levels of serum glucose.
A diet high in fiber, but not necessarily low in saturated fat or cholesterol, associates with lower risks of heart disease and type II diabetes, in adolescents
Drinking a barley extract-enriched beverage may help to improve insulin sensitivity and prevent against type 2 diabetes.
Tip #179 - Swimming in Good Reasons
Researchers from the University of South Carolina (South Carolina, USA) analyzed data collected on 40,547 men, ages 20 to 90 years, for the period 1971–2003. The team found that swimmers had 53%, 50%, and 49% lower all-cause mortality risk than did men who were sedentary, walkers, or runners, respectively. In addition, swimmers demonstrated greater cardiorespiratory fitness than walkers and sedentary people.
Consult your anti-aging physician to assess the level of fitness appropriate to your medical needs; s/he will help design an exercise regimen tailored for you.