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Consuming avocados may associate with better diet quality – translating into healthier weight, as well as better cardiovascular and metabolic markers.
Atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia, associates with cognitive impairment and dementia, with or without a history of clinical stroke.
While labor-saving devices make quick work of household chores, these same conveniences may be responsible for the rise in obesity, particularly among women.
Australian team reveals genetic basis underlying the importance of consuming green leafy vegetables.
A lifelong diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help to inhibit growth of breast cancer tumors by 30%.
Older adults who play video games report higher levels of emotional well-being.
National Sleep Foundation encourages routine exercise to achieve the best quality sleep.
For chronic pain sufferers, avoiding the harmful effects of stress may be key to managing their condition.
A diet rich in fish-source omega-3 fatty acids exerts an antihypertensive effect.
Men and women ages 65+ could boost their cognitive function by learning to use Facebook.
Meta-analysis reaffirms that acupuncture provides more relief from various types of chronic pain than does usual care and should be considered a valid therapeut
Spanish researchers demonstrate that music therapy can reduce pain, depression and anxiety, and improves sleep among patients suffering from fibromyalgia.
Researchers from United Arab Emirates (UAE) report that yoga helps to ameliorate the disease activity of rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Arthritis suffers engaging in Tai Chi experience reduced pain, fatigue, and stiffness, as well as improve their balance and sense of well-being.
Among women, sadness and anger may increase pain.
Women who routinely wear high-heeled shoes experience permanent changes to foot muscles and tendons.
Study uncovers the role of adenosine in the molecular mechanism by which acupuncture eases the perception of pain.
Scottish team finds increased risk of chronic pain among adults who experienced behavioral problems as children.
Abilities to accomplish everyday activities in 50-somethings with chronic pain are comparable to people in their 80s who do not have pain issues.
Tip #138 - Unlock the Genetics of Longevity
Telomeres are the endcaps on chromosomes, and telomeric shortening is thought to govern the number of times a cell can divide. In white blood cells (leukocytes), telomere shortening is used as a marker of biological age. King’s College London (United Kingdom) researchers studied 2,401 twins, tracking their physical activity level, lifestyle habits, and examined the length of the telomeres in the subjects’ white blood cells (leukocytes).The team confirmed that telomere length decreased with age; men and women who were less physically active in their leisure time had shorter leukocyte telomeres than those who were more active. The mean difference in leukocyte telomere length between the most active subjects (who performed an average of 199 minutes of physical activity per week) versus the least active subjects (16 minutes of physical activity per week) was 200 nucleotides. This translated to mean that “the most active subjects had telomeres the same length as sedentary individuals up to 10 years younger, on average.”
Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces your risk for many chronic diseases. Men and women ages 18 to 64 years need at least:
• 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week; and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
• 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., jogging or running) every week; and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
• An equivalent mix of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
Not only is it best to spread your activity out during the week, but you can break it up into smaller chunks of time during the day. As long as you're doing your activity at a moderate or vigorous effort for at least 10 minutes at a time. Consult an anti-aging physician to construct a regimen that is appropriate for your medical needs.