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- A study links high-protein diets to cancer and early death.
By: Eric Steinmehl
Maybe you saw the recent headlines that blared scary warnings like, "Eating meat in middle age is AS DEADLY AS SMOKING." The claims were based on a recent study that found that middle-aged people who eat lots of animal protein were more likely to die early than those who ate less meat. A finding like that is enough to turn a carnivore into a carrot-cruncher, but is the concern real?
First, some background: The study, conducted by an international team of researchers and published in the journal Cell Metabolism, looked at health and diet records of over 6,300 Americans age 50 and older. It found that people between 50 and 65 who got more than 20% of their calories from animal protein were 75% more likely to die during the study's 18 years of follow-up, compared to people who ate low amounts. And they were four times as likely to die of cancer.
Among people who ate moderate amounts of animal proteinRead More »from Should You Swear Off Meat?
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- The average American diet contains enough added sugar to increase the risk of heart-related death by 18%.
By: Rachael Anderson
Sugar can kill you. That's the headline popping up all over the Internet following the publication of a recent study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. The study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looked at the relationship between added sugar consumption and heart disease. And what the researchers found is pretty frightening. The average American diet contains enough added sugar to increase the risk of heart-related death by 18%. What's worse, consuming more than 21% of your calories (that's 420 calories in a 2,000 calorie a day diet) from added sugar more than doubles your risk of death from heart disease. Now, this isn't the first time added sugar has received negative press. Research has shown that too much of the sweet stuff can lead to obesity, type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, cognitive decline and even cancer. So, should you rush to your pantry or fridge and throw out everything that has added sugar?
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- The Editors at Sharecare | Healthy Living – Mon, Feb 10, 2014 2:47 PM ESTYoung women who smoke a pack a day for at least 10 years have a 60% increased risk of developing ER-positive breast cancer, a study says.
By: Rachael Anderson
When you look at a list of breast cancer risk factors, one risk you often don't see is smoking. For years, research has suggested a connection between smoking and breast cancer, but the link has been controversial. Now we have another piece of evidence: Smoking appears to increase young women's risk of the most common type of breast cancer, estrogen receptor (ER) positive cancer.
Researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle compared more than 900 women between the ages of 20 and 44 who had been diagnosed with breast cancer to a similar number of cancer-free women. Most of the women in the study (778) had ER positive breast cancer. The remaining women (182) had triple-negative breast cancer, a less common and more aggressive type of breast cancer. The study showed that women who smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for at least 10 years had a 60% higher risk of developing ER positive breastRead More »from Smoking and Breast Cancer: Another Reason to Kick Butts
- Celebrate Wear Red Day and protect your heart with these five red heart-healthy foods.
By: Beth Carson
It's not quite Valentine's Day yet, but it is the time of year for flowers, candy and hearts. And we're not just talking about the chocolate variety. February is also American Heart Month, and this Friday, February 7 is the American Heart Association's (AHA) National Wear Red Day, celebrated over the past 10 years to bring continued awareness to what is still the #1 killer of women today -- heart disease.
Once thought to be an "old man's disease," this silent killer is to blame for the deaths of almost 1,100 women a day. That's nearly one per minute, taking the lives of more women than all forms of cancer combined. Heart disease doesn't discriminate based on age or race either, affecting women as early as their 20s and across ethnicities.
The good news, though, is that cardiovascular disease is preventable. And one of the easiest ways to guard your heart is by loading up on whole, nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables.Read More »from 5 Best Foods for Heart Health
- The Editors at Sharecare | Love Your Body – Mon, Jan 20, 2014 2:43 PM ESTReceive a custom action plan to get healthier and grow younger. Take the RealAge Test.
By: Hope Cristol
At Sharecare, we pride ourselves on providing health information you can trust from top experts in their fields. Now, a new landmark study published January 17 in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE confirms that the RealAge® Test, our unique health assessment that measures your body's biological health age as opposed to chronological age, is an accurate measure of how long you'll live.
What does that mean in plain English? "Researchers were looking at whether the RealAge Test was able to do what it said it did," explains Sharecare Chief Medical Officer Keith Roach, MD, a co-creator of the RealAge Test. "So if you are 35 years old and your RealAge is 30, do you really have the same risk of death as an average 30-year-old? The study found that you do."
What's more, the study - conducted by a team at the University of California, San Diego, led by James Fowler, PhD, a professor of medical genetics and politicalRead More »from This Test Reveals Your Body's True Age -- Are You Older or Younger Than You Think?
- The American College of Emergency Physicians grades U.S emergency medical care at a D+.
By: Darria Long Gillespie, MD, MBA
If you have an emergency, you assume that your 911 services and ER will be ready to take care of you, right?
Maybe not. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) released their "2014 Emergency Medicine Report Card" and the U.S. as a whole got a grade that you wouldn't bring home to Mom -- a D+. One important distinction -- this was NOT a grade of ERs and ER doctors, but instead an evaluation of how well the country supports emergency care.
When you need to go to the ER, having a good ER doctor is crucial. But just as crucial is the state and federal "infrastructure" needed to maintain emergency rooms for true emergencies. As an ER doctor, I can and do treat the elderly lady sick with pneumonia because she was unable to get a vaccine, or the man whose leg infection became severe because he was unable to see an outpatient doctor. I also see the pedestrian struck by a vehicle at an unsafe intersection -- an accident that could haveRead More »from What You Should Know About Your ER
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- Pregnant woman concerned about her baby.
By: Darria Long Gillespie, MD, MBA
I'll never forget the two weeks in the middle of my pregnancy when my husband and I were waiting for the results of a repeat ultrasound. I'd already had one, which showed possible growth discrepancies. I then spent the next two weeks wondering what I had done wrong, accompanied by varying states of a fear and spontaneous tears that I've never known before. I leaned on the support of my wonderful and patient close friends - many of who had similar experiences. As my husband and I finally heard the good news that everything was okay, I saw this as an opportunity to help other moms-to-be going through the same.
It made me wonder -- what else terrifies pregnant women? This week, I went to two experts, Gary Glasser, MD, of Atlanta Gynecology and Obstetrics and Dixie Gilmore, a midwife at Obstetrics and Gynecology of Atlanta, in search of some answers. There are probably lots of things that worry you duringRead More »from 5 Pregnancy Worries to Ditch