Weak grip? Light sleeper? These seemingly harmless traits could mean health problems to come If you want to know what your risk of dementia and stroke will be down the line, new research finds that surprisingly simple tests today could give you the answer.
The handshake test How's your grip? Not only is a firm handshake a sign of confidence, but doctors say it may be a barometer of your health, too. Researchers followed nearly 2,500 men and women for more than a decade, according to new research presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 64th Annual Meeting, and linked the risk of dementia and stroke to how strong their handshakes were at the beginning of the study. Having a stronger grip was associated with a 42 percent lower risk of stroke in people over age 65 compared with other study participants with flimsier grasps. What's the connection? "Vascular problems in the brain manifest themselves in a wide variety of ways," says study author Erica Camargo, MD, of the Boston Medical Center. The suspicion is that if your grip is particularly weak, it could be a sign that
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Weak grip? Light sleeper? These seemingly harmless traits could mean health problems to come If you want to know what your risk of dementia and stroke will be down the line, new research finds that surprisingly simple tests today could give you the answer.Read More »from What Your Handshake Says About Your Health
How can you tell if it's just a cold, or the flu? We confuse the two constantly. Here's why the answer matters--and what to do about it.Read More »from Do You Have a Cold…or the Flu?
You swear it's a cold, your friend thinks it's the flu, and the dozens of meds at the pharmacy promising to make you feel human again claim to target both. So does the difference matter?
Absolutely, says Susan Rehm, MD, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. The influenza virus causes the flu, and since just a few variants of the virus exist, it's become relatively easy to prevent, with a flu shot, or treat once you've got it.
Colds can be trickier. The rhinovirus is often responsible, but more than 200 other viruses can trigger the common cold--which means anti-viral prescriptions aren't typically an option. Instead, over-the-counter symptom-relievers and home remedies are your best bet--but you still need to tread carefully. To get the last word on how to treat--and how not to treat--the common cold and flu, we consulted experts from the field. Here are their tips.
You don't need to go on an extreme diet or eliminate carbs entirely to lose weightIn the world of fantasy wish lists, wouldn't it be great if--instead of prompting us to snack all the time--our bodies would just use up fat we have already stored?Read More »from 7 New Weight Loss Rules
One major reason this doesn't happen has to do with our diets. When you consume starch and refined sugar, these foods enter the bloodstream quickly, causing a sugar spike. Your body then produces the hormone insulin to drive that sugar from your bloodstream into cells. But over time, excessive levels of insulin can make your muscle cells lose sensitivity to the hormone, leading to type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Your fat cells are another story: They always remain sensitive. Insulin spikes lock fat into them, so you can't use it for energy.
How do you break this cycle and get your body to work optimally again? Happily, you don't need to go on an extreme diet. The first step is just to reduce the blood sugar spikes that produce sharp increases of insulin. The substance in our diet that's most responsible for these
Theses slurpable starters will sink your weight loss resolutionsCompared to fried chicken wings and greasy French fries, starting your meal off with a bowl of soup might seem like a healthy solution. Unfortunately, many soups on the menus of popular restaurant chains contain as many (or more!) calories and fat as the entrées themselves. That means you could be weighing yourself down with 700 calories and way too many grams of fat before you've even dug your fork into your dinner. We found the five of the worst soups you could choose, and swapped them for satisfying, waistline-friendly substitutes you'll love. Soup's on!Read More »from 5 Ridiculously Bad Restaurant Soups
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1. TGIFriday's New England Clam Chowder
Whenever you read "chowder" on a menu, it should signal you to do one thing: stay far, far away! This cream-based seafood soup may seem like a delicious way to start a meal, but a bowl of it will cost you 500 calories and 18g of fat.
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Our lightened-up veggie version will provide the comfort and warmth of a
- The Editors of Prevention | Vitality – Mon, Feb 6, 2012 12:58 PM EST
See the list of surprising ways acute stress and nervousness can help your body heal and build resiliency You probably try to limit the amount of the dreaded "s" word you have in your life: Stress. After all, it's been linked to weight gain, heart attacks, hair loss and more. There's even been some buzz about the creation of a vaccine on the distant horizon that can protect your brain from the effects of stress. However, there's plenty of research that finds stress may actually be good for you.Read More »from 7 Surprising Ways Stress Helps Your Health and Wellbeing
"Stress is a very healthy thing, because it gives you the energy you need to live life," says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, medical director of the national Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers and Chronicity and author of Real Cause, Real Cure. "Without it, you wouldn't have the energy you need to take action."
Consider adrenaline junkies who seek out stressful situations in order to reap a physical and emotional high. Those anxious feelings trigger a fight-or-flight response that releases cortisol and adrenaline for a surge of energy that pushes you to react when you need to (such as moving fast if you're
- The Editors of Prevention | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 3, 2012 1:46 PM EST
If you're like most women trying to watch their weight, brace yourself.New research finds a possible link between diet soft drink consumption and the risk of vascular events. If you're like most women trying to watch their weight, brace yourself: You're probably going to be shocked (and dismayed) at a new study linking diet soda to adverse vascular events. The research, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, suggests diet soft drinks may actually increase your risk of stroke and heart attack. The suspected culprit? Artificial sweeteners, those hard-to-pronounce ingredients diet soft drinks are loaded with.Read More »from Do Diet Drinks Increase Your Risk of Heart Attack?
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Researchers from Columbia University and the University of Miami looked at the soft drinking habits of more than 2,000 men and women ages 40 and over, and then compared their beverage habits with the number of vascular events that occurred over a 10-year period. After factoring in pre-existing conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, those who consumed diet soda more than once a day were 43 percent
Do you live near any of the top cities for singles? The dating scene gets a bad rap, but the way we see it, your 30s, 40s, and 50s can be a great time to find love (or lust)--especially if you know where to look. To help stack the odds in your favor, we combed data from the country's biggest cities to find the areas with the most vibrant social scenes, the biggest dating pools for the 35-55 set--and where the ratio of single men and women were closely matched. Here, the 8 best cities for singles in America.Read More »from The 8 Best Cities for Singles Over 40
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This sunny city on Florida's west coast is a hotbed for singles, boasting more unmarried people over 40 than any other city in the country. With nice weather year-round, the dating options are endless: from Latin dancing and live music to brew pubs and outdoor excursions. As if that wasn't enough, the dating pool keeps getting bigger: Tampa has seen a 15 percent population growth in the last decade alone.
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2. Seattle, WA
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Like Toni Braxton, you can learn to spot lupus symptoms and avoid flare upsWhen news broke that Toni Braxton was hospitalized in LA earlier this month, many fans were surprised to learn that the "Un-Break My Heart" singer has lupus. Following the incident, she reassured her Twitter followers: "Just a lupus flare up, but I promise you all that I am ok! Love you all! Thanks so much for all of your support!"Read More »from Why was Toni Braxton Hospitalized for Lupus?
About 90 percent of those affected by the illness are women and the majority first experience symptoms during their child-bearing years, according to the Lupus Foundation of America. Lupus is a chronic disease where the body's immune system overreacts and attacks normal tissues in the body, such as the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells and heart and lungs. There are many different types of lupus and different people have different signs and symptoms. For example, the scars on the singer Seal's face are supposedly from a type of lupus that affects only the skin.
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COPD kills more women than breast cancer, Alzheimer's, and diabetesLearn more about one of the surprising killers of women. Get the facts that could save your life.Read More »from Why Women Need to Know About COPD
It kills more women than breast cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and diabetes. If that's not enough to get your attention, consider this: More women than men die from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD. Smoking is the primary cause of COPD, an umbrella term that covers chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and other diseases that involve progressive damage to the lungs.
"It used to be an all-boys party," says Neil Schachter, MD, medical director of the respiratory care department at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. "But the burden of the disease recently crossed over." One reason: Women started smoking later than men. "It wasn't until the 1970s and 80s that smoking rates picked up for women," explains Schachter. "And now we've reached the time where we start to see the effects." COPD is number four on the list of top lady-killers; here are seven more things you need to know
Get slimmer quicker by adding known belly busters into your daily dietThe secret to banishing belly fat is, well, fat. But this is not your grandmother's artery-clogging saturated fat, the kind lurking in cheeseburgers, pizza, and pie. This class of healthy fat is known as monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), and it is found in nuts, olives, avocados, and dark chocolate. Instead of hurting your health, MUFAs help improve circulation, strengthen your heart, and can reduce belly fat faster than if you were following a low-calorie diet that contained little to no fat, according to studies. "Monounsaturated fats help you stay satisfied and may help you eat less overall," says Tracy Gensler, MS, RD Here's how to sneak these fat burners into any meal.Read More »from 5 Ways to Make Any Meal a Belly Flattener
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1. Add Flaxseed Oil to Smoothies
When you're whipping up your post-gym smoothie, add 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil. Not only does it add a rich nutty flavor, but it's also packed with omega-3 fatty acidsand MUFAs. Though MUFAs whittle your middle omega-3s are important for