Here's how to beat your biggest fear Long before we get our first pimple, budding breasts remind us that we're women in training. We love them, we hate them. We want them to grow bigger, we wish they'd stop growing, we wonder why this one is smaller/bigger/rounder/flatter than the other, why men are staring at them--and why they're not.
No matter how conflicted we may be, breasts are part of our female identity, which may be why, for most of us, having breast cancer is our biggest fear. We're more afraid of it than we are of heart disease, which is 10 times more likely to be what sends us to the great beyond.
Yet fewer women get breast cancer, and fewer die from it, than ever before. "Cancer is not an inevitability. Women have more control over the disease than they think," says Margaret I. Cuomo, MD, a Prevention contributor and the author of A World without Cancer: The Making of a New Cure and the Real Promise of Prevention. "Everything we do from the moment we wake--from what we eat and drink to whether or not we
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Here's how to beat your biggest fear Long before we get our first pimple, budding breasts remind us that we're women in training. We love them, we hate them. We want them to grow bigger, we wish they'd stop growing, we wonder why this one is smaller/bigger/rounder/flatter than the other, why men are staring at them--and why they're not.Read More »from 10 Ways to Stop Breast Cancer
Are you sabotaging your healthy efforts with these mistakes?When workouts backfire
By Linda Melone, CSCS
Exercise's anti-gravity effect on your body provides more than enough incentive to hit the gym (hello, perky posterior!). But it only works if you do it correctly-too much of one thing and not enough of another can actually add years to your body.
We talked to the pros to single out the most common exercise habits that age you, and what to do instead.Mistake: You never take a break
If you're tired all the time and feel achy and sore, you may not be allowing your body enough time to heal between workouts, which can age you, says John Higgins, MD, associate professor of medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and director of exercise physiology at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.
"In your teens and 20s, it took approximately 18 hours to repair muscle fibers affected by a workout, but this increases to 36 hours in your 40s or older," he says. Using those same muscles before they're completelyRead More »from 10 Exercise Habits that Age You
To perform your best, you need gas in the tank. Here are the best ways to fuel your fitness.Instructor Kristin Kenney frequently wraps up her intense sessions at Revolve, an indoor cycling studio with locations in New York City and Washington, D.C., with this advice: "OK, class is over-go make sure you eat to recover." And then she's met with a line of puzzled students, wondering what exactly they should choose for their post-exercise nosh. "It's really funny--but it's such a common question," she says.Read More »from 20 Perfect Workout Snacks
If you're part of the confused post-exercising masses, we've got you covered. Here, Kenney and Rebecca Scritchfield, RD, a sports nutrition expert in Washington, D.C., dish up their favorite power foods. Whether you eat before or after your workout, you should aim for up to 45 grams of carbs to provide energy, and 6 to 15 grams of protein to build muscle.
Here are the 20 best workout snacks to keep you fueled and energized. For more delicious recipes, sign up for the free Prevention Recipe Of The Day newsletter!
Dates and peanut butter
Slice open pitted Medjool dates (a
These little hints are your body's way of nudging you toward good healthNot long ago, my husband and three of our kids went charging up Mount Katahdin--think of it as New England's mini Mount Everest. I'd spent months hiking with friends to make sure I was in shape and, at the start, hustled to keep pace with our teenagers as we hauled ourselves up the steep boulders. But within a couple of hours I was straggling; they leapt past me like giddy mountain goats while I carefully picked my way up the rocks.Read More »from 6 Things Your Body's Trying to Tell You
Was I disappointed? Actually, no. I felt smart. My 40-something body was telling me how to protect it from injury--and my hips and feet thanked me later. It turns out that our bodies routinely transmit this evolving wisdom, gently steering us away from activities or indulgences we can no longer tolerate to ones that will ensure continued good health.
Here are six other things your body's trying to tell you.
1. When you're dehydrated
Over the course of a lifetime, our kidneys, which transport water to our tissues, gradually lose a bit of their efficiency.
Do this quick self-exam for subtle signs of future health problemsWhat size bra do you wear? How's your sense of smell? Can you still fit into your college jeans?Read More »from Your Body's 10 Weirdest Health Clues
The answers to these questions--plus other weird body clues--may be a surprising predictor of potential future health problems. According to an array of psychic-worthy research, scientists are discovering more and more physical quirks and clues that may be early signs of conditions like Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, and cancer. Whip out a mirror and a tape measure, and use these 10 DIY tests to forecast your health; plus, the best strategies to change your destiny.
PLUS: These seven so-called "healthy" habits might actually be causing more problems than they solve.
1. Finger length
Women whose index fingers are shorter than their ring fingers may be twice as prone to osteoarthritis in the knees, found a 2008 study in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism. Those with this predominately male characteristic tend to have lower levels of estrogen, which may also play a role in the development
Deciding on a personality can help you lose weight. Read on to find out how.Read More »from What’s Your Metabolism Type?
1. If you...Struggle with your weight, whether you're losing it or maintaining a weight loss.
You're an...Easy gainer.
What's going on: "The reasons you battle more with your weight are physiological, metabolic, and genetic," Dr. Wyatt says.
The key to success: "For the best shot at weight loss, you need to increase how much you move," says Dr. Wyatt. "Essentially, you have to be all in: decreasing calories to lose weight while ramping up the activity to make your metabolism behave."
PLUS: You can help your body burn more calories by incorporating these 4 Foods That Speed Up Metabolism into your daily meals.
2. If you...Eat good foods and exercise but aren't seeing the pounds peel off.
You're a...Healthy overfueler.
What's going on: You're at energy balance, not working off what you're taking in. "Eating smart definitely helps maintain weight, but not enough for weight loss. Losing and maintaining are two
- The Editors of Prevention | Healthy Living – Thu, Sep 5, 2013 2:09 PM EDT
The craziest thing you'll read all day.We're not sure whether to be shocked, disturbed or both; you can decide. At-home pregnancy tests are at the heart of a budding black market trade. Craigslist ads offering and requesting positive pregnancy tests are popping up all over the country, from Las Vegas to Chicago, Dallas, and New York City, for approximately $20 a pop.Read More »from Crazy Trend: Women Are Selling Their Positive Pregnancy Tests
More: The Latest Trend in Home Pregnancy Tests
The demand, according to ads, is fueled by women willing to go to any length to get revenge on an ex, trigger a proposal, or "prank" friends and family. Pregnant women are cashing in, offering positive pregnancy tests and even bottles of their urine to facilitate a more realistic effect. Take this ad for example:
"I am pregnant and am willing to take a pregnancy test for you that will be positive. Use it however you like no questions no judgments. I will take test right before you pick up. I will also be willing to bottle my urine if you need to seal the deal that way."
Whether or not foul play is
The controversial, off-limits ingredient Sure, you're probably cool with the government placing bans on truly troubling ingredients like trans fats. But here's something that shocked us: Last weekend, the Air Force told its members to steer clear of--wait for it--Chobani Blueberry Power Greek yogurt.Read More »from Why the Air Force Banned Greek Yogurt
PLUS: 7 Foods That Should Never Cross Your Lips
So what could possibly be wrong with this protein-packed superfood? Well, it's not the yogurt per se, but one tiny ingredient: Hemp seeds, which contain trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive ingredient also found in marijuana. In 1999, the Air Force added hemp seed oil and hemp seed products to a list of forbidden substances over concern that they may interfere with drug tests given to service members.
There's a key difference, however, between the hemp seeds you'd find in a health food store and marijuana leaves you'd find in, say, a batch of special brownies: Hemp seeds (which are totally legal, by the way) come from a variant of the Cannabis sativa plant that produces
16 amazingly easy ways to dramatically improve your well-being What if you could cut your risk of heart disease, get fitter, slow aging, and protect your smile in less time than it takes to watch a couple of commercials? Better health does take time, but not as much as you may think.Read More »from Best 90-Second Health Boosts
Yes, you should exercise 30 minutes a day and sleep 7 to 8 hours a night. But top experts in nutrition, cardiovascular health, and cancer prevention say you can also make some very important health upgrades in almost no time flat.
1. Eat the peel
Why: Fight cancer
The bulk of an apple's benefit lies in its skin. In one lab experiment, more than a dozen chemicals in the peels of Red Delicious apples inhibited the growth of breast, liver, and colon cancer cells. Investigator Rui Hai Liu, MD, PhD, an associate professor of food science at Cornell University, suspects that the peels of other apple varieties are also extra potent.
But experts recommend only eating the skin of organic apples; the conventionally grown kind are among the most pesticide-doused produce.
Discover America's best hometowns—and what you can learn from themPeople who live on the Greek island of Ikaria are three times more likely to reach age 90 than the rest of us--they work hard, eat well, nap, have plenty of sex, and "just forget to die," as one resident told a researcher. They're living proof that where you call home can predict how healthy and happy you'll be. There are pockets of good health and contentment on our shores, too. We know: We painstakingly evaluated 100 of the nation's largest cities on 48 measures of health, happiness, and well-being to find the healthiest, happiest cities in America.Read More »from 10 Happiest, Healthiest Cities in America
We explored the glorious: from access to green space and concert halls to number of farmers' markets (not to mention the inclination to eat five fruits and veggies a day). We looked at the grim: disease incidence, depression measures, unemployment rates, even FBI crime statistics. After some high-level number-crunching, we came up with the top 10 hometowns (and 15 other great contenders) you may want to call your own. But don't