Blog Posts by The Editors of Prevention

  • 7 Diseases that Strike Younger Than You Think

    Photo: Corbis And what you can do now to delay--or prevent--problems later
    By Nadia Arumugam, Prevention

    "When we're young, we think we're invincible," says Georges Benjamin, MD, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association. "But we're not." And increasingly, diseases we commonly associate with people in their 60s and 70s are hitting two, three, or even four decades earlier. Why? Better screening and early detection are part of the picture, but lifestyle factors such as poor diet and the fact that we're living more sedentary lives are to blame as well.

    Here, 7 diseases you can do something about today--to make sure you feel better, longer.

    PLUS: Cutting-edge research reveals the seven steps you can take to live longer!

    Melanoma

    Typical age of diagnosis: 50s and beyond
    But it can hit as early as: Late teens and early twenties
    What you can do now: Steer clear of tanning salons--even occasional trips to the tanning bed can triple your chances of developing melanoma, according to the

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  • 9 Internet Nutrition Myths that Just Won't Go Away

    Are you being duped by what you're reading on the web? Are you being duped by what you're reading on the web? By Julie Upton, RD, Prevention

    The Internet has many gifts to offer. Prevention.com (obviously), the ability to shop online for curtains at any hour, access to breaking medical news, and an endless supply of cat videos, just to name a few. But it also offers up some ridiculous myths--particularly in the realm of nutrition--that are more stubborn than an oil stain. But enough already. Here, 9 of the more dubious nutrition myths you'll find online--busted.

    PLUS: Check out these 25 Best Weight-Loss Tips Of All Time for painless ideas that actually work.

    Myth: Microwaves destroy essential nutrients in foods
    You've probably heard that microwaves rob food of its nutritional value, but that's just not true. Research reviews that compare microwaving food to traditional cooking methods reveal minimal differences. And, in some cases, microwaving may help retain more of specific nutrients, such as water-soluble nutrients that are generally lost when steaming.

    When food is heated--whether from an

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  • 10 Bizarre Reasons You Eat Too Much

    Why you're a munching machine
    By Linda Melone, Prevention

    It's tempting to believe some people possess a magic power for keeping their appetite under control. After all, what else could explain your sister's (really annoying) super-human ability to choose healthy, reasonably portioned foods 99% of the time? While it's not quite magical, certain seemingly unrelated habits and issues can influence when you put down the fork--and when you definitely don't (but should).


    Related: 7 Ways To Lose Weight In 7 Days

    You eat blueberry muffins for breakfast.
    Grabbing a Starbucks blueberry muffin may save time, but if you want to fit into your favorite skinny jeans without cutting off all circulation to your toes, you're better off with protein, like an egg white omelet or Greek yogurt. Numerous studies, including a recent one from the British Journal of Nutrition, show protein's ability to keep you full, versus a diet high in carbohydrates (sorry, muffins). "Protein not only has a

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  • 7 Ways to Lose Weight in 7 Days

    Boost your chances for lasting success in just one week with these sensible tips
    By Angie Makris, PhD, RD, Prevention.com

    There's a lot more to losing weight than simply eating better and working out. If you want to dramatically increase your chances for long-term success, you'll also want to modify the behavior that surrounds your meals and physical activity.

    Try following these simple tips for one week--one for each day--to learn how to approach food and exercise differently.

    Related: 52 Ways To Lose 1 Pound A Week

    Sunday: Plan your meals for the week
    Eating can become just as disorganized and chaotic as any other activity that isn't thought out ahead of time. Planning establishes structure, which can help you stay within a calorie budget, reduce daily decision-making, and prevent overeating. Carve out some time today to think through a plan for the week. Start with a few basic foods to eat each day and add others to diversify your meals. Make a grocery list as you go.

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  • 9 Surprising Reasons Your Hair is Falling Out

    ..Unexplained, excessive hair loss can be worrying and scary. The good news is, there's often a way to fix it. Here are 9 causes of hair loss in women, and how to treat them.
    By Winnie Yu, Prevention

    Everyone loses hair. It happens during your morning shower, while you're blowing it dry, or when you give it a quick brush--and that's normal. "On average, we lose fifty to a hundred hairs a day," says Francesca Fusco, MD, a New York City dermatologist who specializes in hair loss. "That's just hair going through its cycles, and there will be a new one to replace it."

    But hair loss may be a sign of a more serious medical condition that needs an evaluation by a dermatologist and possible treatment. Here are 9 causes of hair loss and how to deal with them.

    TRY THIS: 5 Natural Hair Loss Cures That Work

    1. Telogen effluvium
    Telogen effluvium is a phenomenon that occurs after pregnancy, major surgery, drastic weight loss, or extreme stress, in which you shed large amounts of hair

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  • 10 Daily Habits that Mess with Your Health

    These seemingly innocent habits aren't doing your health any favors These seemingly innocent habits aren't doing your health any favors These seemingly innocent habits aren't doing your health any favors
    By Linda Melone, Prevention

    You eat well, you exercise, and you even get the right amount of sleep (most nights, anyway; no one's perfect). But chances are, you've got some other little habits that are costing you in the health department--without you even knowing. Check out these 10 hidden health risks, and simple ways to fix them.

    1. You cross your legs
    Sitting with legs crossed at the knee can bump up blood pressure, according to a study published in Blood Pressure Monitoring. Leg crossing increased systolic blood pressure nearly 7% and diastolic by 2%. "Frequent crossing of the legs also puts stress on the hip joints and can cause pooling of blood in the legs when the veins are compressed," says Stephen T. Sinatra, MD, FACC, a Connecticut-based cardiologist and author of The Great Cholesterol Myth. "This could predispose you to inflammation of the veins of the lower legs and possibly a blood clot." Dr.

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  • 9 Essentials of a Diet Detox

    Set yourself up for detoxing success by keeping these key ingredients on handSet yourself up for detoxing success by keeping these key ingredients on handSet yourself up for detoxing success by keeping these key ingredients on hand
    By The Editors of Prevention

    Getting ready to clean up your diet with a detox or cleanse? Here are nine ingredients that should be part of your regimen, says Rebecca Katz, MS, the author of The Longevity Kitchen.

    PLUS: Have daily health, weight-loss, and food tips from Prevention's experts delivered right to you. Sign up for the free Prevention Today newsletter!

    Blueberries
    These tiny berries pack a wallop of anthocyanins, potent antioxidants that help your body eliminate toxins. You get the benefits whether fresh or frozen, so throw a couple in these 25 Delicious Detox Smoothies for an extra healthy boost.

    Ginger

    This spice is right for you; ginger is a digestive tonic that aids circulation.

    Lemon

    Tart and smart, lemon offers up antioxidant compounds called limonoids that activate detoxifying enzymes.

    Mango

    Just one cup of sliced mango meets 3/4 of your daily vitamin C needs. The

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  • 15 Small Changes for Faster Weight Loss

    Quadruple your weight loss by making one easy tweak to your routine per week
    By Alyssa Shaffer, Prevention

    If your goal is to lose weight and exercise more, forget the deprivation diet and marathon workouts. Research shows that taking baby steps--not giant leaps--is the best way to get lasting results.

    A study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine found that participants who made one small, potentially permanent change in their food choices and/or physical activity each week (such as drinking one fewer can of soda or walking 5 more minutes each day) lost more than twice as much belly fat, 2½ more inches off their waistlines, and about 4 times more weight during a 4-month program, compared with those who followed traditional calorie-restriction and physical-activity guidelines.

    "When you focus on just a couple of small changes at a time, you begin to ingrain some healthy habits that last for a lifetime, rather than trying an all-or-nothing approach that more often than not fails

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  • 7 Weird Reasons You're Gaining Weight

    If your scale doesn't reflect your healthy lifestyle, there could be a hidden reason you're gainingIf your scale doesn't reflect your healthy lifestyle, there could be a hidden reason you're gainingIf your scale doesn't reflect your healthy lifestyle, there could be a hidden reason you're gaining
    By Bari Nan Cohen, Prevention


    The frustration of seeing extra pounds on the scale--or of a too-tight waistband that you know used to fit--is understandable. But did you know that anything from a hormonal imbalance to vitamin deficiencies to the prescription meds you take can hold clues to what's making you gain weight? "A lot of people make what we think are lifestyle choices but are actually our bodies reacting to factors we can't control," says Robert J. Hedaya, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center. "Whether it's hormonal, a medication side effect, or something else, too often we put the onus on the individual, and there are factors that sometimes justify a doctor's help."

    Here, seven health issues that could be standing between you and your ideal weight--and how to fix them.

    RELATED: Wondering whether or not you should get a nagging

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  • How This Extreme Weather Messes with Your Health

    The fluctuations in temperature and weather conditions could skyrocket your disease risk.The fluctuations in temperature and weather conditions could skyrocket your disease risk.By Marygrace Taylor, Prevention

    The claim: Global warming isn't just bad for the planet--it could have a direct effect on your body. High daily temperature and humidity shifts are associated with an increased risk for stroke, finds new research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2014. (Weather shifts aren't always bad--see how lower temperatures can actually benefit your health.)

    The research:
    Yale University investigators cross-referenced local temperature and dew point data with 134,510 ischemic stroke hospitalizations taken from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample Database. They found that days with extreme temperature and dew point fluctuations yielded higher incidence of stroke hospitalization-regardless of region, season, or patient factors like high blood pressure or diabetes. Stroke occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain stops.

    RELATED: 6 Stroke Risk Factors Everyone Should Know

    What it means: Whether it's very cold or

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