Blog Posts by The Editors of Prevention

  • Prevention's Quick Fix: 15 Ways to beat insomnia every night

    Insomnia ranks right below the common cold, stomach disorders, and headaches as the most common reasons people seek a doctor's help. The CDC reports that more than 25% of Americans say they don't get an adequate amount of sleep and 10% experience chronic insomnia.

    10 sleep tips from top researchers

    At one time, doctors might have automatically prescribed a pill or two to ease you into dreamland, but that isn't always the case today. Researchers and doctors are learning more about sleep each year, broadening their knowledge of how to deal with its related problems.

    Indeed, behavioral treatments are often most effective. There are also quite a few commonsense approaches you can use to try to correct the problem yourself. It may take just one therapy, or it may take a combination. In any case, the key to success is discipline. As Michael Stevenson, PhD, says, "sleep is a natural physiological phenomenon, but it's also a learned behavior."

    1) SET A RIGID SLEEP SCHEDULE

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  • 8 Ways to never get diabetes

    Type 2 diabetes is growing at an alarming rate, but it's also one of the most preventable diseases around. Nearly 25% of Americans are thought to have prediabetes-a condition of slightly elevated blood sugar levels that often develops into diabetes within 10 years-but only 4% of people know it. What's worse is that of those who are aware, less than half really tried to reduce their risk by losing weight, eating less, and exercising more. Here's 8 ways you can stay diabetes-free:


    1. Nudge the Scale
    Shedding even 10 pounds can significantly slash your risk. Even extremely overweight people were 70% less likely to develop diabetes when they lost just 5% of their weight-even if they didn't exercise. If you weigh 175 pounds, that percentage is a little less than 9 pounds! Use our calorie calculator to see how many calories you consume-and how many you need to shave off your diet-if you want to lose a little.

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    2. Pick the Right

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  • 5 Cooking (and eating) methods that burn calories

    When your body has any work to do-whether it's walking, running, or even just heading to the kitchen for a snack-there are calories to be burned. As counter-intuitive as it sounds, after you eat a meal, your body is actually eliminating calories as well as absorbing them; after all, digestion takes work too. But, of course, some foods are slower to digest so they use more energy (i.e., they contain "active calories"). In fact, how you prepare certain foods can up the "active" ante of your calories, and it's often only a matter of making a slight changes to your cooking (and eating) techniques. Here's how:

    Get the Active Calorie Diet eating rules

    1) Prepare pasta Venetian style: When you eat pasta in Venice, it is cooked al dente, so it's chewy food, not the gummy mush that many of us pour onto our plates here. Get pasta perfectly al dente by cooking at the shorter end of the time scale. If the box says 8 to 12 minutes, check the pasta at 7 to 71⁄2 minutes. Spoon out a

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  • 5 Mistakes that make pain worse

    An estimated 43 million Americans report living with chronic pain, defined as lasting for at least 3 months. Yet experts agree that it's woefully undertreated in our country. Despite breakthroughs in the understanding of pain, few doctors are aware of these advances or are trained in pain management, says Michel Dubois, MD, director of pain medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center.

    Eliminating your pain entirely may not be realistic; what is attainable is to lower it enough to improve your life and do the things you love. If you're making any of the mistakes that follow, we have the right formula for lasting relief

    1) Toughing It Out
    One in four pain sufferers wait at least 6 months before seeing a doctor.
    Typical reasons: They downplay the pain or think it'll pass on its own, according to the American Pain Society. Also, many sufferers self-treat with OTC painkillers.

    Get relief: Seek treatment sooner rather than later. Studies show that the

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  • Prevention's Quick Fix: 7 Easy ways to avoid a hangover

    If this weekend's plan includes any revelry-of the St. Patrick's Day variety or otherwise-consider some preventive steps to survive the day after. "There's good evidence emerging that the chief cause of hangover is acute withdrawal from alcohol," says Mack Mitchell, MD. "The cells in your brain physically change in response to the alcohol's presence, and when the alcohol's gone-when your body's burned it up-you go through withdrawal until those cells get used to doing without the alcohol."

    Couple that with the effects that alcohol has on the blood vessels in your head (they can swell significantly, depending on the amount you drink) and you end up living through a day after that you'd rather forget. If you want to avoid the misery and still have a good time, here's how:

    1) Drink slowly. The slower you drink, the less alcohol reaches your brain-even though you may actually drink more over the long haul. The reason, according to Dr. Mitchell, is simple math: Your body burns

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  • 6 Grab-and-go proteins that fill you up

    Protein is a dieter's best friend. It is an essential ingredient for losing weight and keeping it off because it's a potent calorie burner that plays a role in nearly every body function, from building shapely biceps to regulating sleep and boosting immunity.

    High-protein foods take more work to chew and longer to leave your stomach, so you take more time eating (and have more time to register that you're full). They also slow down the release of carbs and fat into your bloodstream. You feel full sooner and stay satisfied longer.

    Thing is, eating a steak or a piece of chicken in your car or at your desk at work isn't always realistic, so most of the foods we choose for single-fisted consumption are highly processed and lacking in this essential nutrient. Here are 6 grab-and-go proteins to take with you for a midday snack.

    18 ways to simplify your diet for easy weight loss

    1) Jerky: Jerky (beef or turkey) makes a great snack because it's low in fat, lean and savory, and

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  • 7 Reasons you’re losing your hair

    Unexplained, excessive hair loss can be worrying and scary. The good news is, there's often a way to fix it. "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 seven causes of hair loss and how to deal with them.

    1. You were pregnant
    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 every day, usually when shampooing, styling, or brushing. It can also be a side effect of certain medications, such as antidepressants, beta-blockers, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. During telogen effluvium, hair shifts faster than normal from its growing phase into

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  • Prevention quick fix: 7 Natural cures you can trust

    Fan of (or curious about) alternative medicine? You're in luck. Scientists have compiled compelling new evidence affirming the ability of many complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) to prevent and treat a host of common ailments-giving an important stamp of approval to healing practices that have long resided at the fringe of conventional medicine. Here are 7 natural cures you can feel great about

    1. Massage
    For depression
    It's a no-brainer: Chronic mental and emotional stress, both of which can lead to depression, are eased by massage, so it's hardly a surprise that a number of studies conclude that massage therapy helps lift the blues. Researchers suspect that massage spurs the release of mood-boosting endorphins, perhaps in response to both physical manipulation and intimate hands-on touch. Some studies show that massage therapy is as effective as prescription antidepressants, such as Prozac and Paxil, in relieving anxiety, a major contributor to depression.

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  • Your perfect day of weight loss

    Ever wonder what the perfect day of weight loss looks like? Look no further. Here's exactly what to do from the moment you wake up to when your head hits the pillow to burn the most calories, keep your metabolism high, and have energy to spare.

    7:00 AM
    Wake up and do 2 minutes of jumping jacks, high-knee skips, push-ups, or crunches.

    7:15 AM
    Have two scrambled eggs and a slice of Canadian bacon. A 2009 Purdue University study found that a high-protein breakfast makes people feel fuller throughout the day, so they're less likely to overeat.

    7:45 AM
    Hit the gym and lower weights slowly. Taking 3 seconds to lower weights during full-body resistance training can rev your metabolism for up to 3 days, according to a Wayne State University study. (Study participants used a challenging weight for 5 sets of 6 repetitions for each exercise.)

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    9:00 AM

    Drink some milk. A diet with plenty of calcium-rich dairy can

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  • Are you eating fat-burning calories?

    If you want to lose weight it's not just what you don't eat (i.e., cutting calories) but what you do.

    New research shows that eating certain types of foods can rev your metabolism, curb your appetite, and help you drop more pounds than others. The Active Calorie Diet, an eating plan based on this research, explains how some foods take more work to eat so you burn more calories during digestion. In fact, just the act of chewing foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean cuts of meat can increase your calorie burn by up to 30%.

    Following The Active Calorie Diet is easy and doable because you're probably eating many of the foods on a daily basis already. Foods are broken down into four types of "active calories"-chewy foods, hearty foods, energizing foods, and warming foods. Your meals will consist of mostly Chewy and Hearty foods, plus at least one Energizing or Warming food. You can have a daily snack that contains at least one type of Active Calorie food. Keep

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