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GEMINAL Study Suggests Benefits of Diet and Lifestyle

Tampering with your DNA through diet and lifestyle may benefit the progression of prostate cancer.

Early results from the GEMINAL study may hold exciting potential for those with prostate cancer. This pilot study demonstrated that intensive lifestyle and nutrition changes positively modulated gene expression in patients who already had prostate cancer. Significant changes to biological processes were observed in systems that play a role in how tumors grow. Those patients who made the most changes experienced significantly slower tumor growth!

PoistiveTip: A low fat diet,with lots of fruits and vegetables, legumes and soy products combined with physical activity and stress management may be the future treatment for prostate cancer!

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Severe H1N1 Risk may be Higher in Obese Patients.

Obese patients may be at risk for severe H1N1 influenza A.

MMWR reports nine of ten Michigan patients admitted to intensive care with confirmed novel H1N1 influenza were obese (BMI, 30 or above) and seven of those were severely obese (BMI, 40 or above). Three of these died. All ten patients had acute respiratory distress and were placed on mechanical ventilation. The authors warn there may be the potential for severe complications from novel influenza A infection, especially in those who are severely obese.

PositiveTip: Stay physically active and eat only what you need to maintain your ideal weight. This is the best way to stay healthy.

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Exchange SA for PUFA!

Replace saturated fat with polyunsaturated fats to reduce risk of heart disease.

Recently, the American Heart Association (AHA) Science Advisory concluded that an adequate intake of dietary polyunsaturated fats (PUFA) may help lower serum cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of coronary heart disease.

This is not hard to do with all the choices available in the grocery store today. “Use soft margarine as a substitute for butter, and choose soft margarines (liquid or tub varieties) over harder stick forms. Look for '0 g trans fat' on the Nutrition Facts label”, says the AHA.

PositiveTip: Substitute vegetable oil spreads for animal-based products such as butter.

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If it is deep yellow, you probably need to drink more water!

Hyponatremia is a condition where the sodium levels in our body are too low, allowing water to cause our cells to swell. This can result in coma or even death! There are different causes for hyponatremia, one of them is drinking too much water. We hear many messages about the importance of drinking water, but some people have taken it too far. Certainly, if you don’t drink enough water it could kill you--and if you drink too much water it could kill you.

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Complex or "Simple" Weight Loss Programs

The power of simple, friendly caring helps sustain weight loss!

The enormous cost of obesity complications along with the challenges of helping people lose weight might suggest the need for intense and complex solutions. However, a fascinating new study from New Zealand suggests a simple program of weigh-ins and supportive phone calls was as effective as more elaborate approaches to keep the pounds off.

Starting with 200 women who had lost at least 5% of the body weight in the last six months, investigators compared those who received intensive, multi-disciplinary care with those who received simple support (weigh-in 2 times per month, a monthly support meeting, and an assigned "buddy"). At the end of two years both groups had sustained modest additional weight loss.

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Eating When There is Not Enough to Eat

Eating patterns of food-insecure youth differ from the eating patterns of those who are food secure.

It may seem hard to believe, but nearly 11% of U.S. households experience food insecurity (not having access to enough food for an active, healthy life because of a lack of resources) during the past year. New research reveals significant and challenging differences between the eating habits of food-secure and food-insecure adolescents.

The food-insecure were more likely to think healthy-eating was inconvenient and lest tasty. They also ate more fat, and fewer family meals and breakfasts. Interestingly, they were more likely to have a body mass index above the 95th percentile.

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Sunshine Safety

Is there such thing as a “safe tan”?

UVA rays and UVB rays are the sun rays that cause skin cancer, aging of the skin, wrinkles and other problems. There are several important ways to protect your skin from these harmful rays:

  • Sunscreen: Choose sunscreens that say “broad-spectrum”. Also choose one’s that have a sun protection factor (spf) of 15 or greater. Apply 15-30 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours that you remain outdoors.
  • Protective clothing: wear long sleeves, pants, hats, sunglasses and collars when you can.
  • Shade: seek shade as much as possible, it won’t completely protect you, but it will help. Ultraviolet rays are present on cloudy days too, so make sure you are protected. 
Positive Tip: Don’t be afraid to enjoy the sun--just remember to use protection--and don't overdose on it!

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Halitosis—aka “bad breath”

Brushing your teeth each day keeps the bad breath away!

Halitosis, or bad breath, is mostly from bacteria, dead cells and food breakdown. So to eliminate bad breath:

  • brush your teeth after you eat for at least two minutes; 
  • brush your tongue to get rid of old food and dead cells; 
  • floss daily; 
  • take care of your gums; and
  • drink adequate amounts of water to avoid “dry mouth”. 
Rinse with plenty of water to help flush out the bacteria and toxins.

Positive Tip: Floss, brush, rinse. Keep your mouth clean and happy! Those around you like it also.