Healthy Habits Reduce Risk Of Cardiovascular, Cancer, And All-Causes Mortality

The Shanghai Women’s Health Study followed approximately 71,000 Chinese women aged 40-70 for 9 years. Among participants, common lifestyle risk factors of early death included physical inactivity, abdominal obesity, being overweight or obese, exposure to spousal tobacco smoke, and eating few fruits and vegetables. When participants reversed these risk factors, they exhibited a striking life-extending effect, especially in…

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Increasing Weight and Smoking Affects Life Expectancy and Years of Disability

A study of life expectancy and disability among normal weight, overweight, and obese smokers and nonsmokers, found that disability risks increase with greater weight. Being overweight or obese increased the risk of disability by 15% and 64%, respectively. Non-smokers who were overweight or obese experienced 3.6 and 6.1 more years of disability, respectively,  compared those of normal weight. …

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Obesity Increases Risk of H1N1 Virus

In the 2009 H1N1 pandemic medical science recognized that obesity increased the risk of contracting the virus. Tests on vaccinated obese individuals showed immunecell function at only 70% compared to normal weight individuals. Death rates in obese and morbidly obese H1N1 patients were 3 and 7.6 times the rate of normal weight patients. Research in obese…

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Childhood Obesity Increases Risk for Early Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes

Researchers examined the physiological changes in extremely obese children compared to normal weight. Those overweight and obese had higher levels of oxidized LDL cholesterol (the damaging kind) and inflammatory markers which help predict the early onset of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The most important finding was that these predictors of early disease increased steadily with increasing weight…

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Sleep Apnea Induced By Insulin Resistance

A growing body of evidence points to insulin resistance in humans as one cause of sleep apnea. When researchers fed nonobese rats a high-fat diet they developed insulin resistance and sleep apnea.  A second group of rats fed the same diet but given metformin (which increases insulin receptor sensitivity), prevented the elevated insulin levels and the sleep apnea.PositiveTip: Choose…

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Excess Weight Found To Reduce Sperm Count, Sperm Motility and Vitality

A study of body weight and reproductive health found that compared to normal weight men, the overweight and obese had 10% and 20% lower sperm counts, respectively. Researchers also noted that sperm motility and vitality decreased with increasing weight. Men with zero sperm count increased nearly fourfold from 1% in normal weight to 3.8% obese men.PositiveTip:…

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God Provides Power to Change

Marcus Bachmann and his clinic was recently the focus of an expose by Brian Ross of ABC news. Ross played a video of an undercover interview with Bachmann clinic staff recorded by a gay man who posed as a person requesting help in changing his sexual preference. Interviews with gay advocates claimed that attempts to change…

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Walking May Increasing Metabolism During Non-exercise Periods

Exercise researchers working with overweight and obese adults found that moderate and high intensity walking exercise increased the burning of calories during nonexercise periods.  Interestingly, this thermogenesis effect did not show up until 48 hours after the initial exercise periodPositiveTip: Be more active! It control weight by reducing stress, improving our sense of control, balances…

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Lifestyle Intervention Works!

University of Pittsburg researchers studied 130 severely obese participants and found that diet combined with either initial or delayed initiation of physical activity resulted in significant weight loss one year later. Those who began the exercise immediately lost more weight at 6 months, but the delayed-exercisers almost caught up at 12 months (12 kg and…

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Too Fat to Fly

Kevin Smith, a well known actor/director, was kicked off a Southwest Air flight on Saturday, February 13, 2010 because he didn’t fit comfortably into the airplane seat.  He was too fat to fly.

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