Diabetes Not Affected by Lifestyle Intervention!?!

A recent study published in Annals of Internal Medicine looked at lifestyle intervention and diabetes with some surprising results.  This study was a meta-analysis, which means researchers reviewed all prior studies that looked at lifestyle intervention from databases from 1980-2013. They included studies that looked at interventions dealing with diet, exercise and at least one other component such as smoking cessation or...

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5 Top Myths And Tips About Heat

This summer much of the US is experiencing a heat wave. All the way from South Dakota to the eastern seaboard, we have been experiencing record breaking and potentially dangerous temperatures.   The good news is that heat-related illness and death is completely preventable.  In general, according to the CDC about almost 6,000 people a year are seen in ER for heat-related injury.   The way we regulate our body temperature in hot...

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Inactivity Is Killing Us!

Inactivity and sedentary lifestyle now plays a role in major in some of the top medical conditions that are killing us such as, colon cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It accounts for 1 out of 10 deaths globally, which is equal to or more than smoking now!   Worldwide we are one of the leading nations in inactivity with 43% of  Americans inactive when compared to other industrialized nations such as the Netherlands, for...

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Be Sunscreen Smart This Summer

  The FDA has finally taken action against labeling and claims made by sunscreen manufacturers. Guidelines from 1978 have changed after review of the abundance research.  Manufacturers are now held accountable to provide and implement new testing to assure the reliability of their SPF claims.   To comply they will be subject to lab and humans skin testing using standardized sun simulators. They will also have to scientifically...

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Angelina Jolie’s Breast Cancer Gene Mutation, Could You Be at Risk Too?

Kudos to Angelina Jolie for bringing this topic into the forefront, as well as showing us that our breasts alone don’t define what makes us sexy, feminine and beautiful! But if you don’t have a family member who has had breast or ovarian cancer, chances are that you probably don’t have this mutation. Some studies estimate the frequency of the BRCA1 mutation in the general population is about 1 in 1500 women. In fact this gene mutation...

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Pregnant and Clueless…Really?

On the Today Show this morning a women admits after a 9-mile training run for a half marathon, she is taken to the hospital with horrible stomach pains only to give birth to a baby girl. Can someone be pregnant at full term and not know it? Strange but actually true, it is called unknown concealed pregnancy.   Statistics show the chances of not knowing you are pregnant at 20 weeks gestation is about 1 in 457 pregnancies. However, the...

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Mediterranean Diet Really Does Lowers Heart Disease Risk

Anecdotally  in the past, it has been noted that  people who live in the Mediterranean region seemed to have less heart disease. Aside from the beauty and sunshine, which melts the stress of all vacationers there, it was presumed their diet might have something to do with it. Now the first relatively large study was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. They looked at over 7400 patients who were overweight, smokers...

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