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Should 15,000 Steps a Day Be Our New Exercise Target?

Taking 10,000 steps per day is often suggested as a desirable exercise goal for people who wish to improve their health. But a new study of postal workers in Scotland suggests that that number could be too conservative and that, to best protect our hearts, many of us might want to start moving …

Diabetes

Can Diabetics Eat Popcorn? | Healthy Eating | SF Gate

Popcorn is one of life's little snacking pleasures -- after all, who could imagine going to see a flick without stopping by the snack counter for a small bucket? While people with diabetes should try to avoid the highly salted and buttery versions, popcorn can still be safely incorporated into the …

Eating

The Truth About Sugar

On a steep, wet hillside near the equator, two hands place sugarcane stalks in shallow dirt trenches and cover them carefully with damp soil. Sprouts …

Sitting down for hours a day speeds up ageing - new research

Elderly people who spend most of their time sitting down age significantly quicker than more active contemporaries, according to new research.<p>A study of 1,500 pensioners found those who kept to a sedentary position for ten hours or more a day and who did less than 40 minutes moderate physical …

Longevity

Why Blood Pressure Is Rising Worldwide

One U.S. adult out of every three has high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. But the number of people with …

Is sugar the world’s most popular drug?

It eases pain, seems to be addictive and shows every sign of causing long-term health problems. Is it time to quit sugar for good?<p>Imagine a drug that can intoxicate us, can infuse us with energy and can be taken by mouth. It doesn’t have to be injected, smoked, or snorted for us to experience its …

Eating

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Most Of Us Are Blissfully Ignorant About How Much Rancid Olive Oil We Use

You may have heard by now that the olive oil in your kitchen cupboard may be an impostor. After a 2010 report found that 69 percent of imported olive …

Food Industry

Follow the Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid

Let the Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid be your guide to making smart eating choices. It's pretty simple to use. The goal is to choose most of …

The Guardian view on public health: walking to happiness

It’s been known for generations that improving public footpaths is good not just for the nation but the nation’s health<p>Across England and Wales 140,000 miles of tidy and scrappy, rough and smooth and muddy, open, wooded, exposed, sheltered, peaceful and exhilarating rights of way roll and ramble …

Public Health

Never Say Die: 9 Lessons From The World's Longest-Living People

These people live continents away from one another, yet they've unlocked the secrets to living a long, healthful life. Learn 9 common traits of the …

Bodybuilding

Short stroll after meals better for blood sugar than walks at other times

A 10-minute walk immediately after each meal is far more effective than exercise at other times at reducing blood sugar levels, research suggests.<p>The study of patients with diabetes found that the timing of exercise made a critical difference to controlling levels of glucose in the blood.<p>Experts …

Diabetes

Eating a Mediterranean diet ‘could help lower risk of heart disease’

Britons who eat a Mediterranean diet could significantly lower their risk of developing heart disease, according to new research.<p>Scientists found …

Diets

Big Pharma Suffers Another Major Blow as Study Debunks High Cholesterol Myths, Admitting Statins are Totally Worthless

It’s been a tough few weeks for Big Pharma, as three major studies have now completely disproved the effectiveness of its most profitable drugs.<p><b>Last</b> …

Cholesterol

The Perfect Workout For People Who Can't Do Push-Ups

If you find push-ups impossible (or impossibly boring), this routine targets your arms, shoulders, back and chest just as effectively.<p>Push-ups are an exercise powerhouse, working your entire upper body and your core too. But, “people don’t realize that they’re a really advanced move,” says Hannah …

Biomechanics

In ‘Screenagers,’ What to Do About Too Much Screen Time

In the new documentary “Screenagers,” children can’t resist the pull of electronic devices, and parents don’t know what to do about it.<p>Sound familiar?<p>The average child in America spends more time consuming electronic media than going to school, with many teenagers going online “almost constantly.” …

Parenting

Here are 25 habits that psychologists have linked with happiness

It's the little things.<p>Some habits just seem to have the power to lift your spirits.<p>Whether it's taking a few minutes to dive deep into your favorite novel, jotting down some things you're grateful for, or spending some time in nature, there's plenty of psychological research to suggest that …

Well-being

8 Surprising Foods That Are Making You Totally Exhausted | Women's Health

1/8 Debbi Smirnoff/Getty Images<p>Oatmeal<p>Plain oatmeal is a fantastic energy food, but adding maple syrup or opting for instant flavored packages means loads of added sugar—and, consequently, a quick blood sugar spike and energy-sucking crash later, says Michelle Babb, R.D., author of <i>Anti-Inflammatory</i> …

Eating

Weak hands, weak body? Millennials lose grips

If you need help using the latest smartphone app, ask a Millennial. If you need help opening a jar, you might want to turn elsewhere.<p>Young adults in the United States are losing their grips, a recent study suggests. Researchers tested 237 of them and found that men ages 20 to 34 and women in their …

Exercise

No Health Benefit to Replacing Fat With Carbs

Low-fat diets that are high in carbohydrates are unlikely to improve your health, a new study shows.<p>Researchers came to the conclusion after studying the eating habits and health behaviors of 126,233 men and women who completed health questionnaires every two to four years for up to 32 years. Then …

Nutrition

I tried an app that lets you video chat with a doctor, and it was the best healthcare experience I've ever had

If you've ever suddenly come down with a deeply uncomfortable ailment like strep throat or a urinary-tract infection, you likely have two immediate thoughts: "I know exactly what this is and how I need to treat it," and, "How am I going to get in to see a doctor right away?"<p>Enter Maven, a women's …

Telehealth

World Fitness Level

7 French Women Share What They Eat In A Day

Since I moved to France almost two decades ago, I have written extensively about the French lifestyle, especially those aspects of French culture and …

Dana-Farber and Fitbit partner to test if weight loss can prevent breast cancer recurrence

Dana-Farber is teaming up with Fitbit to test if weight loss can help prevent breast cancer recurrence among overweight women with early stage …

Cancer

Closest Thing to a Wonder Drug? Try Exercise

After I wrote last year that diet, not exercise, was the key to weight loss, I was troubled by how some readers took this to mean that exercise therefore had no value.<p>Nothing could be further from the truth. Of all the things we as physicians can recommend for health, few provide as much benefit as …

Exercise

Milk and Other Surprising Ways to Stay Hydrated

Most Americans have heard that they should drink eight glasses of water a day to stay hydrated, but there is surprisingly little data to support this advice.<p>But now, a new “beverage hydration index” provides evidence-based suggestions for how to most efficiently hydrate. The index was developed …

Wellness

The science is in: exercise won’t help you lose much weight

We’ve been conditioned to think of exercise as a key ingredient — perhaps the most important ingredient — of any weight loss effort.<p>You know the drill: Join the gym on January 1 if you want to reach your New Year’s weight loss goal.<p>But in truth, the evidence has been accumulating for years that …

Weight Loss