Diet soda hazardous to your health?

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The American Academy of Personal Training

You may be proud that you made the switch from sugary soft drinks to low calorie sodas, but new research suggests that decision may have put your head and heart at risk.  Scientists followed over 2500 New Yorkers for over nine years.  What they found was alarming…

People who drank a diet soda every day had a 61% higher risk for heart attack and stroke.  Surprisingly, researchers are not suggesting giving up the diet sodas for good.  Not yet, anyway.  More studies are needed because this report only established a link, not a cause and effect.  Still, unsweetened beverages are a better choice.

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Eggs healthier than ever before

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The American Academy of Personal Training

A new report released by the US Department of Agriculture concludes that eggs have become a “healthy edible” item for your breakfast.  Today’s eggs are 14% lower in cholesterol and have more vitamin D and it’s not genetic engineering.  Apparently, it’s due to the improved quality of the feed given to hens.  Department of Agriculture says that eating one egg a day fits well with dietary guidelines of limiting cholesterol consumption to 300 mg per day.  An average large egg has 185 mg of cholesterol.

 

More evidence today that Breast is Best

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The American Academy of Personal Training

A new study finds that formula fed babies started too early on solid foods are more likey to be obese compared to those that are breast fed alone.  According to the report, babies who were given solid foods before 4 months of age were six times more likely to become obese by age 3.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents delay solid foods until at least 4-6 months.  Interestingly, breast fed babies had no increased risk of obesity regardless of when they were started on solids.  Doctors recommend mothers breast feed exclusively for the first 6 months of life, and continue until at least a year while other foods are introduced along the way.  75% of American babies are breast fed, half of those nursed for less than 4 months.

Get your Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Checked!

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The American Academy of Personal Training

There is news today that many American have high blood pressure and high cholesterol and do not even know it.  According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), two of three adults are at risk for a life threatening heart attack or stroke.

The CDC also points out that 80% of those with uncontrolled high blood pressure or cholesterol have some type of insurance, either public or private coverage. 800,000 Americans die each year as a result of heart disease and this country spends $300 billion in treating cardiovascular disease.  This report illustrates the need for improved care and prevention to avoid illness, disability and death.

Here is a guide for you: Your LDL or bad cholesterol levels should be less than 160, and for people with heart disease and diabetes, less than 100.  Get checked, it can save your life!

Parents can be a bad role model for their kids

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of American Academy of Personal Training

Parents, like it or not, you are a role model for your kids…especially when it comes to smoking.  New research shows there is a definite family connection for smokers which transfers from parents to their children.  According to the report, a father who smokes definitely influences his son to start smoking.  The same is true between mother and daughter.  This connection typically stays between the sexes.  A mother’s smoking does not influence her son and a smoking father does not influence his daughter.

So parents, now you have yet another reason to put those cigarettes out for good.  You are setting an unhealthy example for your kids.

 

New Guidelines: Hold the Salt

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The American Academy of Personal Training

The government is telling Americans to take a pass on the salt.  According to new dietary guidelines, consumers are now being asked to drastically cut their daily intake of salt.  For the first time, the guidelines target people who are 51 and older, all African Americans, and people at risk for high blood pressure and diabetes, which basically means anyone that is overweight or obese.  That group should reduce their daily salt intake to a little more than half a teaspoon a day.  Everyone else should limit their sodium intake to about a teaspoon a day.

One way to limit your salt is to eat more fresh foods and avoid the processed foods.  When eating out, ask the restaurant not to add salt.  Other recommendations in the new guidelines include eating less than 10% of you calories from saturated fats; that includes full fat cheeses and meats.