Fiber is key to good health

From Cooking Light

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

Want to lower your risk of heart disease?  Start eating more fiber.  The National Cancer Institute reports that eating a diet rich in fiber can reduce your risk of dying from heart disease by 22%.  Eating more fiber can also lower your risk of getting some cancers, diabetes and obesity.  The USDA guidelines encourage Americans to up their fiber by eating certain fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  You should try to eat 25 grams of fiber per day.

 

 

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Get more sleep!

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

New research suggests that people who get less than 6 hours of sleep a night have a 50% increased risk of developing colon cancer adenomas or benign tumors.  This is compared to those who are lucky enough to get at least 7 hours of sleep time.  If not treated, adenomas can turn into cancerous tumors.  Sleep problems have also been connected to heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

 

Tanning Salon Dangers

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

Winter is definitely here and so are those still determined to hit the tanning beds; this is despite the numerous warnings of the increased risk of skin cancer.  A new study from the University of Minnesota suggests that the numbers of people looking for that perfect glow, is rising.  Researchers surveyed over 2000 people between the ages of 18-64.  Many of the participants claim that they did not know about the increased risks of melanoma; and it seems that teenagers are holding onto the belief that “they can’t get cancer”.  Research shows that most sun damage that leads to skin cancer happens before the age of 18.

Obese teens more likely to become obese adults

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

As the number of obese teenagers rises, so does their risk of becoming severely obese later on in life as adults.  That’s according to a new study published in this weeks JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association.  Obesity carries with it serious health risks – life threatening illnesses including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, even arthritis.  Obese adolescents were significantly more likely to become severley obese by their early 30s than individuals who were normal or overweight as adolescents.

In this first of its kind study, more than 8000 teens who were normal weight and overweight, were tracked until they reached adulthood.  For the normal weight teens, about 1-2% became severely obese.  In those who were already obese, 75% of them continued to be severely obese as they became young adults.

The study demonstrates the need for early interventions like teaching young kids the need for a healthier lifestyle long before they become teenagers.  Small changes like going for a family walk and cutting out soda can make a big difference.

Americans are fatter than ever

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

There’s no doubt about it…Americans are fatter than ever.  By some estimates as many as a third of all adult Americans are overweight.  Being overweight is not just an esthetic problem.  It greatly increases your risk of serious diseases like high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, cancer and diabetes.  Unfotunately, Type 2 diabetes goes hand in hand with obesity; and as more Americans become obese, they also become diabetic.  That puts you at risk for a whole host of diseases and conditions because diabetes can harm literally every organ system in the human body.

With Type 2 diabetes you can’t manage your sugar properly because the body either doesn’t make enough insulin or its resistent to the insulin you produce.  Insulin helps maintain normal blood sugar levels.  If left untreated, the consequences can be life threatening.  Researchers have now identified a hormone produced and released by the liver which may contribute to the insulin resistence seen in Type 2 diabetics.  The discovery may offer a new target for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes because studies in mice show that when that hormone production was blocked, insulin resistence improved…hence blood sugar levels went down.

In the meantime, we need to take back control of our bodies and get FIT!  Losing weight can reverse these harmful effects and the diabetes can improve…and even GO AWAY.

Impact of breast cancer on loved ones

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

A new study suggests that women are not the only ones impacted by breast cancer.  The disease has tremendous impact on the entire family, especially their male partners.  Danish researchers suggest that men are devastated when their wives or girlfriends are diagnosed with the disease.  Male partners were found to be 40% more likely to be hospitalized for severe depression and anxiety.  For these men, the stress comes from many factors including the fear of losing their loved one, the loss of their own identity and the disruption in their daily schedules.