A-FIB OF TRUTH
Scientists in Japan have a new clue about what causes atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm abnormality in men. They found that people with chronic sinusitis were seven times as likely as those without it to suffer from A-fib. One theory: The chronic inflammation of sinusitis disrupts your heart’s electrical signals.
DID YOU KNOW
You need 75 minutes of moderate exercise weekly to add nearly 2 years to your life.
ANGER AND DIABETES
According to a study in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, anger may raise your diabetes risk. People who often lost their temper were more prone to insulin resistance than those who didn’t. The reason: Anger spikes hormones that hinder blood sugar control, says study author. To control your anger say this: “I wish this weren’t happening, but I can tolerate it.”
A 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola has 143 calories. You’d have to do burpees for 15 minutes to burn it off.
According to a study from the Baltimore University, smaller meals could lower risk of heart disease. Studied almost 7,000 adults over 14 years. Compared heart health to those hire ate several small make a day to those who are 3 meals a day. Found that the constant snacking reduced the Rick of clogged arteries by 30%. Researchers say that larger meals spaced far apart were more likely to leave larger far deposits in arteries & lead to higher risk of heart failure.
YOUR NUMBERS UP?
According to researchers at the University of Wisconsin, even if you haven’t been diagnosed with high blood pressure, you could still be heading for a stroke. The researchers found that physicians failed to diagnose hypertension in 67 percent of young adults during 4 years of office visits. The reason: Doctors attributed high blood pressure readings in young people to stress of being in the doctor’s office. Take your own blood pressure at home after sitting comfortably for 15 minutes without the TV on, using your phone, etc. Keep a log of your readings, if you BP is consistently higher than 120 over 80, let your doctor know.
WEIGHT LOSS TIP
People who ate slowly instead of quickly ate 14 percent fewer calories during the meal, on average.
NO BONES ABOUT YOUR BELLY
According to a study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, strong bone may lead to a smaller waistline. Men with the highest levels of osteocalcin – a skeleton-building protein secreted by specialized bone cells – had 17 percent less visceral fat than men with the lowest levels. The reason: This bone protein may also regulate the metabolism in fat cells. A study from Spain suggests that a diet enriched with olives or olive oil can help.
POT EFFECTS WORK
According to the University College London, marijuana users may be less likely to work hard for money. The small study gave test subjects the option of making a certain amount of money for a task or making more money for a harder task, researchers found that marijuana users where less likely to to choose the effort option. Researchers said that users and non-users performed equally when marijuana users consumed no drugs for 12 hours prior to the study.
SLOW AND STEADY SLIMS THE WAIST
According to research published in the journal Appetite, eating slowly at lunch can help you reduce your midafternoon snacking. When people chewed each bite of their lunch for 30 seconds, they ate less than half as much candy later in the afternoon than those who chewed at their normal pace. The reason: Slow eating may help you encode the meal into your memory, making it so satisfying that you don’t desire as much food later in the day, says study author.
Turmeric (curcumin) has anti-inflammatory properties, which are beneficial in preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and Coronary Artery Disease. Many Indian dishes contain Turmeric, and the incidence of cardiovascular disease is much lower in that country. Consider cooking with Turmeric, or add it as a supplement if needed to improve cardiovascular health.
Researchers at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai say when you fry, grill, or bake foods, it produces a substance called AGE, which is linked to insulin resistance. With insulin resistance too much sugar remains in the blood, contributing to type 2 diabetes. Researchers suggest boiling, steaming, and poaching are the safest ways to prepare food.
According to a study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, pureed soups are more filling than chunky ones. People who sipped smooth soup felt fuller afterward than those who ate the same ingredients made into a chunky soup.Why? That’s because pureed soup allows for faster absorption of nutrients yet slows gastric emptying, the scientists say.
LINKING CHILD’S WEIGHT TO ASTHMA
According to Danish researchers, there is a link to a child’s weight and asthma. Researchers found that young adult men with asthma were usually underweight as children and women with asthma were usually overweight.