Tag: lifestyle

Mental Illness Is Not All in Your Head

Mental illness is often thought to be isolated in the brain, separated from the rest of the body by the blood brain barrier and not at all related to other physiological occurrences elsewhere in the body. This notion is falling by the wayside, however, as study after study links mental illnesses with biological manifestations throughout the body. A recent study…

Gut Bacteria Balance is in Flux

The 100 trillion bacteria that live inside the human digestive tract are the subject of many studies currently underway. Researchers the world over are trying to figure out which microbes constitute a “healthy microbiome,” which microbes protect our health, and which cause disease. Many advances have already been made, but there is still much we don’t know about the creatures…

Diet & Sleep Habits Linked to Inflammation – 4 Important Diet Tips

Clinical studies continue to link chronic, low-grade inflammation—also known as silent inflammation—with a growing number of health conditions and diseases. Because it can be present without being felt, this type of inflammation is particularly dangerous and can be harmful to the body over time. Recently, a team of scientists from Texas A&M University found a link between our internal “body…

Girls and Boys Entering Puberty Younger than Ever

We’ve known for quite a while now that girls are beginning menstruation at a younger age than ever. I’ve blogged about the link between increased exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals and decreased age of menstruation in girls before. It looks like girls are not alone. In a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics, no less, researchers found that boys are…

Weight Loss in Diabetes Good for You, Despite Recent Findings

Here we go again. A study is published and the media takes its message out of context with headlines like, “Weight Loss No Help for Diabetic Heart” and “Weight Loss No Help for Diabetes Risks.” Oh, please.  A large National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study of weight loss in overweight and obese adults with type 2 diabetes recently halted their…

Omega-3 Fish Oil for Depression in Elderly Women

Depression is a common condition in the elderly, yet it often goes unrecognized or untreated. Treatment of depression may involve addressing an underlying physical illness that is causing the depression, stopping a medication that causes depression, use of antidepressant medications, or therapy. Certain lifestyle factors can also be modified to help with depression, including physical exercise, minimal use of alcohol,…

Live Healthy and Add Up to Six Years to Your Life

Most of us choose to live healthy because we want to prevent the development of disease, heal a health condition, or simply live a long, healthy life. But does all our effort pay off in the long run? A recent study published in the British Medical Journal says our efforts do pay off—in length of life. The study followed over…

The Fat and Skinny—There’s More to Consider

With a national adult obesity rate of over 35 percent and over two-thirds of the country either obese or overweight, there has been a major push toward educating people about the health risks of being overweight with particular focus on the harmful effects of the accumulation of belly fat. Not for nothing, the obesity epidemic certainly calls for increased awareness…