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According to a new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Vital Signs Report, an estimated 75% of U.S. adults have a predicted “heart age” that surpasses their chronological age. This means they are at a relatively higher risk for a heart attack or stroke. Heart age is calculated based on an individual’s cardiovascular risk factor profile, with factors including high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, diabetes status, and body mass index (BMI) as an indicator for obesity.
In a new study published online in EBioMedicine, researchers identified chronic inflammation as the most important changeable factor associated with being able to live to 100 years of age. This was also the case for maintaining optimal physical and mental health along the way. The study included more than 1,500 people with ages ranging from 50-110.
Recently, it seems that many athletes and exercise enthusiasts are turning to a reddish-purple colored fluid to boost performance – but is there evidence supporting beetroot juice as an ergogenic aid? A new study published in the American Journal of Physiology–Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology looked at the effects of chronic beetroot juice supplementation on circulatory dynamics during exercise. It is well known that beetroot juice is rich in nitrate which can promote vasodilation and increase blood flow to working tissues.
In a Viewpoint recently published in the Journal of the Medical Association (JAMA), researchers from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University and Boston Children’s Hospital urged the federal government to drop restrictions on total fat consumption in the upcoming 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that consumers in the US still gravitate towards purchasing heavily-processed “convenience” foods over natural products. “Processed foods” were defined by the authors as any foods other than raw agricultural commodities, and were categorized by the extent of changes occurring in the product as a result of the processing. Processed foods are treated in some manner to extend their storage life or improve their taste, nutritional value, color or texture.
Einstein’s intelligence has been a subject of many conversations. The influential German born physicist wowed society with his theory of relativity, leading to the intrigue in the organ responsible for all critical thought – his brain. While Albert Einstein was born genetically gifted, it is possible for the average person to improve brain function.
The negative impacts of a sedentary lifestyle, as well as the chronic impacts of sitting for 40 hours or more a week at a desk are well documented. New research indicates that reversing this damage can potentially be as easy as taking an extra 2 minute walk every hour. Published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, investigators founds that replacing 2 minutes/hour of sedentary activity with 2 minutes/hour of walking decreased the risk of death by 33% in the general population.
Public health experts have consistently argued that calorie counts should be mandatory on all alcoholic beverage labels. The common question is – why are calories from alcoholic beverages treated any differently than those from food? Most drinks that contain more than 1.2% alcohol by volume are currently exempt from providing caloric data. According to Fiona Sim, Chair of the Royal Society for Public Health and recent author in The BMJ; an estimated 10% of daily calories come from alcohol among adults who drink. However, a recent study found that 80% of 2,117 adults questioned in a survey were not familiar with the caloric density of common alcoholic beverages they consume.