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Archive for December, 2012

Resolutions for Women, Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease, Easy Holiday Health Tips

December 28, 2012

Are you trying to stay up-to-date on the latest health news? Start with the weekly news roundups from Life Line Screening. Below, we examine recent headlines featuring healthy resolutions for women, sleep apnea and heart disease and easy healthy holiday tips.

 

5 Healthy Resolutions for Women

New Year's Resolutions for Women | Life Line ScreeningIt’s that time of year again; time to plan your goals for 2013. Are you starting to think about your New Year’s Resolutions?

WebMD, in an effort to help women accomplish healthier lifestyles year-round, came up with a list of 5 healthy resolutions for women that are totally do-able. They include things like eating, but not pigging out. For instance, by cutting yourself off from some of the major food groups, you’re actually doing your body harm. Employing moderation is the important step many women ignore.

Another resolution is jumping outside of the box when it comes to physical activity. If you’re the type of person to start an exercise regimen and give up soon after, maybe you need to go outside of your normal fitness routines. Make exercise resolutions that are realistic, achievable and well-defined, but are also fun.

Read the other healthy resolutions for women from WebMD now: http://women.webmd.com/features/health-resolutions-for-women?page=2

 

Sleep Apnea Linked to Heart Disease

A new study has found a link between sleep apnea and heart disease, very similar to the link between diabetes and heart disease.

Results from the study, which was conducted by Romanian researchers, show that of those with obstructive sleep apnea (which can cause a person to stop breathing during sleep), arteries are stiffer than the arteries of people without the condition. Stiff arteries are directly linked to greater heart risks.

These stiff arteries are similar to the arterial stiffness seen in people with diabetes that in turn increases their risk of heart disease. If you think you might be at risk for diabetes or heart disease, explore your options for preventive screenings now.

To read the full article on the link between sleep apnea and heart disease, click here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/17/heart-risks-sleep-apnea-diabetes-stiff-arteries_n_2238601.html

 

Easy Holiday Health Tips

Do the holidays always set you back in your health goals? Do you have a hard time sticking to your healthy lifestyles this time of year? These easy (and realistic) holiday health tips might help.

To accomplish your health goals, you need to be motivated to do so. That’s why you should follow health tips that you enjoy and that are fully obtainable. For instance, one way to avoid gaining weight this winter is by counting your bites. It makes you more aware of how much you’re eating. Another tip: skip the sliders. Foods that are higher in fat or protein make your digestive system work harder, which can negatively affect your body in other ways, like getting enough sleep.

Read the full list of healthy holiday tips you can enjoy here: http://health.yahoo.net/articles/healthcare/photos/17-holiday-health-tips#0

 

What’s Trending on LifeLongHealth.com

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Flu Season: What Are You Doing to Prevent the Flu? Flu season is here, and we’re all trying to avoid it. What are your tips for preventing the flu?

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Stuck in the Middle…Sandwich Generation?  Are you a caregiver and a parent being pulled in two different directions? Is it making you overwhelmed? Share your experiences here.




How to Have a Restful Holiday, Benefits of Probiotics, Belly Fat and Osteoporosis

December 21, 2012

Want to stay up-to-date on the latest health news? Start with the weekly news roundups from Life Line Screening. Below, we examine recent headlines featuring tips for having a restful holiday, the benefits of probiotics and the link between belly fat and osteoporosis.

 

Tips for a Restful Holiday

Tips for a Restful Holiday | Stress Management | Life Line ScreeningFor some people, the holidays are a busy time with little room for rest. For others, the holidays are a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. No matter which category you fall into, there are things you can do to ensure you experience a restful holiday this year.

A few easy ways you can get more sleep this holiday are reading an enjoyable book before bed, maintaining a regular sleeping schedule, avoiding over-eating and avoiding alcohol within three hours of bedtime. All of these methods can help you fall asleep faster and sleep better.

Getting enough sleep is an important step in the effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Allowing your sleep to suffer is allowing your health to suffer. Don’t let your health suffer this holiday. Learn how preventive measures like health screenings  can benefit your health today.

Want to explore the rest of the tips for ensuring a restful holiday this year? Read the article here: http://www.foxnews.com/slideshow/health/2010/12/16/ways-ensure-restful-holiday/#slide=1

 

Do You Know the Benefits of Probiotics?

Have you heard of probiotics? This bacteria, which literally translates to “for life” or “promoting life”, is found naturally in many foods such as fermented vegetables, live-cultured yogurt and sometimes even dark chocolate. Are probiotics really a benefit to your health, or are they just a recent fab that will soon disappear?

According to Yahoo! Health, benefits of probiotics include better digestion, lower cholesterol, healthy teeth and gums, prevention for respiratory infections and more. Explore more benefits of probiotics and other foods with probiotics here: http://health.yahoo.net/articles/nutrition/photos/surprising-benefits-probiotics#0

 

Belly Fat Linked to Increased Osteoporosis Risk

When fat accumulates around your mid-section, it can increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and more. One new study shows it may also increase osteoporosis risk in men.

The study, which included 35 men averaging 34 years old and having an average BMI of 36.5, shows a connection between higher amounts of abdominal fat and decreased bone strength in men. The Harvard researchers found that the BMI and age factors had no effect on bone strength, but the amount of belly fat did.

“It’s important for men to be aware that excess belly fat is not only a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes, it is also a risk factor for bone loss,” said study researcher Dr. Miriam Bredella, M.D. of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, in a Huffington Post article.

To read more details about the study, click here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/28/belly-fat-osteoporosis-bone-strength_n_2200380.html

 

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Life Line Screening Receives Recognition from SonoSite for Valuable Health Screenings

December 19, 2012

Life Line Screening’s health screening services are being recognized by SonoSite Inc., the world leader in bedside and point-of-care ultrasound and an industry leader in ultra-high frequency micro-ultrasound technology. In a recent press release from SonoSite, the organization emphasized Life Line Screening’s efforts to provide millions of people with access to preventive screening services, as well as encouraging all people to be proactive with their health and establish healthy lifestyles.

Life Line Screening uses SonoSite equipment to screen for carotid artery stenosis and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), also known as the “silent killer”. Both companies share a vision to make identifying a disease possible for all people while working to promote widespread awareness on the importance of early screenings and prevention.

“Life Line Screening provides valuable, even life-altering services to patients around the globe and we are excited to partner with the leader in community-based preventive screenings,” said Kevin M. Goodwin, SonoSite’s President and CEO, in the press release. “We are proud that our technology will continue to aid in facilitating screenings for potentially life-saving conditions.”

Life Line Screening’s cost-effective screenings are easily available to the public and range from AAA screenings to diabetes screenings, osteoporosis screenings, high cholesterol screenings and more. These tests reach beyond a typical medical exam and aim to identify a condition before it reaches catastrophic, potentially fatal levels.

Learn more about SonoSite and the preventive health screenings offered by Life Line Screening by watching the video below.




What are Triglycerides and Why Should You Care?

December 18, 2012

When you get your cholesterol screening results, what do you pay most attention to? The good, bad and total cholesterol numbers? It’s not uncommon for many people to overlook the triglycerides when reviewing results from a cholesterol screening. But paying attention to triglycerides could benefit your health.

In this HealthDay TV video, explore the reasons why you should start paying more attention to the triglyercides in your cholesterol. View the video to discover the best ways you can keep your triglyceride levels low. Visit Life Line Screening’s YouTube channel  to learn more about healthy lifestyles. For those without video capability, the text is provided below.

Triglycerides and Cholesterol Screenings

 

Here is the audio text to the video:

“The next time you have your cholesterol checked, pay special attention to this number. It can serve as a warning sign of future problems.

Though most of us just skip over to the good, bad and total cholesterol in our test results, a cholesterol check-up will also tell you about your triglycerides. A new paper from the American Heart Association shows why you should pay attention to your triglycerides, which are a type of fat found widely throughout the body.

High triglycerides are linked to an increased risk of heart disease and other diseases. If your triglycerides are too high, simple ways to bring them down include cutting back on foods and beverages with added sugar. Since most of the added sugar we get is from drinks containing sugar, steering clear of them is a good first step.

Eating less fructose, which is a type of sugar—you can do this by eating less processed food and choosing lower fructose fruits like strawberries and bananas.

Getting at least 2 and a half hours of moderate exercise a week—even brisk walking can help lower your triglycerides. And shedding a few pounds—if you’re overweight, just losing 5 to 10 percent of your weight can lower your triglycerides by twenty percent.

I’m Dr. Cindy Haines with HealthDay TV, wishing you and your family the best of health.”




Fruits for Flu Prevention, Healthy Eating and Heart Health, Keeping Your Brain Sharp

December 14, 2012

Interested in the latest health news? Stay up to date with the weekly news roundups from Life Line Screening. Below, we examine recent headlines featuring the best fruits for flu prevention, healthy eating and heart health and tips for keeping your brain sharp.

 

Go-To Fruits for Fighting the Flu | Life Line ScreeningGo-To Fruits for Fighting the Flu

To avoid the flu, many people rely on a flu shot, frequent hand-washing, overall cleanliness and other simple methods. But did you know certain fruits can help ward off the illness? ABC News released a list of the top fruits that fight the flu.

Topping the list at number one is apples. This fruit contains a large amount of healthy antioxidants that is equivalent to consuming 1,500 mg of vitamin C. They’re also filled with protective flavonoids, which have been seen to help prevent heart disease and cancer.

Read the full list of the best flu-fighting foods from ABC News here: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/ColdandFlu/top-fruits-fight-flu/story?id=17826957#.UMdKvazqR4s

 

Healthy Diets and Healthy Hearts

Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. This makes prevention and healthy lifestyles incredibly important, and one new study shows that a heart-healthy diet may reduce the odds of having a heart attack or stroke among people with heart disease.

“Even if someone is taking medications, eating a lot of bad [foods] – like saturated or trans fats, fast and junk foods, red and processed meats, sweets [and] refined and processed foods – will still wreak havoc in the body,” said Samantha Heller, clinical nutrition coordinator at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital in Derby, Connecticut in a HealthDay news article. “We must consider our food as medicine and be as thoughtful and dedicated to healthy eating as we are to taking our prescribed medications.”

Read more about the study’s results that demonstrate the benefits of a heart-healthy diet here: http://news.health.com/2012/12/04/healthy-diet-may-prevent-additional-heart-trouble/

 

How to Keep Your Brain Sharp

Looking for ways to keep your brain active and healthy? One study suggests that taking part in more activities involving mental work like reading, writing, and playing cards or board games can help preserve the structural integrity of the brains of older people.

“Reading the newspaper, writing letters, visiting a library, attending a play or playing games such as chess or checkers, are all simple activities that can contribute to a healthier brain,” said Konstantinos Arfanakis, researcher from Rush University Medical Center and Illinois Institute of Technology in the Health.com article.

Want to learn more about the importance of keeping your brain sharp? Read the rest of the article here: http://news.health.com/2012/11/26/reading-games-may-help-aging-brains-stay-sharp/

 

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