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Friday Roundup: Foods to Slow Aging, Diabetes Risk and Standing, and More

admin - March 29, 2013

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Are you looking to stay up-to-date on the latest health news? Start with the weekly news roundups from Life Line Screening. March is National Nutrition Month so this news roundup features recent headlines focused on diets and nutrition. Headlines include foods to slow aging, diabetes risk and standing, and information on the growing threat of Alzheimer’s disease.


Foods that Slow Down Aging

We’re all getting older. There’s nothing we can do about that. What we can do is slow down the appearance of aging by changing our bodies from the outside and inside.

Research has shown that Omega-3’s, also known as the fatty acids in foods like fish, can help lower risk for health conditions like heart disease, depression, arthritis and more. New results show that they may also help slow down the aging process by promoting reduced destruction of the part of the DNA that keeps the aging process slow.

“The DNA parts that were affected were the ends of chromosomes, called telomeres,” said Dr. Martha Belury, Ph.D., R.D., in the article. “What we think happens in aging is the telomeres get shortened. This is indicative of wear and tear on the cells, which can lead to cell death.”

Read more about the study here:


Study: Reduce Diabetes Risk by Standing Up

Although exercising is a great way to stay active and lower your risk of developing several dangerous health conditions like heart disease, stroke and diabetes, one recent study shows you can actually reduce your diabetes risk by simply swapping time you spend sitting with time you spend standing and walking around.

According to the Medical News Today article, people at risk for type 2 diabetes are frequently told to take part in at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. The study published in Diabetologia, however, reveals that more importance should simply be placed on reducing sedentary time (time spent sitting or moving very little) with any type of movement, like standing and walking.

Ready the full study results here:


The Growing Threat of Alzheimer’s Disease

According to a new report on global death and disease, Alzheimer’s disease is the fastest growing health threat in the U.S. The report reveals that the number of people predicted to develop the memory disease will triple with the next 40 years, amounting to a total of 13.8 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease.

The report also provides insight into the major reasons for health threats to Americans, revealing that Americans are most likely to die from diseases caused by their own unhealthy lifestyles, like using tobacco or overeating. Changing lifestyles to lower major disease risk factors like quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can dramatically lower the number of Americans succumbing to preventable diseases.

See more information on the report findings here:


What’s Trending on

You can get involved with the health and nutrition discussions going on right now at Here’s what’s trending:

  • Sweeteners Are there any natural sweeteners out there that aren’t bad for your health? Which ones do you prefer? Share with us.
  • 100 Days of Real Food Have you ever considered eating only “real” food for a certain length of time by cutting out unhealthy sugars and fats? Please join the discussion here.
  • What Suggestion Would You Give a Company to Promote Wellness? Wellness and prevention are two central themes that are taking center stage lately. Do you have any suggestions for companies looking to get involved? Share them.


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