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Lifting Weights Lowers Diabetes Risk, How to Do a Skin Exam, 6 Surprising Obesity Stats

admin - August 17, 2012

Friday Roundup:


Pump Iron to Lower Diabetes Risk

Some people might not particularly enjoy exercising, but research shows the benefits of physical activity are abundant. Now, weight training has been linked to lower diabetes risk in men.

Multiple news outlets (ABC News, Fox News, Reuters) are discussing the latest diabetes study linking weight training exercise to lower diabetes risk for men. Data was collected from 32,000 male health professionals who answered surveys every two years from 1990 to 2008.

Results published in the Archives of Internal Medicine show that four out of 1,000 men developed type 2 diabetes every year. For men who did weight training for 150 minutes or more per week, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes was one-third lower than men who never lifted weights.

“I think the benefits of weight training are real,” said Dr. Frank Hu of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and lead author of the study. “Any type of exercise is beneficial for diabetes prevention but weight training can be incorporated with aerobic exercise to get the best results.”

Weight training can also be beneficial to ward off other diseases, like osteoporosis, stroke and heart attack. Learn more about how you can gain priceless peace of mind by scheduling a preventive health screening with Life Line Screening today.

To read the full article about how weight training can lower diabetes risk, view this link:


Skin Health: How to Do a Self-Exam

With summer in its final stretch, your skin has probably been through a lot. Now is the perfect time to check yourself for unusual moles, sores, lumps or patches that could be cancerous.

Not sure where to start? Here are some tips for performing a self-exam of the entire surface of your skin.

1. Check your skin from head to toe

Face, neck, ears and scalp. Comb through your hair and part it randomly to check for discolorations or abnormal bumps on the scalp. To see the back of your head, hold a hand-held mirror in front of your face with your back to a wall-mounted mirror. Use your free hand to comb through your hair as you look in the hand-mirror.

Front, back, right and left sides. Stand in front of a full-length mirror and carefully check your front side. To check your back, use the hand-held mirror as described above. Lift your arms and check both your right and left sides (don’t forget your armpits). It’s a good idea to feel for any unusual lumps under the skin as well.

Arms, legs, feet, buttocks and genital area. Bend your elbows and check on the underside of your arms. Use a mirror to check your legs, buttocks and genital area closely. Don’t forget to check between your toes and on the soles of your feet. Never overlook an area because you think it’s too out of reach. It’s better to be as thorough as possible.

2. Study your skin

As you look, keep in mind where you have moles and what they look like so the next time you do this self-exam, you’ll know what’s different and what’s the same.

What to look for:

  • A new mole (if it looks different from other moles)
  • A change in a mole (size, shape, color or feel)
  • A red or dark flaky patch that seems a little raised
  • A new firm, flesh-colored bump
  • A sore that isn’t going away

Skin cancer is best treated when found early. That’s why these self-exams are so important. Stay proactive in your health and catch deadly conditions before they become just that—deadly.


6 Surprising Obesity Statistics

You’ve heard it from us time and time again: maintaining a healthy lifestyle can dramatically lower your risk of countless diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis and more. Obesity is one condition that can drastically increase your chances of developing any of these diseases.

We’ve rounded up 6 statistics related to obesity in the United States that can (hopefully) provide some motivation to stay fit and keep your body strong and healthy.

  1. 112,000 deaths occur from obesity every year in the U.S.
  2. Compared to people of a healthy weight, risk of premature death increases by 50-100% in people who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or more.
  3. Medical costs for those who are obese are $1,429 (yearly) higher than those of normal weight.
  4. 70% of diagnosed heart disease cases are linked directly to obesity (according to the American Heart Association).
  5. In every U.S. state, 1 in 5 people are obese.
  6. 75 million Americans are obese.

If you’re at risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke or other ailments, learn more about the preventive health screenings offered by Life Line Screening and get the valuable peace of mind you deserve.

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