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VIDEO: Your Overall Health

May 21, 2013

Are you unconvinced of the benefits of a proactive, preventive approach to your health? You may have heard all of the hype about the importance of staying active, keeping your brain sharp, and eating healthy, but that doesn’t mean you’re convinced enough to actually do these things.

This Half-Minute Health Helper video from Life Line Screening focuses on the positive results from one study that associated general, overall health to lower risk of disease – specifically, Alzheimer’s disease. Taking care of yourself really is all it’s cracked up to be, and this study proves it.

Learn more about the study results by watching the video below. For more information on ways to lower or identify your risk of serious health conditions like heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and more, explore the preventive health screenings offered by Life Line Screening. Visit Life Line Screening’s YouTube channel to learn more about what you can do for

For those without video capability, the text is provided below.

Half-Minute Health-Helpers: Your Overall Health

Here is the audio text to the video:

“Many healthcare professionals actually believe you can delay or even prevent Alzheimer’s disease by taking care of your overall health.

It’s true. A study done by Chinese researchers, long-known for proactive healthcare, found that individuals with high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol were more likely to develop Alzheimer’s. So just remember to take a preventative, proactive approach to your overall health.”




Friday Roundup: Women’s Health Awareness, New Stroke Device, and More

May 17, 2013

Those of us at Life Line Screening believe that the power of prevention can change lives for the better. By staying up-to-date on latest health headlines featuring nutrition information, healthy living tips, and disease prevention, you can keep your health strong.

 

The Need for Women’s Health Awareness

Although May is National Stroke Awareness month, May 12 through 18 is also National Women’s Health Week – a time to focus on improving women’s health through preventive action.

Recent data shows that not all American women are living longer than previous generations. In 43 percent of the country’s counties from 2002 to 2006, women’s mortality rates have actually become worse than they were in 1992 through 1996. It’s also important to note that the United States ranks 49th in the world for women’s health.

With dangerous health conditions like heart disease, the number one killer of American women, preventive action can make a difference. Identifying a heart problem before it becomes catastrophic has the potential to save lives. Other conditions like type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and stroke can also be prevented.

Learn more about the importance of Women’s Health Week and preventive health screenings now.

 

New Stroke Device Promises Better Patient Outcomes

Stroke kills one American every four minutes. Think about it. That’s a great deal of preventable deaths.

Catching a stroke early is one of the best ways to lower the chances of a patient suffering dangerous, life-altering consequences. Two new stent-retrievers used in the United States have the potential to provide better outcomes for patients suffering from strokes.

Although not a preventive measure, these medical devices are used in surgery to stop an ischemic stroke before it worsens. They are used by physicians to trap and remove a large clot within the brain artery, thereby allowing blood flow to the brain and stopping damage to the brain cells. These devices are best for patients who are not candidates for clot-dissolving medications or who have not responded to medications.

Read more about these revolutionary medical devices here.

 

Diet Myths You Should Avoid

Do you think all calories are equal, so it doesn’t matter what you eat? Think again. ABC News recently released a list of diet myths that can actually make you gain weight, and this is one of them. The truth is, all calories are not equal. Your body burns and stores various foods differently. Some foods take more work to burn and store, meaning you can burn more calories depending on which foods you eat.

Another common myth is that strength training will “bulk you up”. Both a pound of muscle and a pound of fat weigh the same – a pound – however muscle is denser than fat, meaning a pound of muscle will take up less space than a pound of fat. Muscle weight is good weight because it can actually make you look smaller. It also boosts metabolism throughout the day and helps keep you leaner over time.

Read more diet myths from the ABC News article here.

 

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The Growing Threat of Diabetes Around the World: Screen For Life

May 15, 2013

One similarity that people in every nation across the world share is health concerns. The same health conditions that threaten our health also threaten the health of people thousands of miles away, from Europe, to Asia, even to Australia.

Diabetes is an ongoing threat to the well-being of people all around the globe. Not only is type 2 diabetes a serious disease that can forever alter someone’s life, it’s also a major risk factor for other conditions like stroke, kidney failure and heart disease.

Type 2 diabetes is a disease in which the body can’t properly produce enough insulin, the hormone that converts food into energy. People with diabetes can live with it for years without even realizing they have it. In fact, many people don’t learn they have the condition until it leads to something detrimental, like stroke.

Every day, about 280 Australians develop diabetes. Unbeknownst to many, diabetes is Australia’s fastest growing chronic disease, and just like our U.S. branch of Life Line Screening, the Australian Screen For Life is committed to lowering this statistic. How? By offering glucose/type 2 diabetes screenings that can identify the condition before it worsens.

It is recommended that people over the age of 45 should undergo a blood glucose test for type 2 diabetes. Adults with high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels should also be screened for the disease. Other risk factors that may prompt the need for screening include family history, being overweight, physical inactivity, and having high triglycerides.

Together with the preventive health screenings in the United States and the United Kingdom, Screen For Life strives to promote lifelong health and well-being by identifying either risk of type 2 diabetes or valuable peace of mind. It doesn’t matter where you live – your health deserves to be taken care of. Do it for yourself, your family, and your friends.

Learn more about the health screening services in Australia provided by Screen For Life to decide if scheduling a health screening is right for you today.

 




Soft Drinks and Stroke Risk, Early Detection for Diabetes, Get Ready for Movember

November 2, 2012

 
 
 

Study: Soft Drinks May Raise Stroke Risk  | Life Line Screening Blog

Study: Soft Drinks May Raise Stroke Risk

Are you an avid soda drinker? If you’re like a lot of other Americans, you love a fizzy, refreshing soft drink. New studies show, however, that drinking it could raise your stroke risk, especially for women.

Researchers from Osaka University conducted a study that observed the dietary habits of 40,000 men and women between the ages of 40 to 59 for 18 years. According to this MSN article, about 2,000 of the participants suffered a stroke.

After analyzing the soft drink consumption of the participants, researchers found that women were 83 percent more likely to suffer a stroke if they drank just one soft drink per day, when compared to women who did not drink soda.

Stroke is a very serious and debilitating condition that affects thousands of Americans every year. It’s also highly preventable. Learn how a preventive health screening from Life Line Screening can keep you from experiencing a life-altering stroke today.

Read more about this fascinating study here: http://health.msn.co.nz/healthnews/8555249/soft-drinks-female-stroke-risk-study
 

Early Detection and Type 2 Diabetes

What’s the point of early warning signs if you ignore them? Early symptoms of type 2 diabetes such as excessive thirst, blurry vision and dry mouth happen for a reason, which is to alert you to a bigger and more serious problem: diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association says that 79 million Americans currently have pre-diabetes. This condition, if not treated, can lead to full-blown type 2 diabetes. With early detection through health screenings and the implementation of major lifestyle changes, a person with pre-diabetes can reverse the disease. One way to reverse the disease is by maintaining a healthy body weight through regular physical exercise.

Take advantage of early detection of diabetes with a preventive health screening from Life Line Screening today.

To read more about this article on the importance of early detection of diabetes, view this link: http://www2.mooresvilletribune.com/news/2012/oct/28/early-detection-can-help-fight-against-type-ii-dia-ar-2728958/

 

Get Ready for Movember | Life Line Screening Blog

Get Ready for Movember

In November, men everywhere come together for “Movember” by growing mustaches to raise money for prostate cancer research. The men who register to officially be a part of Movember are called “Mo Bros”, and as they commit to growing a mustache for the entire month of November, they are considered “walking and talking billboards for the cause.”

Women can get involved, too. “Mo Sistas”, as they’re called, can contribute by supporting and motivating the men who are growing mustaches. They can also participate in Movember events that raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer.

Want to learn how you can get involved in Movember? Check out the official U.S. Movember site to discover how.

 

What’s Trending on LifeLongHealth.com

Want to get in on the discussions going on right now at LifeLongHealth.com? Check out what’s trending now:

The Longer You Sit, the Shorter Your Life Span: Study Even with obesity and exercise factored out, sedentary lives still had a shorter life span. Read more here.

Rebuilding Your Body After Chemo What has helped you with getting healthy again after finishing chemotherapy? Share your experience here.

Age and Our Muscles – Let’s Discuss  Muscle mass diminishes with age. What are you doing to keep your muscles strong? Join the discussion now.




Aerobics Plus Weights is Best Defense Against Metabolic Syndrome

July 22, 2011

Power Walk to Prevent Heart Disease

Power walk to prevent heart disease.

MedPage Today, in a July 20, 2011 article by Crystal Phend, reported that “Walking, jogging, and cycling may be key in the battle against metabolic syndrome, whereas weight lifting doesn’t help on its own.” This is according to a study published online on July 11 in The American Journal of Cardiology.

Don’t rule out weights, however, because a combination of both aerobics and resistance training produced the best results for lowering overall metabolic syndrome risk factors. This according to a statement made by Lori A. Bateman, MS, of Duke University Medical Center, and her colleagues, all of whom were associated with the study:

“Eight months of resistance training had little impact on metabolic syndrome or its components in overweight adults with poor lipid profiles,” and “the same duration of aerobic exercise yielded greater benefits for weight, waist circumference, triglycerides, and overall metabolic syndrome score, with significant benefits on all counts for the combination of aerobics and weights.”

What is Metabolic Syndrome?

Add Weights to Aerobics to Further Reduce Risk for Heart Disease

Adding weight training to your power walk routine will help further reduce your risk for heart disease.

Metabolic syndrome is the name for the risk factors that can lead to heart disease and diabetes, and according to the American Heart Association, 35 percent of adults have it. Metabolic syndrome risk factors include:

• Belly fat
• High triglyceride levels (fat in the blood)
• Low HDL (good) cholesterol levels
• High blood pressure
• High blood sugar

These risks are known to be significantly less with diet and exercise, and aerobics along with weight training is your best bet for fighting this problem as indicated by the study.

Additionally, weight training can provide other benefits, such as:

• More strength, less injury
• Increased flexibility
• Boosted metabolism with reduced body fat
• Better muscle definition
• Better state of mind

These benefits are true for all age groups.

You can find out where you stand with your metabolic syndrome risk factors by getting a heart disease screening.

More Resources:

Read full MedPage Today article at:  http://mailview.bulletinhealthcare.com/mailview.aspx?m=2011072101endo&r=3674105-3e16&l=011-1b7&t=c

Read the study abstract in The American Journal of Cardiology:
http://mailview.bulletinhealthcare.com/mailview.aspx?m=2011072101endo&r=3674105-3e16&l=012-dd8&t=c

Visit the American Heart Association for more about metabolic syndrome at:
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/MetabolicSyndrome/About-Metabolic-Syndrome_UCM_301920_Article.jsp




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