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How to Nix Knee Pain the Natural Way

October 8, 2013

Knee pain can put a damper on any type of lifestyle. The constant pain that can occur during movement and all of those popping sounds you may be hearing can be disheartening. You probably already realize that pain killers don’t always get the job done when it comes to knee pain. Plus, it’s no fun to be reliant on pain relievers.

Luckily, there is good news. It is possible to relieve your knee pain without having to rely solely on medications. Just make sure you discuss any pain remedies with your doctor, especially before stopping use of a medication.

According to Prevention.com, choosing a healthy diet and the correct type of exercise can reduce inflammation – a direct contributor to knee and joint pain. This is especially true if your knee pain is caused due to osteoarthritis.

A study completed by Wake Forest University found that knee pain sufferers who ate a balanced diet and exercised three days a week had a 45% reduction in their pain levels. Along with the reduction in pain came gains in mobility and weight loss.

 

Diet

When it comes to what you eat, a balanced diet designed for weight loss may be the best choice. Choosing a low calorie diet that includes a larger percentage of vegetables than any other type of food can help you to lose weight, which in turn reduces the burden felt by your knees.

 

Exercise

For healthy exercise, you don’t have to have a strenuous workout. Three times a week for an hour mixing strength training and brisk walking will benefit your joints and even help you lose excess weight. Plus, it may also benefit your cardiovascular system and overall health.

 

Natural Supplements

Natural supplements may also help with joint paint. An article from the Hospital for Special Surgery website reveals that taking high doses of calcium supplements and vitamin D supplements can help strengthen the bones and joints while reducing inflammation.

As you age, your bones and joints become more susceptible to pain and inflammation. To keep them healthy and relieve pain naturally, it’s important to have a healthy lifestyle. Don’t forget about the health of your bones. If they’re taken care of, they can keep you moving for years to come.

Learn more about the osteoporosis screening provided by Life Line Screening to see if you may be at risk for bone density loss today.




5 Diseases That Start Younger Than You Think, The Link Between Popcorn and Alzheimer’s, Few Americans Exercising Enough

August 24, 2012

Friday Roundup:

 

5 Diseases That Start Younger Than You Think

Think you’re not old enough to get these illnesses? Think again. Recently, we came across an interesting ABC News list of the top 5 diseases that are common in middle-age and older people, but can also strike young. For conditions like Alzheimer’s and stroke that you’d think only affect the elderly, it’s surprising how early they, along with other diseases, can creep up.

1. Melanoma

Average age of diagnosis: 50 and up
How early it can strike: Late teens and early 20’s.
Prevention: Avoid tanning beds and always use a minimum of SPF 15 when outside. Also, perform self-exams to find unusual skin changes early.

2. Osteoporosis

Average age of diagnosis: 65 and up
How early it can strike: 50’s
Prevention: Get enough calcium and vitamin D, exercise regularly, don’t smoke, and don’t over-consume alcohol.

3. Stroke

Average age of diagnosis: 65 and up
How early it can strike: 20 years old
Prevention: Keep an eye on cholesterol and blood pressure levels, exercise regularly and don’t smoke (smoking doubles your risk of stroke).

4. Breast Cancer

Average age of diagnosis: 45 and up
How early it can strike: Teens
Prevention: Don’t consume too much alcohol, exercise regularly and be aware of any family history of the disease.

5. Alzheimer’s

Average age of diagnosis: 65 and up
How early it can strike: 40’s
Prevention: The brain is very much connected to the heart, so keep your heart healthy. Maintain good cholesterol and blood pressure levels along with a healthy weight.

Life Line Screening provides preventive health screenings for conditions including osteoporosis, stroke, heart disease and diabetes. If you think you are at risk for one of these conditions, consider scheduling a health screening today.

To see the full list of diseases that strike younger than you think, view this link: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/diseases-strike-younger/story?id=16874059

 

Can Butter Popcorn Give You Alzheimer’s?

You may want to think twice before you munch on a bowl of warm, buttery popcorn next time.

A recent study found there may be a direct connection between an ingredient in microwave butter popcorn and the development of Alzheimer’s. Diacetyl, the ingredient in question, may have harmful effects on the brain.

Researchers focused on this ingredient because it has previously been associated with respiratory and other health problems among workers at microwave popcorn factories. Diacetyl’s composition is similar to substances that aid in the clumping of beta-amyloid proteins in the brain, which is known to lead to Alzheimer’s.

What’s even more shocking: the ingredient can directly harm your brain by getting past the blood-brain barrier. This defensive barrier is there to prevent harmful substances from entering the brain.

Snacking on butter-free popcorn is a better option since diacetyl is primarily found in the butter. However, it’s also found in other products like margarine, some candy, some baked goods, some beer and a few types of white wine.

The best way to avoid increasing your risk of Alzheimer’s is by being proactive and living a healthy lifestyle. Learn about how a health screening from Life Line Screening can help you accomplish exactly that and gain valuable peace of mind.

Read more details about the study linking butter popcorn to Alzheimer’s here: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/health/2012/08/09/butter-popcorn-linked-to-alzheimer-disease/

 

Report: Few Americans Exercising Enough

Getting enough physical activity is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle. However, a report released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that not very many Americans are exercising enough.

The report found that less than one-third of Americans engage in the minimum recommended amount of physical activity each week, 2.5 hours (150 minutes). It specifically found that women and older adults are the ones less likely to get the recommended amount of exercise per week.

The upside to the report reveals that 62 percent of Americans are walking at least once for ten minutes every week, which is an increase from 56 percent reported five years ago.

It’s important to remember the benefits of staying active and taking part in exercise every week. Even moderate physical activity can have huge health benefits, such as lower risk of obesity, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and even depression. Brisk walking is a great way to remain active without pushing yourself too far. In fact, walking is the most popular form of exercise among American adults.

Learn other ways you can practice healthy living and how a preventive health screening may benefit you. Discover Life Line Screening today.

To read the full news article discussing the CDC report on American physical activity, view this link: http://www.kbzk.com/news/cdc-less-than-half-of-americans-get-enough-physical-activity/




Moderate Drinking May Benefit Bones, The Link Between Diabetes and Cosmetics, Can this PolyPill Save Lives?

July 27, 2012

Friday Roundup:
 

A Glass of Wine a Day Keeps Osteoporosis Away?

For women who like a glass of wine every now and then, we have some good news. New research shows that moderate alcohol consumption, when combined with a balanced diet and regular exercise, may reduce a woman’s risk of osteoporosis.

The study published in the journal Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society focused on a small group of about 40 women averaging 56 years old. The women consumed on average 1.4 alcoholic beverages per day. More than 90 percent of the women drank wine.

The process of the study involved taking blood samples from all participants at different stages—some before alcohol consumption and some after. Results showed that soon after drinking alcohol, the women’s rate of bone turnover lowered.

“What alcohol seems to do is lower the overall rate of turnover, which may reduce your bone loss,” said Urszula Iwaniec, PhD, researcher and associate professor at Oregon State University in a WebMD article. “[But] excessive drinking is bad for your bones.”

There are other ways to keep your bones healthy, like weight-bearing exercise and getting enough calcium and vitamin D. But this study goes to show it’s okay to put your feet up and enjoy a small glass of wine now and then. So don’t feel guilty—it’s good for your bones.

Life Line Screening conducts osteoporosis screenings for people at risk or simply looking to gain peace of mind. Take control of the health of your bones and schedule a health screening today.

Read the full WebMD article about this study on alcohol and bone health here: http://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/news/20120711/moderate-drinking-may-help-older-womens-bones

 

Study: Can this PolyPill Save Lives?

Wouldn’t it be nice if a simple, once-a-day pill could prevent illness? Okay, so this pill might not prevent all illnesses, but it might save some lives.

A study conducted at Queen Mary, University of London shows a new pill might be able to prevent thousands of people from suffering heart attacks and strokes. The UK study focused on a “polypill” that combines a statin and blood pressure medication taken by a group of 84 people over the age of 50. Results showed:

  • 12% decrease in blood pressure levels
  • 39% decrease in LDL cholesterol levels

Researchers believe that if more than half of all people over the age of 50 in the UK took the pill once a day, there would be 94,000 less heart attacks and strokes every year.

“If people took the polypill from age 50, an estimated 28 percent would benefit by avoiding or delaying a heart attack or stroke during their lifetime,” said Dr. David Wald, consultant cardiologist, in a BBC News article.

The study did not research the safety of the pill and it was only tested on a small number of people, so further testing of a larger scale would be needed before the pill could be mass-produced.

“Whilst these results are promising, further research is needed before a wide scale rollout of such a strategy,” Wald said.

Life Line Screening urges everyone to make smart and healthy lifestyle choices to decrease risk of stroke or heart attack. If you or someone you know is at risk for one of these conditions, consider scheduling a health screening today.

To read the full BBC News article on the study conducted on this new polypill, view this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18883163

 

The Link Between Diabetes and Cosmetics

Could certain cosmetics up your odds of developing diabetes? This study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives says yes.

Common products such as perfumes, scented lotions, synthetic leathers, food packaging and more contain a chemical called phthalates. A study was conducted to find out whether there is a clear connection between phthalates and diabetes in women.

Researchers of the study discovered that in women with the highest levels of specific phthalates, the risk of developing diabetes was twice as high as women with lower levels of phthalates. According to CNN Health, when comparing women with the highest levels of phthalates to women with lowest levels, there could be 40 extra diabetes cases for every 1,000 women.

Cosmetics and Type 2 DiabetesPhthalates cling to cells in the body that control fat-cell development and blood-glucose metabolism. People with higher levels of phthalates tend to have higher blood glucose levels, which is a precursor for diabetes. Keep in mind the study did not rule out women that have higher phthalate levels due to the use of certain medications that contain the chemical.

As a consumer, you can become more aware of the chemicals in the products you use. Almost anything that has a fragrance contains some type of phthalate. Some companies are releasing products with labels that say “phthalate-free”, but keep in mind that the packaging surrounding the product could still contain phthalate.

If you or a loved one is at risk for diabetes, consider a preventive screening. Life Line Screening conducts health screenings for type 2 diabetes that could identify oncoming development of the disease. Schedule a screening today.

Visit the following link to read the full CNN Health article on this new study linking cosmetics with diabetes: http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/13/diabetes-and-cosmetics-a-connection/




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