Quitting alcohol proven to significantly boost mental health in women

The debate as to whether moderate drinking is good, bad, or has no effect on health has been on-going for years. Now, a new study suggests that people, especially women, who give up alcohol can experience better mental health and reach levels of well-being almost on a par with those of lifelong abstainers

Quitting alcohol proven to significantly boost mental health in womenMany people drink socially at, for instance, work functions or family events. Some of us may also relish having a glass of wine or beer with our dinner at the end of a long and tiring day. Numerous people fall into the categories of ‘light’ or ‘moderate’ drinkers. But is this habit harmless, or would […]

Early puberty in girls interlinked with increased obesity risk  

The study presents puberty as a risk factor for obesity, linking a greater Body Mass Index (BMI) to girls who experience their first period earlier than usual

Early puberty in girls interlinked with increased obesity risk  The study, which was published today in the International Journal of Obesity, reinforced previous research that a women’s adult body weight is associated with the onset of puberty. Previous studies have struggled to establish a link, as situational factors including diet, educational attainment, ethnicity and economic background can skew the data. To reduce the impact […]

Good sleep helps kids become slimmer, healthier teens

Regular bedtimes and adequate sleep during childhood may contribute toward a healthy weight in the teen years, a new study finds

Good sleep helps kids become slimmer, healthier teensThe study included nearly 2,200 kids in 20 U.S. cities. One-third of them had consistent, age-appropriate bedtimes between ages 5 and 9, according to their mothers. Compared to that group, those who had no bedtime routine at age 9 got less sleep and had a higher body mass index (an estimate of body fat based […]

Cardiovascular risk linked not to weight, but to body fat storage

Postmenopausal women who are ‘apple’ shaped rather than ‘pear’ shaped are at greater risk of heart and blood vessel problems, even if they have a normal, healthy body mass index (BMI) according to new research

Cardiovascular risk linked not to weight, but to body fat storageBy studying a large cohort of women who had already been through menopause, researchers have found that cardiovascular risk is associated with body shape, which results from how fat is distributed in the body. Existing studies have suggested that a person’s body mass index (BMI), calculated in reference to their total weight and height, is […]

Drinking more sugary drinks of any type can increase type 2 diabetes risk, cautions study

People who increase their consumption of sugary beverages, whether they contain added or naturally occurring sugar, may face moderately higher risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Drinking more sugary drinks of any type can increase type 2 diabetes risk, cautions studyDrinking more sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), like soft drinks, as well as 100% fruit juices, were associated with higher type 2 diabetes risk. The study also found that drinking more artificially sweetened beverages (ASBs) in place of sugary beverages did not appear to lessen diabetes risk. However, diabetes risk decreased when one daily serving of any […]

Just 2 weeks on the couch starts to damage your body, suggests study

A new study proves that the old adage ‘use it or lose it’ is definitely true when it comes to fitness

Just 2 weeks on the couch starts to damage your body, suggests studyAfter just two weeks of sedentary behaviour, formerly fit people had: A decline in heart and lung health Increased waist circumference Greater body fat and liver fat Higher levels of insulin resistance “The study showed that two weeks of reduced physical activity, from approximately 10,000 steps per day down to 1,500 per day, caused changes […]

Bariatric surgery linked to reduced risk for skin cancer, suggests study

For individuals with obesity, bariatric surgery is associated with a reduced risk for skin cancer, including melanoma, according to a study published online October 30 in JAMA Dermatology

Bariatric surgery linked to reduced risk for skin cancer, suggests studyMagdalena Taube, Ph.D., from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, and colleagues examined the correlation of bariatric surgery with skin cancer and melanoma incidence in the Swedish Obese Subjects non-randomised controlled trial. A total of 2,007 patients with obesity who underwent bariatric surgery and 2,040 contemporaneous matched controls who received conventional obesity treatment were included; […]

Healthy men with high waist-stature ratio have increased risk of heart disease

The study found that physically active men who were not overweight but whose waist-stature ratio (WSR) was close to the risk threshold were also more likely to develop heart disorders than individuals with lower WSRs

Healthy men with high waist-stature ratio have increased risk of heart diseaseHealth experts have warned for years that men and women with excess abdominal fat run a greater risk of developing cardiovascular problems. However, individuals with abdominal or central obesity are not the only ones in danger, according to a new study. The study was conducted by Brazilian researchers affiliated with São Paulo State University (UNESP) […]

Being overweight before turning 40 increases cancer risk, reveals study

In an international study, lead by the University of Bergen, the researchers wanted to find out how adult overweight (BMI over 25) and obesity (BMI over 30) increase the risk of different types of cancer

Being overweight before turning 40 increases cancer risk, reveals studyThe study showed that if you were overweight before age 40, the risk of developing cancer increases by: 70 per cent for endometrial cancer. 58 per cent for male renal-cell cancer. 29 per cent for male colon cancer. 15 per cent for all obesity-related cancers (both sexes). “Obesity is an established risk factor for several […]

Weight-loss surgery may help cut risk of #breastcancer

Severely obese women who opt for weight-loss surgery may be cutting their risk of breast cancer along with their extra pounds, a large U.S. study suggests

Weight-loss surgery may help cut risk of #breastcancerResearchers compared two groups of women with morbid obesity: nearly 18,000 who underwent various forms of so-called bariatric surgery and nearly 54,000 who did not. The groups were similar in terms of age, medical conditions and body mass index (BMI, a ratio of weight to height). Researchers tracked the surgery group for an average of […]
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