Exercise as if your life depends upon it, it really does. Men who achieved >7 METs (highly to very highly fit) level demonstrated a 50%-70% lower mortality risk than “low fit” subjects. In a study published in the Journal Circulation, researchers assessed “the association between exercise capacity and mortality” in over 14,000 men—subjects whose average age… Continue reading Exercise as if your life depended upon it! It really does
There are three types of fat commonly seen observed in the abdomen Subcutaneous Fat, which is fat immediately below the skin but outside the abdominal cavity. Retroperitoneal or Structural Fat separating organ and providing cushioning during movement. Visceral abdominal fat (found inside the abdominal cavity). Most of that fat is found on the greater omentum—a large apron-like… Continue reading What’s so wrong with a fat belly?
If you thought the only dangers of smoking were chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema and lung cancer, think again. New studies now link the expensive (financially and health-wise) habit with new concerns. One recent paper, “Smoking History and Cognitive Function in Middle Age From the Whitehall II Study,” appeared in the Archives of Internal… Continue reading The effects of smoking on your brain
As your Body Mass Index [BMI] increases, so does your risk of death. But is BMI the best tool to determine your health status? Calculated from your weight and height, BMI provides a general gauge of body fatness. BMI is a correlation between an individual’s height and weight, but it does not distinguish between fat… Continue reading The BMI controversy?
The Physicians’ Health Study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA) reveals that as little as seven extra pounds combined with little or no exercise can significantly increase your risk of heart failure and sudden cardiac arrest. Regardless of the level of activity, higher body mass index equates to higher heart failure risk. Even modestly… Continue reading Can just a few pounds make a huge difference?