When first diagnosed with cancer, many people feel helpless about their ability to fight the disease. In addition to trying conventional therapies like radiation and chemotherapy, cancer victims can make some practical and proactive lifestyle changes to live longer and healthier lives.
A home-based, moderate-intensity walking program may help prevent fatigue
in men undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer, according to a study
published in the August 1 issue of Cancer (2004; 101 , 550–7).
Our quest for knowledge regarding body composition and how it affects our propensity for disease and overall health has intensified in recent years, driven in large part by the desire to better understand health concerns and risk of disability associated with obesity (Goodpaster 2002). Indeed, research has focused not only on absolute measures of fat and fat-free mass but also on how the distribution of these affects our risk of conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer, to name a few.
Hypertension and Hyperlipidemia Go Hand in Hand
73% of adults in poor
families do not engage
in periods of vigorous physical activity during leisure time, compared with 53% of adults in families that are not poor.
NCEP Updates Treatment Guidelines for Cholesterol
The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) has updated its treatment guidelines for cholesterol, suggesting that people at risk for heart attack and stroke would benefit from more intensive cholesterol-lowering therapies.
A study published in the July 7 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that milk may have a protective effect against colorectal cancer, most likely due to the milk’s rich calcium content. The researchers pooled the results from 10 cohort studies conducted in five different countries using food frequency questionnaires from a total of 534,536 people. Those who consumed about two 8-ounce glasses of milk each day had a 15% lower incidence of colorectal cancer. Daily calcium supplementation was also effective in reducing the risk.
Do you have arthritis? You’re not alone. Approximately 42.7 million Americans have arthritis, as well as millions of people around the world. Doctors now commonly prescribe exercise to alleviate arthritis symptoms. However, it can be confusing to know what type of exercise to do and how much is helpful.
media morselsHow much fat can a nation lose in 1 month? The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) and the Healthier Families Foundation created the “Get America Fit!” program to help people lose 100,000 pounds in the month of July.