According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, sleep apnea affects more than 18 million Americans. If untreated, the condition—which often affects overweight and obese individuals—can result in heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Recently, researchers learned that even a minimal amount of weight loss may prevent the progression of— or even cure—sleep apnea for the long term.
Knowing how clients view their health status may be useful if you are trying to help them improve health by making positive lifestyle changes. A recent study shows that some African Americans believe they are in good health despite being over-weight or hypertensive.
The study, published in Ethnicity & Disease (2014; 24, 97–103), followed 1,077 members of African Methodist Episcopal churches in South Carolina. Subjects were participants in a faith-based physical activity and nutrition intervention.
According to the National Stroke Association, 425,000 women in the United States suffer a stroke each year. To ward off potential stroke risk, many experts encourage women to exercise regularly. But how much exercise is enough to minimize the possibility of experiencing a stroke? The answer may surprise you.
According to researchers from the Beckman Research Institute at the City of Hope in Duarte, California, moderate-intensity exercise—such as a brisk walk— can cut stroke risk by 20%.
Several studies have shown a positive association between regular exercise and reduced risk of certain types of can- cer. now, a study from the American Cancer Society has determined a link between walking and reduced breast- cancer risk in postmenopausal women.
Historically, fitness and health practitioners have been reluctant to steer people with dementia into more intensive exercise programs. Researchers from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and the University of Heidelberg, in Germany, believed that customized, more intense exercise programs could significantly improve care even for older male and female inpatients with dementia. Their study findings indicate they may be right.
Researchers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB), recently conducted a small study to learn whether a training program designed to challenge strength, power, endurance, balance and mobility could produce benefits for people with Parkinson’s disease.
In last month’s issue of IDEA Fitness Journal, we reported that a significant number of older women spend much of the day in sedentary behavior. A new study looks at the relationship between sedentary living and mortality risk in a similar population
Now there's another reason to encourage clients to limit the sugar: Eating added sugar is associated with increased risk for death from cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a study published February 3 online in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study focuses on sugar added in the processing or preparing of foods, not naturally occurring sugars in fruits and fruit juices.
newsletter_teaser: Now there's another reason to encourage clients to limit their sugar intake: Eating added sugar is associated with increased risk for death from cardiovascular disease, according to a study published February 3 online in JAMA Internal Medicine.
If your coffee habit exceeds three regular cups per day, it might be time to scale back your consumption, especially if you are younger than 55.
New research in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings [published online August 9] studied more than 40,000 individuals and found a statistically significant 21% increased mortality risk in those drinking more than 28 cups of coffee a week, with the risk being greater than 50% in men and women younger than 55. No adverse effects were found in heavy coffee drinkers aged over 55.
newsletter_teaser: If your coffee habit exceeds three regular cups per day, it might be time to scale back your consumption, especially if you are younger than 55.
Significant research [that has been reported in this column] supports the role of moderate exercise as an adjunctive ther- apy for adults with depression. New research shows that these same benefits may be available for teens who suffer from this condition.