Women who are wanting to get pregnant should throw out their Atkins diet books along with their birth control pills, suggests new research presented at a June meeting of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology, held in Berlin.
Women are at unique risk for certain nutrition-related diseases and conditions. Many of these diseases and conditions are caused by unhealthy lifestyle behaviors that may be preventable if women are given correct advice and information. To assist health professionals in educating this group about healthful eating habits and other lifestyle choices, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the Dietitians of Canada have released a new Position Paper on nutrition and women’s health.
To lay the foundation for lifelong good
nutrition, the ADA recently published guidelines
to give parents practical guidance on feeding their babies and very young children. “The Start Healthy Feeding Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers” answers frequently asked questions about specific nutrient requirements, food allergies, appropriate portion sizes and food safety
Do you have pregnant clients? If so, you may want to let them know that body massage by a significant other can reduce stress hormone levels in pregnant women. The reduction in stress increases the likelihood of a successful full-term pregnancy, according to a new study conducted by the Touch Research Institutes at the University of Miami School of Medicine and Duke University Medical School’s department of pharmacology. (The Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute LLC, the National Institute of Mental Health and the March of Dimes supported the study.)
Women, particularly those new to exercise, sometimes need a little extra encouragement to get into the weight room. Once they’ve decided to start a strength training program, they still benefit from supportive words. According to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (2004; 18 , 26–9), certain statements improve a novice female exerciser’s ability to lift more weight during a bench press.
After 20 years of training for and competing in triathlons, I’ve grown accustomed to the reactions many people have when the subject comes up in
conversation. Common responses are “What are you, crazy?” and “No way could I do that!” or “How in the world can you find time?” What these people don’t know is that, unless you’re Ironman-bound, triathlons are not just for the superfit athlete, compulsive exerciser or wealthy retiree with too much time and too little to do.
Women’s midlife challenges.Bernadette is a sensitive, successful but overworked 56-year-old client of mine. When she came to me 2 years ago, she was emotionally distraught and desperate to change her body, her energy level and her outlook on life. In addition to holding a demanding job, she was struggling with the onset of menopause. Hot flashes continually interrupted her sleep, and her workaholic behavior left little time to relax.
Here’s another reason for your clients to maintain a healthy weight: Women who have gained more than 20 pounds since age 18 have a higher risk of developing breast cancer after menopause than women who have maintained their weight, according to research published in the February issue of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention.