5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on IDEA FitFeed This Week

by Jessica L. Cline on Aug 22, 2014

Week: 8/16/14 to 8/22/14

Staying up to date on the latest health and fitness news is important for all health and fitness professionals, but the constant stream of new information can make this challenging. That is where IDEA FitFeed comes into play. This inclusive tool collates top news being shared by fitness professionals around the web and posts it in one convenient location. You can find all of the top headlines from leading news sources without having to flip through multiple websites and pages. Catch up on news from the past week here.

1. Forty Percent of Americans Will Develop Diabetes During Their Lifetime

The government now estimates that two of every five Americans will develop type 2 diabetes during their lifetime, according to this article from HealthDay. These numbers apply to both men and women, but minorities have even worse odds. Though researchers found that life expectancy for people with type 2 diabetes is increasing, it is also raising health care costs and clogging up the health care system. View the full article here.

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2. Low Vitamin D Levels Associated with Increased Alzheimer’s Risk

People who have low vitamin D levels are at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, reports this article from The New York Times. The piece looks at a research study which found that people who had vitamin D levels lower than 50 nanomoles per liter had a 53% increased risk for dementia and 69% increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease, compared to those with vitamin D levels over 50 nanomoles per liter. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Arturo Sotillo

3. One in Seven Americans Relies on Food Banks

One in seven Americans, including 25% of military families, relies on food pantries and meal service programs to feed their families, according to this article from USA Today. The piece explains that hunger exists in every corner of our country and that it is a big problem. “It means that people in America have to make trade-offs,” says Bob Aiken, chief executive officer of Feeding America. “They have to pick between buying food for their children or paying for utilities, rent and medicine.” View the full article here.

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4. Natural Claims are Misleading

The “natural” claim found on food and beverage labels is highly appealing to consumers, but does not have an actual definition from the Food and Drug Administration, reports this article from the Los Angeles Times. “There's a disconnect between what consumers think natural means and what manufacturers think it means,” says Nicole Negowetti, a law professor at Valparaiso University Law School in Indiana. The piece goes on to explain that the confusion surrounding the natural claim has led to more than 200 filed lawsuits. However, manufacturers seem to be moving on, so this issue may no longer be a problem. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Timothy Valentine

5. Why You Should Drink More Water

Dehydration can lead to many health problems, including impacting one’s physical and mental health and speeding up the aging process, according to this article from MindBodyGreen. This piece explains why staying hydrated is important and how it can help you look and feel better by curbing your appetite, keeping your skin youthful and keeping your brain sharp. View the full article here.

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Jessica L. Cline

Jessica L. Cline IDEA Author/Presenter

Jessica is an Editorial Assistant at IDEA Health & Fitness Association. She graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in journalism and a BS in health and exercise science. She has a GFI ce...