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Poor sleep a Heart Health Risk

Poor sleep a Heart Health Risk

Are you getting enough quality sleep? Are you sleeping longer than you should? Poor sleep habits may put you at higher risk for early signs of heart disease when compared to those who get adequate, good quality sleep, according to a study published in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

It is becoming more widely accepted that poor or not enou...


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Exercise and aging - a study

Exercise and aging - a study

Have you ever wondered what your brain will be like when you got old and whether it will survive the test of time and let you stay sharp until you die?

Or whether any of the recommended ways to maintain your brain structure and function actually make any difference. (with exercise being at the top of the list)

A few years ago, Olga Kotelko, a 93-year-old Canadian track-and-field athlete with mo...


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Brief exercise good for blood sugar

Brief exercise good for blood sugar

Although a recent study involved children, I think the message is important for all of us.

The study of 28 healthy, normal-weight children found that doing three minutes of moderate-intensity walking every half hour over three hours of sitting led to lower levels of blood sugar and insulin, compared to another day when the children sat for three hours straight.

According to the study published i...


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Health Benefits of Fasting

Health Benefits of Fasting

I am often asked about diet and eating, and how nutrition and exercise interact to improve both health and performance as we age. One question I have had recently is about fasting, so I thought I would discuss fasting and some of its benefits.

Fasting can be for short periods, such as skipping breakfast or a couple of meals through to a longer fast of a few days. Fasting isn't for everyone but...


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Relationship between body mass and dementia

In the largest study ever to look at relationships between body weight and likelihood of developing dementia, researchers found that being too thin appears to carry the greatest risk.

Among nearly two million people in the U.K. observed over time, those who were underweight had the highest dementia risk in old age, and the risk continued to drop with rising body mass index (BMI) - a measure of we...


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Cheese and blood cholesterol

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