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45 Tips To Live a Healthier Life – Personal Excellence

How healthy are you? Do you have a healthy diet? Do you exercise regularly? Do you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day? Do you get enough sleep every day? Do you live a healthy lifestyle?

Our body is our temple, and we need to take care of it. Do you know thatover 70% of Americans are either obese or overweight?[1] Thats insane! Think of your body as your physical shell to take you through life.If you repeatedly abuse it with unhealthy habits, your shell will wear out quickly.

Life is beautiful and you dont want to bog yourself down with unnecessary health problems. Today, your vital organs (kidney, heart, lungs, gall bladder, liver, stomach, intestines, etc.) may be working well, but they may not be tomorrow. Dont take your good health for granted. Take proper care of your body.

Good health isnt just about healthy eating and exercise its also about having a positive mental health, a positive self-image, and a healthy lifestyle.In this article, I share 45 tips to live a healthier life. Bookmarkthis post and save the tips, because they are going to be vital in living a healthier life.

Furthermore, drinking more water aids in losing weight. A Health.com study carried out among overweight or obese people showed that water drinkers lose 4.5 more pounds than a control group. The researchers believe that its because drinking more water helps fill your stomach, making you less hungry and less likely to overeat.

The amount of water you need depends on your age, weight, humidity level, and your physical activity. There used to be a recommendation to drink 8 glasses of water, but in 2004 this recommendation was removed and healthy adults are recommended to use thirst to determine their fluid needs.[2]Bear in mind that food intake contributes to our fluid intake too fruits, soups, juices have high water content. How to tell if you need water: if you have dry lips, dry mouth, or little urination, youre probably not hydrated enough. Go get some water first before you continue this article!

Why do so many doctors, cereal boxes, supermarket aisles, studies, etc. recommend high fiber then? This recommendation originated from a large macro-study that suggested that high fiber intake may lower risk of colon cancer. However, this did notaccount for factors like lifestyle and diet.Follow-up studies showed that fiber intake had very little, if any, link to colon cancer.[Harvard, School of Public Health]One possible reason is that many high-fiber foods happen to contain vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals, that are helpful for the body. People who consume a high-fiber diet are also likely to eat less red meat, drink less alcohol, smoke less, and get regular exercise all healthy behaviors that can reduce cancer risk.[3]Should we cut out fruits/vegetables then? Well, contrary to popular belief, manyfruits/vegetables have low fiber. Much of fruit/vegetable content is water. (The fiber content in watermelon is 0.4%, honeydew 0.8%, grapes 0.9%, and strawberry 2%. For vegetables, cucumber has 0.5% fiber, mushrooms 1%, tomato 1.2%, lettuce 1.3%, and spinach 2.2%.) You can also juice vegetables to remove fiber.

The real fiber contributors are grains bread, pasta, and wheat products. White bread/pasta/macaroni has 3% fiber;multi-grain breadhas 12% fiber, and multi-grain cereals can have 22% or more fiber. High-fiber and whole wheat are the in thing today; some cereals have over 30% fiber! Unlike fruits and vegetables, its very easy to eat a lot of grains in one sitting, which adds up fiber consumption. Legumes and nuts have fiber content of 8-25% but they occur in very low quantities in a daily diet. Meat/Fats/Dairy have 0 fiber.

My personal recommendation:(1) Eat less grains/wheat; (2) Eat fruits/veg as per normal; (3) If you want to eat a LOT of fruits/vegetables for the minerals, go for green powders which have all the minerals without the fiber; (4) Eat other things in moderation. A typical diet with fish/chicken (zero fiber), dairy (zero fiber), low fiber fruits/vegetables, and some rice is already low fiber. On the other hand, when you stuff yourself with fiber, you may start noticing bloating, bulkier stools, and even piles / anal fissures. Read: Fiber and Constipation Research Study | Fiber and Colon Cancer [Harvard] |Fiber Menace| Dietary Fiber [Video] | Fiber Menace Reviews (real people who ate a high fiber diet based on doctor recommendations and suffered from constipation, bleeding, etc.)

Be careful of fad diets. Eat a diet with a well-rounded distribution of macro-nutrients (40% carbs, 30% proteins, 30% fats, vs. being skewed to one particular group). In a study of pre-diabetics, those on a high protein diet (defined as 40% carb, 30% protein, 30% fat) resulted in 100% remission of pre-diabetes to normal glucose tolerance, while those on a high carb diet (defined as 55% carb, 15% protein, 30% fat) resulted in only 33% remission.[4]

However, glycemic index is only one part of the story we need to look at theglycemic load, which tells us how high our blood sugar rises when we consume the food, depending on the amount consumed. Glycemic load is calculated by multiplying GI by the amount of carbs consumed, divided by 100.A glycemic load of 10 or below is considered low; 20 or above is considered high.

For this reason, fruits have high GI but a low glycemic loadfor the quantity normally consumed. For example, watermelon has a high GI of 80. But a serving of watermelon has so little carbs (6 grams) that its glycemic load is only 5.Eating a food with a low GI but in large quantity is similarly unhealthy. Macaroni has a GI of 50 but the usual serving of 180 grams will lead to a glycemic load of 24. You can lower the glycemic load of a food by pairing it with fat and protein. Here is a list withglycemic index/load for 100+ foods.

Which health tips are most applicable for you right now? These are timeless tips, so bookmark this article and integrate these tips into your life. Share these tips with your family and friends to help them stay healthy.

Be sure to check out my 14-Day Healthy Living Challenge:Healthy Living Challenge Overview

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Being healthy involves more than eating an occasional salad or going for a short walk once every few weeks, but while you’ll need to put in some effort, your health is well worth it. To live a healthy lifestyle, consistently choose healthy foods, fit more exercise and physical activity into your daily routine, and practice good hygiene. You’ll also need to avoid unhealthy habits, like fad dieting and neglecting sleep. Making lifestyle improvements may require some gradual adjustment, but improved health is readily accessible once you commit to it. [1]

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How can I stop myself from eating so much?

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Eat a high calorie breakfast! This will decrease your hunger for the rest of the day as well as speed up your metabolism. Make sure you drink a lot of water, and drink a glass before eating, since you will become full faster. Using smaller plates has a psychological effect which decreases the amount of food you eat. Also, try to limit the amount of sugar and empty calories you take in and eat more lean protein which will keep you full longer and less hungry.

How many hours should teenagers sleep?

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Teenagers should get between eight and ten hours of sleep each night to be healthy.

What foods that I can eat for a few days to cleanse my body?

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Lemon, cucumber, and basically any kind of veggie.

Should I stop eating sourdough bread? Is it considered a white bread, and is it unhealthy?

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You don’t need to stop eating anything completely if you really like it; everything is okay in small doses. Sourdough isn’t generally considered white bread; it’s considered its own kind of bread, and some think it’s healthier than plain white bread. Whole wheat bread is healthier, though.

What is a good atmosphere for a healthy lifestyle?

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A good atmosphere for a healthy lifestyle includes being around other people that have the same drive to be healthy, not around those that encourage unhealthy behaviors. Also, maintaining a clean house (especially kitchen) will make you feel like you’re more in control of your life and thus will help you lead a better life. Last but not least, remember that health is not a destination but a journey, so you must always be working towards a healthier body and life.

Is there an easy way to sleep well?

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Yes. Just allot yourself enough time to get a good night’s sleep. Stick to a regular sleep schedule as best as you can, rather than sleeping and waking up at different times from day to day. Do not exercise within 2 hours of sleeping. Do not eat large amounts of food before going to sleep. Avoid caffeine or sugary foods and drinks before sleeping. Try not to use your TV, computer, phone, tablet or any other screen shortly before sleeping. Dim your lights before you go to sleep. All of this, combined with living a healthier lifestyle all around should greatly increase your quality of sleep.

How can I lose fat in the thigh and tummy area?

How much sleep should I get if I am 12 years old?

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12-year-olds need about 9-10 hours of sleep every night to be healthy.

What happens if I only get 4 hours of sleep a night?

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Once in a while it really won’t hurt you, but if it happens all the time your immune system will be affected, and you’ll be more likely to get sick. You’ll also be prone to fatigue, headaches, trouble concentrating, and other impairments.

Is jogging a way to lose drastic weight?

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Yes, if you do it regularly and eat as few carbs as possible.

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Faith and healthy lifestyle key factor to a long life – Perry County Tribune (registration)

On Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 Mrs. Evelyn Garner will celebrate her 104th birthday.

Mrs. Garner, a former resident of Buchtel, Nelsonville and New Lexington, currently resides at the Somerset Health and Rehabilitation.

The only surviving sibling of a family of 18 brothers and sisters, Mrs. Garner enjoys spending time with her six grandchildren, that includes; Gloria LaBeau of Naples, FL.; Beverly Dubin of Akron; Mark McGee of Athens; Jeff McGee of Somerset; Brian of Canal Winchester and Marla Moore of Dublin. She also has 12 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Mrs. Garner and her late husband, William Bill, who passed away in 1999, had one daughter, the late Barbara Tinto of New Lexington.

During World War II, Mrs. Garner work as a boot maker, and enjoyed traveling in the United States and Europe when she retired. She attributes her long life to faith and a healthy lifestyle.

Birthday card wishes may be sent to her at Somerset Health and Rehabilitation on North Columbus Street.

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Run into a healthier lifestyle with the help of CSUF resources – The Daily Titan

After a long day of jotting down notes during class, suffering through customers at work and dealing with the other random absurdities of life, the last thing anyone wants to do is eat a salad or run a few miles.

However, students need to put time aside to better their habits if they want to live healthier, less sedentary lives, and theres no better time to start than now.

There is a reason the freshman 15 exists, and its all too easy to fall into an unhealthy lifestyle especially with the stress of school and work.

But thankfully, CSUF has great resources available for anyone willing to drop that package of Takis and pick up some carrot sticks instead.

College students are challenged with the skill that are required to balance life and to make an active lifestyle a priority, said CSUF public health and health education professor Laura Chandler.

According to the American College Health Association in the California State University Fullerton Executive Summary of spring 2016, only 2.9 percent of students reported that they ate five or more servings of vegetables per day.

In terms of exercise, the numbers werent any better.

The report stated that only 13 percent of students have done at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 5-7 days out of the week.

When students do make efforts to improve their eating or exercise habits, they often get reeled in by fads and trends that arent based on science. Victims of a gluten-free, Atkins or low-fat diet serve as prime examples.

Rather than falling prey to the latest trends, students should make an effort to take control of their eating and exercise habits now to make for a healthier long-term solution.

With the many resources available on campus, its not as hard as it seems to start a healthy lifestyle right now.

Not only do students get a free membership to the Student Recreation Center, but there are exercise classes offered by the kinesiology department.

I strongly recommend every student to sign up for a one unit activity class, Chandler said. It breaks up your day. It will keep you active. You have to go. It keeps you motivated.

Students with gym anxiety may beg to differ and may not be eager to work out in front of others in a class or while at the gym.

There are so many fun different types of activities that you dont have to be an athlete to get involved with, Chandler said. Find something that works for you even if its pingpong or frisbee or volleyball or tennis or walking.

Students who attended Discoverfest last week might have noticed all the different activity clubs there are on campus, which are most likely still accepting new members. Unlike going to the gym alone or attending a class, this route allows just as much exercising as socializing, giving students a support group of people who have fun together by being active.

For those who prefer to be active outside rather than in a gym, the Fullerton Arboretum provides a nice little nature walk and yoga classes.

Dont worry about missing out on opportunities like Discoverfest, FOODucation workshops are available weekly around Fullerton and students can sign up online.

College students health wont improve by continuing to live sedentary lifestyles filled with poor eating choices. Taking advantage of the many opportunities offered on campus can steadily improve eating and exercise habits.

It wont be easy and at times it might not be the most fun option, but learning to live an active lifestyle can prevent students from permanently becoming part of the couch they sit on all day.

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WEBVTT >> I THINK I’LL MAKE THIS ANANNUAL EVENT FOR ME.REPORTER:rt THOUSANDS COME OUT TOTHE MAYOR’S HIKE, BIKE, ANDPADDLE EACH YEAR, BUT FOR BILLWITHROW, THIS WAS HIS FIRST TIMECHECKING OUT THE EVENT.>> MOVEMENT IS IMPORTANT, I’VEWATCHED INDIVIDUALS GET OLDERAND THEY THINK THEY’VE GOT TOrtSLOW DOWN WHEN ACTUALLY YOU GOTTO SPEED UP, SO WE TAKE THISOPPORTUNITY TO DO BETTER BY OURBODIES.REPORTER:rt PAMELA SUTTON HAS BEENVOLUNTEERING FOR THE BIANNUALEVENT FOR FIVE YEARS.SHE LOVES THE CAMARADERIE ITBRINGS IN THE COMMUNITY.>> I LOVE BEING OUT WITH TrtHEPEOPLE, I LOVE SHARING THE IDEAWITH MY FAMILY AND ALL OF US AREON THE JOURNEY TO HAVING AHEALTHIER LIFESTYLE AND THIS ISWHERE IT STARTED.REPORTER:rt WHETHER YOU AREGETTING PUMPED P WITH THESEZUMBA LOVERS OR STRETCHING INTOYOGA POSES, YOU CAN BE SURE,THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONEDOWN AT THE WATERFRONT.>> THE BIG PICTURE IS EVERYBODYWANTS TO BE HEALTHY, SO THrtEQUESTION IS ARE YOU GOING TO GETOFF THE COUCH AND BE HEALTHY SO?SO THIS IS AN EXCUSE TO BRINGTHE WHOLE FAMILY OUT AND COMErtOUT BY YOURSELF, TOO, YOU CANHIKE, BIKE, PADDLE, YOGA, THAICHI, IT IS ALL GOING ON HERE ANDIT IS A GREAT WAY TO BRING THEENTIRE CITY, YOU SEE PEOPLE FROMALL OVER LOUISVILLE HERE.rtREPORTER: PADDLERS HIT THE OHIORIVER FOR AN ADVENTUREDOWNSTREAM TO NEW ALBANY.WHILE CYCLISTS TOOK OFF ON A 9MILE RIDE TO THE PORTLANDNEIGHBORHOOD AND BACK.>> IT IS JUST THE ATMOSPHERE ANDrtSEEING ALL THE PEOPLE YOU KNOW,

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The mayor’s hike, bike and paddle draws thousands to Waterfront Park every year on Labor Day, and Monday was no different.

The community event brings together people in the community to practice living a healthy lifestyle.

Cyclists took off at 10 a.m. Monday for a 9-mile ride to the Portland neighborhood and back.

Paddlers hit the Ohio River for an adventure downstream to New Albany, and those exploring by foot traveled along the riverwalk for a 5K.

Other activities included zumba, tai chi and yoga.

The mayor said the goal is to get people moving.

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FIT&FAB: I’m 30kg lighter but my healthy lifestyle pursuit just begun – Daily Nation

By MARION MAINAMore by this Author

At only 22, my weight was oscillating between 100kg and 108 kg. How did I let it get that far? Why didnt anyone do or say something? Do something?

Ironically, I was underweight at birth. As a toddler, I was almost scrawny. My mother would get very cross with me for refusing to eat. When I agreed to eat, it would be ridiculous combos like boiled rice and black tea (strungi).

Evidently, I was not born with a weight problem. I acquired it, just like any other lifestyle disease. I had a frank conversation with my mother after I went public on my weight loss journey. She disclosed how happy she had been to notice a surge in my appetite for snacks after I joined kindergarten. I was placed on a feeding program that she and I now agree was not the healthiest option at the time. Thats when my obesity began.

October 4,2017 will mark exactly two years since I made the decision of my life. I decided to take charge of my health which was slowly going down the drain. Like the trickle of a punctured pipe, unnoticeably seeping out little droplets of water. Then one day the water bill arrives, rocking a digit that is triple your salary!

You see, until that fateful day on October 4,2015, life had been a breeze. Or so I let myself believe. Surrounded by very loving family and friends, I buried my head in the sand much like the proverbial ostrich, totally oblivious to the eminent danger that was staring back at me every time I looked into a mirror.

DIFFICULT WEIGHTLOSS JOURNEY

The past two years have not been easy. Between sweat, tears, bitter-tasting smoothies and being constantly misunderstood, I have been able to bring my weight down to the range of 67kgs-70kgs.

The sweat was from rigorous exercises on YouTube, jogging and occasional gym sessions. Tears were plenty in the first year, I wanted to give up so badly! Both the sweat and tears have hence ceased considerably. I am doing less strenuous workouts and the tears are not for weight loss anymore.

Being misunderstood, however, is still ongoing and usually sounds like this:

So why are you not eating cake, si you slimmed?

Why are you so complicated? Sasa, what do you eat?

You are still eating your ma-things? That is slavery!

Over the past 11 months, I have learnt not to explain myself every single time. Im in pursuit for a healthy body as a way of life. Recently, I adopted the Low-Carb High Fat diet. In just two months, I have dropped a few inches off and attained an amazing skin glow. I’m a living proof that food is medicine. And bad food as is with medicine, is poisonous, fatal.

We will embark on the journey of weight loss together. My joys, my sorrows, my exercise hacks, my recipes may just lighten the journey for the next obesity conqueror.

Fit&Fab is a new blog series by Marion Maina where she shares her pursuit of a healthy body as a way of life. Do you have feedback on this story? E-mail: [emailprotected]

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On the Record (Hector Gomez) – Bureau County Republican

Where were you born? Mercedes, Texas

Where do you live now? Princeton

How long have you lived there? 12 years

Where do you work? Bureau County Health Department

What is your job title? Fiscal director/assistant administrator

How long have you worked there? 11 years, since May 6, 2006

What advantages are there to your position at the health department?

Working a normal schedule 8-5 Monday to Friday, military friendly employer, and great benefits.

What challenges do you see with your job at the health department? Having to deal with the incompetence of the state of Illinois to pass a balance budget!

How have the finances with the state of Illinois impacted our local health department? We have managed to continue doing the things we do here by being fiscally responsible.

In general, do you think Bureau County residents are healthier or not as healthy as residents from other parts of the state? I believe that we are a healthy county but can still do more to make our residents maintain a healthy lifestyle.

What is the best way parents/grandparents can teach their children/grandchildren good health practices? Start before your children are born by eating right and not smoking and drinking alcohol. Once children are born, continue to introduce good eating habits throughout their life, so they can pass it on to their children.

What do you think is the most significant health problem in Bureau County for adults? Inactivity, which can lead to obesity and other health problems.

What do you think is the most significant health problem in Bureau County for seniors? Isolation and lack of social interaction.

What do you think is the most significant health problem in Bureau County for teens/children? For most is the lack of exercise from all the electronics available to them and isolation from the virtual world.

Has working at the health department affected how you think of your own health? What lifestyle changes have you made for a healthier lifestyle? Working at the health department has not affected the way I think about my health. I spent 27 years in the military and have always maintained a healthy lifestyle.

In the perfect world, the local health department ______ (fill in the blank): Would be the place to go for health related information relating to the public and the place to receive all vaccinations required for school age children. Also all vaccines required by adults to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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California Figs Fit A Healthy Lifestyle | 09/05/17 | Markets Insider – Markets Insider

FRESNO, Calif., Sept. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ –As consumer demand for healthy, convenient and tasty food choices increase, so too does the demand for California Figs. Though an Ancient fruit and beloved for centuries, figs are on the up rise as a go-to snack and ingredient.

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“Figs fit a healthy lifestyle because they’re portable, delicious and nutritious,” says Valerie Waters, celebrity fitness trainer to stars like Jennifer Garner and Cindy Crawford throughout her career. “I encourage my clients to seek out good-for-you food that tastes great so when you see California Figs, buy them!”

California Figs are an excellent source of fiber, and figs contribute essential vitamins and minerals to your diet, including iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6 and copper. Figs are also fat, sodium and cholesterol-free.

Figs Fit No Matter the SeasonCalifornia Fresh Figs are available May-December. A wonderful treat all on their own, fresh figs are also an amazing addition to freshen up salads, salsas and sauces for the grill. California Dried Figs are available year-round. Keep them in your pantry as a quick and easy snack or dice them up and add them to your favorite energy ball or bar recipe.

“Breakfast is still one of the most important meals of the day and adding figs provides a natural sweetness and guarantees you’re getting those extra vitamins and nutrients to power you through your day,” continues Waters. “California Fresh or Dried Figs are an awesome addition to smoothies, overnight oats, yogurt bowls or breakfast toasts.”

When You Think Figs, Think CaliforniaCalifornia produces 98 percent of fresh figs and 100 percent of dried figs grown in the U.S. California’s fig farmers adhere to the highest standards and dedicate special care to the fig orchards that have been passed down for generations ensuring California Fresh and Dried Figs are the best quality in the world.

“You can taste the difference and you’re buying local so when you think figs, think California,” concludes Waters.

For California Fig recipes and videos featuring Waters, visit http://www.CaliforniaFigs.com.

About the California Fig Advisory Board and the California Fresh Fig Growers AssociationThe California Fig Advisory Board and California Fresh Fig Growers Association promote awareness and the use of California-produced dried and fresh figs domestically and internationally. California Fig growers, processors and marketers fund the activities of the industry.

About Valerie WatersTwenty years’ experience getting celebrities ready for important movie roles, events, magazine layouts and awards ceremonies has established Valerie Waters as the premier personal trainer in Los Angelesone who can produce the results, and fast. Featured in top publications ranging from Glamour, Vanity Fair and In Style to Fitness, Self and People, Waters is the first person called by Hollywood’s elite when they need to either get in shape or stay that way. She also coaches women online through her programs and Red Carpet Ready Bootcamps where thousands of women have transformed their bodies. Waters is the author of Red Carpet Ready and creator of the hottest fitness tool, Valslide.

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Blood clot risk — and other problems — might be tied to how tall you are – CNN

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That blood clot risk was lowest among the shortest women and men and appeared to increase with height, the research showed.

“However, the height in the population has increased, and continues increasing, which could be contributing to the fact that the incidence of thrombosis has increased,” he said. “I think we should start to include height in risk assessment just as overweight, although formal studies are needed to determine exactly how height interacts with inherited blood disorders and other conditions.”

‘Body size in general is an important factor’

Among men, an association with height was found for risk of blood clots in the lungs, called pulmonary embolism, as well as in the legs and other locations. Among women, only the risk of blood clots in the legs was significantly associated with height.

“If the clot is big enough, that can cause death, which is sometimes sudden,” she said.

The researchers also found that the strong association between blood clot risk and height remained among the siblings.

“Overall, it is a solid study with good research methodology used,” Okeke-Igbokwe said.

“The bottom line regarding this recent study, whether you are a taller or shorter individual, you must be aware of all the additional lifestyle factors that may increase your risk for blood clots, such as smoking or a sedentary lifestyle,” she said. “We have no control over our height, but we certainly can all take the appropriate measures in making healthy lifestyle choices to reduce the risk of various conditions.”

One limitation of the study was that the researchers did not have information on the participants’ childhoods, home environments and diets. However, they used educational level as a measure of lifestyle factors.

“Basically, the blood has to travel up a vein against gravity, and when there is a longer distance to travel, there is more opportunity for the blood to clot abnormally,” she said. “This is not the case in the arms, for example, where arm movement allows blood to more easily flow out of the limb with the help of gravity.”

When it comes to the new study, the “robust” design could be replicated to determine whether height correlates with other health problems, said Ulhas Naik, professor of medicine and director of the Cardeza Center for Vascular Biology Research at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, who was not involved in the new study.

“Being tall, there are benefits in some ways in some diseases, (and) there is the opposite in some other diseases,” he said. “This kind of a study is a good starting point to now look at other diseases.”

Cancer risk goes up with height?

The paper also suggested that certain genetic factors and biological pathways affecting adult height may affect the risk of those cancers.

As with the Plos Medicine study, the researchers behind the 2015 study pointed to certain genetic factors and biological pathways affecting height as having an important role in the development of breast cancer.

Is short stature tied to gestational diabetes risk?

A study of 135,861 pregnancies in women of various races in the US, of whom 5,567 were diagnosed with gestational diabetes, found that taller height was significantly associated with a lower risk of gestational diabetes.

Overall, women in the highest height quartile in that study had more than 60% lower risk of gestational diabetes compared with women in the lowest quartile, even after accounting for maternal age, weight, race, insurance and education, according to the findings.

“In contrast, height was positively associated with death from ruptured aortic aneurysm, pulmonary embolism, melanoma and cancers of the pancreas, endocrine and nervous systems, ovary, breast, prostate, colorectum, blood and lung,” the abstract said. That study involved an analysis of 121 prospective studies including about 1 million people.

NYU Langone’s Okeke-Igbokwe said that with all of these height-related correlations — from cancer to heart diseases — the exact underlying mechanisms still need to be fleshed out.

“Undoubtedly, an increased number of large-scale studies will still be required to really examine the correlation between height and these other medical conditions,” she said.

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Sponsor spotlight: Harbor Square Athletic Club Healthy Lifestyle Tip good protein sources – My Edmonds News

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food ~ Hippocrates

Protein can help you shed those unwanted pounds and keep your belly full. But its important to eat the right amount and the right kind of protein to get its health benefits.

SeafoodSeafood is an excellent source of protein because its usually low in fat. Fish such as salmon is a little higher in fat, but it is the heart-healthy kind: it has omega-3 fatty acids.

White-Meat PoultryStick to the white meat of poultry for excellent, lean protein. Dark meat is a little higher in fat. The skin is loaded with saturated fat, so remove skin before cooking.

Milk, Cheese and YogurtNot only are dairy foods like milk, cheese, and yogurt excellent sources of protein, but they also contain valuable calcium, and many are fortified with vitamin D. Choose skim or low-fat dairy to keep bones and teeth strong and help prevent osteoporosis.

EggsEggs are one of the least expensive forms of protein. The American Heart Association says normal healthy adults can safely enjoy an egg a day.

BeansOne-half cup of beans contains as much protein as an ounce of broiled steak. Plus, these nutritious nuggets are loaded with fiber to keep you feeling full for hours.

Pork TenderloinThis great and versatile white meat is 31 percent leaner than it was 20 years ago.

SoyFifty grams of soy protein daily can help lower cholesterol by about 3 percent. Eating soy protein instead of sources of higher-fat protein and maintaining a healthy diet can be good for your heart.

Lean BeefLean beef has only one more gram of saturated fat than a skinless chicken breast. Lean beef is also an excellent source of zinc, iron, and vitamin B12.

Protein on the GoIf you dont have time to sit down for a meal, grab a meal replacement drink, cereal bar or energy bar. Check the label to be sure the product contains at least 6 grams of protein and is low in sugar and fat.

Protein at BreakfastResearch shows that including a source of protein like an egg or Greek yogurt at breakfast along with a high-fiber grain like whole wheat toast can help you feel full longer and eat less throughout the day.

Source: Webmd.com courtesy Harbor Square Athletic Club

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