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Statin Drugs Over Prescribed and Pose Unnecessary Health Threats for Many 10/15/12

Over the years I have been commissioned to deliver many wellness and lifestyle medicine lectures to the employees of large companies, financial institutions, as well as legal and accounting firms, in Canada and the United States. In conversation with the director of Human Resources of these corporate entities they often tell me that the single most expensive drain on the employee health benefits plan is the cost of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. A 2012 report showed that 32 million Americans were prescribed a sta...

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Omega-3 Fat Supplementation Lengthens Telomeres and Reduces Inflammation: Human study finds 10/02/12

A remarkable human study published in 2012, in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity, showed that overweight, sedentary adults, who were given a daily omega-3 fatty supplement, realized a lengthening of their DNA telomeres and reduced blood markers of inflammation and free radical damage, compared to subjects given the placebo.   Telomeres are short fragments of DNA that act as caps at the end of the DNA in each of our cells, and can be likened to the protective plastic tips at the end of a shoelace. E...

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Weight Training Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes 09/14/12

A 2012 study showed that men who perform weight training for a total of 150 minutes per week, on average, reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by 34%. Researchers collected data on 32,002 men enrolled in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study from 1990-2008. During that time, there were 2,278 new cases of type 2 diabetes during 508,332 person-years of follow-up. This is very interesting, as most of the time we think of aerobic (endurance) exercise as an important intervention to...

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Middle Age Fitness Reduces Risk of Many Degenerative Health Problems 09/04/12

A study published in August 2012 showed that staying fit during middle age is associated with a decreased risk of developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and heart disease, during the next several years. Here we see another large study showing that physical activity likely represents an important determinant of healthy aging. The researchers merged data from the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study with individuals' Medicare claims when they reached age 65 years or older. The study included...

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MD’s Still Not Providing Important Dietary Advice: Study Finds 08/30/12

An eye-opening publication by Kushner in 1995 highlighted the disturbing attitudes, practice behaviors, and obstacles to the delivery of nutrition counseling by family doctors in the US. The review article provided compelling evidence that nutrition and dietary counseling should be key components in the delivery of preventive health services by family doctors. Kushner recommended a multifaceted approach to change physicians' counseling practices to include detailed advice on nutritional modifications as applied to t...

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Small Amount of Weight Loss Yields Major Health Benefits: Astonishing findings from the Diabetes Prevention Program 08/08/12

Research presented by Dr. Rena Wing, PhD., at the American Psychological Association's 120th Annual Convention (2012) showed that even modest weight loss, an average of 14 pounds, reduced risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 58%.   These results were derived from Dr Wing’s work with the Diabetes Prevention Program, a national study of 3,000 overweight individual who also had impaired glucose tolerance (high blood sugar). Patient in the study received counseling on how t...

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