Exercise Is Medicine: Healthy Body and Mind

Recent research strengthens the concept that physical activity not only benefits our bodies and hearts, but also improves our minds and moods. It is well known that older persons suffer depression at a high rate following cardiovascular disease events. However, in this study, researchers suggest that persons engaging in cardiorespiratory fitness during middle-age are less likely, in later life, to suffer depression in general and to avoid cardiovascular related death even if they are diagnosed with depression. Follow the link for details.

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/fullarticle/2686049

Cancer Risks: Overfat Is A Culprit

Being overweight is an accepted suspect for numerous metabolic syndromes, such as heart disease, hypertension, osteoarthritis, and diabetes. Less known is the impact of obesity as a cancer causing agent. Read this short article for more information.

https://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/diet-and-weight-loss/extra-pounds-means-extra-cancer-risk/

New Year, Healthy Kids

Research continues to show the direct benefit of exercise for our children’s physical and mental well-being. Exercise reduces childhood obesity and increases academic performance, according to study after study. Check out this link for summaries of 2 research projects which support this concept.

Exercise and Children: Better Brain Health, Less Obesity, Less Stress

Beware The Perceived Messages In Research

Here, we read that some original researchers of a study regarding acceptable levels of Vitamin D did not intend for their research to create the resulting “pandemic” known as Vitamin D deficiency. Certain lifestyles require more Vitamin D (and other vitamins, for that matter) than others. We should always be skeptical of one-size-fits-all proclamations.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/vitamin-d-whats-right-level-2016121910893