Saturday, June 4, 2016

Reduce Your Risk Of Developing Cancer With Aspirin?

Aspirin is one of the most common medications that most of us take because it is so versatile. We take it for headaches, arthritis, sore throats, fever and for help to prevent heart attacks. Aspirin has many attributes. We know that it reduces pain and fever and decreases the tendency of blood to clot, but did you know that there has been increased interest in aspirin's potential as an anti-cancer drug?

Recently several large studies have demonstrated that aspirin may have an anti-cancer effect. Researchers from the American Cancer Society reported that daily aspirin users were 16% less likely to die from cancer than non-users. In absolute numbers this means that aspirin would prevent about 100 cancer deaths a year for every 100.000 men and about 40 cancer deaths a year for every 100,000 women. The biggest effect seemed to be on gastrointestinal cancer.

This study and several others that came to similar conclusions were observational studies. This means that the researchers only published what they observed. The most reliable information comes from randomized, controlled clinical trials, but the evidence that aspirin lowers the incidence of cancer is certainly suggestive.

Remember that with aspirin there is a risk of stomach or intestinal bleeding, ulcers, and stroke. Nevertheless if you are at a high risk for cancer you may want to consider daily low dose aspirin.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

How To Lose Weight By Eating Avocados

How can you lose weight eating avocado? After all avocados are high in calories averaging about 150 per half.  They also have a lot of fat, 10 to 15 grams per half. Isn't this a dietary no no? After all you are packing in dense calories loaded with fat.

The answer is that everything isn't always as it appears to be. The fat in avocados is mostly monounsaturated, like that in olive oil. It doesn't raise blood cholesterol and in fact may help reduce blood cholesterol.

Avocados are also satiating and may help in weight control. A small study reported that obese people who ate half an avocado at lunch reported increased satisfaction and a decreased desire to eat for several hours. Try having some avocado with a meal and see for yourself whether it helps control your snacking between meals.

Remember this is not a complete answer. It is just something that you can try in addition to other lifestyle changes that we recommend.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Understand The Mind Body Relationship

In our books we stress the importance of keeping a calm mind and we discuss techniques that will help you develop inner calmness. Some recent studies illustrate why this is important.

For example did you know that an episode of intense anger is associated with more than an 8 times greater likelihood of having a heart attack within the next two hours? In another study it was reported that having a calm mind reduced compounds that promote the inflammation that is linked to diseases such as arthritis and type 2 diabetes.

Are you concerned about your weight? Being mindful can help you stabilize your weight. In a study published in October 2015 it was found that people who were mindful were found to have less body fat that those who were not mindful. The latter group had a 34% higher incidence of  obesity than the mindful group.

Finally it was recently noted that men and women who viewed age negatively had a significantly higher number of cerebral plaques, an indicator of Alzheimer's disease, than those who had a positive attitude about aging.

Understanding the mind body relationship is important if you want to get on the path to better health.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

To Live Longer Exercise

An incredibly large study of 122,000 people over 60 years of age revealed that those who did just a modest amount of exercise were 22 percent less likely to die than their sedentary counterparts who did not exercise..

In this study those who got off of the couch and averaged  only about 75 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a week improved their longevity.That is a modest  amount of exercise. Should you exercise more than that? Of course! However it may not pay great dividends in your longevity. It turned out that those who exercised two to three times more than 75 minutes a week gained only another 6 percent reduction in mortality.

The researchers recommended that at least 15 minutes of exercise five days a week was a reasonable first target for sedentary older adults who wanted to improve their health. In general we agree, but those of you who do not exercise at all should look at this recommendation as a minimal starting point It is better to move a little than not to move at all.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

We Guarantee That You Will Lose Weight

Do you want to lose weight? If you do we suggest that you forget about special diets, weight loss medications and all of the advertisements on television. It has been proven time and time again that more than 90% of those who try these things regain the weight within a short time. Our suggestion is a common sense method that will work. We guarantee it.

First of all you need to set your goal. If you don not have a goal you will never reach it. Secondly remember that any way you cut it you need to either burn 3,500 calories more or eat 3,500 calories less or any combination of the above to lose one pound.

Start with a healthy diet, eat smaller portions and eat mindfully. You may want to brush up on mindful eating by reading the chapter in our book Live Longer Live Healthier. A reasonable goal for weight loss for most people is a pound a week. Let us know if you have any questions

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