It’s important to know your body and be proactive about your health. What are you doing to monitor your health between doctor’s visits? Here are five self-exams every woman should do on a monthly basis.
Learn about the health benefits of eating right and working out.
Have you ever been sidelined by a strained muscle? Muscle strains are one of the most common injuries athletes and fitness buffs deal with. Although not life threatening, muscle strains are painful and inconvenient. People toss around the term “muscle strain” loosely, using it to refer to any kind of muscle injury. Have you ever wondered what a strained muscle really is? Most importantly, how can you prevent and treat this common injury?
In 2002 Christine Castillo learned she had Type 2 diabetes. She was 56 and had just become the guardian of six grandchildren. Prior to her diagnosis, she also suffered from high blood pressure. Unfortunately for Castillo, these diseases not only run in her family, but they also relate to weight. Castillo, who is 5-feet and weighs over 200 pounds, worked hard to get her nutrition and weight under control, but it didn’t take long for that to change.
Obesity is a risk factor for a number of chronic health problems including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer. Exercise combined with a healthy diet is one of the best ways to reduce body fat, but even if you’re obese and never lose a pound, a new study shows you’re still getting benefits. Find out why.
Whether we look it or not, cells age. Still, you do have some control over how quickly the cells inside your body age. A new study shows a simple lifestyle change, sitting less, could help slow down the cellular aging process. Find out how exercise, even unstructured exercise you do throughout the day, keeps cells young.
Are you quick to reach for a bottle of ibuprofen when you’re sore from a workout? Ibuprofen, and other NSAID, and exercise don’t always mix. In fact, taking these medications regularly during exercise carries health risks. Find out what these risks are.
Your lifestyle and the diet you eat affect your health on so many levels – it can even affect your genes. Find out what recent research shows about dietary choices and how they impact genes that affect body weight and the risk for disease are expressed. You’ll also find out why it’s important to be consistent with your lifestyle changes.
Do you know how high your cholesterol is? If you’ve had a standard lipid test, the test measured your LDL-cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol and triglycerides. Knowing these values is important, but for some people it may not be enough. Find out what standard lipid testing doesn’t tell you and why it’s important to know.
How effective is exercise at slowing down aging? According to a recent study, many of the problems people experience as they age are related to lack of physical activity and aren’t inevitable. Find out what researchers discovered about aging after studying elite senior athletes.
Do you work an office job where you’re hunched over a keyboard most of the day? If so, you’re at risk for postural problems. This article discusses three common posture problems that are common in people who sit in front of a computer and how exercise can help.