Showing posts from March, 2013

Ready, Set, Exercise!

We’ve all had the thought before. You know, the one that comes to you at 2 a.m. when you’re captivated by an infomercial that promises abs of steel in four-and-a-half minutes a day on some complicated contraption. Or maybe the thought crosses your mind while you’re chasing the grandkids around, thinking how nice it would be to have the energy of an 8-year-old. Still have reservations? Here are answers to four common questions about getting started on the path to physical fitness.

Take Charge: Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

People can live long, healthy lives with diabetes. But, if given the chance, wouldn’t you rather live without a chronic condition, especially one with the potential to cause complications such as heart disease or blindness? Fortunately, the millions of people who are at risk for type 2 diabetes can avoid the condition altogether by taking preventive measures.

A Word About GERD

If you suffer from heartburn two or more days a week, talk with your doctor about gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). If left untreated, it can lead to inflammation, ulcers of the esophagus, asthma, pneumonia, and  a chronic cough.

Ahhh-Choo! 5 Seasonal Allergy Myths

Have you ever heard people say they can’t mow the lawn because they’re allergic to cut grass? Did you automatically assume they were fibbing and really allergic to manual labor instead? You’re not alone. Many myths swirl around the topic of seasonal allergies. Here are five we’d like to set straight.

Weighing Your Options

Read enough magazines or watch enough infomercials and it’s easy to lose sight of the real goal of weight loss. Achieving a healthy weight is about more than looking good in a swimsuit. So much more. People who are in a normal weight range have less risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Losing weight also lessens the burden on your weight-bearing joints.

For people who are extremely overweight, weight-loss surgery can be a way to put them on track, making it easier for a healthy diet and regular exercise to have their intended effect. Are you a good candidate? Use this checklist to find out. If you check “yes” to all the statements that follow, talk to your doctor or a weight-loss surgery specialist about your options.

Colorectal Cancer Can Be Treated

Colorectal cancer can be treated, if you act in time. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 102,480 new cases of colon cancer and 40,340 new cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed in 2013. 

Take it to the Next Level

Want to live longer, feel better and be happier? Get a better night’s sleep? Feel less stress? And (wink) improve your love life? We have what you need, and it’s scientifically proven—guaranteed!

Does it sound as if we’re hawking snake oil here? Nah, we’re talking about exercise, plain and simple. And it’s hard to overstate just how good it is for you. So whether you’re a longtime couch potato trying to extract yourself from the sectional or a power walker looking to ramp things up, now is the time to take yourself to the next level and see how good you can feel.