Fitness Factoids: Volume 53
Depression May Impact Blood Pressure
The negative impact that stress can have on the body by causing diseases such as hypertension and mental health have been recognized by doctors for decades. According to researcher Susan Wood at the South Carolina School of Medicine depression, a mental health disorder typically not associated with cardiovascular disease, may in fact be an underlying cause of hypertension for number of people.
Fitness Factoids: Volume 52
Higher Omega-3 Levels Linked to Better Sleep
The importance of proper rest and recovery for optimizing our health and performance cannot be overstated. Without getting enough rest the body is unable to undergo normal cellular repairs that effect everything from our cognition to our physical performance. According to new research published in the Journal of Sleep Research, people with higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids show improved sleep patterns.
Fitness Factoids: Volume 51
Magnesium Decreases Inflammation
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, and is responsible for a number of critical processes including maintaining proper neurological function. New information published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that elevated magnesium levels are associated with decreased systemic inflammation within the body.
Fitness Factoids: Volume 50
Exercise Reduces Stoke Risk in Women
According to a new study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014, moderate exercise has the ability to reduce the risk of stroke in women. For the study researchers tracked 133,479 women who were a part of the California Teachers study. Prior to beginning the study researchers asked women how frequently they engaged in regular exercise.
Fitness Factoids: Volume #49
Exercise May Slow Vision Loss
The benefits of exercise on helping to improve longevity and quality of life have been well documented. Numerous studies have shown exercise’s ability help fight the natural physical decline associated with aging. However, although the benefits of exercise on physical health have been studied extensively, little research has been done on the protective effects of exercise on our vision.
Fitness Factoids: Volume #48
Replacing Fructose with Glucose Doesn’t Improve Health
Consumption of refined carbohydrates and excess sugars such as high-fructose corn syrup have been finger printed as the primary culprits in the American obesity epidemic. Past research has linked high fructose consumption to an increased likelihood of diabetes along with an increased likelihood for developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, a condition commonly associated with obesity.
Fitness Factoids: Volume #47
Melatonin May Lower Prostate Cancer Risk
Melatonin is a vital hormone that plays a critical role in helping to regulate the body’s sleep-wake cycles, also known as circadian rhythms. According to new research conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, men with low melatonin levels may be at an increased risk for developing advanced stage prostate cancer. The study tracked 928 participants from 2002-2006.
Fitness Factoids: Volume 46
Gluten Free Diet May Help Protect Bones
The list of health problems and ailments associated with gluten is astounding. The most common disease associated with gluten consumption is celiac disease, an autoimmune disease caused by gluten that leads to atrophy of the villi in the small intestine. A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology has found that patients who suffer from celiac disease that eliminate gluten from their diets have a reduced risk for suffering bone fractures.