Runners Live Longer

Running for two hours a week could add about three years to your life, a new study suggests. Analyzing existing literature on the link between exercise and longevity, a research team found that running at any pace is associated with an up to 40 percent lower risk for premature death, The New York Times reports. The researchers suspect that running reduces common risk factors, including high blood pressure and extra body fat, but say it’s also possible that runners are more likely to have other healthy habits, such as eating healthfully and not smoking. For reasons that aren’t clear, the benefits of other forms of exercise, such as walking and biking, weren’t as striking, accounting for a roughly 12 percent drop in risk of early death. Overall, most people who laced up their sneakers for two hours weekly would end up running nearly six months over the course of 40 (Read More)

Midlife Weight Gain

Americans tend to gain a pound of two each year between early adulthood and middle age. That gradual weight gain may not seem to be a cause for concern, but Harvard scientists warn that the extra pounds add up and significantly increase the risk for chronic health issues and early death. The researchers analyzed the health records of about 118,000 people. Women gained an average of 22 pounds between the ages of 18 and 55, while men packed an average of 19 pounds. The study found that a gain of five pounds was the threshold for health problems. For every 11 pounds a person gained, the risk for type 2 diabetes rose by 30 percent, for high blood pressure by 14 percent, and for cancer by 6 percent. Study author Frank Hu tells MedicalDaily.com that “even a modest around of weight gain may have important health consequences.”

Hypochondria and Heart Disease

Worrying about getting sick may actually make you sick. That’s the conclusion of a new study from Norway that suggests hypochondriacs are at greater risk for heart disease, reports The Guardian (U.K.). Researchers asked 7,052 adults to complete questionnaires about their health concerns and then undergo physical exams. About 10 percent of volunteers had “health anxiety” they essentially worried about ailments they didn’t have. When the researchers tracked the volunteers’ heart health for 12 years, they found that those with health anxiety were 71 percent likelier to develop cardiac problems. The more severe their anxiety, the higher their risk. These findings don’t prove that hypochondria causes’ heart disease, but the study’s authors nevertheless believe that taking steps to ease unnecessary anxiety could have health benefits. “Instead of worrying about what’s going on with your body and running to the doctor for any physical health problem,” says lead author Line Iden (Read More)

Caffeine Cubs Dementia Risk

Coffee lovers probably don’t need any more encouragement to indulge in a cup of joe. But a new study suggests caffeine may help stave off dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment among older women, reports HuffingtonPost.com. Researchers tracked the brain function and caffeine consumption of 6,476 women ages 65 and older, for 10 years. After considering other risks, including depression, smoking, heart disease, and alcohol intake, they found the women who drank the caffeine equivalent of about three 8 ounce cups of coffee a day reduced their risk for dementia by 36 percent. The findings don’t establish a cause and effect relationship, and it remains unclear how caffeine might help, the stimulant may block certain chemical receptors in the brain that could malfunction and impair learning and memory as people age. But Ira Driscoll, the study’s author, was nevertheless encouraged by the results. “The mounting evidence of caffeine consumption (Read More)

Meditation and Inflammation

While a growing number of people swear by the power of mindfulness meditation to ease anxiety, skeptics question whether the practice offers real physiological benefits. But doubters may want to consider a new study showing that mindfulness has measurable effects on specific markers of stress and inflammation. Researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center randomly assigned 89 people with generalized anxiety disorder to take either an eight-week mindfulness-meditation stress-reduction course, or general stress management classes that focused on wellness topics, like healthy eating and good sleep habits. After analyzing blood samples from each participant, the team found people who engaged in mindfulness meditation were better able to cope with stressful situations, ScienceDaily.com reports. Those who learned to meditate had significantly lower levels of the stress hormone ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) and markers of inflammation, called pro-inflammatory cytokines, than the ones who didn’t. “Mindfulness-meditation training is a relatively inexpensive and low-stigma treatment approach,” (Read More)

The Downsides of Secrets

Keeping secrets can lead to stress, sleep loss, and other unhealthy consequences, new research suggests. Psychologists at Columbia Business School asked 1,200 Americans online, and 312 in person, about their secrets. Participants admitted to keeping an average of 13 things to themselves – such as thoughts of infidelity, sexual fantasies, and betrayals of trust including five about which they’d never told anyone. But the researchers found that they spent twice as much time dwelling on their secrets in private then they did actively concealing them from others – and that the more often people ruminated on their secrets, the less healthy they said they were. “Secrets exert a gravitational pull on our attention,” study co-author Malia Mason tells MedicalDaily.com. “It’s the cyclical revisiting of our mistakes that explains the harmful effects that secrets can have on our well-being and relationship satisfaction.”

The Power Of Sleep – Better Than Winning The Lottery

Improving the quality of your sleep can make you feel as good as winning the lottery, a new study suggests. British researchers analyzed the slumber patterns of more than 30,500 people over the course of four years and found those who made positive changes in their sleep habits were significantly happier and healthier. In fact, researchers said, the mental and physical advantages of better sleep were similar to improvements observed in British lottery winners two years after they’ve hit a $250,000 jackpot, reports ScienceDaily.com. It’s estimated that more than one-third of adults in the U.S. don’t get enough sleep, which puts them at higher risk of developing diabetes, obesity, depression, and other chronic health issues. Are you one of the many people that occasionally has problems sleeping? You should know that Melatonin is important for your body’s sleep cycle and supports restful sleep patterns. Melatonin is a natural hormone made by your (Read More)

NSAID’s Link to Heart Attacks

Many people don’t think twice before taking painkillers to ease everyday aches and pains. But new research adds to mounting evidence that commonly used non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – such as Advil, Motrin, and Aleve- could substantially increase the risk of heart attack. Canadian and Europe researchers’ pooled information from several large studies on data on 446,000 people ages 40 to 79. They found that taking NSAIDs for just one week increased a person’s risk of heart attack by up to 53 percent. The risk depends on the drug, and climbs over time and at higher doses. The study doesn’t prove NSAIDs cause heart attacks, and the absolute risk of suffering a cardiac episode after taking the drugs remains small. But lead author Michele Bally says the finding should encourage patients to discuss their needs with a doctor. “People are often not aware of their own baseline cardiovascular risk,” (Read More)

Your Assurance Of Quality Nutritional Formulas — More Natural and Increased Testing

I want to let you know about an exciting direction we are moving at Let’s Talk Health for our entire product line. In recent weeks, Let’s Talk Health and its GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certified laboratory have quietly and intentionally moved in an exciting new direction toward more organic and natural ingredients in all of our best-selling formulas starting with vegetarian approved capsules and non-GMO natural ingredients. Additionally, Our Let’s Talk Health state of the art laboratory has made significant investment in its in-house laboratory so we can test our products at multiple stages during production. We’re one of the few manufacturers that have this kind of in-house testing capability. In just one month, our laboratory performs thousands of individual tests. We test in order to meet US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements for dietary supplement manufacturing. But we also go beyond these requirements to insure that you are (Read More)

Link Between Vitamin C and Combating Cancer

The importance of Vitamin C in combating cancer is of paramount importance. The body has two intrinsic lines of defense against the growth of a tumor, both of which involve Vitamin C. The first is our immune system. Even after the most successful surgery, radiation or chemotherapy exercise, some cancer cells are bound to remain. It is our immune system that hunts down these cells and kills them. Vitamin C is required to mobilize specialized cells that fight cancer and other infections too. Under severe duress, the immune system is challenged and needs high amounts of Vitamin C. In a nutritionally deficient body, the supplies of Vitamin C dwindle, resulting in unstoppable growth of tumors. Dr. Tony Jimenez, a world-leading pioneer in natural cancer treatments and founder of Hope for Cancer speaking of the importance of Vitamin C said, “Each of us produces several hundred cancer cells every day of our lives. (Read More)