7 Ways for Kids to Have a Slimmer Summer This may be the first generation of kids who do not outlive their parents because of health problems related to childhood obesity. But parents can take action now to help prevent the early onset of these diseases.
Coenzyme Q10: Should You Take This Supplement? You may have heard claims that the supplement coenzyme Q10 can lower blood pressure, boost the immune system and improve certain heart diseases. There are also claims it can help fight cancer, Parkinson's disease, wrinkles, diabetes, gum diseases and many other problems.
Sodium: Questions Remain After many years of study, researchers now say that sodium may influence the blood pressure and heart health of some people more than others. Meanwhile, research has raised questions about how sodium consumption may affect two other serious health concerns: stomach cancer and osteoporosis.
Changing Beverages at School: What Will It Mean? When students get back to school this year, some may be surprised by the changes in beverage choices, with fewer carbonated soft drinks and more juice, sports drinks and water options. However, any parents assuming that their children's beverage choices have become more healthful should check their school's plans.
Your Heart May Not Need More Vitamin B The use of three B vitamins folate, B-6 and B-12 as a sound strategy to promote heart health may be coming to an end. These three vitamins still seem to lower blood levels of an amino acid called homocysteine, but this reduction doesn’t appear to affect heart disease or stroke risk.
Can Healthful Eating Save Your Eyes? Although age-related macular degeneration is still not fully understood, experts say it may stem from damage caused by oxidation reactions. A past large study showed that high doses of antioxidant supplements might slow a person's progression from early to late AMD.
Obsessed with Weight and Still Overweight Whether you count the number of people unhappy with their shape, the percentage on a diet, or the billions of dollars spent on diet programs, books, foods and supplements, the figures all show that our society has become more obsessed with weight in the past decade or two than ever before.
Soy Is Still a Puzzle A recent study of women in a cancer risk assessment program highlights the confusion people still have about soy foods. Are you one of those women?
How to Correct a National Shortage The latest report card on the nutritional composition of the American diet tells us a lot about the food choices we’ve been making. If we reshape our eating patterns, we could improve our nutrient intake and lower our risk of health problems.
Measuring Body Fat: Pros and Cons Since the health risks of being overweight are mostly related to excess fat, many people think they should check how much body fat they have. Technology to estimate body fat levels has now become readily available.
Insulin Resistance and Breast Cancer Risk The significance of the hormone estrogen, as well as testosterone, insulin, insulin-like growth factors and fat cell cytokines, for cancer risk is becoming clearer.