Being an obese child increases risk of obese adulthood

Being obese, or 10-percent or more of normal weight, can place you at greater risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.  Therefore, it is important to eat healthy, stay active, and stay on top of your doctor’s visits to keep weight at a healthy level.  The sooner you adopt these healthy practices, the better for future health! A recent report has shown that those 5-year-old children who were obese were 4 times more likely to be obese at age 14 than those who started at a normal weight.  This report suggests though that normal weight young children are not immune to obesity, and that all parents should start young in helping their children eat healthy and stay active so they can grow up to be healthy adults.
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High estrogen may increase risk of dementia in women with diabetes

Diabetes can increase your risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and nerve damage if you do not engage in proper diabetes care.  A recent study has found that women with diabetes may also be at greater risk for dementia, or loss of memory, than those women without diabetes.  It was found that estrogen levels were over two-thirds higher in those women with diabetes and dementia than those women with diabetes without dementia.  Since estrogen levels can increase with the presence of fat tissue, it is important for those women with diabetes to stay active and keep lean mass strong so estrogen levels can stay as close to normal range as possible.
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Hormone therapy may increase heart attack risk in men

Testosterone, a male sex hormone, decreases with age and may cause a decrease in lean mass and sexual drive.  Therefore, as men age, hormone therapy may be used to increase levels of testosterone and increase lean mass, energy and the desire to be intimate.  A recent study has found though that such hormone therapy may place men at greater risk for heart attack.  After three months of hormone therapy, men younger than 65 with a history of heart disease and older men without history of heart disease both had a twofold increase in risk of getting a heart attack.  Further studies must be done, but for now researchers are unable to say that such hormone therapy is safe.
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Eating disorders may increase risk of getting diabetes

Eating disorders occur when a person has an unhealthy perception of food that may cause health problems in the long-term. Bulimia is an eating disorder that occurs when someone tries to control their weight through periods of excessive eating and then purging the food through vomiting, laxatives, or exercise. This excessive eating is also known as binge eating.  Binge eating disorder can occur when someone engages in excessive eating without purging.  A recent study found that bulimia and binge eating disorders can place you at greater risk for getting diabetes.  Those with binge eating disorder or bulimia were four times more likely to get diabetes later in life than those without an eating disorder.  These findings suggest that the increase in diabetes in those with such disorders may be due to a lack of impulse control.  Therefore, such studies hope to find ways to better treat depression and impulse control to lower risk of chronic disease in those at risk.
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Poor breakfast habits may increase risk of metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a group of conditions such as a large waistline, high blood glucose levels and high blood pressure that can increase your risk of getting heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Eating balanced meals, staying active, and visiting your healthcare provider often can help lower your risk of this syndrome.  A recent report found that having poor eating habits as a teen can increase your risk of getting metabolic syndrome as an adult.  Those teens who had poor breakfast habits were over two-thirds more likely to get metabolic syndrome as adults than those who had good breakfast habits.  It is suggested that breakfast programs in school may help improve breakfast eating habits in children and teens so that chronic diseases can be prevented.
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Medicine or food is not a decision you should have to make

When caring for a chronic condition, eating healthy and taking your medicine are both important to stay in control of your health.  Therefore, it is alarming to hear that nearly one-fourth of people with chronic conditions surveyed were more likely to take their medicine less often so they would have more money for food.  With each added illness a person had, it became over one-half more difficult for people to buy both their medicines and food.  These findings suggest that the most important thing one can do is to make sure your healthcare provider knows how hard it is for you to afford both medicine and food.  If your doctor knows your problem, they may be able to suggest other treatments that may cost less or programs that may be able to help you get both medicine and food at a lower cost. Therefore speak up to get support since staying quiet about your financial dilemma of food or medicine may cost you your life in the long-term.
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Overcome your fears to fitness

Getting fit and staying active can seem like a challenge.  You may have a busy schedule that barely gives you enough time to get through your daily tasks, let alone time for exercise.  No need to fear your fitness routine though since there are many simple ways you can add exercise throughout your day to stay healthy.  Getting up earlier, squeezing in short bursts of walking and working out throughout the day, as well as joining forces with friends and loved ones to do fitness classes are just some ways you can overcome your fear to fitness and keep your heart, body, and  mind healthy and strong!
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