Obesity Can Shorten Life Span
It is well-known that obesity can increase risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. However, a recent study shows that being obese can shorten your life by about 4 years on average. This shorter life span is thought to be due to the increased risk of heart disease and other conditions. It is suggested that more spending on resources to promote healthy eating could help decrease the rate of obesity and in turn lengthen the lives of many.
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Add some sunshine to your heart healthy lifestyle
Did you know that a little bit of sunshine can be good for your heart health? We all know that a balanced meal plan, staying active, and keeping stress levels down can help keep your blood pressure under control. A recent study has found though that just 30 minutes of sunlight can increase levels of the compound oxide in the blood, widen blood vessels, and in turn, lower blood pressure. Therefore, if you stay active outdoors, you can get a double dose of heart healthy care!
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day
Breakfast has been shown to keep your energy high and promote healthy weight, so make the most of it! When you wake up in the morning, you may rush around to get ready for work or school, and breakfast may be the last thing on your mind. Therefore, you may skip breakfast or grab something unhealthy from a fast food restaurant. Instead of skipping the most important t meal of the day, set your alarm clock early, and eat a balanced breakfast of fiber-rich whole grains or fruit, and protein-rich milk, yogurt, or lean breakfast meats or eggs. A healthy breakfast can give you the boost you need to make the most of each day of your healthy lifestyle!
Could your cholesterol medicine increase your risk of diabetes?
Those at risk for diabetes are also likely to be at risk for heart disease due to either poor diet, overweight or obesity status, or family history. In turn, those at risk for diabetes may be asked to take a medicine to help control their cholesterol or high blood pressure. A recent study has found that taking a statin or diuretic to help treat cholesterol or blood pressure, may be more likely to develop diabetes than those who take calcium channel blockers or beta blockers. Therefore, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider to find out what medicine may be right for you to treat your heart conditions and prevent diabetes!
Metformin may help those with diabetes and cancer
Metformin is a commonly used medicine to control blood glucose levels. Those with diabetes are at increased risk of getting cancer since the immune systems of those with diabetes are not as strong at fighting illness as those without diabetes. A recent study has found that metformin may be effective at helping to increase length of life in those with colorectal or pancreatic cancers than those who do not take metformin. Further studies must be done to confirm such findings, but these results suggest that you may want to talk to your healthcare provider to see if metformin may be right for you in treating your diabetes and cancer.
Diabetes found to shorten life span
No matter how long you have had diabetes, it is clear that it has a great effect on your overall health. Increased risk of conditions such as heart disease, nerve problems, and cancer can make it key to visit the doctor often and take medicines to treat such illnesses. A recent study has found that no matter how long you may have had diabetes, the increased risk of heart disease, vascular disease, and other diabetes-related conditions may lessen the life span of those with diabetes. Therefore, researchers suggest that healthcare providers should focus on preventing and managing their patients with type 2 diabetes so health problems that increase risk of death can be prevented.