Sleep Loss Linked To Obesity And Diabetes

Nighttime snacking and junk food cravings may contribute to unhealthy eating behaviors and represent a potential link between poor sleep and obesity, according to a study by University of Arizona Health Sciences sleep researchers. The study was conducted via a nationwide, phone-based survey of 3,105 adults from 23 U.S. metropolitan …

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Obesity Linked To Smoking

Being obese is associated with an increased risk of taking up smoking and smoking frequency (number of cigarettes smoked per day), finds a study published by The BMJ today. These results strongly suggest that obesity influences smoking behavior, which could have implications for public health interventions aiming to reduce the …

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5 Ways High Blood Pressure is Particularly Dangerous in Women

It’s called the “silent killer.” You could have it right now, and not even know it. According to the American Heart Association: 7 percent of non-Hispanic white women have it 47 percent of non-Hispanic black women have it 8 percent of Mexican American women have it In 2009, it killed …

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Sleep Apnea May be More Dangerous for Women than for Men

When it comes to heart attacks, a woman’s symptoms are subtler than a man’s. Whereas a man may have fierce chest pain, a woman may feel nauseated, tired, and out of sorts. It took us decades to discover the difference. Meanwhile, women may have had fewer heart attacks then men, …

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How Your Gut Microbiome Is Affecting Your Health

Did you know that the average human body has 10 times more bacteria than human cells, and that over 4,000 different species of bacteria reside just in your gut? Otherwise known as “gut microbiome,” the bacteria in our gut aren’t all bad. In fact, this has become a hot area …

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Fat Shaming and Weight Bias at Your Doctor’s Office

The anecdotes are legion. One time when Abby Carter (not her real name) had to get her gallbladder out, her doctor told her that he made her surgeon wait an extra day even though she hadn’t eaten anything that day. The doctor wanted her to know what it felt like …

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5 Myths About Why You’re Not Losing Weight

5 Myths About Why You’re Not Losing Weight

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than a third of adults in the United States — 35.1% — are obese. And if you aren’t obese, defined by the CDC in adults as having a BMI of 30 or higher, chances are you’re at least overweight, as 70% of …

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Get Rhythm—What Women Need to Know About Afib

Do you have rhythm? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 2.7 to 6.1 million people don’t. Instead, they have a condition known as “atrial fibrillation”—also called “Afib” or “AF”—that causes the heart to beat too fast, too slow, or in an irregular way. The …

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Why Are Women More Likely to Suffer Back Pain?

Oh, my aching back. According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide. Affecting over 31 million Americans, it is one of the most common reasons for missed work, and is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor …

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Are You One of the Many Women at Risk for Fatty Liver Disease?

Scientific American asked the question back in 2015 if non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) was America’s greatest health risk of the times. In that year, the American Liver Foundation estimated that up to 25 percent of Americans were living with the disease. Researchers have echoed that concern. In a 2015 …

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