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Blood pressure is defined as the pressure exerted by blood circulating on the walls of the blood vessels, and it is one of the common vital signs. Our hearts pump blood through our arteries and throughout our body. It is when people develop high blood pressure (hypertension) that problems can arise.
A normal blood pressure range is considered less than 120/80. People at risk for hypertension are considered to have pre-hypertension, which is blood pressure ranging 120-139/80-89. Anything higher is considered hypertension. Stage 1 high blood pressure ranges from 140-159/90-99 and Stage 2 high blood pressure is anything 160 and above/100 and above.Full Story
If you have a hard time resisting sugar, fat and salt, you’re not alone – and the food industry may be partly to blame. Dr. David Kessler, former head of the FDA, recently released a new book, The End of Overeating – Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, which offers an inside look at the commercial food industry.Full Story
A recent study found that whey protein, a substance found in milk, can change body weight and composition in beneficial ways. Six scientists from the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center conducted the twenty-three week study to see how this nutrient-rich protein would affect adults. Among the ninety obese and overweight participants, the people who consumed whey protein lost weight and had a decrease in fat mass.Full Story
New research shows that certain dietary components can promote weight loss in women. In a Canadian study, overweight and obese women lost weight and gained muscle mass after combining exercise with a diet that was high in protein and dairy food.
The ninety women participants were assigned to three different groups, each of which consumed a different amount of protein and dairy.Full Story
Over the past 20 years, an alarming trend has emerged: Obesity is now considered an epidemic, and we must do something to curb it.
According to the CDC, 33.8% of U.S adults are obese and 17% of children are obese. The biggest factor is our diet, and as many of us know, changing your diet can be extremely difficult. However, eating healthy will make you feel better, more energetic and overall healthier. It’s about making the right choices.Full Story
Do you dream about fast food? Does eating a greasy burger and fries sound good sometimes? Don’t feel bad. Everyone gets food cravings. The important thing is to keep those cravings under control and avoid obesity.
You see, scientists are learning that a high-fat diet can upset the balance of your intestinal bacteria and lead to obesity.Scientists are also learning that some bacteria may help you maintain a normal weight and bacterial balance.Full Story
A new study conducted by Australian scientists gives new meaning to the old adage “early to bed, early to rise”. The study, which was posted in the journal Sleep, has found a link between overweight children and their bed times.
The researchers followed 2,200 Australians between ages 9 and 16. They compared what time each child went to bed and how many hours he or she was asleep. Researchers found that children who went to bed early and rose early were 1.5 times less likely to become obese, compared with children who went to bed later and woke up later.Full Story
Obesity refers to an excessive amount of body fat, and as we have heard over and over again, obesity-related health problems are on the rise, particularly in today’s youth. However, a new look at the condition may surprise those with preconceived notions of what obese generally “looks like”. Coined “normal weight obesity” within the medical community, often commonly referred to as “skinny-fat”, it is possible to have too much body fat despite a lean appearance.Full Story
With obesity rates and stress levels in America climbing to all-time highs, it is no wonder that people are having such a hard time sleeping. Recently, a connection between insomnia and obesity has been discovered within the region of the brain that controls sleep and waking known as the hypothalamus… which may help explain why insomnia seems so prevalent in obese individuals.Full Story
Body Mass Index, or BMI, is a statistical measure that compares a person’s weight and height. A misconception about BMI is that it measures the percentage of body fat a person has, but this isn’t the case; it is actually used to estimate a healthy body weight based on a person’s height.Full Story