1. 8 ways to reduce your dementia risk

    There's no surefire way to keep dementia at bay, but there are steps you can take to dramatically slash your risk -- including the following lifestyle changes you can make, starting today.

    Start by getting a little more movement. Physical inactivity may be responsible for up to 21 percent of all U.S. dementia cases -- making it the leading lifestyle-based cause of the disease.

    You don't have to sweat yourself silly or even join a gym. Just take up a hobby that involves getting out and getting active: tennis, gardening, or even something as simple as a brisk walk every evening.

    The other lifestyle factors, in order of impact on dementia risk, are low education, smoking, depression, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity.

    You may not be able to do much about that degree you never earned, but all the others are within your control. And since they carry plenty of other risks even without throwing dementia into the mix, there's no reason not to make those changes starting today.

    Sleep apnea is another major dementia risk factor. When researchers looked at data on 298 senior women who were tracked for five years, they found that those who battled apnea were 85 percent more likely to battle cognitive decline by the end of the study period than those without it.

    Since sleep apnea is often caused by obesity, here's a golden opportunity to slash your dementia risk: Lose the weight and get your apnea under control through diet and exercise, and you'll knock three risk factors off the list at once – and get a whole lot healthier in the process.

    Not a bad deal at all.

    P.S. Simple B vitamins can slow or even stop the brain shrinkage linked to dementia. Learn more about it for free right here.

  2. Government guidelines lead to heart disease

    The U.S. government's dietary guidelines released last year allow people to get as much as 25 percent of their calories from added sugars. If it's not immediately obvious why that's a bad idea, a new study spells it out.

    All that sugar is the fastest way to put yourself at risk for heart disease -- and you can see the damage in just two weeks.

    Forty-eight volunteers between the ages of 18 and 40 were asked to spend five weeks limiting added sugars to a single eight-ounce cup of fruit juice a day, bringing them all down to an equal level, sugar-wise.

    Then, they were divided into three groups and given 25 percent of their daily calories from one of three types of sugar: glucose, fructose, or high-fructose corn syrup.

    For the HFCS group, that's the equivalent of 3.7 cans of soda a day for women and 4.4 cans for men -- a lot of soda (and a lot of sugar), but still less than what you'll find in a "Double Gulp" at your local 7-11.

    After two weeks on this government-approved sugar high, the volunteers who had been getting their calories from fructose and high-fructose corn syrup had significant bumps in their levels of deadly triglycerides as well as a rise in LDL cholesterol.

    They even had more apolipoprotein-B, a protein linked to plaque in the arteries, according to the study that will appear this fall in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

    If that's what two weeks of all that sugar will do to you, imagine what'll happen to your body in two months, two years or two decades -- if you even make it that far.

    The study also offers more proof that you don't have to eat fat to send your cholesterol levels through the roof. Sugar will do that for you all by itself. Natural fats, on the other hand, can actually help keep cholesterol levels under control as well as lower your blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

    Yet the same government that wants you to eat more sugar is constantly urging you to avoid fat -- putting you on a collision course with diabetes, heart disease, and a premature demise.

    The lesson here: No matter what Uncle Sam says, no amount of added sugars are an acceptable part of the diet.

    I know, you can't always avoid them… and everyone is going to indulge here and there.

    But as a daily ration? Forget it.

  3. The real reason for Prozac Nation

    Who's responsible for the antidepressant frenzy that's led to 10 percent of all Americans taking these dangerous meds? If you guessed shrinks, you're only partly right. Fact is, there's been a stunning rise in the number of non-psychiatrists dishing out mood drugs.
  4. Dangerous meds for little girls

    An outrageous new study is pushing powerful diabetes meds on girls as young as 8 years old who don't even have the disease in a bizarre effort to preserve their fertility decades later.
  5. Apnea in new heart risk link

    But now, researchers say that in addition to leaving you gasping for air in the night, sleep apnea could also be responsible for serious blood vessel abnormalities -- problems that can actually steal blood right from your heart.
  6. Slash your diabetes risk with this simple vitamin

    It's so easy it seems unreal: A key weapon in the fight against diabetes might be hovering right outside your window, right now. It's the sun -- the primary source of vitamin D, and a new study shows how this pancreas-boosting super nutrient can help stop the disease before it starts.
  7. Vitamin D can protect against cancer

    I just told you how the sunshine vitamin can help keep pre-diabetes from turning into the real thing -- and now, a new study finds it might stop melanomas cold.
  8. The cancer-busting diet you can start today

    What do tumors and bellies have in common? They both get bigger on a high-carb diet.
  9. Take a stand against sitting

    Too much time on your rear could put your bottom at risk and your life on the line: A new study finds that people who work sedentary jobs have a dramatically higher risk of colorectal cancers.
  10. TV linked to death

    A new study finds that those of us who spend the most time tuned in are most likely to check out early: Two or more hours of TV a day can increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and an early death.
  11. Diabetes 'cures' you don't need

    The mainstream is finally ready to admit you can beat diabetes without meds -- too bad they're still on the wrong track!
  12. Lifestyle can help duck heartbeat problems

    Not many things can put the scare into you quite like atrial fibrillation--I've heard people say it feels like the heart is trying to break right out of the chest.
  13. Diabetes drugs for everyone

    There isn't a drug in the world that can undo the ravages of the lifestyle that leads to diabetes--but that won't stop Big Pharma from trying to sell you one anyway.
  14. Same old drug, same old risks

    Researchers examined data on 810,000 users of either Avandia or Actos who took part in one of 16 clinical trials, and found that Avandia users faced a 16 percent higher risk of heart attack, a 23 percent rise in the odds of congestive heart failure, and a 14 percent increase in death when compared to those who took Actos.
  15. Mediterranean diet beats diabetes, heart disease

    A new study finds that the Mediterranean diet--a variation on the low-carb diet that still allows for whole grains, rice and even some pasta--can dramatically lower your risk for metabolic syndrome.
  16. Turning gold into lead

    Now, researchers have found a new way to show what's a stake when bellies get big and knees buckle under the weight: lost years, even if you happen to be using them while you're losing them.
  17. Waking up to wee? You're not alone

    In fact, researchers now say that more than 1 in 5 U.S. men--21 percent in all-- wake up at last twice a night to urinate, a condition known as nocturia.
  18. Antidepressants boost diabetes risk

    A new study finds patients at risk for diabetes who take antidepressant drugs are more likely to to turn their diabetes risk into actual diabetes.
  19. Cinnamon improves BP, blood sugar

    The aromatic spice doesn't just taste great--it's also one of the best natural ways to lower your blood sugar levels, and a new double-blind placebo-controlled study confirms it.
  20. Workouts that really work

    A new study finds that how you exercise is just as important as the exercise itself--and the right combination of resistance training and aerobic workouts can unlock two key benefits: lower blood sugar levels, and fewer meds.

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