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  1. Slash prostate risk by getting healthy and active

    Healthy and active men have lower prostate risk

    Prostate tumors are far more common than most people realize -- and many of them are harmless.

    They don't need to be screened, treated, or removed.

    But some tumors really can put you in a battle for your life -- and there's one easy way to help make sure you don't get one of those.

    And all you have to do is get moving, staying healthy and active.

    The sedentary lifestyle is a known carcinogen, and new research confirms that men who spend the most time off their feet not only have a higher risk of prostate cancer, but a higher risk of aggressive and potentially deadly tumors.

    The key to making sure you're not one of them is getting between nine and 18 hours of activity a week. Not exercise (although you'll want some of that, too), but hours where you're simply up being healthy and active instead of parked in a chair.

    In the new study, men with suspected prostate tumors who got this basic level of activity were 53 percent less likely to have actual tumors. And when tumors were found, they were less likely to be among the men with high-grade tumors.

    The only "catch" here is that the benefit was only found among white men -- and not at all among black men. But don't let your own race, background, or gender stand in the way of fitness, because other studies have shown how everyone can benefit from staying healthy and active.

    Regular exercise has been shown to slash to risk of cancers of the colon, breast, lung, and more -- and fitness can help increase your chances of survival if you do get any of these diseases.

    Throw in all the other benefits of fitness -- from weight loss to heart protection -- and I'd say it's time to stop sitting and start moving.

    I'll have more on another way men and women alike can slash the risk of cancer tomorrow. It's simple... it's easy... it's free... and I can guarantee you that some people won't like it.

    Stay tuned!

  2. Natural ways to beat stress

    Don't let stress kill you

    Ever lie awake at night worried about something? Of course you have. We all do from time to time -- but even that light level of stress can kill you if it's constant. And over 10 years, it'll boost your risk of death by 20 percent, according to a new study.

    And if light stress can do that, you should see what more severe forms of stress and other psychological problems can do to your risk.

    Moderate stress, anxiety, and depression can boost the risk of death by 43 percent, according to the new look at data on more than 68,000 participants in England's National Health Survey. And more severe stress and psychological distress can cause that risk to shoot up by a stunning 94 percent when compared to people who suffer from no distress at all.

    The concept of killer stress isn't new, of course. I see studies like this all the time, and you probably have too since they often make big headlines. One study last year found that chronic stress can increase the risk of death by 50 percent over 20 years.

    Another recent study even found that stress can rewire your genes, causing the kinds of changes linked to everything from mental illness to physical disease, including cancer.

    So clearly, stress can take a huge toll on your health. Now, the real question is: What can you do about it?

    First and foremost, don't let stress snowball into other bad habits. Some people smoke when they feel pressure. Others turn to drink. And still others might overeat.

    Next thing you know, you're not just battling stress. You're battling poor health brought on by the bad habits you thought would help bring relief from all that stress.

    Second, find a more creative outlet for your stress. There are plenty of people out there who will charge you big money for relaxation exercises and classes aimed at lowering stress levels, and some of them might even work. But you don't have to pay a dime to beat stress.

    In fact, some of the most effective techniques are completely free.

    For example, I rely on time with my family and the healing power of prayer to keep myself calm and relaxed.

    Exercise can also help you beat stress, anxiety, and even depression since exercise can decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is secreted by the adrenal glands.

    To get a handle on my own stress, I exercise five or six times a week.

    And that brings me to the last thing on my list of stress-beaters: support your adrenals. When you get stressed, they have to work overtime to pump out all that cortisol.

    Eventually, they just can't keep up.

    It's a condition called adrenal fatigue, and it can leave you feeling so physically and emotionally drained that you can't even remember what it was like to have your own natural energy.

    So along with natural stress relief techniques, make sure you give the adrenals the attention they need.

  3. Light exercise can improve stroke & heart attack recovery

    Exercise is important for everyone -- but new studies show how even light exercise and stretching can be essential to stroke and heart attack survivors.
  4. A little exercise can add years to your life

    You don't need much exercise, but you do need it -- and new research shows that even a little can help you live a longer and happier life.
  5. How supplements can save you from cancer

    I was just about to celebrate the American Cancer Society's new common sense guidelines for disease survivors on the role of exercise and nutrition in preventing a recurrence -- until they started taking potshots at supplements.
  6. Steroids for back pain fall short

    It's one of the most common conditions in the country -- but no matter how many times your doctor has seen it, he still doesn't know the first thing about treating it. I'm talking about back pain.
  7. Wii Fit won’t make you fit

    But there’s one thing videogames can’t do. They can’t help you lose weight, and that includes games that require movement, like Nintendo’s Wii Fit.
  8. From KO'd to OK'd: Rejected diet drug stages a comeback

    Nearly two years ago, an FDA panel rejected the Qnexa diet pill over safety concerns. Now, that same panel has given the drug the OK, which means the agency itself will almost certainly approve it for sale soon.
  9. Soaking up the benefits of water

    It almost sounds like the benefits of some promising new blockbuster drug: Just a little bit can help lift mood, concentration and energy levels -- with virtually no side effects. Well, there is one side effect: You might need to pee a little more.
  10. Antidepressants make depression worse

    Turns out antidepressants are even worse than ineffective: In a huge number of patients, they can actually make depression worse.
  11. Red wine: exercise in a glass

    You might think the only "exercise" you'll get from drinking wine comes from lifting the glass -- or maybe struggling to open the bottle. But it turns out resveratrol, the famous "red wine antioxidant," can actually trick the body into thinking it's getting some actual exercise -- giving you a big-time metabolic boost with every little sip.
  12. Simple ways to end migraine pain

    I've said it before, and the latest research proves it again: You don't need powerful, dangerous and addictive meds to beat the relentless pain of migraine headaches.
  13. When it comes to exercise, less is more

    Everyone should make sure they get moving during the day -- but no one needs to turn into a treadmill-racing workout fiend to get the benefits of exercise.
  14. 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.
  15. Antidepressants boost women's stroke risk

    Would you rather suffer from depression or from a stroke? If you're taking antidepressants, you might not have a choice. The answer could be both.
  16. The old-fashioned way to fitness

    Researchers assigned 93 obese seniors to one of four groups: One group exercised for 90 minutes three times a week, another reduced food intake by 500-700 calories a day, a third group did both and the fourth did nothing at all.
  17. 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.
  18. Fitness helps beat everything

    It's the first resolution most people make, and usually the first one they break: exercise.
  19. Move the body, improve the heart

    Our bodies need exercise, and two new studies show just how big a boost you'll get from that sweat.
  20. A little exercise can keep angioplasty at bay

    I've got some great news that can help you avoid angioplasty. And all you need to do is move around a little more.

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