weight loss

  1. Obesity linked to causes of sleep apnea

    Apnea on the rise

    Every night, millions of Americans snore and then fall silent -- but it's not the silence of a restful sleep finally taking hold.

    Loud snores followed by total silence can be one of the signs and causes of sleep apnea -- and that silence marks the moments when they're not breathing at all.

    These episodes can last from between 10 and 30 seconds to a minute or more, and they can happen hundreds of times a night. And a new study on the causes of sleep apnea shows more people have this frightening condition than ever before.

    Up to 5 million Americans may be suffering from sleep apnea, including 1 in 6 of all men between the ages of 50 and 70, and nearly 10 percent of all women in that age group. In addition, 10 percent of men between 30 and 49 and 3 percent of women that age also have it.

    All told, apnea cases could be up by as much as 55 percent over the past two decades, according to the new causes of sleep apnea study in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

    The problem with diagnosing and treating sleep apnea is that many of the people who have it don't know it -- so they never even seek treatment.

    Sometimes, the only sign is that you just don't feel as well-rested as you should after a full night's sleep. Other common warning signs can include a dry mouth, sore throat, and/or headaches.

    If you have a spouse, you can take turns keeping watch to see if you can spot the signs of apnea (they are unmistakable, and the first time you see it in action can be terrifying). But the best way to get diagnosed is to spend a night in a sleep clinic.

    There are a number of treatment options, including an oxygen mask you can wear at night, but they are noisy and uncomfortable.

    There's a much better solution -- and that's to lose weight. Apnea is almost always linked to weight, and the new study pf the causes of sleep apnea finds that between 80 percent and 90 percent of all new cases are related to obesity.

    Don't wait. Sleep apnea has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, dementia and more -- and we're learning of new risks all the time. Get yours taken care of now, before you discover any new risks the hard way.

  2. Western diet linked to unhealthy aging

    The worst diet for seniors is...

    It's called the Western diet, but "diet" is a poor word choice here.

    "Disaster" is a much better way to describe a lifestyle of processed junk, refined carbohydrates, fried foods, and excessive amounts of red meat -- and disaster is exactly what you'll get if you follow any part of this "diet" yourself.

    New research confirms that the Western diet will give you the exact opposite of healthy aging, doubling your risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes and increasing your risk of an early death.

    And if that's not enough bad news for you, the study of more than 5,000 Brits tracked for up to 25 years also links the Western diet to a slower walk and -- even worse -- a slower mind, in the form of poor cognitive performance.

    So yes, disaster is a much better word -- but this is one disaster you can avoid, because what you eat every day is one of the few things in life that's completely within your control.

    The study even points you in the right direction, finding that people are more likely to enjoy healthy aging when they stick to the basics of the Alternative Healthy Eating Index.

    That's a diet plan developed by Harvard researchers as an alternative to the disastrous advice dished out over the years by the USDA, including the so-called food pyramid.

    The AHEI limits red meats and dairy, but allows for healthy fats and protein such as fish. It also limits processed and refined carbs, but allows for whole grains. And, of course, it encourages daily activity along with that healthy eating.

    Sound familiar?

    It shares some of the same basic principles as the Mediterranean diet I've been writing to you about -- and while the two are not quite the same, they have plenty in common... including the disease-beating benefits.

    I've done the research on this, and I still prefer the Mediterranean diet -- I think it's easier to follow and puts more options on your plate. It's also been backed by hundreds of studies, including one I told you about recently that found it can protect your heart and slash your risk of stroke.

    So forget the disaster that is the so-called Western diet -- and try a real diet instead.

  3. Mediterranean diet can slash heart & stroke risk

    The common-sense Mediterranean diet can cut the risk of stroke by nearly half and reduce the risk of all major cardiovascular events by a third.
  4. Losing fat while losing weight

    The toughest part of weight loss often isn't losing the weight itself -- it's losing fat with it.
  5. Losing weight with a low-calorie diet

    Seniors have a special challenge when dieting: Losing weight without losing muscle. New research shows whey proteins and amino acids can help.
  6. Apples can cut cholesterol levels

    Want to lower your cholesterol? Don't try drugs -- try plain old apples. A new study shows how this fruit can help lower LDL and even raise HDL levels.
  7. Green tea can lower blood pressure

    Lower your blood pressure with every sip of healthy green tea.
  8. Sleep apnea linked to massive increase in cancer risk

    People with severe sleep apnea are nearly 500 percent more likely to die of cancer than people without the condition. Find out how to sleep better every night.
  9. New diet drug lorcaserin is not effective for weight loss

    New drug lorcaserin, approved by an FDA panel for weight loss, fails to meet even minimal FDA standards for effectiveness and is linked to cancer and heart problems.
  10. 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.
  11. Fix your apnea, heal your heart

    Someone with apnea can go through dozens of breathless bouts per night and never even realize it -- but in this case, what you don't know can not only hurt you... it can kill you, too. Apnea has been linked to everything from sexual dysfunction and metabolic syndrome to diabetes and heart disease -- but now, researchers have confirmed that it's not too late for people already fighting that nightly battle.
  12. The worst way to lose weight

    Surgery is supposed to be the ultimate shortcut when it comes to weight loss: Let the doc put you under, and when you wake up you're on your way to a brand-new body. If only it were that simple.
  13. Green tea speeds weight loss

    There are no miracles when it comes to weight loss -- but that doesn't mean you can't get a little help. Green tea has been shown to boost the metabolism and help the body burn off fat -- and the latest research on mice shows why: One of the compounds in green tea can stop the body from absorbing fat and even help the body to better use the fat it does absorb.
  14. Rejected diet drug returns from the grave

    A "no" from the FDA never quite means "no" -- not when it comes to the agency's drug-industry pals, anyway. Case in point: The feds said "no" to the diet drug Contrave earlier this year over its potential for heart risk -- even after an FDA panel signed off on it.
  15. The dirt on colon cleansing

    Never take medical advice from Hollywood stars...One of the more recent trends in Hollywood's boutique medicine industry involves colon cleansings -- the idea that a very elaborate (and often expensive) chemically enhanced enema can somehow cure all sorts of health issues.
  16. 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.
  17. Weight loss boosts D in women

    Weight loss can also improve your life in about a thousand other ways, big and small -- and a new study finds yet one more: Obese women who shed the extra pounds have higher blood levels of vitamin D.
  18. Weight loss can ease apnea

    Since this breath-robbing condition is often caused or worsened by obesity, it doesn't take a whole lot of "research" to figure out that losing weight can lead to dramatic improvements.
  19. Weight loss can boost memory

    Have you found that you don't remember quite as well as you used to? You're not alone... but if you've packed on the pounds over the years, the cause of your memory loss might not be in your brain. It could actually be in your belly.
  20. Drink beer to lose weight

    Spanish researchers examined 1,249 men and women over the age of 57, and found that regular beer drinkers had less body fat, were less likely to be obese and were less likely to suffer from diabetes and high blood pressure.

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