Tag Archives: cardiovascular disease

Handgrip Strength

Late-life disability Disability in old age can severely compromise quality of life. Research indicates that decreased muscle strength may lead to disability and functional limitations. Could handgrip strength serve as an easily measured and valid predictor of disability in old age? Researchers used data from the Honolulu Heart Program and the Honolulu-Asia Aging Study to…
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The Perils of Passive Sitting

How much do Americans sit? We Americans sit a lot. A new study used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys from 2001 – 2016 to find out just how much. Not counting sitting while at work, in 2001 the average American adult spent 5.5 hours per day watching TV or videos or…
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Are Saturated Fats Truly Bad?

Why saturated fats are considered “bad” Saturated fats are widely regarded as “bad” by the medical community. The reasoning goes like this. Eating foods rich in saturated fats, primarily animal products such as meat, milk, cheese, and yogurt, increases intake of cholesterol. Influential studies conducted by Ancel Keys starting in the 1960s, identified cholesterol as…
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How Much Alcohol Is Too Much?

Current guidelines may be too high The relationships between alcohol consumption and aspects of health are sometimes controversial. In fact, many longitudinal studies show that low to moderate alcohol intake predicts reduced risk of premature death and cardiovascular disease. Governmental agencies and other organizations recommend upper limits for weekly or daily alcohol consumption. Recent studies…
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