Betaine supplement increases sprint muscle power

A study of the effects of betaine – TMG, or trimethylglycine – on muscular power during cycling found that ingesting 2.5 grams of the dietary supplement betaine for 7 days before a series of cycling sprint tests increased several measures of performance power by about 5.5 percent compared to baseline and 3.5 percent compared to […]

Healthy lifestyle beats genes for improving cardiovascular health – Is cardiovascular health in middle age and beyond a gift from your genes or is it earned by a healthy lifestyle and within your control? Two large studies from Northwestern Medicine confirm a healthy lifestyle has the biggest impact on cardiovascular health. One study shows the majority of people who adopted healthy lifestyle behaviors in young adulthood […]

Exercise regularly to prevent health problems linked to aging

People who exercise regularly could reduce their risk of developing about two dozen physical and mental health conditions – including some cancers and dementia – and slow down how quickly their body deteriorates as they age. An extensive research review, published in the December 2010 issue of IJCP, the International Journal of Clinical Practice, says that apart from […]

Walking six miles per week prevents memory loss, brain shrinkage – New research suggests that walking at least six miles per week may protect brain size and in turn, preserve memory in old age, according to a study published in the October 13, 2010 online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “Brain size shrinks in late adulthood, which can cause memory problems. […]

Lifestyle program improves weight loss, cardiovascular health in diabetics – An intensive lifestyle intervention program designed to achieve and maintain weight loss improves diabetes control and cardiovascular disease risk factors in overweight and obese individuals with type 2 diabetes, according to four-year results of the Look AHEAD study, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The results are published in […]

Doctors who exercise stronger at healthy lifestyle counseling – Physician’s confidence in their ability to counsel patients on a healthy diet and exercise may be related to their own personal habits, according to a study by the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center. Factors that predicted confidence in counseling included the doctor’s own exercise time, being overweight, and if the doctor had adequate […]

Weight training helps maintain metabolic health after weight loss – Although obesity is a major risk factor for disease, much of the threat may be associated with the metabolic (or cardiometabolic) syndrome, a cluster of risk factors related to diabetes and heart disease. Losing weight can improve health and reduce many of these risk factors. However, many people struggle to keep the weight […]

Anger worsens pain, exercise and CBT relieve fibromyalgia pain

Researchers from Utrecht University who studied the effect of negative emotions on pain perception in women with and without fibromyalgia found that anger and sadness amplified pain equally in both groups. Fibromyalgia (FM), a chronic pain condition, has among the largest impact of all rheumatic and chronic pain conditions. In addition to chronic, widespread pain, patients report […]

Physical activity brings positive mood

A unique study by Indiana University researchers found that physical activity throughout the day – simply moving – is related to positive feelings, but they found no similar relationship between physical activity and negative moods. “In the study, if people are more active, they tend to report a more positive mood,” said Bryan McCormick, associate […]