Americans Low In Vitamin E

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didyouknow?Royal River Natural Foods, a locally-owned independent natural health store in Freeport, Maine, reports a new study that found people of all ages are low in vitamin E, and particularly those 20 to 30 years old. Vitamin E may extend life, aid the brain, and help ensure healthy reproduction.

The report is part of the January 2016, issue of “Natural Insights for Well Being®”, which Royal River Natural Foods publishes free each month to help inform the Freeport community of the latest scientific discoveries in nutrition. Also in the January issue, college students with depression saw symptoms subside after taking omega-3 fish oil capsules for three weeks and postmenopausal women who continued taking vitamin D after stopping hormone replacement therapy were 26 percent less likely to develop breast cancer compared to women who stopped taking or who had never taken vitamin D, among other important findings.

“The findings this month are important for young adults looking to start a family, for students who want to do well in school, or women who want to reduce chances of breast cancer,” said Becky Foster, supplement manager. “New findings this month include studies from scientific journals such as the ‘Journal of the Public Library of Science – One,’ the ‘Journal of Nutrition,’ and the ‘Journal of Applied Physiology,’ among others.”

“Natural Insights for Well Being®” is free, and Royal River Natural Foods invites all those who wish to gain more valuable nutrition knowledge to stop in and pick up the January issue and meet the friendly, knowledgeable staff.

About the company:
Founded in 1994, Royal River Natural Foods is a unique community, natural food store. They are committed to well-being, body and soul. Experience their outstanding customer service in a warm and welcoming environment. Royal River Natural Foods proudly features local organic food, produce, locally-raised beef, chicken, lamb, pork and seafood, healthy takeout foods, bulk foods, snacks, special dietary products, specialty wines, micro-brewed beers, gourmet food made in Maine, unique gifts, eco-friendly products and much more. Royal River Natural Foods is committed to providing local, organic and sustainably-produced foods that enrich their customers’ lives. For more information about Royal River Natural Foods, visit their website at http://www.rrnf.com.

Most Americans’ Hearts Are Older Than Their Age

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A great article from PRWeb and the CDC, please share your comments below…..

healthyheartHigher heart age means higher risk of heart attacks and stroke.

Your heart may be older than you are – and that’s not good. According to a new CDC Vital Signs report, 3 out of 4 U.S. adults have a predicted heart age that is older than their actual age. This means they are at higher risk for heart attacks and stroke.

“Heart age” is the calculated age of a person’s cardiovascular system based on his or her risk factor profile. The risks include high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, diabetes status, and body mass index as an indicator for obesity.

This is the first study to provide population-level estimates of heart age and to highlight disparities in heart age nationwide. The report shows that heart age varies by race/ethnicity, gender, region, and other sociodemographic characteristics

CDC researchers used risk factor data collected from every U.S. state and information from the Framingham Heart Study to determine that nearly 69 million adults between the ages of 30 and 74 have a heart age older than their actual age. That’s about the number of people living in the 130 largest U.S. cities combined.

“Too many U.S. adults have a heart age years older than their real age, increasing their risk of heart disease and stroke,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “Everybody deserves to be young – or at least not old – at heart.”

Key findings in the report include:

* Overall, the average heart age for adult men is 8 years older than their chronological age, compared to 5 years older for women.

* Although heart age exceeds chronological age for all race/ethnic groups, it is highest among African-American men and women (average of 11 years older for both).

* Among both U.S. men and women, excess heart age increases with age and decreases with greater education and household income.

* There are geographic differences in average heart age across states. Adults in the Southern U.S. typically have higher heart ages. For example, Mississippi, West Virginia, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Alabama have the highest percentage of adults with a heart age 5 years or more over their actual age, while Utah, Colorado, California, Hawaii, and Massachusetts have the lowest percentage.

For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease and http://www.cdc.gov/stroke. Visit millionhearts.hhs.gov to learn about Million Hearts, a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

Vital Signs is a report that appears on the first Tuesday of the month as part of the CDC journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report provides the latest data and information on key health indicators. These are cancer prevention, obesity, tobacco use, motor vehicle passenger safety, prescription drug overdose, HIV/AIDS, alcohol use, health care-associated infections, cardiovascular health, teen pregnancy, food safety, and viral hepatitis.

80 Percent Of Americans Fail To Meet Fitness Goals

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Thank you to PRWeb for supplying this article, please share your thoughts in the comments section below…..

obesityCosts related to obesity continue to rise with health care costs soaring as a results, MuscleAndFitnessTips.org announces…..

According to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, more than 80 percent of adults in the United States fail to meet the guidelines for both muscle-strengthening and fitness activities, and this trend extends to adolescents. Figures such as this help to explain rising obesity statistics within the country, yet many are working to change these statistics. With the help of bodybuilding and fitness tips, like those found at http://www.MuscleAndFitnessTips.org, individuals find getting healthy becomes an easier task.

“MuscleAndFitnessTips.org provides training articles covering a wide range of topics. Visitors to the site learn about nutrition, popular workout programs, staying motivated, and more. Individuals often find they become a victim of fitness scams, and the purpose of this site it to weed out those scams, leaving only products that actually do as they claim and help users achieve their personal health and fitness goals,” Tom Hofman, founder of MuscleAndFitnessTips.org, declares.

Nutrition plays a role in one’s overall health, yet Americans typically fail to eat a balanced diet. The council found that the average American diet typically exceeds the recommended amounts of refined grains, saturated fat, sodium, and solid fats and added sugars. Americans also fail to eat the suggested amounts of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and whole grains. Individuals often find they struggle to make healthy food choices, and MuscleAndFitnessTips.org can be of aid in this area also.

“MuscleAndFitnessTips.org provides information on foods which burn fat, eating habits of professional bodybuilders, and more. Everything that goes into one’s mouth affects their overall health and fitness. With the right foods, achieving one’s fitness goals becomes an easier task. The site strives to provide the information consumers need to make healthy eating choices,” Hofman states.

The cost of obesity continues to rise. The council estimates Americans spend approximately $190.2 billion every year on illnesses related to obesity, including disability, chronic disease, and death. They project Americans will spend $344 billion a year on obesity related costs, or 21 percent of total health care costs, by 2018. With the help of training articles and tips on getting into shape, Americans can reverse these trends, saving money and their health in the process. Many turn to workout programs for assistance in achieving their fitness goals.

Hofman provides workout program reviews on the site to assist consumers in making informed choices as to which program is right for them. Visit the site to learn about popular programs, such as Burn the Fat-Feed the Muscle and the Turbulence Training Program. With the information found on the site, one can not only choose the best workout program for their needs, but also get into shape and stay that way for life, a goal everyone should strive for.

About Muscle And Fitness Tips:

Tom Hofman founded MuscleAndFitnessTips.org to share insights on fitness and bodybuilding. Individuals often fall for scams in these two industries, and Tom Hofman hopes to help consumers avoid these scams, providing information on the best diet and workout programs offered today. With the help of valuable training articles as well as advice and tips, consumers know they can learn about the best when it comes to fitness and bodybuilding with the help of this site.

CDC Reports: Only 3 In 10 Americans With HIV Have Virus In Check

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An interesting article from PRWeb and the CDC….what are your thoughts? Please share in the comments section below…..

newsCDC urges HIV testing and treatment to prevent new infections and save lives.

Just 30 percent of Americans with HIV had the virus under control in 2011, and that approximately two-thirds of those whose virus was out of control had been diagnosed but were no longer in care, according to a new Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new study underscores the importance of making sure people with HIV receive ongoing care, treatment, and other information and tools that help prevent transmission to others, as well as the need to reach more people with HIV testing. Among those whose infection was not under control, more than three times the proportion (66%) were no longer in care as had never been diagnosed (20%).

The HIV epidemic continues to threaten the health and well-being of many Americans – with more than one million people living with the disease in the U.S. and 50,000 new infections each year.

When used consistently, antiretroviral medication can keep HIV controlled at very low levels in the body (known as viral suppression), allowing people with HIV to live longer, healthier lives and reducing the likelihood they will transmit HIV to others. Treatment has been shown to reduce sexual transmission of HIV by 96 percent, and U.S. clinical guidelines now recommend that everyone diagnosed with HIV receive treatment, regardless of their CD4 cell count or viral load.

“For people living with HIV, it’s not just about knowing you’re infected–it’s also about going to the doctor for medical care,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “And for health care facilities, it’s not just about the patients in your care–it’s every person diagnosed, and every person whose diagnosis has not yet been made. Key to controlling the nation’s HIV epidemic is helping people with HIV get connected to–and stay in –care and treatment to suppress the virus, live longer and help protect others.”

The new study estimates that of the 1.2 million Americans living with HIV in 2011, 70 percent did not have their virus under control. Among the nearly 840,000 people who had not achieved viral suppression:

* 66 percent had been diagnosed but were not engaged in regular HIV care,

* 20 percent did not yet know they were infected,

* 4 percent were engaged in care but not prescribed antiretroviral treatment, and

* 10 percent were prescribed antiretroviral treatment but did not achieve viral suppression.

Vital Signs is a report that appears each month as part of the CDC journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report provides the latest data and information on key health indicators. These are cancer prevention, obesity, tobacco use, motor vehicle passenger safety, prescription drug overdose, HIV/AIDS, alcohol use, health care-associated infections, cardiovascular health, teen pregnancy, food safety, and viral hepatitis.

1 in 3 Americans Have High Blood Pressure

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HealthFrom Your Health Journal…..A great article from the Reporter Herald by Joyce Davis entitled 1 in 3 Americans have high blood pressure, but exercise and diet can help to reduce it. The article begins by stating hypertension / high blood pressure runs silent and deep in America. Roughly 68 million adults in the United States (about 1 in 3), have high blood pressure, increasing their risk for heart disease and stroke, the leading causes of death in our country. According to the American Heart Association, high blood pressure occurs when blood flow puts too much pressure or tension on the arteries which causes damage. Arteries that are blocked by cholesterol or have a buildup of plaque, can cause the heart to pump harder to get blood through. Eventually, the muscles and valves in the heart are damaged, leading to heart failure. Please visit the Reporter Herald web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. It was well written and very informative.”

From the article…..

Hypertension — high blood pressure — runs silent and deep in America.

An estimated 68 million adults in the United States, about 1 in 3, have high blood pressure, increasing their risk for heart disease and stroke, the leading causes of death in our country.

Known as a “silent killer,” hypertension has no symptoms or warning signs, yet contributes to nearly 1,000 deaths per day. It’s a sneaky disease that runs counter to common belief — someone with hypertension isn’t necessarily tense, nervous or hyper. Many are calm and cool, with no outward signs of a disease that can do serious damage to the heart, eyes, kidneys and brains.

High blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association (AHA), occurs when blood flow puts too much pressure or tension on the arteries, causing damage. Arteries that are blocked by cholesterol or have a buildup of plaque, can cause the heart to pump harder to get blood through. Eventually, the muscles and valves in the heart are damaged, leading to heart failure. The kidneys and brain may also be negatively affected when the vessels fail to supply adequate oxygen-rich blood.

Before such critical damage happens, however, some lifesaving steps can be taken by those with pre-hypertension. According to the Mayo Clinic, the period before high blood pressure goes full blown is the perfect time for prevention. During this pre-hypertension period, health-care experts advise having your blood pressure tested regularly and introducing healthy lifestyle changes.

Because there are no overt symptoms, it’s important to monitor your blood pressure either through doctor visits or with home checks. Staying in a healthy range — below 120/80 — can be as easy as making some simple changes to diet and activity.

A primary risk for hypertension is being overweight or obese. A greater body mass requires more blood to supply oxygen and nutrients to your tissues, increasing the force on artery walls. Family history also increases your chances of having pre-hypertension, as well as being older. Pre-hypertension is also more common in men than women, and in people who have a sedentary lifestyle.

Those with a diet high in sodium are also at risk. Too much sodium affects the way your body regulates blood pressure, so reducing the amount of salt you consume is an easy, positive way to prevent the disease.

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Are Americans Living Shorter Lives

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From Your Health Journal…..”Another great article from EMaxHealth that I encourage you to read on their site about Americans and shorter life spans. The US spends more per person on healthcare than any other nation. Americans die younger and have more illnesses and accidents on average than people in other developed nations.

From the article…..

Despite the fact that the United States spends far more per person on healthcare than any other nation, Americans die younger and have more illnesses and accidents on average than people in other developed nations. These sad statistics include wealthier, insured, college-educated Americans. The study, which was released no January 9, was prepared by the Committee on Population and was sponsored by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. Of course, this is very upsetting to read, and hopefully, this trend will begin to change soon. Busy lifestyles, sedentary habits, poor eating, and excessive use of technology are all contributing to this upsetting report. Please visit the EMaxHealth web site (link provided below) to read the entire article.”

The report examined the nature and strength of the research evidence on life expectancy and health in the US; it compared US data with statistics from 16 peer countries: other high income democracies in Western Europe, as well as Canada, Australia, and Japan. The panel reviewed the most current data, and it also examined historical trend data beginning in the 1970s; most statistics in the report were obtained from the late 1990s through 2008. The panel members note that they were shocked by the findings. For many years, Americans have been dying at younger ages than individuals in almost all other high income countries. Furthermore, the situation has been getting worse for three decades, especially among women. Not only are their lives shorter, but Americans also have a longstanding pattern of poorer health that is strikingly consistent and pervasive over the life course: at birth, during childhood and adolescence, for young and middle-aged adults, and for older adults.

The study found the US near the bottom of the peer countries for life expectancy, with high rates of obesity and diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung disease and arthritis, as well as infant mortality, injuries, homicides, teen pregnancy, drug deaths and sexually transmitted diseases. The shorter life expectancy for Americans largely was attributed to high mortality for men under age 50, from car crashes, accidents and violence. The investigators note that many of these conditions have a particularly profound effect on young people, reducing the odds that Americans will live to age 50. In addition, for those who reach age 50, these conditions contribute to poorer health and greater illness later in life.

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Americans Support Food Freedom By A Wide Margin

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From Your Health Journal…..”I love when I find new web sites like the one today called ‘Reason’ – which discusses Americans supporting Food Freedoms. With obesity on the rise, and many people suffering from heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, bone degeneration, and other health related problems, the government is concerned about health care in the future, as so many individuals may need help staying healthy as they get older. With the economy already in a bad spot, this would hurt it even more. In some countries, the government has stepped in to tax junk foods and limit the amount of junk foods purchased. In America, a study was conducted and found that Americans oppose food bans by a 5-1 margin. Furthermore, when asked whether maintaining a healthy weight was something “the whole community, including the schools, government, health care providers, and the food industry should deal with,” less than one-third of respondents favored that approach, while 52 percent stated this was “something individuals should deal with on their own.” The study reveals 97 percent of respondents believe the most likely cause of obesity is sedentary inactivity related to “TV, video game[s] and computer[s].” The author of this article, Baylen Linnekin did a wonderful job explaining this story, and I highly recommend your visiting the ‘Reason’ web site (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

A new poll finds Americans oppose food bans by a 5-1 margin and food taxes by a 2-1 margin. Supporters of food freedom should take note—and maybe even a victory lap.

A new poll finds Americans have little stomach “for policies that would constrain consumer choices…such as limits on the amount or type of food that can be purchased or taxes on unhealthy foods or drinks.”

The national poll of more than 1,000 U.S. adults, released last week by the Associated Press/NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Chicago, contains several “[s]ignificant findings” that bolster the case for food freedom.

Respondents expressed universal opposition to food bans and taxes. While opposition to bans on marketing “unhealthy foods aimed at children” only trumped support slightly, opponents of taxing those same foods outnumbered supporters by a nearly 2-1 margin, and those who opposed “[l]imiting the types or amounts of foods and drinks people can buy” outnumbered supporters of food bans by a startling 5-1 margin (74 percent to 15 percent).

Furthermore, when asked whether maintaining a healthy weight was something “the whole community, including the schools, government, health care providers, and the food industry should deal with,” less than one-third of respondents favored that approach, while 52 percent stated this was “something individuals should deal with on their own.”

The study reveals 97 percent of respondents believe the most likely cause of obesity is sedentary inactivity related to “TV, video game[s] and computer[s].”

While I don’t claim to know the root cause(s) of obesity, this strong belief among respondents that Americans are obese because we sit on our butts too much has been echoed by research. For example, in a 2005 article in the Annual Review of Public Health, “Economic Causes and Consequences of Obesity,” researcher Eric Finkelstein and his colleagues looked at the results of four previous obesity studies and found “[t]he published evidence, although not conclusive, suggests that technology may be primarily responsible for the obesity epidemic.”

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Americans Are Commonly Dying Under Age 50

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From Your Health Journal…..”LA Weekly had an outstanding article recently, and I encourage you all to visit their site (link provided below) to view the full article. This topic was about Americans under age 50 not really taking good care of themselves due to unwise choices, sedentary lifestyle, and poverty. The problem is not limited to people who are poor or uninsured, even Americans with health insurance, higher incomes, college education and healthy behaviors such as not smoking seem to be sicker than their counterparts in other countries. The bottom line, we need to start taking care of ourselves – starting today. Like the old saying, today is the first day of the rest of your life. Make a conscious effort to break some of the bad habits you have, and pass along healthy lifestyle to your children. Please visit the LA Weekly web site for the full story.”

From the article…..

Blame Stupid Choices, Too Much Driving and Sitting, and Poverty, Study Says

Everyone wants to live forever. But a study from USC and the National Academies suggests that if you’d like to see 51, it’s time a lot of people stopped acting stupid. Americans spend more on health care than anyone, but are less healthy, birth to death, than residents in other developed countries. In fact, death before 50 accounts for about two-thirds of the difference between U.S. male life expectancy and guys in other nations. For women, not as bad.

U.S. residents are more likely to prematurely die of anything and everything, and the causes for that include many lifestyle-driven diseases such as diabetes and HIV. Are they really so much more fit and careful in Europe?

Well, yes.

• Americans more commonly die in transportation accidents. The rate of death from violence is also significantly higher here, especially from firearms. Overall, the U.S. has the second-highest death rate from injuries (the outdoorsy types in icy Finland came in first).

• Americans are much more likely than people in peer countries to die from maternal conditions related to pregnancy. Since the 1990s, among high-income countries, U.S. teenagers have seen far higher rates of pregnancy. Add to that the fact that Americans are more likely to get sexually transmitted diseases.

• Though the incidence of AIDS has fallen in the last two decades, the U.S. still has the highest incidence among peer countries — and overall suffers the fourth-highest mortality from all communicable diseases (even worse off are Portugal, Japan and the U.K.).

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