Facts about your health.
Taking just 15 minutes to run or bike will help you get rid of stress and feel less frazzled, according to a recent study from researchers at the University of California, San Francisco.
Never too old
You’re never too old to get healthy, say researchers at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. They assigned one group of sedentary people in their 20s and one group in their 60s to do the exact same cardio and strength-training exercises for three months. Both groups increased their endurance and their weight maximums by the same percentage.
While a quick Internet search to diagnose your health problem may be faster than scoring a doctor’s appointment, you should probably stay off the computer. A study published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery finds that only 30 percent of the websites that pop up for common injuries provide accurate data. Most of the others are simply trying to sell you a product.
Heart attack risk
Checking out your cholesterol levels now can help you determine whether you’re at risk for a heart attack, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. They found that people with high LDL blood cholesterol — anything over 160 mg/dl — were more than five times as likely to have some form of heart disease later than those with cholesterol levels of 70 mg/dl.
Take at least 400 IU of vitamin D daily and you’ll lower your risk of breast cancer by 24 percent as long as you take the vitamin in supplement form, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Getting vitamin D via your food or the sun doesn’t have the same effect.
It usually stems from lack of flossing. A whopping 70 percent of Americans don’t floss regularly, which raises their risk of gum disease. It takes 30 seconds a day and can save you from pain and dentist bills.
Beat the brain drain
Can’t remember where you left your keys? Having trouble figuring out that crossword puzzle? Increase your brain connectivity by walking 40 minutes three times a week. A recent study by researchers at the University of Illinois found that when people with sedentary lifestyles incorporated that amount of physical activity into their routines for one year, they experienced significant amounts of brain connectivity, which can fend off memory loss.