According to new research by the Cleveland Clinic published online in the journal Nature Medicine, high red meat intake may be associated with heart disease based on a factor not commonly considered by the general public. According to the study, the vitamin-like compound carnitine found in red meat may have a direct part to play in the development of atherosclerosis (clogging of arteries) in conjunction with the relatively high cholesterol and saturated fat content commonly provided by red meat foods. L-Carnitine is sold as a supplement purported to improve fat oxidation and weight loss, reduce lactate production and improve VO2max.
According to the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation’s most rapidly growing population segment is the elderly - specifically those over 80. The average American is not only living longer, but they are doing so in significant numbers. In fact, it is estimated that more than 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 everyday. Stephen Jones, MD, a board-certified Geriatric Medicine Specialist and Director of the Center for Healthy Aging at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut refers to these baby-boomers as “geri-boomers”. He perceives it is a much more applicable term considering the gradual increase of older adults in the United States and the age range this population is now reaching.
New requirements of the Affordable Care Act require more than 2,900 of the non-profit hospitals in the United State to produce a Community Health Needs Assessment identifying local health needs in order to qualify for federal tax-exempt status. In an effort to help guide these non-profit hospitals develop programs that address the obesity epidemic and comply with the new federal standards, the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity has released a set of 5 research-based recommendations.
2013 has seen the percentage of Americans who exercise for at least 30 minutes, three or more days per week, decrease to 52.4% from a 2012 percentage of 53.9% according to a recent Gallup poll.
According to new research presented at the American Heart Association's (AHA) Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions, energy drinks may cause a dangerous increase in systolic blood pressure and even disturb the heart's natural rhythm. In the investigation, data was analyzed from seven previously-published observational and interventional studies to determine the impact of chronic energy drink consumption on heart health.
According to new research presented by the British Medical Journal (BMJ), cutting down on salt while simultaneously increasing potassium intake has the potential to produce major health and cost-related benefits worldwide. When a surplus of sodium is ingested without an appropriate counterbalance of potassium, the excess sodium content pulls water into circulation increasing total blood volume, and consequently pressure exerted against major vascular structures. When this acute effect becomes chronic, we see the progression of major cardiovascular diseases with an increased risk for myocardial infarction or stroke due (in part) to vascular damage and hormonal changes.
Earlier this month (April 2013), the White House released the President’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2014. Of note and specific to the fitness industry is a budgeted increase of nearly $1 million to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN).
New research from the University of Memphis’s Human Performance Laboratory examined the acute neuromuscular and metabolic responses to various combinations of concurrent endurance and resistance exercise. It is well known that endurance training and weightlifting induce significantly dissimilar physiological responses, and resultant adaptations. Previous research has shown that high-volume concurrent training results in the body siding with aerobic adaptations (due to the hormonal response).