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June 15, 2009

Getting Rid of Belly Fat

Here we go again.  Someone else has written a book about dieting.  But unlike many of these diet books, this one seems to offer more of an explanation as to why so many of us have bulging bellies and how we can strategically work to get rid of it.

Dr. Louis Aronne explains in his new book, “THE SKINNY: On Losing Weight Without Being Hungry” (Broadway Books), written with Alisa Bowman, that the key is your body’s chemistry, not willpower. His solution: teaching your body to stop craving food and feel full sooner.

A leading authority on weight loss and obesity, Dr. Aronne is director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, a multidisciplinary obesity research and treatment center that he developed and founded in 1986. He is clinical professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.

According to Dr. Aronne, our bodies are programmed to resist weight loss that goes beyond roughly 7 percent of total body weight. That means that if you weigh 200 pounds, you may be able to lose fewer than 14 pounds before the going gets tough. The reason, he explains, is that the body’s metabolism and weight-regulating hormones — like insulin and leptin — drop faster than your body loses fat, making your brain think your weight is near normal even though you’re still overweight. This leaves dieters hungry, even after they’ve eaten all the calories they need.

To overcome this obstacle, he teaches readers to use the latest advances in the science of appetite and body weight regulation to flip off an internal biological switch that is driving them to eat. Rather than using willpower to force themselves to stop eating, readers use “fill-power”:

Among his specific tips:

* Eat a Protein Breakfast. People who eat breakfast are more successful at losing weight because it helps control appetite and cravings throughout the day. High-protein, low-starch foods like a vegetable frittata are best. Avoid juices that pass through the body too quickly. Eat grapefruit or melon instead.
* Exercise in the morning. Putting off your gym visit until later in the day increases the chances that something will come up to derail your plans. And don’t think of making up for it with a longer weekend session. How often you exercise is more important than the length of each exercise session.
* Eat your salad and vegetables first. Dig into the leafy greens before you start the main course. This will curb your appetite by making you feel full. Other foods to keep you feeling sated include soups and spicy foods.
* Watch less television. By turning off the boob tube you will automatically be more active.
* Look for hidden causes of weight gain. Sleep disorders and medications can cause weight gain. Appropriate management can help with weight loss.

Dr. Aronne says his plan is easy to follow, and can help many people to lose between 10 percent and 20 percent of their weight, and most can lose 7 percent or more. However, he cautions that the weight loss won’t be immediate, and may take several months. The payoff, he writes: “You will know what it feels like to fill up on a normal amount of food. You will eventually be able to stop obsessing about food. You’ll be able to stop forcing yourself to eat less because you’ll eat less automatically.”

Now that sounds like a plan.

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June 3, 2009

Perrie Meno-Pudge Cartoon of the Week

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May 4, 2009

A Baby Can Add Years to Your Life

Filed under: Uncategorized — Beverly Mahone @ 5:52 pm

Women who have babies naturally in their 40s or 50s tend to live longer than other women. Now, a new study shows their brothers also live longer.   

In a study involving participants from Utah and Quebec, it was learned that brothers who had at least three sisters, including at least one sister who gave birth at age 45 or later, were 20 percent to 22 percent less likely to die during any year after age 50 than brothers who had no “late fertile” sisters.

The study didn’t address how much longevity is due to genetics, but scientists believe genes account for up to 25 percent of differences in longevity. “The new thing here is what most evolutionary biologists long have argued: that survival and reproduction are intrinsically linked to one another.

 
Late Babies Linked to Longer Life for Moms and Blood Uncles

— The study confirmed earlier research showing that women who have babies late tend to live longer.

By looking at the brothers of women who had children late, the study suggests the same age-slowing genes may be responsible for both prolonged fertility in women and longer lifespan in both sexes. The effects of late fertility were strongest for brothers with at least three sisters because the larger the number of sisters, the more likely it is at least one will give birth in middle age.

In the Utah group, brothers with three or more sisters – at least one of whom gave birth at age 45 or older – were 20 percent less likely to die during any given year after age 50 than men without late-fertile sisters.

In Quebec, brothers with three or more sisters – at least one of whom gave birth at age 44½ or older – were almost 23 percent less likely to die during any single year after age 50 than men without sisters who gave birth late.

It is possible social and environmental reasons – good water, good nutrition, a healthy environment – could explain why the brothers and their late-birthing sisters had longer lives. So the researchers also examined the longevity of the brothers’ wives.

They found no increase in lifespan, indicating that heredity – far more than environmental factors played a role in the prolonged fertility and longer lives of the women, and the longer lives of their brothers.

April 25, 2009

Stop Faking and Get Real

Filed under: Uncategorized — Beverly Mahone @ 4:33 pm

If you’re a woman, chances are you’ve faked an orgasim at least once in your sexually active life.  Of course, you’re probably not going to admit it here but that’s OK.    

For those of you who are still faking you may be happy to know there is a spray used by men that is now claiming to improve the sex lives of millions of women.   According to an article in the Sindh Newspaper this nasal spray is currently being sold to men in Australia to help them with their erectile disfunction.  Now the makers are saying  it will help women who suffer from low libido.

Using the advertising slogan “Stop Faking, Get Real”, the manufacturer is hoping thousands of women will fess up and fork up 4000 pounds in order to have a more enjoyable sex life.

Now 4000 pounds of Australian currency is the equivalent to nearly 6000 US dollars.

I don’t know about you but “fakin’ for free works for me!”

April 21, 2009

Inhaling a Heart Attack?

In case you haven’t heard, heart disease is the number one killer of women over the age of 40.  We are used to thinking of heart disease as a product of genetic factors or lifestyle choices, such as what we eat and how much we exercise. But now it appears there is another road to heart disease: breathing.

Researchers at the University of Louisville and the University of Michigan say there are a number of studies connecting pollution with heart disease:

• A study of six U.S. cities found that people died earlier when they lived in cities with higher pollution levels. A majority of these deaths were due to heart disease.
• A study of 250 metropolitan areas around the world found a spike in air pollution is followed by a spike in heart attacks.
• A study in Salt Lake City found that when a nearby steel mill shut down for a period of months, there was a 4-6% drop in mortality. The mortality rose to previous levels when the steel mill re-opened.

The people who seem to be most susceptible to environmental pollutants are the people who are already vulnerable, including the elderly and people with coronary artery disease. There is also some evidence that diabetics, women and people who are obese may be at greater risk.

One intriguing statistic is that the risk of heart attack increases in parallel with time spent in traffic the previous day. In animal experiments, researchers found that aldehydes — a toxic class of chemicals found in most forms of smoke, including cigarette smoke and car exhaust — increase blood cholesterol levels and activate enzymes that cause plaque in the blood vessels to rupture. When plaque ruptures, it can cause a blood clot, which may block an artery and lead to a heart attack.

If you live in an area where pollution levels may be high, doctors say you can take steps to reduce the risk of air pollution.  During times when air quality is unhealthy, exercise indoors, because indoor air is filtered. If you exercise outdoors, particularly if you’re at risk for heart disease, do it when pollutants are at lower levels. Avoid peak traffic times.

March 28, 2009

Menopause Blamed for Crime Spree

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A woman in the United Kingdom blamed menopause as the reason behind her stealing thousands of dollars from elderly residents.

The 51-year-old post office assistant told police she didn’t need the money and the only reason that could be found for her dishonesty was she was going through menopause.

She was quoted as saying, “Whenever I do it, I feel guilty. Still I do it. I don’t know why. I was telling God as well.”

This menopause crime mama was convicted of stealing from four victims between the ages of 65 and 94 from January 2007 to May 2008.  Instead of getting some jail time, the judge decided to show her mercy by ordering her to do 240 hours of unpaid work and pay court costs.

Question:  Did the judge let her off too lightly?  

March 19, 2009

Menopause and Osteoarthritis

Filed under: Uncategorized — Beverly Mahone @ 1:42 pm

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis.  It is also known as degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis is more common after the age of 45 and is also more common in women. Osteoarthritis of the hands is more common in women as they go through the menopause.

 

Symptoms of osteoarthritis vary with each patient, some people find the symptoms disabling where as others may have few symptoms. The following symptoms may indicate that you have osteoarthritis:

  • Swelling and inflammation in one or more joints.
  • Stiffness around the joints.
  • Constant or recurring pain in a joint.
  • Sudden difficulty in moving or using a joint.
  • A crack or click noise may be heard when you move the affected joint.
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There may be some good news on the horizon as it relates to osteoarthritis.  According to reseachers with the Baylor Research Institute, tart cherries, in pill form, may be a promising pain-reliever. 

 

Made from Montmorency tart cherries, this preparation is made up of ground whole cherries and given as a soft gelatin capsule (marketed under the brand name CherryFlex®).

 

Baylor Research Institute together with the Arthritis Care & Research Institute is currently enrolling patients in a second study, which will test cherry pills versus placebo in an eight week double blind study.

For more information about this study, call 1-800-4BAYLOR.

March 18, 2009

Good Sleep Equals Good Health

Good sleep equals good health.  That’s the diagnosis from experts at the Comprehensive Epilepsy and Sleep Disorders Center at Baylor Regional Medical Center in California.  Unfortunately, more than half of women report problems with insomnia. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “women’s lack of sleep affects nearly every aspect of their time-pressed lives, leaving them late for work, stressed out, tired and with little time for friends.” What’s going on? There are several factors, and all relate to poor sleep hygiene.

1. Too much java
Coffee consumption has jumped dramatically. It’s like a vicious cycle. People drink coffee at night and stay up late watching TV or surfing the Internet. Then they need a jolt at 6 a.m. to get started for the day. Eventually, that takes a toll on the body. Caffeine is a stimulant and it is advised that you refrain from drinking it at least six hours before bed.

2. Stressed out
Are you someone known as a “worry wart?”  Night time is the time some of us start thinking about what we forgot to do, about the kids, work deadlines, unpaid bills, and the economy.  That makes it hard to relax but once your head, your only duty is to sleep.

3. Stay cool
Body temperature lowers about one degree during sleep. Working out too close to bedtime or having an alcoholic night cap is counterproductive—it will take three hours to cool down enough for sleep to take place.  Tossing and turning also has an impact on your body temperature.  Every small amount of exertion consumes energy, which raises the body’s temperature, further delaying sleep.

4. The bottom line
Developing good sleep hygiene can help you avoid relying on medication.  Experts suggest you try the following:

1)  Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.

2)  Have bedtime ritual.  Thirty minutes before bed turn off loud music, make the atmosphere calm, dim the lights, take a warm (not hot) shower.

3) Read in bed for a maximum of 15 minutes, turn off the lights, close your eyes and relax.

February 11, 2009

Perrie Meno-Pudge Cartoon of the Week

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February 4, 2009

Let’s Talk About Yeast Infections

Have you ever felt like going somewhere or just walking around the house without wearing any panties?  Some doctors say it’s actually a lot healthier to go without because certain panties have been known to cause yeast infections.  Doctors recommend you go without wearing panties on occasion to allow the vaginal area to “air out.”

So what is a yeast infection?  Yeast is a fungus that normally lives in the vagina in small numbers.  A vaginal years infection means too many yeast cells are growing in the vagina.  These infections are very common and can be bothersome, but are usuallt not serious.

A yeast infection causes itching or soreness in the vagina and sometimes causes pain or burning when you go to the bathroom or have sex.  Another sign is you will notice discolored urine that appears thicker than normal.

You can prevent yeast infections by making sure your vaginal area stays as dry as possible and can “breathe.”

Avoid douches, feminine sprays, scented toilet paper and deoderant tampons. 

And when you do wear panties, make sure they’re cotton, not nylon, and not tight-fitting.  That means NO THONGS. 

 

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