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The Dangers of Bulimia and Excessive Exercise

Experts recommend exercise as an essential part of maintaining healthy weight. People who want to lose weight or build their muscles may do more exercise to meet their goals. However, in people suffering from bulimia nervosa, a type of eating disorder, excessive exercise may be associated with suicidal behavior, research suggests. Bulimia nervosa is characterized by binge eating and purging. This consists of consuming a large amount of food in a short amount of time followed by purging, an attempt to rid oneself of the food consumed typically by induced vomiting, taking a laxative or diuretic, and/or excessive exercise. Investigators […]

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Diet and Exercise Improve Sleep Apnea

A new study suggests that losing weight through diet and exercise may have long-term benefits for obese people suffering from  mild sleep apnea. Dr. Henri Tuomilehto, lead researcher at the Oivauni Sleep Clinic in Kuopio, Finland and his colleagues found that mild sleep apnea in obese volunteers who underwent a one-year lifestyle intervention were about half as likely to progress to more severe disease, compared to those who did not improve their health habits. Sleep apnea is characterized by short interruptions in breathing when the airway collapses or gets blocked while people sleep. This condition is most common among overweight […]

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The new study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and by the National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests that aerobic exercise may help prevent and reverse some of the changes brought about by heavy alcohol drinking on the brain.  University of Colorado Boulder researchers led by Hollis Karoly, a doctoral student, found that walking, running or bicycling are associated with less brain damage among heavy drinkers. The study, which was published recently in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, included 60 adults who were moderate to heavy drinkers. They had undergone a modified type of […]

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Brisk Walking Benefits Stroke Patients

Walking is a simple but valuable means by which stroke survivors  can significantly improve their physical fitness and endurance levels. Carron D. Gordon, PhD, from the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica and colleagues report that patients who experienced a stroke within the previous 6-24 months improved cardiac fitness as well as endurance after undergoing a supervised walking program. The study involved 128 adult stroke survivors who were randomly assigned to an exercise group who did brisk outdoor walking for 30 minutes, thrice a week, for 12 weeks and a group that only received massage to the affected […]

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People often find excuses about not having enough time or strength to exercise. Not all people can do high intensity running, but most ambulatory individuals can walk at moderate intensity. The good news is that brisk walking has been found to confer similar health benefits as high intensity running, according to a new report in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. Researchers led by Paul T. Williams, Ph.D., of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory analyzed data from the National Runners’ Health Study and the National Walkers’ Health Study, which involved more than 33, 000 runners and […]

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