Rx for Heart Disease: Take 2 Walks and Call Me in the Morning

A major new study finds that exercise is as good – or in some cases better – than prescription drugs in protecting against future heart attacks, stroke and diabetes. The study, conducted by researchers from Harvard and Stanford universities, is among a very few trials that have directly compared an exercise regimen with medication. Researchers compared their effectiveness for patients with heart disease, heart failure and pre-type 2 diabetes, and

It’s a Fact: We Watch Too Much TV

Remember how, when we were kids, older people warned us about spending too much time in front of the television? As it turns out, now that we’re the older people, maybe our children ought to be urging us to turn off the TV and go outside to play. A bunch of recent studies show that, at a time when younger Americans increasingly turn away from the boob tube and spend more time online, those of us 50 and older are …

1 in 3 men too fat to see their you know what

Men, when you take off your clothes and look down, can you see your, um, manhood? If you can’t, you’re too fat. That’s the crude but effective test a British health-advocacy group says can let men know they have too much dangerous belly fat. The campaign is dubbed The Big Check and is based on the group’s  survey of 1,000 British men ages 35 through 60 that found that one in three couldn’t see their genitals because the view was …

Surprise Ending: Huge Diabetes Study Stops Early

For overweight or obese patients with type 2 diabetes, the oft-repeated advice is to get some exercise and lose some weight to lower the increased risk of heart disease. But a large federal study designed to prove this advice really works has ended early because weight loss and moderate exercise didn’t have the expected benefit. Details of the massive study have yet to be published, but the National Institutes of Health (NIH) pulled the plug on the study two years …

Alzheimer’s: Is It Diabetes of the Brain?

Could what we eat be killing our brains? Or, to put it another way, could Alzheimer’s really be Type 3 diabetes? The theory is that the factors in our diet and the environment that’s causing the Type 2 diabetes epidemic is also playing a role in the increasing rate of Alzheimer’s — resulting in a third form of diabetes, Type 3 brain diabetes. It’s an intriguing — some might say controversial — theory. In any case, it’s certainly one more …

New Diet Pill Belviq: 5 Things You Should Know

Belviq, the first new prescription weight-loss pill in 13 years, won approval last week from the Food and Drug Administration. The drug, generically known as lorcaserin, works as an appetite-suppressant, triggering receptors in the brain that make people feel full. It offers a new diet aid to the one in three Americans who are obese. Don’t expect dramatic results, however, as the Washington Post notes. In the three trials of almost 8,000 overweight and obese people over 52 to 104 …