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2023

Exercise + Weight Loss Perfect Combo to Fight Diabetes

Exercise + Weight Loss Perfect Combo to Fight DiabetesTHURSDAY, June 29, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Pairing exercise with a 10% weight loss can make a major health improvement in people living with obesity and prediabetes, a new study says.Building in regular exercise more than doubled sensitivity to insulin compared to just weight loss alone. This has the potential to prevent or delay prediabetes from progressing into type 2 diabetes while also decreasing the risk of heart disease, researchers said.“Insulin resistance is a major factor that causes type 2 diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and abnormal blood lipids in people with obesity," said senior investigator Dr. Samuel Klein, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis."We’ve shown that combining exercise with weight...

New Ways to Spot Risk for CTE in Boxers, MMA Fighters

29 June 2023
New Ways to Spot Risk for CTE in Boxers, MMA FightersTHURSDAY, June 29, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Autopsy is currently the only way to definitively diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease often seen in athletes who've suffered repeated blows to the head.But there may be a way to predict which athletes are likely to develop CTE, researchers report June 28 in the journal Neurology.They outline criteria for a condition called traumatic encephalopathy syndrome, where CTE is suspected based on cognitive impairment, behavior changes and other factors. “These findings suggest that this new diagnosis of traumatic encephalopathy syndrome may be useful in professional sports such as boxing and mixed martial arts and may be helpful in predicting who may experience cognitive decline,” study co-author Brooke...

After Battling Mental Health Issues, Star Gymnast Simone...

28 June 2023
After Battling Mental Health Issues, Star Gymnast Simone Biles Plans Return to CompetitionWEDNESDAY, June 28, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- After a focus on her own mental health and that of other athletes, U.S. gymnast Simone Biles will return to elite competition. Biles will begin with the Aug. 5 U.S. Classic outside of Chicago, the Associated Press reported. She has not competed since the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, held in 2021, where she removed herself from several events because of a mental health struggle.Biles, 26, is a seven-time Olympic medalist and the 2016 Olympic champion. She has taken most of the past two years off while advocating for athletes to be able to protect their mental health, the AP reported. In the interim, she also got married to NFL player Jonathan Owens, a defensive back for the Green Bay Packers, this spring. In Tokyo, after withdrawing from events,...

Taking Ketone Supplements to Boost Sports Performance...

26 June 2023
Taking Ketone Supplements to Boost Sports Performance Could BackfireMONDAY, June 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Athletes using ketone supplements to boost their performance may be kidding themselves, researchers say. The literature on the benefit of ketone supplements is mixed. Some studies have shown the supplements improve performance, but others say they have no effect or even worsen performance.Natural ketones fuel the brain and muscles. A ketogenic diet of very low carbs and high fat causes the body to make more ketone compounds and increase their use for energy.Ketone supplements are thought to speed up that process, without the strict diet, the researchers noted."One of the main perceived benefits is that ketones may serve as an alternative fuel source during exercise or potentially alter the utilization of other major fuel such as carbohydrates...

Which Football Players Face Highest Odds for Brain Disorder CTE? New Findings May Tell

26 June 2023
Which Football Players Face Highest Odds for Brain Disorder CTE? New Findings May TellMONDAY, June 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The number and strength of head impacts, not concussions, cause degenerative brain injuries to football players, a new study suggests.That's what appears to drive the growing number of cases of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), researchers say.Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a progressive and fatal brain disease associated with repeated traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). It is also linked to the development of dementia, according to the Alzheimer's Association.In this new study of 631 deceased football players, researchers found that the odds of developing CTE were related to the number of head impacts they experienced and how hard those impacts were."These results provide added evidence that repeated non-concussive head injuries are a...
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