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There's a Best Time of Day to Exercise for Folks With Type 2 Diabetes

There`s a Best Time of Day to Exercise for Folks With Type 2 DiabetesTUESDAY, May 30, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- If you're one of the millions of folks living with type 2 diabetes, you know that regular exercise can help you keep your blood sugar in check.Now, new research suggests that working out in the afternoon may help maximize these benefits.The new study wasn’t designed to say how, or even if, exercising in the afternoon is better for blood sugar control, but researchers have some theories.“If we exercise after a meal, it may be more beneficial than after fasting, and if you exercise in the afternoon, it is likely after a meal,” said study author Jingyi Qian. She is an associate physiologist and associate director of the medical chronobiology program at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. By contrast, folks who work out in the morning may...

With Training, Soccer Headers Might Be Safe for Teen Players

29 May 2023
With Training, Soccer Headers Might Be Safe for Teen PlayersMONDAY, May 29, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Limited "heading" of a soccer ball in youth sports may not cause irreversible harm, as long as players are properly trained, a new study finds.This study from concussion researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) looked at the consequences of repeated head impacts shortly after the impact. They did this using six different tests.They found that having a small number of repeated soccer headers equivalent to a throw-in did not cause immediate neurophysiological problems for teens. “Soccer is a sport where intentionally using your head to hit the ball is an integral part of the game, and concern over its long-term effects has parents, caregivers and coaches understandably concerned,” said study co-author Colin Huber, a...

When Arthritis Strikes, Keep Moving

29 May 2023
When Arthritis Strikes, Keep MovingMONDAY, May 29, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Your achy joints may suggest that you take it easy. Don’t listen to them, experts say.If it hurts when you get up from a chair or climb stairs, you might have osteoarthritis. If so, it’s best to keep moving.“While the pain from osteoarthritis worsens with activity and improves with rest, exercise is still the most cost-effective treatment for it,” said Dr. Kathryn Dao, an associate professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “Studies have shown exercise can build cartilage, strengthen muscles, and improve joint function and bone mass. Patients who exercise also have better balance and a lower risk of falling,” Dao, a rheumatology specialist, said in a medical center news release. This type of arthritis...

Exercise Might Boost Your Tolerance for Pain

25 May 2023
Exercise Might Boost Your Tolerance for PainTHURSDAY, May 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- One potential solution to reducing chronic pain: Get moving.A new Norwegian study finds that physically active folks have greater pain tolerance compared to sedentary types. Those with higher levels of activity also had higher pain tolerance, according to the report published online May 24 in PLOS ONE.“Becoming or staying physically active over time can benefit your pain tolerance. Whatever you do, the most important thing is that you do something,” study author Anders Årnes, a PhD student at University Hospital of North Norway, and colleagues said in a journal news release.For the study, the investigators analyzed data from more than 10,000 adults who participated in a large population survey conducted periodically in Norway.Using data...

Nowhere Safe to Play: 'Play Deserts' Keep Kids from Fun Physical Activity

24 May 2023
Nowhere Safe to Play: `Play Deserts` Keep Kids from Fun Physical ActivityWEDNESDAY, May 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The problem of "food deserts" in many parts of the United States has gained attention in recent years. Now, researchers are highlighting a similar issue: play deserts.In a recent study, investigators at the University of Georgia found that in many areas of the country -- particularly the South -- families have few safe, free parks and playgrounds for their kids to enjoy.That's a problem, experts said, because when kids lack those opportunities, they're more likely to stay inside and stare at screens.It's well known that there are communities nationwide where people have a hard time getting to a grocery store or any other source of fresh, nutritious food. Those places have been dubbed food deserts, and an estimated 10% of the United States...

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