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70 or Older? An Extra 500 Steps a Day Could Do Wonders for Your Heart

70 or Older? An Extra 500 Steps a Day Could Do Wonders for Your HeartTHURSDAY, March 2, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- While the idea of getting 10,000 steps a day is bandied about as a good walking goal, that can be intimidating to some people, depending on how fit they are. Now, new research in adults between the ages of 70 and 90 finds that a much smaller number of steps can make a difference in heart health. It’s possible, according to researchers, that just 3,000 steps a day has benefits for heart health, and adding increments of just 500 more steps can also make a big difference.“Walking, I think, is just such a great activity that we can encourage people to do,” said study author Erin Dooley, an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama's School of Public Health. “Getting up throughout the day and...

Short Brisk Walk Each Day Could Cut Your Odds of Early Death

1 March 2023
Short Brisk Walk Each Day Could Cut Your Odds of Early DeathWEDNESDAY, March 1, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A brisk 11-minute daily walk can help you live longer, a new University of Cambridge study reports.Researchers found that 75 minutes a week — 11 minutes daily — of moderate-intensity physical activity is enough to lower a person’s risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.The investigators estimated that 1 in 10 early deaths could be prevented if everyone got that amount of exercise, which is half the level recommended by U.S. and British guidelines.“If you are someone who finds the idea of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week a bit daunting, then our findings should be good news,” co-researcher Dr. Soren Brage, of the Medical Research Council at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, said in a...

10 Ways You Can Cut Your Risk for Dementia

25 February 2023
10 Ways You Can Cut Your Risk for DementiaSATURDAY, Feb. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Causes of different kinds of dementia vary, but about 40% are affected by risk factors a person can influence through lifestyle choices.Two University of Michigan neurologists offer 10 tips for modifying those risks.Keep blood pressure in check. Dr. Judith Heidebrink, a neurologist who is co-leader of the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center’s Clinical Core, recommends aiming for a systolic blood pressure (the upper number) of 130 mm Hg or lower from around age 40. This helps reduce risk of cognitive impairment, dementia, heart attack and stroke.Guard your hearing. Wear ear protection around excessive noise to reduce the risk of hearing loss, center director Dr. Henry Paulson urged. Use hearing aids, if needed. A recent study...

Over 40? Just 20 Minutes of Daily Exercise Can Keep You...

20 February 2023
Over 40? Just 20 Minutes of Daily Exercise Can Keep You Out of the HospitalMONDAY, Feb. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- If you're over 40, regular exercise may not only keep you fit -- it might keep you out of the hospital, too, a large new study suggests.Researchers found that among nearly 82,000 British adults, those who regularly exercised were less likely to be hospitalized for various health conditions in the coming years. The list included such common ills as pneumonia, stroke, diabetes complications and severe urinary tract infections.The findings suggest that if middle-aged and older people added just 20 minutes of exercise to their daily routine, they could cut the risk of those hospitalizations by anywhere from 4% to 23% over seven years.Experts said the study expands on what people typically see as the benefits of exercise -- like a trimmer body,...

Getting Your Child Ready for Spring Sports

19 February 2023
Getting Your Child Ready for Spring SportsSUNDAY, Feb. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Spring sports season will be here soon, so it’s time to get kids ready after a winter break.Sports can teach valuable lessons, including teamwork, good sportsmanship, good communication, preparing for success, handling a loss, time management and the importance of doing your best, according to Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.Pediatrician Dr. Stacy Leatherwood Cannon offers tips for parents to help kids get started safely.First, get a pre-season evaluation, regardless of requirements or your child's age, she suggested. A doctor can detect any vision issues, joint problems, elevated blood pressure or other concerns that may affect the sports season.If your child was less active in winter, take it slow. Help them work up to increasing...

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