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Exercise Ups Life Span for Type 2 Diabetics

Exercise Ups Life Span for Type 2 DiabeticsTHURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- For someone with type 2 diabetes, exercise can cut the risk of dying early by as much as one-third, researchers report. Exercise improves insulin sensitivity, reduces the risk of heart disease, and inhibits inflammation, said the Taiwanese research team. Among nearly 5,000 men and women with type 2 diabetes, those with a higher level of exercise had a lower risk of dying during the study period, compared with those who didn't exercise, the researchers found. Those who did a moderate amount of exercise had a 25% lower risk of early death, and those who exercised the most had a 32% lower risk of dying. The study was done by Dr. Yun-Ju Lai and colleagues at Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Puli Branch, in Nantou, Taiwan. Lai's team...

After COVID-19 Exposure, When Can Young Athletes Resume...

24 September 2020
After COVID-19 Exposure, When Can Young Athletes Resume Play?THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Young athletes who've had moderate COVID-19 symptoms should be symptom-free for 14 days and get their doctor's OK before returning to practices or games, according to a leading group of U.S. pediatricians. An electrocardiogram (EKG) is also recommended for those who've had moderate COVID-19 symptoms, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said in updated guidance. "Exercise and sports offer so many health benefits to youth, and we know that many are eager to return to play," Dr. Susannah Briskin, an author of the guidance, said in an AAP news release. "We have many suggestions on how to reduce the risks, and they require being candid and forthcoming about anyone who is feeling unwell. Parents, children and coaches need to make safety...

Common Heart Defect Limits Exercise Ability: Study

23 September 2020
Common Heart Defect Limits Exercise Ability: StudyWEDNESDAY, Sept. 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- People born with a hole in their heart may lose 20% or more of their exercise capacity as they age, even if the defect is repaired. A ventricular septal defect is a hole in the wall separating the heart's pumping chambers. It can be surgically closed or left alone. People born with this defect have poorer exercise ability than healthy people. A new study suggests that by age 40, people with ventricular septal defects, whether repaired or not, have worse exercise capacity than others, and the difference increases with age. The findings were published online Sept. 23 in the Journal of the American Heart Association. "Most congenital heart defect patients are discharged from follow-up care as they reach adulthood, yet many experienced...

A Good Workout Could Boost Your Thinking for Up to 2 Hours

17 September 2020
A Good Workout Could Boost Your Thinking for Up to 2 HoursTHURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A few minutes of moderate- to high-intensity aerobic activity -- like running or biking -- can boost young adults' memory and concentration for up to two hours, a new research review shows. That's the takeaway from 13 studies published between 2009 and 2019. All looked at the short-term impact of bicycling, walking and/or running on the mental health of 18- to 35-year-olds. "We found that two minutes to one hour of aerobic exercise at moderate to high intensity improves the learning ability and storage in memory for up to two hours in young adults," said Dr. Peter Blomstrand, who led the research review. He works with the department of clinical physiology at County Hospital Ryhov in Jönköping, Sweden. The workouts and five-minute recovery...

Study Tackles Long-Term Opioid Use Among Retired NFL Players

16 September 2020
Study Tackles Long-Term Opioid Use Among Retired NFL PlayersWEDNESDAY, Sept. 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Many former National Football League (NFL) players who took opioid painkillers early in their retirement still used them nine years later, a new study finds. The researchers also found that those who continued to use opioids were more likely to report moderate to severe depressive symptoms and low mental health-related quality of life. Long-term opioid use among former NFL players may be due to a number of factors, said study co-author Zachary Mannes, a recent graduate of the doctoral program in clinical psychology at the University of Florida. "It's hard to imagine that bodily pain doesn't contribute to continued opioid use, as retired NFL athletes may rely on opioids in an effort to manage chronic pain that has developed as a result of...

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