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Are Retired NFL Players Aging Faster Than Other Men?

Are Retired NFL Players Aging Faster Than Other Men?FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Former elite football players may age faster than their more average peers, a new study suggests. NFL players, especially former linemen, had fewer disease-free years and earlier high blood pressure and diabetes diagnoses. Two age-related diseases, arthritis and dementia, were also more commonly found in former football players than in other men of the same age.This research was part of the ongoing Football Players Health Study at Harvard University. "We wanted to know: Are professional football players being robbed of their middle age? Our findings suggest that football prematurely weathers them and puts them on an alternate aging trajectory, increasing the prevalence of a variety of diseases of old age," said senior investigator Rachel...

Twins Study Shows Exercise Altering How Genes Behave

9 December 2022
Twins Study Shows Exercise Altering How Genes BehaveFRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- One might expect identical twins to have the same health outcomes.But it’s not just genetics that makes a notable difference in their weight and in how their genes behave, according to a new study. Exercise can alter genetic markers of metabolic disease -- any of the diseases or disorders that disrupt normal metabolism.The study could help explain exercise's key role in health.“The findings provide a molecular mechanism for the link between physical activity and metabolic disease,” explained study co-author Michael Skinner, a biologist at Washington State University, in Pullman. Scientists have previously found that a majority of identical twins develop different diseases as they get older, even though they have the same genes....

Battling High Blood Pressure? Adding Yoga to Your...

8 December 2022
Battling High Blood Pressure? Adding Yoga to Your Workout Might HelpTHURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Adding a little yoga to an exercise routine can be the fix someone needs to drop high blood pressure, a small study suggests.“As observed in several studies, we recommend that patients try to find exercise and stress relief for the management of hypertension [high blood pressure] and cardiovascular disease in whatever form they find most appealing,” said Dr. Paul Poirier, of the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute — Laval University in Quebec, Canada. “Our study shows that structured yoga practices can be a healthier addition to aerobic exercise than simply muscle stretching,” he said. The findings were published Dec. 8 in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.“While there is some evidence that yoga interventions and exercise have equal...

Retired Olympians Face Higher Odds for Arthritis

30 November 2022
Retired Olympians Face Higher Odds for ArthritisWEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Olympic athletes aren't like the rest of the population -- but this time it's in a far less positive way.Two new studies show that athletes who performed at the top of their sport have a higher risk of developing arthritis and joint pain in later life. The linked studies found that 1 in 4 former Olympians dealt with these issues.Those who'd been injured during their sporting career had a higher chance of knee and hip osteoarthritis when compared with the general population. These athletes also had an increased risk of lower back pain overall."High performance sport is associated with an increased risk of sport-related injury and there is emerging evidence suggesting retired elite athletes have high rates of post-traumatic osteoarthritis,"...

Lots of Teen Boys Use Steroids, Often With Side Effects

28 November 2022
Lots of Teen Boys Use Steroids, Often With Side EffectsMONDAY, Nov. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Steroid users, especially teen boys and young men, seem indifferent to the serious side effects and dependency associated with use of the drugs, a new study finds.“We’re seeing more young adults and adolescent boys engaging in risk behaviors, such as the use of steroids, to achieve what many see as the ideal male body,” said lead author Kyle Ganson, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work.For the study, the researchers analyzed data from more than 2,700 adolescents and young adults in the Canadian Study of Adolescent Health Behaviors. The investigators found steroid use relatively common: Almost 2% of adolescents and young adults surveyed across Canada reported having used steroids...

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