There are no miracle cure-alls, silver bullets, or magic pills that will get you trim, fit and healthy, but after an exhaustive search and rigorous testing, The Sherpa has pinpointed a few natural health therapies that DO help and ferreted out the scams to may be shocked by what we've discovered.

More Exercise in Adults Urged

According to a telephone survey, only one out of five US adults meet the government guidelines for aerobic and muscle strengthening exercises. One-half of the 450,000 respondents in the nationwide survey met the aerobic guideline while only one-third met the muscle strengthening exercise. Carmen Harris, MPH, and her group used data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey in 2011 and found out that only about 21% of the respondents reached the recommended levels for Americans issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services (2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans). However, half of the respondents reached the […]

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Exercise Reduces Risk of Kidney Stones

Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle report at the American Urological Association meeting that women who exercise even minimally have a significantly lower risk of developing kidney stones. Mathew Sorensen, MD and colleagues found that physically active women had an overall 30% lower risk of kidney stones compared with women who do not exercise, although in one analysis, the risk reduction was as high as 80%. They add that the intensity of exercises does not matter and there was no difference whether women performed mild, moderate, or strenuous activity. Studies show that about 10% of people in the […]

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Many Diabetic Teens at Risk for Complications

Many young teens with type 1 diabetes are at an increased risk for cardiovascular and diabetes-related complications because they do not follow recommended nutritional guidelines for carbohydrate, fat, and fiber intake. Current recommendations for patients with type 1 diabetes suggest taking 50% to 55% of calories from carbohydrates, 15% to 20% from protein, 30% to 35% from fat, and less than 7% saturated fat. Randi Streisand, PhD, reported in a poster session at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Endocrine Society that in half of 257 children with type 1 diabetes they studied, the daily consumption of bad (LDL) cholesterol […]

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A new study involving morbidly obese adolescents shows that vitamin D deficiency is significantly related to cardiometabolic risk factors, including insulin resistance. Previous studies in adults and young children have shown that obesity increases the risk for vitamin D deficiency, which in turn correlates to high blood pressure, increased insulin resistance, and diabetes. However, this association has not been previously found in adolescents. Marisa Censani, MD, of Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, and colleagues analyzed the laboratory measurements of 236 teens who being evaluated prior to bariatric surgery at their center between 2006 and 2011. Their mean […]

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A small preliminary study involving women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) at one medical center showed that they are more likely to conceive when they ate a high protein diet with few carbohydrates. The study was presented at the recent annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, in New Orleans. In the study, Dr. Jeffrey Russell, director of the Delaware Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Newark, Del and his team asked 120 women to record their diets for three days before undergoing IVF. They used a computer software program to calculate the daily protein and carbohydrate consumption […]

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Shopping While Hungry Leads to Bad Food Choices

Shopping on an empty stomach can lead people to load their grocery carts with more high-calorie foods, a new study suggests. However, they do not only get bad food choices for the next meal, but also for meals throughout the week, says researchers Brian Wansink and Aner Tal, who are with the Food and Brand Laboratory at Cornell University. Tal states that hungry people tend to think of more high-calorie foods that provide more energy, which affects the choice of foods they buy for the week. These foods may include red meat, candy and salty snacks, in contrast to lower=calorie […]

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Vitamin D3 Dosage for Preterm Infants

Babies who are born before term (preemies) are at risk for vitamin D deficiency, which can lead to rickets, a condition characterized by weakening of bones. However, medical organizations have not reached a consensus on how much vitamin D preemies should receive and current dosages range from 400 IU to 1000 IU per day. This prompted investigators from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, to conduct a study on vitamin D supplementation in preterm infants, the largest one to date. The study, led by Chandra Kumar Natarajan, DM, included 96 infants who were born between 28 and 34 […]

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