CARDIOVASCULAR EXERCISE IMPROVES WOMEN’S HEART HEALTH

Heart disease kills millions of Americans each year. It is the leading cause of death for both men and women. The most common heart disease in the United States is coronary artery disease (CAD), which leads to heart attacks. One way to reduce your risk of CAD is to make some lifestyle changes, such as healthy eating, stress management and physical activity.   Physical activity is an essential part of being heart healthy. The American Heart Association (AHA) says you need at least 150 minutes of moderate....

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LATEST BREAKTHROUGHS IN BREAST CANCER TREATMENT

There are an estimated 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, a testament to the more than 25-year decline in mortality, according to the American Cancer Society. Still, 231,000 women will be diagnosed with the disease this year, and about 40,000 will die. Fortunately, there have been some exciting breakthroughs in breast cancer detection and treatment recently.

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PERSONAL TRAINING

If you’re looking for a safe, effective program that will help you get toned, become more flexible or lose weight, personal training could be for you.  A personal trainer will teach you proper form and technique to keep you safe and injury free. But first, he or she needs to know what your goals are – whether you want to lose weight, get healthy and tone up or train for bodybuilding, fitness competitions or powerlifting. Perhaps you’re an older person who wants to work on balance and stability.

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contouring candidates are adults whose weight has stabilized; healthy people without medical conditions that impair healing or increase the risk of surgery; non smokers; people with a positive outlook and realistic goals; and people who are committed to leading a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and fitness. You need to wait until your weight has stabilized because if you continue losing weight, you will also lose the benefits of the body contouring procedure and see sagging again. Options for body contouring include facelift, breast lift, tummy tuck, lower body lifts, medial thigh lift and arm lift.


Overall, there are great benefits to weight loss. “From a health perspective, you will have improved blood pressure, better controlled blood sugars if you have diabetes and back or knee pain will improve because 1 pound of weight loss is 4 pounds off the knees,” said Planells.


It is important to lose weight gradually. And a gym membership is not necessary.


“Most people think of the gym in an unpleasant way,” Planells said. “If you want to just start walking, use a pedometer and try to get as many steps as you can in a

When you are educated about what to expect and have a plan in place, you can look and feel better after extreme weight loss. The American Heart Association (AHA) reports about 70 percent of Americans are overweight, and more than one-third are obese, so there is a real push to lose weight in this country. While you may think people are always ecstatic after losing weight, it can also be a complicated transition.


“If people lose an extreme amount of weight, there will be a change in strength because it is not just fat we lose; we also lose muscle mass,” said Angel Planells, dietician and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “If you lose 30 to 40 pounds, the biggest drawback is you will have to upgrade your wardrobe because your body size has changed.”


You may also notice you have loose skin, whether you lost the excess weight through diet and exercise or surgery. If you lose weight at a slow rate, it is easier to get your skin’s elasticity back. Experts agree the most effective means of removing excess skin is through body contouring. Some say body contouring should be a routine part of bariatric surgery, which leads patients to lose another 10 to 15 pounds of excess skin alone. Due to its psychological and physiological benefits, many insurers even cover body contouring, which makes it more appealing. The American Academy of Plastic Surgeons says in general, good body

RESHAPING YOUR BODY AFTER EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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day to start getting active. Try to strength train two to three times per week if possible. Or you can get 2-pound weights and do reps at home to make your metabolism stay up and keep burning more fat throughout the day. I encourage people to cross train and do things they have never done, like yoga, Pilates or hiking.”


The AHA suggests setting realistic, short-term goals that are easy to achieve. The association stresses the importance of managing portion sizes, making smart choices and getting 150 minutes of moderate activity a week. It can help to have a support network of friends or neighbors who understand you are focusing on building new healthy habits. If you are going out to eat, look at the restaurant menu in advance to make sure the food offerings will not interfere with your diet. It’s OK if you experience a setback as long as you get back on track. Make an effort to bake, boil, broil, grill, roast or stew your food instead of frying it in oil.


“Be mindful of what you are eating but do not deprive yourself,” said Planells. Balance is the key. “We want to make sure people try to eat a wide variety of foods especially fruits, vegetables and whole grains.”


Tell your primary care physician about your weight-loss goals. This way, you can figure out the ideal weight and body mass index for your height and make sure you are in a healthy range. A registered dietician can help you maintain the weight loss.