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Health Matters: What is Lifestyle Medicine?

While it’s not a quick fix—doctors say, it can bring permanent results. “It does take a lot of effort. You have to bring your mind, your whole body and your whole heart into it and you have to be willing to make a commitment to changing things,” said Dr. Tatianna Pizzutto, a family medicine resident physician.

Lifestyle medicine is helping patients improve different areas of their health. “So from a medical perspective, we’re discussing how you sleep, your ability to eat healthy, exercise, whether you’re smoking and what your risk factors might be,” said Dr. Pizzutto.

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Healthiest Cities in America 2020: The City in Each State with the Highest Health Measures

Though there is no way to guarantee a long and healthy life, exercising, making regular doctor visits, eating a healthy diet, and abstaining from bad habits like smoking, drug use, and excessive drinking can certainly improve the odds. While this should not come as news to anyone, there are parts of the country where such behaviors are far more common than in others and many of these places also have better health outcomes.

24/7 Tempo created a weighted index of 35 measures of health outcomes and health factors, including behaviors and access to care, and ranked 381 U.S. metropolitan areas based on the index to identify the healthiest city in every state. Index measures include smoking rates, adult obesity rates, premature death rates, shares of adults who exercise regularly, and health insurance coverage. All health data came from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a joint program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

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The Changing Face of the Healthy Snack Industry

Pre-pandemic, the healthy snack category was growing. Roy Morgan data released in February this year showed 54.7 per cent of Australians were consuming healthy snacks weekly; a 3.2 per cent increase compared to a decade earlier.

“However, the pandemic has put a halt to this trend,” says Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine. “The latest figures show the proportion of Australians eating ‘healthy snacks’ has dropped back quickly and reversed the trend of the last few years.”

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Researchers Prove A Healthy Lifestyle Extends Life Expectancy By Up To 8 Years

Ditching cigarettesexercising and abstaining from alcohol can add up to 8 years onto a person’s life span even if they are chronically ill, researchers have said.

According to a University of Leicester study, not smoking is the single most effective health booster, followed by physical activity and giving up booze.

The team used health data from 480,000 adults aged about 45 and monitored their health for at least six years.

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Lifestyle Medicine For All: Healthy Food Comes First

“Lifestyle medicine is only for rich people, right?” a colleague asked me several years ago, questioning my involvement in this relatively new field of medicine that guides people toward healthy habits. This has been a common misperception, for sure.

But across the US, a revitalized brand of health activism is intent on bringing lifestyle medicine to a broader range of people. This is backed by a new effort from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine to engage communities most affected by chronic disease.

The first pillar of healthy lifestyle: Food is medicine

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A Healthy Lifestyle Can Help You Live Longer Even If You Have Chronic Conditions, Study Suggests

Exercise, a healthy diet and not smoking or drinking can help you live years longer even if you’re struggling with other chronic medical conditions, according to a new study.

While a healthy lifestyle has long been linked to a longer life span, there’s been very little research to date on how lifestyle factors affect people with “multimorbidity” — living with two or more long-term mental or physical health conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), asthma, cancer, depression, migraine, diabetes and angina.

To find out, a team of UK researchers tracked 93,736 middle-aged adults who had two or more of 36 chronic conditions, for up to nine years. The team assessed four lifestyle factors: leisure-time physical activity, smoking, diet and alcohol consumption.
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Corey Vanderwouw: Lifestyle Medicine and Brain Fitness

Are you interested in maintaining or excelling with your memory and brain efficiency? Are you recovering from an illness or brain fog and wish to become sharper? Are you a determined individual dedicated to highest level intellectual performance? If so, you may wish to consider an evidence-based practice known as brain fitness.

People at all stages of life with all types of lifestyles can benefit from brain fitness activities. Lynn Steffes, PT, DPT, author of “Brainy Health and Lifestyle Medicine” teaches that brain fitness can emphasize a brain’s cognitive recovery, preservation and enhancement. A recovery focus includes things like healing from surgery, post concussion, chemotherapy and depression (individualized recommendations are best for these). A preservation focus includes those who want to maintain their status, like people who have memory issues or want to stop a decline in mental efficiency that may be related to aging. An enhancement focus includes anyone who wants to build or excel in their job or other intellectual capacity.

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Have You Crossed Your 30s? Make These Diet Changes

The pandemic coupled with long working hours, less physical activity and increased stress levels has made a lot of us think about our diet and fitness. It is also important to note that the body experiences its own set of changes as one ages, and if enough attention is not paid to what we consume, it could lead to low metabolism, digestive issues and deficiencies in the future.

A food category that has become increasingly popular in the recent few years is superfoods. “They are nutrient powerhouses that are rich in antioxidants, phytochemicals, minerals, and vitamins. They not only improve health but also ward-off the adverse effects of ageing”, says Mihir Gadani, Co-Founder of OZiva.

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Are Artificial Sweeteners Better Than Regular Sugar?

Most of us like to kick-start our day with a cup of tea or coffee, usually sweetened with sugar to add to the taste. But many fitness enthusiasts opt for sugar substitutes or artificial sweeteners to sweeten their brew. But are such sugar substitutes healthy and should you be consuming them? If such questions have been on your mind, you are in the right place. Below is a comprehensive guide that will help you with answers to all your questions.

What is sugar?

Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that the body converts into glucose and uses for energy. Since added sugar is broken down by the body during the digestion process, the sugar levels tend to rise rapidly, unlike the case with naturally-occurring sugars which have minimal effect on our body’s blood sugar levels. This is why experts always express concern over the consumption of added sugars.

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Gene-Testing Opens Doors To A Healthier Lifestyle

Everyone wants to improve their health and know about their body. It is now possible through DNA-personalized diet plans. This is possible by digging into and studying one’s gene makeup.

Tech companies have been working to ensure the wellbeing of individuals. They can create a specific diet plan for specific individuals according to an individual’s DNA.

Exploring Gene Aids In Improving Lifestyle

DNA stands for Deoxyribonucleic acid. DNA consists of genes and is part of human genetic makeup. Your DNA gives information about your physical appearance, physiological condition, growth, development, and possible pathological condition.

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