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Physical Labor Can Be Deadly For Men Who Are Out Of Shape



Physically out of shape men who perform physically demanding work are at an increased risk of dying from a fatal heart attack, a new study suggests. According to the study, which was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, heavy work puts serious stress on the cardiovascular system of physically unfit men.

Andreas Holtermann led a team of Danish scientists which investigated the impact of physically demanding work on the cardiovascular health of men of lower socioeconomic status. Using data from the Copenhagen Male Study, they selected 5249 men aged 40 - 59 and without heart disease to study physical activity's effects on heart attack mortality risk.


Physically Unfit Men Are At Great Risk For Fatal Heart Attack

Researchers observed that 2707 of the men of lower socioeconomic class who were physically unfit and engaged in heavy labor were at great risk of suffering a fatal heart attack. Conversely, risk went down among physically fit men who participated in strenuous labor activities.

The experiment found a distinction between the health of men belonging to higher socioeconomic class compared to those of lower socioeconomic position. Namely:

  • affluent men were less likely than less affluent men to participate in heavy labor (3.5% and 35% respectively),
  • affluent men participated in strenuous physical activity during their free time
  • less affluent men had higher BMI than affluent men

More importantly, however, it was observed that good health lowered heart attack risk. Regardless of socioeconomic class, men who engaged in strenuous exercise had healthier hearts than  physically unfit men.

Physical exercise places considerable stress on the cardiovascular system. The physically unhealthy heart is less equipped to handle increased blood pressure and vascular load that intense exercise places upon it. Men exposed to regular bouts of strenuous exercise have an efficient cardiovascular system that is primed for demanding physical work, thus making them less likely to suffer a heart attack.


Exercise Is The Key To Heart Attack Prevention

Interestingly, the Danish study comes on the heels of another study which found that men without a prior history of heart disease were more likely to die from a heart attack than men with unhealthy hearts (READ my article "People With No Prior History of Heart Disease Are More Likely To Die From First Time Heart Attacks, Study"). The studies are distinct, however.

Holtermann focused on physical exercise and heart attack risk whereas Canto's study did not. Regarding the results observed in Canto's experiment, people with poor heart health might have developed some form of coping with inefficient blood flow that is caused by their poor health, but people with strong cardiovascular systems would not know how to handle sudden changes brought about by a first time heart attack.

Regarding physical fitness and heart attack risk pertaining to the Copenhagen Male Study, Holtermann concluded that "Physical fitness is a protector of or risk modifier among men exposed to high physical loads on their cardiovascular system."

When you get down to it, exercise is an effective means of heart attack prevention. 


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Holtermann, A., Mortensen, O.S., Burr, H., Sogaard, K. et al. Physical Work Demands and Physical Fitness in Low Social Classes --30-Year Ischemic Heart Disease and All-Cause Mortality in The Copenhagen Male Study. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: November 2011 - Volume 53 - Issue 11 - p 1221-1227 doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318233865f

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The Secret To Getting A Flat Stomach

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Thanks to the media, you can't help but notice that fitness models and action stars have tightly defined abdominal muscles, and you want the same thing, too. Yet try as you might, you just can't seem to develop a flat, sexy stomach. But don't lose heart! Today I'm going to let you in on the secret to getting toned abs.


A Common Reason Why Your Stomach Isn't Flat

In the absence of excess body fat, one of the reasons why people have sagging guts is that they have weak inner abdominal muscles. The stomach vacuum is an isotonic exercise that focuses on contracting thetransverse abdominis. This inner muscle is responsible for good posture, back support and a strong core. In order to have a flat stomach, you need to train this muscle by doing a very simple vacuum exercise that I'm going to teach you in the next section.


How To Do The Seated Stomach Vacuum Exercise For Toned Abs

To begin, place your hands on your lap and sit up straight. Gently exhale through your mouth, pushing as much air out of the lungs as possible. This action creates the vacuum effect. Now, contract your stomach muscles. Pull them inward toward your spine and hold this position for thirty seconds. That's one repetition. Take a moment to rest then do it again. Do the exercise for a total of five repetitions, each time make sure to hold your stomach in for thirty seconds.

When you're doing ab work e.g. crunches, dumbbell side bends, etc. don't forget to do the stomach vacuum exercise. Toning the transverse abdominis will strengthen your core giving you a flat, sexy stomach.

The exercise I just discussed is so easy that you can do it at your desk, in the car or even while sitting in the bleachers during a football game. Now you have the secret to a flat stomach. I hope that you put the knowledge to good use.


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Taking Aspirin To Prevent Heart Disease Could Be Bad For Your Health



Healthy women looking for heart disease prevention treatments may want to reconsider taking aspirin for that purpose. According to findings recently published in the European Heart Journal, aspirin may be harmful to healthy women. 


Taking Aspirin To Prevent Heart Disease Does Not Benefit Healthy Women

Using data from the Women's Health Study, Dutch scientists examined the benefit of using aspirin medication to prevent heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases in 27,939 healthy women. Relying on risk scores and a prediction model, they compared the net benefit of several aspirin-treatment strategies including (i) treat noone, (ii) treat everyone, (iii) selective treatment according to current guidelines, and (iv) prediction based treatment. 

Upon doing so, Johannes Dorresteijn and his colleagues discovered that aspirin is only beneficial if used in a population of fifty or more women and only if the treatment was used for a minimum of ten years. If the number of women was less than fifty, aspirin treatment for heart disease prevention yielded absolutely no benefit whatsoever.


What About Women Whom Are At Risk For Heart Attack and Stroke?

If taking aspirin for heart disease prevention isn't beneficial to healthy women, as Dorresteijn's study suggests, does that mean at risk women should not take the medication?

Several years ago, Dr. James Dalen, a professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson, studied the appropriate dosage of aspirin that would be safely effective in preventing heart attack and stroke in women. His research determined that dosages of less than 100 mg per day was ineffective in reducing heart attack risk.

Interestingly, Dorresteijn's research focused on women taking precisely 100 mg of aspirin each day. Though the results of these studies were published years apart - 2006 for Dalen and 2011 for Dorresteijn - both agree that aspirin is not effective in all patients.

However, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recommends that women past menopause and those with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or family history of heart disease should talk with their doctor about using aspirin to prevent heart disease and stroke.

Therefore it would appear that although aspirin may not be effective for preventing heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular disease among healthy women, women at high risk for these diseases may find the drug useful. 

For more about the AHRQ's recommendations about aspirin visit their website by clicking on this link:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


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Dorresteijn, J.A.N., Visseren, F.L.J., Ridker, P.M., Paynter, N.P. et al. Aspirin for primary prevention of vascular events in women: individualized prediction of treatment effects. Eur Heart J (2011) doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehr423

Dalen, J.E. Aspirin to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke: What's the Right Dose? The American Journal of Medicine 2006 Mar; 119 (3) doi: 10. 1016/j.amjmed.2005.11.013

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Cheap Equipment For Fitness Training

Cheap Equipment For Fitness Training
By Mike Umberger

Exercising is no longer a luxury in which only the rich and the
famous can indulge. Almost everyone around you is working out to
keep fit and you may not want to be left behind! In case you
have not yet started working out because you think that it’s
expensive then you need to know that you can actually workout on
a budget.

The key is to improvise, because as the saying goes, ‘necessity
is the mother of invention’! So if you need to work out there is
no reason to wait till you can afford expensive equipment for
your gym. You can make your own set of weights and start working

Even certified personal trainers have vouched that the
following items can be as good as costly equipment.

Soup cans: when full, they can weigh upto one pound and can be
used for upper body exercises

Water bottles: they can weigh upto two pounds when filled with
water. Filling them up with sand can give you a heavier weight.

Laptop and duffel bags: depending on what is stored in them,
these bags can weigh as much as ten pounds. They usually have
handles and thus can be used for exercises such as squats and

PVC pipes: these pipes come in various thicknesses and are easy
to grip as well. You can fill them up with sand or pebbles and
seal the ends with duct tapes.

Some fitness trainers have even recommended filling up tennis
ball-cans with sand to make great handheld weights.

If you on the lookout for cheap exercise equipment you can also
check out the following resources.

The best place to hunt for a bargain is a garage sale. Try to
attend as many as you can and pick up equipments which are in
working order and at the same time, really cheap too!

You can also check out retailers who sell ‘previously owned’
gym equipment at very low rates.

Visit discount-retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target for great
deals on exercise equipment. You can easily get brand new
weights and resistance bands at the lowest possible prices.

Scour the newspaper for classified ads and you might find many
types of equipment being sold on the cheap by their owners.

When you are looking for cheap stuff, you cannot forget about
the internet. Search sites such as EBay etc, for exercise
equipment being auctioned at ridiculously low prices.

However, there are certain things which you shouldn’t really
skimp on.
If you are into the habit of listening to music while working
out, make sure that you buy an mp3 player that is sturdy and
sweat proof. It is a one-time investment and so you should buy

You should also buy the best equipment for measuring your vital
signs such as heart rate etc.

The most important accessory for workout is the shoes that you
wear. So get yourself a good pair that can help you run, jog,
stretch, jump and move around freely.

Whether your equipment is cheap or expensive doesn’t really
matter if you have a fitness trainer to guide you. So, spend a
few bucks for hiring one in order to get the best out of your
cheap workout equipment!

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Can Speed Eating Lead to Obesity?

Can Speed Eating Lead to Obesity?
By Samuel Peterson

Do you often complete your lunch in just five minutes? If you
are living an urban lifestyle then chances are that you might
have a hectic lifestyle that does not give you enough time to
think about what you are eating and how much you should eat.
People working in offices and corporate companies are always
tied up with their appointments and work formalities and
therefore they are always on the run from morning to evening. Of
course, they do take a break in between for their meals, but how
much quality time do they really spend on their meals.

As per the study which was recently published in the Journal of
Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism it has been found that
speed eating is one of the reasons why people are facing health
problems like obesity. As per the study people who were used to
speed eating grew fatter day by day and this was not because of
the quality of food they had, but because they used to consume
the food without chewing it properly which would lead to
problems like weight gain. 

Another important thing that came up during the study is that
people who are busy with their work and professional commitments
are often thinking about their work while they are eating which
mean that they are not thinking about what kind of food they are
eating and how it really taste to them. They are also concerned
about how much food they are eating. Hence, it has been
researched that people who tend to eat quickly often overeat and
that can also lead to problems like weight gain, indigestion and
other intestinal complications. As per the study mentioned in
the journal it was concluded that while we are eating there are
several signals that are sent from brain to the stomach and back
again to brain which tells us the amount of food we should eat
and if the stomach is full or not. People who eat quickly are
often too fast and therefore they are able to eat more than what
their stomach can handle.

It has also been concluded that people who are used to eating
quickly unconsciously often feel more hungry than people who
chew down their food properly and take extra time to complete
their meals. This happens because the food they had was not
registered with their brain or the hormones inside their body
are not as functional as they should be and therefore they again
feel hunger in few hours or minutes. In one of the experiments
designed to explain this phenomenon a bunch of people were
provided with bowl of ice cream. A group of people who ate that
ice cream in just 5 minutes said that they were still hungry and
felt like eating more. However, people who had the same bowl of
ice cream in thirty minutes claimed that they were too full to
have another bowl or scoop of ice cream. This test concluded
that speed eating does not satisfy the hunger inside us and
therefore it can lead to problems like obesity and weight gain.

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Whether we know it or not, we all have something to be thankful for. So take this time to reflect on the positives in your life and look forward to the morrow.

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Backwards Walking On The Treadmill - Have You Lost Your Marbles?

Backwards Walking On The Treadmill - Have You Lost Your Marbles?
By Yuri Elkaim

No, actually I haven't!

Walking backwards or jogging backwards on the treadmill works
muscles in an entirely different way than walking forwards.
Specifically, by walking backwards on the treadmill (especially
on an incline) you engage the quad muscles (front of thigh) and
calves to a great extent. Ideally, as with any type of treadmill
exercise your goal is walk the hands off of the side rails for
best results.

By Walking Backwards on the Treadmill with Hands Off the Rail

Engage your postural muscles to much greater degree. They are
forced to take serious action. So are your legs, hips and the
muscles that control your ankles. That's why walking backwards
at faster speeds, without holding on, will condition your hip,
knee, and ankle stabilizers for added benefit to your daily
tasks and sporting endeavours. One of these benefits is an
improvement in your proprioception or balance.

Start Slow When Walking Backwards on the Treadmill

Anyone with 2 healthy legs-and this includes older people,
large people, and people who are new to exercise-can walk
backwards without holding on. The key is to work at a pace that
is initially comfortable for you to allow you to get used to the
novel motion. Don't be a hero right off the bat. Start slow and
build from there.

Variations of Backward Walking

Backwards Walking With Incline: Walking backwards with an
incline is something else! When working on the treadmill I add
this into all of my warm-ups. Sometimes, I'll even grab some
hand weights and power walk while really focuses on driving and
pushing forcefully off each leg.

Try this: set the incline at 15 percent and 2 mph, assuming
that you are adjusted to walking backwards level without holding
on. You will soon feel a nice burn in your thighs. If you can go
faster, do that for an intense thigh burn.

Now, if you can't last longer than a few minutes, that's
perfectly fine. Do brief intervals at 15 percent/2 to 3 mph,
alternating with walking forward with a lower incline (or level)
for a few minutes, back and forth, for 30 minutes.Incline
low-walk: As you walk, lower your center of gravity so that
you're in a one-quarter squat position. Keep your back straight!
Do not pitch forward! This will intensify the fire in your
quadriceps muscles.

Backwards Walking Intervals

You needn't spend a whole lot of time walking backwards to reap
benefits. So if you prefer to do a one-minute interval here and
there of these creative uses of a treadmill, that will surely
contribute to your fitness goals. Even if you're a runner
training for a race give a couple of these "power-building"
backwards workouts a try. I guarantee that in just a few minutes
your thighs will be burning like never before! Just watch what
it will do for you runs.

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Can Living Near Fast Food Restaurants Cause You To Gain Weight?



Having a fast food restaurant in the neighborhood isn't necessarily going to cause you to become fat, new research suggests. The report, which was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, finds little relationship between proximity to fast food restaurants and bulging waist lines.

Jason Block from the Department of Popular Medicine at Harvard Medical School led a research team which assessed the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and proximity to fast food restaurants. To accomplish their experiment, they studied 3,113 participants in the Framingham Heart Study Offspring Cohort who resided in 4 Massachussetts towns between 1971 and 2001.

Researchers constantly measured BMI, noted residential mobility and the establishment and disappearance of fast food restaurants with proximity to restaurants calculated as the driving distance between each participant's residence which were divided into six different categories.

Their data found no relationship between proximity to fast food restaurants and BMI prompting Block to conclude there needs to be "a reevalution of policy discussions on the anticipated impact of the food environment on weight gain."


Does Proximity To Fast Food Restaurants Cause People To Gain Weight?

The results of Block's research seems to refute the findings of other studies which has found a direct link between location of restaurants and weight gain. Last October we reported on the results of an University of Chicago study which looked at the relationship between neighborhoods and risk for diabetes and obesity.

According to Jens Ludwig, who headed up the research team for that groundbreaking study, people residing in low income neighborhoods were more likely to be overweight and obese than people living in affluent neighborhoods. They based their evidence on psychological stresses and lack of high quality food choices (read my article "Diabetes And Obesity Are Linked To Where You Live, Study Finds").

Lower income residents often purchase high calorie foods which have low nutrient density. Fast food restaurants provide cheap meals which often contain empty calories.

One way to reconcile the conflicting results is to consider the influence of personal choice i.e. willpower in the decision making process. People who reside in close proximity to fast food restaurants may be using self-restraint i.e. making a conscious decision not to frequent fast food restaurants. If true, this would validate the need for continued education about the need for exercise and consumption of high quality foods.

Do you live near fast food restaurants? If yes, does the proximity to restaurants tempt you to eat more often? Tell us in the comments.


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Block, J.P., Christakis, N.A., O'Malley, A.J., and Subramanian, S.V. Proximity to Food Establishments and Body Mass Index in the Framingham Heart Study Offspring Cohort Over 30 Years. Am. J. Epidemiol. (2011) 174 (10):1108 - 1114. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwr244 

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First Time Heart Attacks Can Be Deadly, Study



People who don't have a prior history of cardiovascular disease are more likely to die from first time heart attacks, a surprising study reveals. The findings, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggest that even healthy people can fall victim to fatal heart attacks.

Dr. John Canto from the Center for Cardiovascular Prevention, Research and Education at Watson Clinic LLC in Wakeland, Florida led a team which investigated the association between hospital mortality and the number of coronary risk factors in patients with first time heart attacks. To this end, they obtained data from 542, 008 first time heart attack patients whom lacked a history of heart disease that were listed in the National Registry for Myocardial Infarction during 1994 - 2006. 

To aid in the observational study, researchers looked at the presence or absence of hypertension, smoking, dyslipidemia, diabetes, and family history of coronary disease because each of these five risk factors that are usually linked to heart disease. 


Chances Of Dying From An Initial Heart Attack Goes Up When Heart Disease Risk Factors Go Down

The data revealed an inverse relationship between first time heart attack mortality and coronary disease risk factors. This surprising outcome seems counter-intuitive to what we normally expect for heart attacks. In fact, though the majority (85.6%) of patients admitted to the hospital for first time heart attacks had at least one heart disease risk factor, 14.4% did not.

More shocking, scientists observed the inverse relationship between coronary disease risk factors and ratio for likelihood of hospital mortality even after adjusting for age and other factors. In other words, age may not be the driving force behind the increased odds of dying from a first time heart attack and zero heart disease risk factors.


What Could Be The Reason Behind This?

If not age, then what? Could possible bio adaptive mechanisms within chronic heart disease patients explain their increased chances of surviving a heart attack? Afterall, the human body is a dynamic system, constantly undergoing adaptive changes, something which static systems are incapable of doing. That is to say, could their compromised health have actually provided them a more efficient means of coping with an impaired cardiovascular system?

The body learns through experience; a weakened circulatory system could have learned to compensate, thus preparing the individual for a heart attack. Healthy individuals, on the other hand, would not have prior experience with heart problems thereby reducing the odds of surviving an initial one. 

At present the explanation for this shocking discovery remains a scientific mystery. The take home message from the above study is that since anyone can fall victim to a heart attack, prevention is the key to survival. That's where regular check ups come in, whether you're a healthy person or not so healthy person.


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Canto, J.G., Kiefe,C.I., Rogers,W.J., Peterson, E.D. et al. Number of Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factors and Mortality in Patients with First Myocardial Infarction. JAMA. 2011;306(19):2120-2127. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1654

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CDC Reports Decline In Eye Problems Among Diabetics In America



The percentage of diabetics who also suffer visual impairment declined according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. The results, published in the agency's November 18 2011 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, show that less Americans with diabetes are suffering from visual problems. 

The report provides useful information on the condition of diabetic people in the US, and is particularly important for diagnosing problems in that population. Scientists obtained their information from National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data for 1997 - 2010. For the survey, people age 18 years and older were asked the following series of questions:

  1. Respondents were asked if a physician informed them that they had diabetes.
  2. If the response to the first question was'yes', the people were then asked if they had difficulty seeing even with the use of glasses and contacts. People who answered 'yes' to this question were considered to have a visual impairment.
  3. If the answer to the second question was 'yes', respondents were asked if they had sought help from a health care professional regarding their health during the past twelve months. 

Based on the reponses, CDC officials obtained two important, albeit seemingly contradictory pieces of information:

  1. The number of adults diagnosed with diabetes and self-reported eye problems increased from 1997 - 2010.
  2. Age-adjusted percentage of diabetic adults who self-reported visual impairment actually declined from 23.7 % in 1997 to 16.7% in 2010.  

Why such a disparity? Likely it was due to how the data was obtained. People whom completed the government survey were supplying their own answers i.e. they may or may not have clearly understood or truthfully answered the questions. In other words, the accuracy of the data is somewhat questionable because responses from health care professionals weren't included.

Nonetheless, a decline in visual impairment among persons with diabetes would be welcome news. A study recently published in PLoS ONE found that patient risk for diabetic retinopathy might be lower at family health care practices with high quality of care targets for glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c). In other words, medical pratices that targeted diabetes (and in this case, a molecule associated with damage to the retina) were more likely to find and treat the illness in their patients thereby reducing risk of diabetes related complications.

Therefore the take home message from the findings of the CDC report would be that people diagnosed with diabetes should make regular appointments with their doctor. By doing so, they can receive treatment for the diabetes and hopefully prevent development of future problems associated with the disease.

As part of American Diabetes Month and Diabetic Eye Disease Month, we're posting this article to keep you informed about steps you can take to improve your health and cope with diabetes.

For more visit these websites:

Prevent Blindness America

American Diabetes Association


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Article Sources

Burrows,N.R., Hora, I.A., Li, Y. et al. Self-Reported Visual Impairment Among Persons with Diagnosed Diabetes -- United States, 1997 -2010. CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Gulliford MC, Dodhia H, Sivaprasad S, Ashworth M, 2010 Family Practices' Achievement of Diabetes Quality of Care Targets and Risk of Screen-Detected Diabetic Retinopathy. PLoS ONE 5(4): e10424. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010424

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