How to adopt a Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet has been touted for its heart- and cancer-fighting abilities, and countless studies have backed up its reputation as one of the world’s healthiest diets. The best way to adopt the Mediterranean diet is add more of its staple foods into every meal as much as possible, so the eating pattern eventually feels like a lifestyle and not a structured, rules-oriented diet. (Locked) More »

Can I change my sleep-wake habits?

People whose sleep cycle is disrupted can reset it by following a simple strategy that includes going to bed at the same time, adjusting their meal times, and moving their exercise to the morning or early afternoon. (Locked) More »

Stay ahead of skin cancer

About 58 million people have at least one actinic keratosis (AK), a precancerous skin growth caused by too much sun exposure. Yet, most people don’t see the potential danger of these lesions because they are small, with few if any annoying symptoms, and can go away almost as fast as they appear. Still, people need to watch out for AKs and get the appropriate treatment from a dermatologist because if left alone, they can turn into squamous cell skin cancer, the second most common type of skin cancer. (Locked) More »

Strike a pose

The core is made up of several muscle groups and helps with most daily movements of an active lifestyle. The standard sit-up is often the go-to core strengthener, but it targets only a portion of the core musculature, and the bending-forward motion can strain the neck and lower back. In comparison, the simple plank pose is a better core exercise because it activates all the core muscles and doesn’t require extra movements that can cause stress or injury. (Locked) More »

Put your best foot forward

One of the best ways to prevent foot pain, and the problems that can come with it, like sore knees, hips, and back, is to invest in quality athletic footwear. A proper fit is key, so people should take the necessary steps to ensure they are fitted with a shoe that matches their arch, gait, and foot width and provides the necessary support for their primary activities. (Locked) More »

Don’t buy into brain health supplements

About 25% of adults over age 50 take a supplement to improve their brain health. While these products promise benefits like enhanced memory and greater attention and focus, research has not found solid proof they work. People can get more brain benefits from doing regular aerobic exercise and adopting a plant-based diet. More »

Body fat may predict aggressive prostate cancer

Scientists found that the accumulation of visceral fat (which lies deep in the abdomen) and thigh subcutaneous fat (which lies just under the skin) were both associated with a greater risk of developing advanced prostate cancer as well as dying from the disease. More »