March 2011
Pamela Nathan

Exercise may help soothe Irritable Bowels

Reuters Health reports that people with irritable bowel syndrome may be able to find some relief by getting regular exercise, a small clinical trial suggests. The study, of 102 adults with the disorder, found that those who were told to get some more exercise had better odds of seeing improvements in problems like cramps, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. After three months, 43 percent of the exercisers showed a "clinically significant" improvement in their symptoms -- meaning it was making a difference in their daily lives. That compared with a quarter of the participants who maintained their normal lifestyle.

For people who are currently less-than-active, even a moderate increase in exercise may...Read more

Essential Fatty Acids and Vitamin E Reduce PMS Symptom

For women who suffer with symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), including mood swings, fatigue, food cravings, and tender breasts, a pill containing essential oils and vitamin E may bring relief. That is the finding of new research presented in the Journal of Reproductive Health.

PMS symptoms are relieved with essential fatty acids
Approximately 75 percent of menstruating women experience some degree of PMS symptoms. For some women, the physical and emotional symptoms are so severe their daily lives are disrupted. In addition to the symptoms already mentioned, problems with...Read more

Probiotic Yogurt may Help in Weight Loss

In a breakthrough research, the food scientists at the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority (IAFDA) and Cork University, Ireland, have created friendly bacteria which when added to yogurt might help shed excess body fat.

According to the research team, these bacteria can alter other bacteria, naturally found in gut and probiotic yogurt, to produce a molecule that has been shown to reduce the amount of fat tissue present in body. The study findings will be helpful...Read more

Did You Know???

BEWARE: Statins may increase risk for diabetes in older people.

Recent finding: Cholesterol-lowering statin medications may raise the risk for type 2 diabetes among people over age 60 by 9%. For people at high risk for heart disease, the benefits of statins significantly outweigh the risks--but doctors should take into account the risk for diabetes and other side effects when prescribing statins for people at low risk for heart disease.

Lifestyle changes, such as improved diet and more exercise, should help reduce any increased risk.

Exess body fat causes 100,000 cases of Cancer in the US every Year?

It is the underlying cause of 49% of endometrial Cancers....35% of Esophageal Cancers....28% of Pancreatic Cancers...and 24% of Kidney Cancers. It also causes some cases of Gallbladder, breast and Colorectal Cancers.

Stress raises risk for cog-nitive decline in older people with diabetes.

Recent finding: Brain function is slowed among patients with type 2 diabetes who have high levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Researchers hope that regulating cortisol levels may reduce cognitive decline in people with diabetes.

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