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eVitality January 2011
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TO HELP MAKE SURE YOU CONSUME THE RECOMMENDED DAILY AMOUNT OF ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS, eat a balanced diet that contains a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, dairy products, seafood, lean meats, and poultry. Emphasize nutrient-dense foods, which are packed with vitamins and minerals and have few calories. The list includes chard, collard greens, kale, mustard greens, spinach, bell peppers, papaya, raspberries, strawberries, yogurt, seeds, and nuts.
VOD 161
Harvard Health Publications, Cambridge, Mass.

INSOMNIA AND DEPRESSION OFTEN GO HAND IN HAND. It’s important to let your doctor know about both insomnia and depression symptoms before determining a treatment plan. A sedating antidepressant, such as trazodone, is often used to treat insomnia and could help with depression, too. Other antidepressants may have stimulating properties and make insomnia worse.
VOD 162
Mayo Clinic Health Letter, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905, monthly, $27 a year.

MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT is a condition in which people have problems with memory or thinking beyond that explained by normal aging. Recent studies indicate it affects men differently than women. For example, men experience cognitive decline earlier in life but more gradually. Women go from normal memory directly to dementia at a later age but more quickly.
VOD 163
American Academy of Neurology, St. Paul, Minn.

CERTAIN KEY INGREDIENTS of a diet designed to prevent high blood pressure can ward off kidney stones. One study found the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet—which is high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, dairy products, and whole grains and low in sweetened beverages and red and processed meats—effectively lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of developing kidney stones.
VOD 164
American Society of Nephrology, Washington, D.C.

MOVE IT TO LOSE IT. A three-year study of 34,079 healthy women, average age 54, found those who exercised less tended to gain more weight. In any three-year period, women in the low and middle activity levels were more likely to gain 5 or more pounds than the most active women. When the researchers looked only at the 4,540 women who had a normal weight at the study’s outset and who had managed to hold their weight in the normal range, they found that these weight maintainers averaged 60 minutes of moderately intense activity a day.
VOD 165
Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass.

CONSUMERS CAN CHOOSE MANY PATHS TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THEIR PERSONAL RISKS FOR DISEASE, including community health screenings, online health assessments, or calculators offered by hospitals, insurance providers, and nonprofit health groups. But the information and usefulness of these sources can vary, and they may leave you with more questions than answers. Your doctor is your best source for information. He or she knows your specific risks as well as any protective steps you’re taking.
VOD 166
Center for Advancing Health, Washington, D.C.

BULIMIA NERVOSA IS CHARACTERIZED BY A CYCLE OF BINGE EATING followed by some type of action to avoid weight gain. Researchers estimate that one to three women out of 100 will develop bulimia nervosa at some point in their lives. Diagnosis is sometimes difficult because patients with bulimia nervosa tend to be ashamed of their eating behavior. They engage in both binging and compensatory behavior in private and tend to maintain a normal weight.
VOD 167
Harvard Health Publications, Cambridge, Mass.

SCHOOL CHILDREN WHO EAT FOODS PURCHASED IN VENDING MACHINES are more likely to be overweight, obese, or at risk for chronic health problems such as diabetes and coronary artery disease. One study also looked at foods sold in school stores, snack bars, and other related sales that compete with USDA lunch program offerings. These foods pose the same health and diet risks in school-aged children, the study found.
VOD 168
University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Mich.

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