Obesity, Diabetes and Healthy Fat Cells

About 422 million people around the world, including more than 30 million Americans, suffer from diabetes. Approximately 90-95% of them have type 2 diabetes. These people cannot effectively use insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas that helps the body turn blood sugar (glucose) into energy. Insulin resistance, or the inability to use insulin, results… Continue reading Obesity, Diabetes and Healthy Fat Cells

Lose Sleep, Get Lonely, Be Anti-Social

Want to lose friends and alienate people? Apparently, sleeping poorly is the first step on the road to loneliness, social anxiety and more stress. In a study comparing well-rested folks against those who are sleep-deprived, researchers at the University of California at Berkeley found that without adequate sleep, areas of the brain that deal with… Continue reading Lose Sleep, Get Lonely, Be Anti-Social

Weight Loss: Biggest Losers Are Big Gainers

Apparently, when it comes to weight loss, those with much to lose should think big! The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) just finished a study in collaboration with the American Cancer Society that showed that obese and overweight people who lost more than 20% of their body weight scored big, at… Continue reading Weight Loss: Biggest Losers Are Big Gainers

Carbs, Exercise and Your Aching Joints

Got achy joints? Do you creak and crack getting out of bed in the morning or even just out of the chair at work? I’ve been a sufferer of joint pain for quite a few years. It sucks. Some days, I feel like my body is made of glass. Everything hurts. But I know what… Continue reading Carbs, Exercise and Your Aching Joints

Stress of After-Work Email Harming Families

Employer expectations of work email monitoring during non-work hours are detrimental to the health and well-being of not only employees but their family members as well. William Becker, a Virginia Tech associate professor of management in the Pamplin College of Business, co-authored a new study, “Killing me softly: electronic communications monitoring and employee and significant-other… Continue reading Stress of After-Work Email Harming Families

Grip Strength and Healthy Kids

A number of studies have shown that grip strength is an indicator of overall muscle strength. Studies have also shown that those with weaker grip strengths can expect worse health and wellness outcomes than those with stronger grips. Poorer cardiovascular health, metabolic diseases, disability and even early death apparently all await the weak of grip,… Continue reading Grip Strength and Healthy Kids

Sleep, Your Brain and Depression

Many people have an interest in understanding the root cause of mood disorders and mental illnesses. Those who suffer from them, those who treat the sufferers and the family members affected, to name a few. Another group with a keen interest in the underlying causes of these conditions is researchers. And these folks might be… Continue reading Sleep, Your Brain and Depression