Conferring Well-Being

Importance of Exercise

Do I Have To Exercise? Absolutely not! As a matter of fact, individuals bound to wheelchairs have been successful in losing weight and keeping it off with our nutritionally based programs.

Should we exercise? Of course! And it is no secret that inactivity can contribute to weight problems and a slower metabolism. Likewise, moving your body and becoming more active can help you lose weight faster.

Most of us today are extremely busy, so making time to exercise can be challenging. Here are a few ideas to help you increase your activity daily without taking a lot of time:

* Walk your dog
* Choose to park farther away from building entrances
* Walk the kids to the park
* Choose the stairs rather than the elevator
* Take a brisk walk on your lunch break
* Go for a bike ride
* Get active with a low-impact/beginner exercise video 2-3 times a week
* Rollerblade at the beach
* Swim
* Turn off the TV
* Mall walk
* Be creative!

Choosing to move your body and increase your activity level will not only assist in your weight loss but will also increase your overall energy level, strengthen your heart, improve your mood, help fight pain and you’ll sleep better!

Fri, August 13 2010 » Exercise » No Comments

AIDS in Africa

Countries in Asia, the Caribbean, and other regions are hard hit, but Africa is suffering the highest rates on infection. The simple reason is this: poverty and many of the social problems that come with poverty. Contributing factors include: low levels of education, weak health systems, corruption, and too little respect for human rights and democracy.

The roots of the crisis are deep. Colonization by wealthy European countries left a terrible legacy of dependency and social conflict. Even after the end of colonialism, superpowers like the United States and the Soviet Union supported undemocratic regimes that let social problems fester. Over the decades, ill-considered economic development plans contributed to family breakdown and social dislocation. Outside advice about how to end poverty, from creditors like the World Bank and others, often proved faulty and helped lead to the continent’s enormous indebtedness. Today, wealthy countries continue to support trade laws that help keep AIDS medications out of reach.

By the time of the advent of the HIV virus, all of these factors had combined to create a perfect environment for it to grow and multiply. But, we have to remember: despite all the factors listed above AIDS is being effectively dealt in parts of Africa. And, African political and social leaders are now committing themselves to addressing the crisis in a frank and honest way. Africans are ready to tackle AIDS, if they have the tools they need.

That’s why we have to demand that the US government, together with numerous other nations, do its fair share to help provide those tools, so we can expand already proven, successful programs of prevention, care and treatment.

Thu, August 12 2010 » Aids » No Comments

Exercise and Obesity

Obesity is not a cosmetic issue, it is a number one killer.

There are lots of problems which is linked to obesity: depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and guilt.

Physical problems associated with fat include arthritis, low back pain, chest wall and diaphragm complications, incontinence, sleep apnea and cellulite.

Most of these conditions create excruciating pain, problem in walking, taking short breath, fatigue, lethargy and so on and so forth, leading to lesser physical activity, higher weight gain and the onset of a terrible cycle. Any culture that view itself and its young people become not healthy in this way when there is enough wealth and education to avoid such problems, should definitely do something about it.

A common misconception is that obesity is purely the consequences of doing or too little exercise. It’s true that most people, including the young, move less, workout less and eat more than ever before, and are subsequently heavier and fatter. However, there are actually no clear relation between exercise and leanness, but somehow beauty firm linked this together.

Exercise is also excellent because it helps us to be strong and fit, strengthens our heart function and helps us to work properly. Trying to become slimmer through physical activities is much less efficient than eating properly and in the right amount.

Exercise, and hard physical workouts make us hungrier and we eat accordingly. It’s a fact of life – so eat right, work out right and sleep right and you’ll have the dream figure that you always want.

Wed, August 11 2010 » Exercise » 1 Comment

Alzheimer’s Disease

Up to three times as many women as men develop Alzheimer’s disease. Estrogen is capable of protecting central nervous system function through multiple mechanisms. It protects against neuronal cytotoxicity induced by oxidation, reduces the serum concentration of amyloid P component (the glycoprotein found in Alzheimer’s neurofibrillary tangles), and increases synapses and neuronal growth, especially dendritic spine density. Estrogen protects against the cerebrovascular toxicity exerted by amyloid peptides, and promotes synaptic formation and neuronal growth and survival. Case-control and cohort findings indicate that Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia occur less frequently (perhaps as much as 60% less) in estrogen users, and the effect is greater with increasing dose and duration of use.

Short-term administration of unopposed estrogen to patients with Alzheimer’s disease has been reported to improve cognitive performance, but mostly to have no effect. The administration of combined estrogen and progestin also has failed to demonstrate a beneficial impact (secondary prevention) in Alzheimer’s disease. Use of estrogen has been reported to enhance the beneficial response to tacrine in women with Alzheimer’s disease, but overall, the evidence is consistent with a failure of estrogen to influence preexisting disease.

The cancellation of the estrogen-progestin clinical trial arm of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) has made decision-making regarding postmenopausal hormone therapy (HT)—who should take it, in which form, and for how long—more difficult than ever. Complex clinical decisions, however, should never be based exclusively upon a single, solitary fact or one scientific study, no matter how large or rigorously conducted. Clinicians should continue to draw on the large body of knowledge that has been published over the last 20 years to make informed decisions, on a patient-by-patient basis, that translate the accumulated knowledge into effective and appropriate clinical practice.

To aid in this important but admittedly challenging process, this issue of the newsletter of the Council on Hormone Education presents a critical appraisal by Dr. Michelle P.Warren of the WHI data. Included are a review of the findings regarding cardiovascular health, fracture results, and breast and colorectal cancers. Dr. Warren puts the WHI results in context, evaluating them against those of earlier controlled trials and observational studies. We hope you find this information both interesting and useful.

Mon, August 9 2010 » Health disorders » No Comments

Benefits of Fad Diets

Fad diets are all over radio, television, and magazine adds, but do most of them really work?

That’s a good question. It is not one that is easy to answer and most diets should be examined on an individual basis. There are however, important aspects of diets to take into consideration before starting one.

Most diets on the market today are concerned with weight loss, no matter what the cost. The problem with most of these diets is that they do not take into account long term health benefits.

Drastic, rapid weight loss programs are widely known for their inability to keep weight off for long, and their promotion of short term goals over long term health benefits.

To achieve real weight loss, and enjoy all of the benefits of living a healthy, active lifestyle, you need to begin to think in the long term. A concentration on overall fitness, rather than an immediate improvement in physical appearance, will help you build the proper mindset for overall wellness.

Many people begin to notice that as soon as they begin to think about overall general health and wellness they begin to feel better almost immediately. Thinking like this tends to alleviate some of the pressures that people naturally put on themselves as they try to lose weight.

This change in attitude and self-perception allows a dieter to take a step back and realize larger goals than simply shedding enough pounds to look good at a class reunion or wedding. You may begin to realize that while a quick weight loss diet may improve your physical appearance for that special occasion, wouldn’t you prefer to look good all the time?

Thu, August 5 2010 » Diets » No Comments