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Life at 700 Pounds and Ruby Gettinger on Dr. Oz

Dr. OzTune in to The Dr. Oz Show this Wednesday, March 2, 2011 for a health intervention on Dr. Oz. Colleen weights over 700 pounds. She admits that she’s addicted to food and eating her, and that’s it’s killing her. Dr. Oz gives her the hard facts about the health risks she’s facing, from the risk of stroke and high blood pressure.

Fortunately for Colleen, Dr. Oz is going to help with a huge health intervention. However, it may not be enough to save her from a premature death. We’ll have to watch to find out Dr. Oz’s full diagnosis and hear his recommended course of treatment.

Plus, Ruby Gettinger will be making a guest appearance! Ruby has been an inspiration to many, so we hope she will have so great advice for anyone like Colleen.

Check your local listings for show times.



Overweight Quickly Becoming the New Female Norm

We all know how startling the latest obesity trend numbers are. It’s estimated that 38 states in the United States have an obesity rate of 25 percent in its population. It turns out, this increase in obesity is having a negative impact on societal norms. In fact, being overweight may be the new norm for women!

According to new research from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, more overweight women inaccurately perceive their body weight — but instead of these girls thinking of themselves as being heavier than they actually are (what you normally think of women doing), they are actually doing the opposite and categorizing themselves as at a “normal” or “healthy” weight, when in fact, they are not. The research will be published in the December issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and scientists say that this self-perception switch may make many women vulnerable to cardiovascular and other obesity-related diseases.


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Exercise Fights Dozens of Diseases

Exercise has so many benefits, one of which happens to be warding off disease. But according to a new study there may be more diseases that you can fight with fitness than previously believed.

Not only will you better your chances of not being obese by exercising regularly, your risk of developing about two dozen physical and mental health problems are also reduced. Researchers came to the conclusion after reviewing more than 40 studies.

According to the review, exercise reduces the risk of some cancers, dementia, sexual problems, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, depression, and hypertension. And that’s just a partial list.

The review was done by Leslie Alford, a physiotherapist and lecturer at the University of East Anglia in England.

“The literature reviewed shows that how long people live and how healthy they are depends on a complex mix of factors, including their lifestyle, where they live, and even luck,” says Alford. “Individuals have an element of control over some of these factors, including obesity, diet, smoking, and physical activity.”
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Eight Heart Disease Risks You Can Control

Did you know there are eight things you can do to prevent heart disease? Even better, they all support each other. You do one, and it helps you in doing another one. Check out the top eight behaviors that help prevent heart disease below.heart health

1. Eat a healthy diet. Choosing healthful meal and snack options can help you avoid heart disease and its complications. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Eating foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fiber can help prevent high blood cholesterol. Limiting salt or sodium in your diet can also lower your blood pressure.

2. Manage a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for heart disease. To determine whether your weight is in a healthy range, doctors often calculate your body mass index (BMI). Calculate yours here with our free BMI calculator.
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Five Foods That Will Save Your Heart

cherriesFebruary is American Heart Month. It’s a time to bring awareness to heart disease and stroke, the number one killer in the United States, so you and the people you love don’t become a statistic. This month is particularly personal for me, as my mom has heart disease. She had quadruple bypass surgery one year ago this month. If you know someone who would benefit from this information on preventing heart disease, please share it.

Five Foods That Will Save Your Heart

One way to prevent heart disease is to eat healthy. In this post, I’ll highlight five different foods that can save your heart – literally. These are not the only five foods that protect your heart, but they stand out as star performers in my book.

1. Garlic: Known as “the stinking rose,” this herb does not stink when it comes to heart health. Numerous studies have demonstrated potential benefits of regular garlic consumption on blood pressure, platelet aggregation, serum triglyceride level, and cholesterol levels – all of which keep your ticker ticking. The other thing I like about garlic is that it can be used to season food so you can cut back (way back) on the salt.
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