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Pinterest Pin ItHigh-Protein Diets -- Can They Shorten Life Span?

High-Protein Diets -- Can They Shorten Life Span?

Posted on 03/28/2014  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Despite the growing popularity of high-protein diets, a recent study concluded that eating too much protein from animal sources may have serious consequences. This result was seen in middle-aged adults between 50 and 65.

The study, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, tracked a large sample of adults for nearly two decades. It found:


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Pinterest Pin ItObesity Rates Fall for Pre-School Children

Obesity Rates Fall for Pre-School Children

Posted on 03/25/2014  by  Healthy Living Blog 

A recent report that obesity rates have dropped for children aged 2 to 5 years has been a ray of hope in an area that hasn’t had much good news to report. Despite the fact that the statistics used to calculate the actual percent drop were controversial, the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed a move in the right direction for one age group. It also raised awareness of the steps that must be taken to reverse the alarming trend toward obesity in this country.


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Pinterest Pin ItMy Advice to My 18-Year-Old Self

My Advice to My 18-Year-Old Self

Posted on 03/11/2014  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Woman in yellow coatIf I only knew then what I know now…

It’s been said that life can only be lived forward, and understood by looking backward. So we crash headlong into each day, each year, and each phase of life trying to figure out how to do it.

If we are terribly wise, we may make the best of the advice and wisdom of others.

If we are terribly independent and sure of ourselves, we may feel there is little we can learn from others and prefer to make our own way. Or we may believe those who came before lived in such a different time that their advice no longer applies.


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Pinterest Pin ItA Different Look at the Aging Brain

A Different Look at the Aging Brain

Posted on 03/03/2014  by  Healthy Living Blog 

String on finger to rememberIt’s a common understanding that as we age, our brains slow down. Aside from the very real tragedies of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, there is a general belief that seniors will lose their sharpness and forget more…and more.

A recent article in the Journal of Cognitive Sciences, however, takes another look at our assumptions about how the aging brain behaves – and why it might function the way it does. 


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Pinterest Pin ItNew Blood Pressure Guidelines

New Blood Pressure Guidelines

Posted on 02/04/2014  by  by Junaid Khan, M.D.

In December of 2013, a prestigious joint national committee announced new guidelines for what constitutes high blood pressure – as well as new recommendations for what medications should be taken to lower blood pressure. After years of adhering to the last new standards, which defined a “pre-hypertension” state when blood pressure reached just over 120/80, we now hear that some people over the age of 60 could actually be OK with a blood pressure that doesn’t exceed 150/90.

MyLifeStages asked Dr. Junaid Khan, a cardiac surgeon with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley/Oakland, to help us sort out these new findings.


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