August 2013

Monthly Archives

  • Shin splint treatment still a mystery

    If you’re a runner, you most likely encountered shin splints. How did you treat them? The scientific jury is still out on an effective treatment for the condition, according to a review of research published in the journal Sports Medicine. “‘No intervention has been proven to be effective for [medial tibial stress syndrome],’ the Dutch researchers concluded. […]
  • The freshman 15 is a myth

    While weight gain your first year of college is common, the “Freshman 15” is over hyped. “Recent studies suggest that while college students (both male and female) dogain weight during their first year at school, it’s more to the tune of five pounds rather than fifteen. A recent Ohio State University study that included data from 7,418 young people […]
  • BMI is not the best measure of health

    If you’ve been to the doctor at any point, it’s likely that you’ve received your BMI number. But recently, many doctors are questioning its usefulness. “But in recent years, more researchers argue that it’s not the most accurate way to measure body weight. For years, scientists have said that BMI can’t distinguish between fat and […]
  • Go ahead and eat before your workout

    You’ve probably been advised not to eat anything before a workout, but new research is showing otherwise. “[W]hile rebound hypoglycemia can occur, it is rare and doesn’t usually affect performance. When, for instance, a group of British cyclists gulped sugary drinks before a workout, a few of them experienced low blood sugar in the first few […]
  • Men, don’t think you’re too good for yoga

    As a guy, do you think you don’t need yoga? Think again. The benefits of yoga are many, including making you better at almost everything you do. “If you’re an athlete, yoga will make you stronger and more flexible. It helps to increase the recruitment of stabilizing muscles, and strengthens the joints (which helps in […]
  • Skip the supplements for joint pain

    You may have been advised to take calcium or vitamin D supplements to ease joint pain, but according to a new study they just don’t work. “Researchers studied 1,911 women, half taking 1,000 milligrams of calcium and 400 units of vitamin D daily, the other half taking a placebo. The two groups had similar rates […]
  • Cut your stroke risk with this diet

    Researchers discovered that people who are genetically predisposed to type 2 diabetes can cut their risk of stroke by a third by following the Mediterranean diet. “Researchers aren’t sure why the diet is so effective, but they say it may help compensate for physiological stress brought on by these gene mutations, according to study coauthor […]
  • US obesity rate did not rise for once

    For the first time in 30 years, the obesity rate in America did not increase. While that’s the good news, the bad news is obesity is becoming more deadly. “While those trends are encouraging, the report also included some sobering news too. Obesity has become so entrenched throughout the U.S. that reversing the tide may […]
  • More reason to stock up on avocado

    Runner’s World take a look at 5 benefits of adding avocado to your diet, including fighting inflammation: “Eating avocado with a fatty meal may protect blood vessels from inflammatory damage and constriction. A recent study showed that eating a fatty burger topped with half an avocado lessened markers of inflammation and blood vessel constriction compared […]
  • Reduce workout soreness with this drink

    Watermelon juice can  help minimize your post-workout soreness, according to a new study. “For the study, researchers recruited seven men and had them complete a cycling routine on three different days. On two of the days, they were instructed to drink watermelon juice an hour before working out. On the third day, they had a […]