Mild Obesity Can Double Your Risk for COVID Complications

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  • Even mild obesity may raise the risk of COVID-19 severity, calling into question current United Kingdom guidelines that only classify severe obesity as a risk factor
  • Patients with mild obesity had a 2.5 times greater risk of respiratory failure and a five times greater risk of being admitted to an ICU compared to non-obese patients
  • Those with a BMI of 35 and over were also 12 times more likely to die from COVID-19
  • Inflammation triggered by obesity may be responsible for a threefold greater risk of pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs) in COVID-19 patients who are obese
  • Dysregulated lipid synthesis triggered by obesity may aggravate inflammation in the lungs, contributing to increased disease severity during respiratory viral infections
  • Processed foods, junk foods and soft drinks are key culprits in the rise of obesity and chronic diseases that have a key role to play in COVID-19 deaths

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Study Identifies Top Six Factors Predicting Heart Attack Risk

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A 20-year long study involving women uncovers the top six lifestyle factors that predict heart attack risk, and several relate to diet and exercise Continue reading

How to Radically Increase Your Intermittent Fasting Success

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 Intermittent fasting is a powerful tool for improving your health, but anxiety about fasting can significantly impede your success Continue reading

Many Men Risk Their Health by Taking Testosterone When They Don’t Need It

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Testosterone plays many roles in men’s health. Besides affecting your sex drive, it also helps maintain muscle mass, bone density, red blood cells, and a general sense of well-being

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New Trigger of Alzheimer’s Identified: Stress

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According to recent research, stress appears to be related to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, by triggering a degenerative process in your brain and precipitating disruption of your neuroendocrine Continue reading

Reversing Leptin Resistance Naturally

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The foods we eat and sedentary lifestyles have left our bodies reeling with a plethora of avoidable ailments and conditions. One such condition is leptin resistance which contributes significantly to weight gain and ultimately diabetes. It most certainly does not have to be like this, however, and once recognized for what it is, reversing leptin resistance becomes a manageable and beneficial endeavor.

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Easy Deep Breathing Techniques to Lower Your Stress Level in 10 Seconds a Day

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Did You Know…you can overcome your body’s built-in stress response by using easy deep breathing techniques, an exercise that also produces a wealth of health benefits throughout your entire body?

A previous article on deep breathing, showed it was the single most powerful daily practice for advancing your health and well-being…which is breathing.

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There is Proof that Meditation Can Improve Your Health

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Increasingly becoming part of regular doctors advice are the benefits of meditation. Relaxing and tuning your inner spirit can be an excellent part of your natural health. Over the years, meditation has been tied to a long list of health benefits. A new study proves that those who meditate tend not to have to see the doctor.

The study is published in the “American Journal of Health Promotion.” It found that people with consistently high healthcare costs experienced a 28% decline in physician fees after an average of five years of transcendental meditation. These were people who were visiting the doctor often, illustrating that meditation can actually change your life.

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