Would you be willing to trade in Alzheimer’s disease for activity? Because new research is showing it’s quite a viable trade. And if you ask me, 30 minutes of exercise a day is far better than living with the difficulties Continue reading
Do you know why you lose some of your memory function when you age? It’s because the brain actually shrinks. This, you are no doubt thinking, is something that most definitely can’t be reversed. Everyone should just accept that an agile brain and an excellent memory are things of the past once they hit middle age. But not so, according to a recent study done by researchers in Columbus, Ohio. Results show that a one-year period of exercise doesn’t only slow down brain shrinkage — it could also actually reverse it! For the study, Continue reading
Really, what can’t exercise do? Hand-in-hand with a nutritious diet, exercise is the golden ticket to a healthy life and disease prevention. The amount of health advice flowing from exercise is enormous. In a new bit of health news, we find that physical activity may protect your vision. Continue reading
In a nation obsessed with youthfulness, it is perplexing to find such a large percentage of the population needlessly succumbing to chronic inflammation – a condition known to age the body prematurely. Although willing to spend a great deal of money to artificially and temporarily mask the signs of aging, many seem reluctant to make substantive changes necessary to quell the flames within. These flames can affect all organ systems of the body. In truth, a few simple dietary and lifestyle changes could seriously slow down the biological clock.
The bigger question is this: Why are we all so inflamed?
The surprising thing about inflammation is that it is at the core of virtually every disease. In fact, if you were to look to medical journals in just about any medical specialty you would find Continue reading
Is our lack of motion killing us? Absolutely. In fact, one of our most unhealthy “activities” is our lack of activity, the sedentary lifestyle of our first-world nation status, where more and more, we sit – at a desk, at a computer, in front of a television – nearly every day of the week, as opposed to engaging in any meaningful physical activities.
In fact, some experts even say our chronic immobility is as dangerous to our health as cigarettes.
“Smoking certainly is a major cardiovascular risk factor and sitting can be equivalent in many cases,” Dr. David Coven, cardiologist with St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York, said.
Coven said the latest research indicates that Continue reading
The idea that exercise is good for us is constantly pummeled into our brains by the medical community, by health coaches and by the mass media. And while certain types of exercise can certainly be beneficial in context, placing too much emphasis on formal exercise may be highlighting the wrong issue and contributing to long term health problems–because it`s movement rather than exercise that has the most dramatic impact on our health.
What Makes Us Sedentary?
Who is more sedentary: the person who exercises for one hour several times per week or the one who never exercises at all? Conventional wisdom says the second person is sedentary and will probably experience negative side effects from it. This, however, is an incomplete picture and may in fact be completely wrong if other Continue reading
A mere four percent on people living in the United Arab Emirates walk on a weekly basis, a new study by an international shoe maker has found.
Commissioned by South Korean shoe manufacturer RYN ahead of their forthcoming entrance into the Gulf shoe market, the study into Emiratis’ walking habits found that both UAE citizens and expatriates alike are not walking regularly enough.
In spite the fact that the walking infrastructure in the United Arab Emirates is well advanced compared to most countries in the world, just 4% of residents walk on a weekly basis,” read the report.
Dubai, the economic hub of the UAE, has built extensive pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, such as air conditioned walkways connecting major sites to encourage residents to walk instead of taking the car.
Dr. M. Ashfaq Konchwalla, Consultant Orthopaedic & Sports Surgeon at Dubai’s Medcare Hospital, said residents should take the study as a warning.
“Walking makes us live longer,” he told The Media Line. “Walking 150 minutes per week makes a person lose 7 percent of their body weight, which reduces risk of diseases.”
“Walking strengthens heart and is also good for the brain and the bones,” he continued. “It also helps alleviate symptoms of depression, improves fitness and enhances physical function.”
Gulf-based medical professionals say that the lack of exercise has led to a rise in lifestyle diseases such as obesity and diabetes.
“Six countries in the Middle East and North African Region are among the world’s 10 highest for diabetes prevalence, including the United Arab Emirates,” David Whiting, Epidemiologist and Public Health Specialist of the International Diabetes Federation told The Media Line. “The ageing of populations, together with socio-economic and lifestyle changes, has resulted in the dramatic increase in diabetes prevalence. To a large extent the rise in prevalence is the unintended side-effect of great success in recent years.”
Many Emiratis have stopped eating traditional foods, which are rich in fiber and plant protein, turning instead to a diet of animal protein, fried food and cream, all new ingredients in the local diet.
“Over the past three decades, major social and economic changes have occurred,” Whiting said. “These include progressive urbanization, decreasing infant mortality and increasing life expectancy.”
“Rapid economic development has been associated with tremendous modification in lifestyle towards the westernized pattern reflected by changes in nutrition, less physical activity, tendency to increased obesity and more smoking,” he added.
Recent statistics from the International Diabetes Federation place the United Arab Emirates with the second worst diabetes rate in the world, with 18.7% of the population suffering from the disease.
Saudi Arabia follows close behind with 16.8% of its adult population suffering from diabetes. Bahrain (15.4%) was ranked fifth, Kuwait (14.6%) seventh and Oman (13.4%) eighth.