Metabolic Inflexibility Is Key Risk Factor for COVID-19

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  • While SARS-CoV-2 is a rampant virus that can cause severe problems in vulnerable individuals, the real pandemic — the underlying cause that makes people susceptible to complications from the infection in the first place — is poor metabolic health
  • Aside from old age, obesity has been identified as one of the primary risk factors for being hospitalized with COVID-19 — doubling the risk of hospitalization in patients under the age of 60 in one study
  • One hypothesis for why obesity is worsening COVID-19 has to do with the fact that obesity causes chronic inflammation. Having more proinflammatory cytokines in circulation increases your risk of experiencing a cytokine storm
  • Insulin resistance is another top risk factor for COVID-19 that worsens outcomes and increases your risk of death
  • There are five primary parameters of metabolic health: waist circumference, insulin sensitivity, blood pressure, and triglyceride and HDL levels. Having three or more abnormal parameters is indicative of metabolic syndrome

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Could vitamin D deficiency explain adolescent aggression? Researchers say yes

Vitamin D, the so-called “sunshine” vitamin, is most recognized for its role in bone formation and calcium absorption. But recent studies on this essential micronutrient are starting to shed light on its potential role in mental health.

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Your Body Needs Full Spectrum Light for Optimal Function

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Humans are adapted to sunlight as a complex stimulus that helps keep your body healthy. Exposure to the 1500 wavelengths in sunlight enables your body to react in a balanced and beneficial way Continue reading

How to Help Prevent Age Related Muscle Loss

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Muscle aging may start at a relatively young age. By the time you’re in your 30s, age-related muscle loss (sarcopenia) may already have begun if you’ve neglected to take proactive steps to prevent it Continue reading

How to Survive Prostate Cancer Without Surgery, Drugs, or Radiation

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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. In the US, about 230,000 men get diagnosed every year but only about 29,000 die each year from the disease. What we don’t know is how many of those 20,000 died of the disease and how many died because of the treatment Continue reading

Friendship Fights Depression, Researchers Find

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Study refutes earlier claims that depression is “contagious,” finding instead that only positive moods tend to spread among people in close association Continue reading

Advances in Understanding of Depression Offers New Hope

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Chronic inflammation appears to be a significant underlying factor causing symptoms of depression, and keeping inflammation in check is an important part of an effective treatment plan

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Foods and Other Lifestyle Factors That Will Shorten Your Lifespan

A diet high in sugar (which includes processed fructose and grains) causes a host of health problems that can take years off your life, including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease

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Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Neurological Diseases; Also Raises Risk of Asthma Attacks, and More…

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Nearly 3,000 genes are influenced by vitamin D status

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Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Dementia Confirmed

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Epidemic of Infantile Rickets May Have Put Thousands of Innocent Parents in Jail for Child Abuse

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Thousands of child abuse cases may in fact be misdiagnosed cases of rickets, caused by either vitamin D deficiency or aluminum adjuvants in vaccines, or both Continue reading

The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum

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Just 30 years ago, the incidence of autism was one in 100,000. Today, the incidence has climbed to 1 in 50

If you consider the full range of neurological disorders that could fall under the wider umbrella of “Autism Spectrum Disorder,” the incidence may be as Continue reading

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