No more than 5 to 9 teaspoons of sugar a day
The American Heart Association recommends cutting
back on sugar.
The heavier you are, the more work your heart has to
do. That's one reason why the American Heart Association is looking for
the causes of weight gain and obesity.
At this time, they are focusing on sugar. It is one
of the main culprits in the rising obesity rates in the United States.
The association wants everyone to cut way back on added sugar in their
For the first time since 2006, it is presenting new
guidelines that recommend sugars added in processing, cooking or at the
table total no more than 100 calories a day for women and 150 calories a
day for men. That's five to nine teaspoons.
It's a drastic reduction from the 22 teaspoons per
day in the present American diet, which is a total of 355 calories. The
amount of sugar in the American diet has increased by 19 percent since
One can of non-diet soda can put a woman over the
limit. Sweetened drinks are the main cause of increased sugar
consumption since 1970
Healthy lifestyle cuts risk of serious diseases
A big study of people ages 35 to 65 shows that having
just four healthy habits reduces your risk of diseases such as diabetes,
heart disease and cancer by almost 80 percent.
The research by the Centers for Disease Control and
colleagues shows the association with four lifestyle factors: Not
smoking; eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and
low in meat consumption; getting a half-hour daily of moderate exercise;
and avoiding obesity.
Diabetes risk was most sharply reduced by a healthy
lifestyle, while cancer was affected the least. Avoiding obesity was
most effective in reducing risks, followed by not smoking.
The potential for avoiding society's biggest killers
through healthy living is "enormous," say the researchers.
Prevent heart problems, diabetes, more
Being just 'a little more fit' improves longevity, quality of life.
What have you done recently to improve your fitness
You might think that because you have exercised off
and on throughout your life that you are in pretty good shape. Don't
rest on your laurels.
An extensive study by a New Zealand university,
cooperating with Stanford in the United States, shows that overall
exercise habits during adult life didn't matter very much when it came
to current fitness levels.
Recent activity, during the last 16 weeks, was more
The doctors followed several thousand middle-aged and older Americans
for about nine years. Study subjects were divided into five groups
ranging from the least fit to the most fit.
By the end of the study, those who were most fit were
the least likely to have died or develop a life-threatening disease. No
What did surprise the researchers was the improved
outlook between the least fit and those on the next level. They
discovered that being just a little more physically active was
associated with a big improvement.
At any level, especially the least-fit category,
moving up just one more will make a big difference in your life.
Add a little more activity to your day for the next
four months and you could prevent a heart attack, diabetes and other
Healthy, tasty mushrooms
Researchers believe that the maitake mushroom (a
fanlike tree fungus) boosts immunity and protects against infections.
Some say that mushrooms are medicinal magic.
Preus, of Georgetown University School of Medicine says the maitake
mushroom may be the most potent natural immunity booster ever
discovered. Preus is the author of Maitake Magic (Freedom Press).
Maitake capsules, pills, powders and teas are also found in health food
stores. Visit maitake.com for pills.
supermarket mushrooms in paper bags. Dry them first and they should last
five days in the fridge.