Dr. T's Health Blog (Recent Posts)

Fish Oil May Prevent Type-1 Diabetes

Published: July 9, 2012
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In a large study, researchers looked at the diets of 1,770 young children at high risk of developing type-I diabetes. They found that a high dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids lowered the children's chances of developing the condition by around 55%.

Chocolate Lowers High Blood Pressure

Published: July 9, 2012
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Dark chocolate may sweeten the way to health. Taming high blood pressure may be downright delicious. A small study recruited 10 men and 10 women with high blood pressure that had never been addressed. After consuming dark chocolate, 24-hour systolic blood pressures (the top number) dropped 12 points; diastolic blood pressures dipped 8.5 points.

Men Choose Romance Over Success

Published: July 9, 2012
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Surprisingly, men may be more willing than women to sacrifice achievement goals for a romantic relationship, according to a new study from Duke Medical Center and the University of Albany. Their findings challenge our preconceptions that women are more likely to prioritize people and relationships while men are more focused on themselves and their achievements.

Water Exercises and Arthritis

Published: July 9, 2012
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In some sufferers, knee and/or hip arthritis is so severe that it hurts to walk - even though walking would help decrease the pain in the long term. This study showed that walking in a pool (and many communities with a local pool, fitness club or YWCA offer low cost swimnastic programs) was even more effective at reducing pain than regular walking, so this offers a way to get well even if you are in too much pain to walk.

Relaxation Training Highly Effective for Addressing Anxiety

Published: July 9, 2012
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This review of 27 studies suggests that relaxation training is an excellent alternative to valium - and will put you back in control! In recent years, there is increasing awareness that anxiety disorders are very common in the general adult population. Approximately 10% of the population suffers with anxiety disorder, and the drug companies are quick to pounce on their fears with a host of addictive tranquilizers. Sometimes these medications are needed. I recommend, however, that even in people already taking these medications, natural remedies for anxiety be added.

Chocolate Keeps Your Skin Looking Younger

Published: July 9, 2012
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In this new study, 24 healthy women (aged 18 to 65) were randomly assigned to two groups. One group drank a high-flavanol Cocoapro® cocoa beverage (329 mg) once a day, while the other group consumed a matched cocoa beverage low in flavanols (27 mg). At three different periods during the 12-week study, various tests were conducted to evaluate skin properties: sensitivity to UV irradiation, skin blood flow, skin structure and texture, and skin hydration. The women who regularly consumed the high-flavanol cocoa beverage showed significant improvements in these indicators of skin quality, while those who consumed the flavanol-poor cocoa did not have an improvement in any of the measures.

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