A 400-pound mama bear can gain 150 pounds of brown fat as she heads for a six-month semihibernation (during those months she gives birth, nurses and eats the cubs' droppings to recycle into milk and protein, but that's probably more than you wanted to know). The brown fat is higher than white fat in healthy DHA omega-3 fatty acid, and it's full of little cellular power centers called mitochondria. In bears (and people), it provides calories, generates heat and helps regulate insulin use and glucose uptake. And burning brown fat reduces insulin resistance -- a hallmark of type 2 diabetes -- and helps you lose weight!
"Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one," said endocrinologist Hans Seyle, who in the late 1930s was one of the first scientists to explore the effect of chronic stress on the body. Turns out chronic stress leads to an impaired immune system, higher blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, arthritis, kidney disease, allergic reactions, obesity, acne -- and a less-than-ho-hum love life. A new study also confirms that attitude has physical consequences. If you think your level of stress is hard on your heart, you're twice as likely to die from heart disease or have a non-fatal heart attack as folks who don't believe stress negatively affects their health.
This recipe from the American Diabetes Association will remind you of a crisp fall evening.
When grocery shopping, we focus on creating meals that are tasty and nutritional. To help accomplish this goal, the Nutrition Facts Label provides shoppers with valuable information about each packaged food product. Located on almost every product that we can purchase from our grocery store, this label provides consumers with the amount of calories and nutrients found in the product as well as a comparison to the Percent Daily Value.
Debrett's "A-Z of Modern Manners" claims to be the authority on "all matters of etiquette, social occasions ... and fine style." And it would be rude to disagree, or so they imply. About good posture, they say: It makes you appear taller and slimmer, and you will seem more confident and positive. (They've almost got it right.)
HUNTINGTON -- A number of health-conscious classes, programs and screenings are scheduled in the Tri-State this week. Some of the activities offered in the area:
If there were a vaccine against goofs, we (and our staff) would be the first ones in line. But, alas, there's no EEV (Edit Error Vaccine). So when an attentive reader pointed out that there's no hepatitis C vaccine either (in a feature last month on common infections, we said there was, even though we know perfectly well vaccines are available only for hep A and B), we wanted to take this opportunity to say thanks for catching the error and to pass along exciting news about the potential for a real hep C vaccine.
Here's a creative way to use leftover cooked spaghetti: try mixing it with eggs for a filling Italian omelet. If you don't want to buy separate bunches of fresh herbs, look for an Italian blend package that may contain some of each or use one-third the amount of dried. Recipe courtesy of the American Heart Association.
When Carole King wrote the song "Happy Being Fat," she nailed the attitude that many overweight teens have about being prodded to slim down: "Don't tell me to go on a diet. Don't give me no pills. Just leave me alone with my ice-cream cone, and let me eat my fill."
Being diagnosed with an eye disease or disorder can be upsetting and you may leave the doctor's office without asking the questions you'll think of later. An important part of any patient/physician relationship is good communication. The National Eye Institute (NEI) recommends asking questions like the following if you're diagnosed with an eye problem: