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Neck Size a Measure of Heart Risk
Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2009
It signals danger independently of stomach fat, researchers report. A too-tight shirt collar might be an indicator of future heart trouble, Framingham Heart Study researchers report. If your neck size is greater than 16 inches for men and 13 inches for women, your risk for heart disease goes up.

French Fries Linked to Stroke Rates
Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2009
Neighborhoods where fast food joints abound appear to have higher stroke rates but whether the link is causal is under question, researchers said.

Sustained Exercise Important for Children
Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2009
Childhood obesity is a rising global concern, and insufficient activity levels are a primary reason. It's unknown, however, what is the optimal form of exercise for children, in order to help prevent obesity. A recent study has found that "sustained" exercise, defined as constant activity in excess of five minutes, is more beneficial than "sporadic" exercise.

Psoriasis Patients at Increased Diabetes, Heart Disease Risk
Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2009
People with severe psoriasis are at an increased risk of developing serious medical conditions, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes, says a dermatologist from the University of Pennsylvania.

Diabetes Drugs Given ‘Too Soon’?
Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2009
One in three people with Type 2 diabetes are given medication too soon, instead of being urged to eat better and do more exercise, a UK study suggests.

Power to Prevent: Helping African Americans Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2009
"Power to Prevent: A Family Lifestyle Approach to Diabetes" helps African Americans learn how to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes through physical activity and making healthy food choices.

Stress Raises Diabetes Risk for Obese Black Women
Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Surge in anxiety-linked hormone worsens blood sugar level, researchers suggest and stress may play a key role in the development of Type 2 diabetes in obese black women, U.S. researchers say.

Abdominal Fat Linked to Low Vitamin D Intake
Posted: Saturday, March 14, 2009
Teens who consume more vitamin D tend to have lower abdominal fat, and a subsequently diminished risk in the development of future heart disease and diabetes. This recently published research suggests that teens need to be educated to the benefits of vitamin D, and increase their natural and supplemental exposure to it.

Lifestyle Program for Diabetics Improves Mind, Body and Wallet by 87%
Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Workers with diabetes and obesity improved their absenteeism and disability rate by as much as 87 percent with the help of a lifestyle intervention program administered by researchers at the University of Virginia Health System.

Obesity and Diabetes Triples Stroke Risk
Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The record number of midlife strokes among women in the United States is a reflection of the epidemic of obesity and insulin-resistant diabetes, which also bring an increase in cardiac-disease risk, according to a new study.

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