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Losing the old you

At age 44, Phill Carr tipped the scales at 408 pounds. The joints on his 6-foot-1 frame ached with arthritis from the excess weight. He had trouble sleeping. (Photos courtesy of Phill Carr) Phill knew he had to do something about his weight. He could no longer tie his own shoelaces or even put on...

Dear Mark: Collagen or Glycine, Keto and Gallstones, Raw Liver, Stevia Itching, and Gaining Muscle, Losing Fat

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering five questions taken from this Twitter thread. First, does collagen offer anything special above and beyond glycine? Second, what’s the relationship between keto and gallstones? Third, do I recommend eating raw liver, and why or why not? Fourth, why does one reader’s scalp itch when eating...

Bust diabetes with moderate weight loss

Losing a modest amount of weight through diet and exercise can drive type 2 diabetes into remission, according to researchers. (For Spectrum Health Beat) British researchers have good news for people with type 2 diabetes—you don’t need to lose a ton of weight to make a difference in your health.In fact, they found that losing...

Mark’s Favorite Exercise: Trap-Bar Deadlift

As you might have noticed, I’ve been doing more mini-videos about my daily routines, training regimens, and other thoughts on health. After some initial trepidation and a lot of demand from readers, I find I actually really enjoy doing them. They’re a great way to get a quick take on a topic and give...

Fall’s here—get back on track

Seasonal changes are great prompts for making important shifts in your daily habits. Adding a short walk to your fall days could pay off in dividends in the months ahead. (For Spectrum Health Beat) If you’re anything like me, you’ll see the first few weeks of fall as a great time to recommit to personal...

HIIT vs. HIRT: Reducing Workout Stress To Increase Fitness

The fitness world is booming these days. You can see it in the popularity of CrossFit boxes, obstacle course and endurance events, and record-breaking gym construction. It’s encouraging. Inspiring even. But there’s also a downside to the rising gym memberships and event registrations. There are still too many people dealing with recurring patterns of...

Once-a-day polypill—smarter heart care?

Study: Those who took a once-a-day polypill faced 25 percent lower risk of heart and blood vessel disease. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Could popping just one pill a day keep your heart and blood vessels humming along for years to come?Possibly. Researchers just tested a combo pill containing low doses of two blood pressure medications, a...

Metabolic issues hit at any weight

Your weight can hint at the likelihood of future problems with heart disease and diabetes—but keeping a normal weight doesn’t guarantee you’ll dodge those problems. (For Spectrum Health Beat) If you’re overweight but have dodged chronic health issues like high cholesterol and high blood pressure, you might not think that losing weight is a priority.But...

Scientists eye mechanisms in obesity, heart health

A body fat protein that damages blood vessels could be targeted by medication, paving the way for better treatment of heart disease, researchers say. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Scientists may have found a way that obesity directly damages the arteries and contributes to heart disease—a discovery that they say could eventually lead to new treatments. The...

Use it or lose it

Waistline and cardiorespiratory fitness are but two areas where health suffers when a sedentary lifestyle takes hold. The good news: The body responds just as quickly to positive lifestyle changes. (For Spectrum Health Beat) A new study proves that the old adage “use it or lose it” is definitely true when it comes to fitness. After...

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