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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...

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...

Do more for your core

Planks are a go-to exercise for core strengthening. The method can be tailored to suit all fitness levels. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Developing core strength is essential for fitness and overall health, but it doesn’t have to be a drudge.If you’re ready to go beyond crunches—or never liked them to begin with!—consider these moves that...

A top cardio plan: Get a canine

Researchers have found that dog owners are more active—and the benefits may extend to diet and blood sugar levels. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Your dog might be your heart’s best friend, if a new study is any indication.Researchers found that compared with people who had no pets, dog owners tended to have fewer risk factors...

Two ingredients to longevity

Even lightly intense activities, such as walking, can deliver substantial rewards in health and longevity. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Exercise, even a little of it, can lengthen your life, a new study suggests.The Norwegian researchers also found that too much sitting was associated with a higher risk of early death. “Developing ways to limit sedentary time...

Weekend binge? Brace for week-long woes

A devil-may-care diet on the weekends can wreak long-lasting havoc on your gut microbiome. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Do you eat healthy during the week, then ease off the brakes on the weekend? You’re not alone.But such a five days on-two days off eating regimen can erode diet quality, according to a study published recently...

To reach old age, go new age

Meditation can reduce stress, which may have some bearing on the underlying quality of your telomeres—key components in longevity. (For Spectrum Health Beat) You might think that stress affects you only emotionally or that a lack of sleep simply leaves you feeling cranky.But these are among the many lifestyle factors that can lead to health...

Budget your way to bliss

Managing finances on a Sunday afternoon may not sound like much fun, but the payoff in the long run could be well worth it for your money and your mood. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Clever websites and smartphone apps have made creating a household budget easier, though it’s still an unappealing chore for some.But what...

Want happy? Get a hound

Workplaces that allow employees to bring pups to work on occasion may see a payoff in morale and team-building. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Apart from the sheer fun of owning a pet, having a dog enhances well-being and even personal growth in many ways.Caring for a dog teaches kids responsibility and offers everyone in the...

Low-fat diet—a tool in breast cancer fight?

Researchers found that women following a low-fat diet reduced their overall calories, changed their cooking methods and reduced portion sizes of meat and dairy products. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Health experts have long touted the benefits of a low-fat diet for preventing heart disease, but now a large study suggests it might do the same...

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