body mass index

    Many people go through periods of weighing more than they usually do. It can be caused by switching to a desk job, having a baby, or even going through a life event such as divorce or losing a loved one.  A reaction to a temporary period of your life from which you eventually recover. Obesity […]

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    Anyone who doesn’t refer to the obesity rates in the Western hemisphere as an epidemic has not been paying attention. As of 2012, more than two-thirds of American adults are considered overweight or obese. The dangers of obesity can no longer be ignored and they should not be molded into something they are not. It is […]

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    You know, science can be tricky. Even with the best intentions and complete honesty, facts emerge which make it look like someone has been fudging all along. Take obesity. There could be said to be a “science of obesity” today. We know a lot about it; including the metabolic syndrome, the dangers of belly fat, […]

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    If it needs re-enforcing, here is the main medical message all over again: don’t smoke and live a healthy lifestyle! If you don’t smoke, you’ll live longer and are less likely to die of heart disease and cancer. We all know that (yawn…) But if you are a non-smoker or gave up smoking, a good […]

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    Chocolate, we know, is good for us. But even the fatty, sticky, sugary sort? Yes, apparently! According to Beatrice A. Golomb, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego, and her colleagues, who detailed their findings in a research letter published in the March 26 issue of the Archives of […]

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    A recent trip to a doctor to have my ears syringed resulted in a routine weighing on a balance scale—you know, the kind where you are balanced against weights slid along a beam. These are accurate to within 0.5% or less. This is very different to the spring loaded bathroom scales. As metal springs age […]

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    How to postpone dying

    by ProfKeith

    If it needs re-enforcing, here is the main medical message all over again: don’t smoke and live a healthy lifestyle! If you don’t smoke, you’ll live longer and are less likely to die of heart disease and cancer. We all know that (yawn…) But if you are a non-smoker or gave up smoking, a good […]

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