One of the single most important things we can do to prevent health problems - including those associated with bladder and bowel control - is to maintain a proper weight. Researchers are increasingly identifying how body shape is a strong predictor of a number of chronic diseases. Science points to an expanding waist as a key indicator of pending problems. That's because it's where people tend to gain fat. But intra-abdominal fat is considered the most dangerous type. As we age, we naturally lose muscle mass, and it gets replaced with layers of fat cells if we don't alter our behavior. Our metabolism also slows, especially after menopause in women, reducing our caloric needs simply to maintain the same weight. So if we alter nothing in our eating and exercise habits, we will simply grow heavier and fatter, increasingly predisposed to cancers (prostate, colon & rectal, etc.), diabetes, heart disease, and yes - even urinary incontinence .
Most of us know that being overweight isn't good for our health. Because 2/3 of our population these days, including a huge number of children, is overweight, we're hearing over and over about all the health risks.
But a 2009 study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that having your excess weight concentrated in your abdominal region, commonly referred to as belly fat, can lower your respiratory function.
How Excess Belly Fat Affects Your Lungs
First of all, the more you weigh, the harder your lungs have to work when you move around. Think about how you feel when you carry something heavy. It's the same for the weight you carry around as fat. More oxygen is needed because of all the excess tissue, so the heart has to work harder to move it around.
But also, the fat in your abdomen has the following effects:
When the fat presses on your chest wall, there is less room for your lungs to expand.
When it pushes u...
I was reading the paper this morning when this headline caught my eye -- “Sprinting is better than jogging: Study finds that short bursts can help men lose weight faster.” I found the story interesting and wanted to share the findings with you so you can enhance your own workout.
The study out of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia found that eight-second bursts of intense exercise repeated periodically for 20 minutes helped overweight men lose four pounds over a 12-week period. Furthermore, this interval-type of exercise program resulted in a 17-percent reduction in the amount of fat stored around the men’s liver, kidneys and other internal organs. This fat is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. These findings, as reported by Bloomberg News , have been published in the Journal of Obesity.
The Australian researchers focused on 45 inactive men who were in their 20s. The group was split into two groups – an exercise gr...
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