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Breastfeeding Mothers Have Lower Chance Of Heart Disease And Stroke

Its long been known by medical experts that there are multiple health benefits to mothers breastfeeding their baby. These include, but arent limited to, boosting your babys immune system, reducing their risk of childhood leukemia, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and even slashing their chances of getting cardiovascular disease in adulthood.

The benefits of breastfeeding are often oversold by the media. So, now that its been reported that the mothers heart health is tied to breastfeeding too, we initially approached these links with skepticism. So whats the truth behind the latest claim?

This study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, analyzed data on 289,573 women in China, aged 30 to 79, who were recruited for the research between 2004 and 2008. They were followed for eight years, through their urban or rural lives, and gave information on health and breastfeeding throughout.

At the same time, extra data was mined from insurance and health agencies to uncover any ailments they mayhave gone through during that time period. Nearly all of them gave birth to at least a single child during that time and most of them engaged in breastfeeding.

In total, there were 23,983 stroke cases and 16,671 cases of coronary heart disease, including heart attacks, during those eight years. Adjusting for factors like age, smoking, high blood pressure, activity level, overweight, and obesity, this revealed that mothers who breastfed had a 9 percent lower risk of heart disease and an 8 percent lower risk of stroke compared to non-breastfeeding mothers.

This applied to breastfeeding mothers who engaged in the activity for a 12-month period. Those who breastfed for up to 24 months had an 18 percent lower risk of heart disease and a 17 percent lower risk of stroke compared to those that didnt.


The longer the breastfeeding goes on for, the more pronounced the health benefits. spaxiax/Shutterstock

The team, led by the University of Oxford, spoke to ResearchGate about their findings. They note that this is an interesting correlation, but their research was not designed to prove cause and effect.

Pregnancy causes major changes to a womans metabolism as she stores fat to provide the energy necessary for her babys growth and for breastfeeding once the baby is born, lead author Sanne Peters, an epidemiologist at the University of Oxford, explained. Breastfeeding could eliminate the stored fat faster and more completely.

Peters added that in Western cultures women who breastfeed may also be more likely to engage in other beneficial health behaviors than women who do not breastfeed, but this was not a trend detected in this study.

So at this point, the causal mechanism for this apparent correlation is unknown. Nevertheless, the study itself is rock solid it just needs follow up research to confirm that correlation in this case is indicative of causation.

[H/T: Reuters]

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/breastfeeding-mothers-lower-chance-heart-disease-stroke/

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How French Fries Are Literally Killing You

I feel like scientific studies regarding food can really go either way. There are the kind that tell you something you thought was bad for you actually has health benefits. Ya know, like the ones that says cheese and red wine are good for you and shit. And then sometimes, these studies are culinary cock blocks and just ruin your whole life day. The study Im about to break down for you is the latter because science now says that if you eat fries, youre more likely to die. Well isnt that just fucking wonderful.

Look, its not like Ive ever been under the impression that fries are good for you, but death? That seems a bit much, no? The study at hand looked at the potato intake of more than 4,000 people between 45 and 79 years old for eight years. During that time span, 236 of those people died (bummer) and those 236 people, as a whole, had a higher frequency of fried potato eating. So youre telling me this isnt just French fries, but tots and hash browns too? OH HELL NAH!

Getting even more specific, there were findings showing that those who ate fried potatoes at least twice a week had double the risk of death. Way harsh, Tai. Tbh, the whole twice a week kinda makes me feel better. I mean, thats a fucking lot of fry eating. You can probably guess why fry consumption and death are related, but for the people in the back, researchers guess it has something to do with the ridiculous amounts of salt and fat in fried potato products. That, or the people who are eating fried tots all the damn time probably don’t live the healthiest of lifestyles to begin with so they’re probs at a higher risk for heart disease anyway. Take your pickwhichever helps you justify your poor eating habits sleep at night.

One positive from this buzzkill study is that there were no signs that tie death to the consumption of other forms of potatoes. So like, mashed potatoes are Gucci. Phew. Also as I learned from my AP Psych class, correlation does not mean causation, so you scientists can go shave your back now. 

So there you have it: dont eat fried potatoes more than once a week. But look on the bright side. At least it isnt pizza.

Read more: http://www.betches.com/french-fry-consumption-linked-to-death

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6 Life-Changing Benefits Of Turmeric That Will Seriously Blow Your Mind

Turmeric is one of those spices you should always aim to include when it comes to seasoning your food.

A little dabble goes a long way, especially if you use it consistently in your day-to-daylife.

What makes it so special is that the spice contains curcumin, which is responsible for most of turmeric’s mystical properties.

Though turmeric contains only two to six percent of curcumin, the benefits of that one ingredient go a seriously long way.

Here’s a taste of just a few of those benefits to get you started on the path to ultimate wellness.

1. It Helps With Inflammation

Though short-term inflammation of the body is nothing to worry about, chronic inflammation can lead to serious conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.

Actually, studies show that, in India, diagnoses of Alzhiemer’s disease are pretty low, and it appears to be due totumeric’s major role in the Indian diet.

2. It Improves Brain Function

Again, it all comes down to thatcurcumin.

Curcumin helps to improve working memory, as well as attention span and mood in elderly adults.

According to a 2014 study, 60 healthy adults showedsignificantly improved performance on attention and working memory tasks after receivinga single dose of 400 mg of curcumin, compared with those who received a placebo.

This stuff is pure magic, baby.

3. It Improves Blood Flow

Damn,curcumin is doing a whole lot for turmeric, as it also plays a role in unclogging arteries and improving blood circulation.

This is because curcumin reduces plaque buildup in the arteries, which means it stops blood clots from forming.

Seriously, what turmeric do?!

4. It Helps To Prevent And Treat Cancer

Apparently, curcumin can help stop cancer cells from dividing.

It’s been shown to help the body rid itself of damaged cells, a process also known as programmed cell death. Curcumin can kill damaged cells while still leaving other cells healthy and intact, unlike chemotherapy.

5. It Improves Heart Health

Actually, it is said to improve heart health just as much as exercise. How ’bout dat, fam?!

According to GreenMedInfo, turmeric reduces post-bypass heart risk by 56 percent.

Not only that, but the effects it has on heart health are similar to the effects that aerobic exercise has on heart health, and it improves vascular function in post-menopausal women.

6. It Fights Depression

Curcumin can possibly be just as effective as an antidepressant.

Its work with depression is related to its anti-inflammatory properties, because people with depression have greater inflammation and oxidative stress, which can affect all major organs in the body, including the brain, according to Psychiatry Advisor.

So, basically, turmeric cansave your life in more ways than one. Be sure to pick this baby up on your next grocery run.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/wellness/6-life-changing-benefits-turmeric-will-seriously-blow-mind/1998980/

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Carrie Fishers Daughter: How My Mom Died of Drug Addiction

Carrie Fishers only child, Billie Lourd, has made an emotional statement saluting her mothers bravery in confronting her addictions after a toxicology report disclosed the Star Wars actress, who died after a flight from London to Los Angeles in December, had taken cocaine in the last 72 hours of her life.

Fisher also had traces of methadone, heroin, and MDMA (commonly known as ecstasy or Molly) in her system, but the report did not definitively state whether these substances caused her death.

Lourd was less ambivalent, declaring in a powerful statement that her mom died of drug addiction and mental illness.

Fisher was regarded as a one of the great, high-profile advocates in the 1980s and 1990s for people struggling with substance-use disorders.

She used her fame from playing Princess Leia in Star Wars to stimulate discussion about drug use and the challenges of recovery. Fisher was open about her attempts and failures to stop using drugs, which she first started using at age 13.

She explored herissues with addiction in her 1987 bestselling, semi-autobiographical novel, Postcards From the Edge, which was later turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep.

In her last role, playing an awkward mother on the British comedy drama Catastrophe, she portrayed a character addicted to internet shopping with an alcoholic son.

My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life, Lourd said in a statement to People magazine. She ultimately died of it. She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases.

She talked about the shame that torments people and their families confronted by these diseases. I know my mom. Shed want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles. Seek help, fight for government funding for mental-health programs. Shame and those social stigmas are the enemies of progress to solutions and ultimately a cure. Love you, Momby.

According to the toxicology report, Fishers personal assistant said she had multiple apneic episodes during the flight, which was normal for her.

Near the end of the 10-hour flight, she was not able to be aroused, stated the report. A few minutes later, the decedent vomited profusely then slumped over.

A full autopsy was not conducted at the request of Fishers family, so the toxicology report was based on blood and tissue samples.

The report found traces of multiple substances in her system, but said it was unclear if drug use ultimately contributed to her death.

Based on the available toxicological information, we cannot establish the significance of the multiple substances that were detected in Ms. Fishers blood and tissue, with regard to the cause of death, stated the report.

On Friday,the Los Angeles County Coroners Office stated that Fishers death was caused by sleep apnea and other undetermined factors.

The coroner also said Fisher suffered from atherosclerotic heart disease and drug use, but no specifics were given at the time.

The manner of death has been ruled undetermined, the report concluded.

By owning the deep cause behind her mother's death, and using her death as a rallying call to urge those affected by addiction to seek help, Lourd is going further than the official reports have.

One thing is for sure: Her Momby would be proud.

Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/how-my-mom-carrie-fisher-died-of-drug-addiction

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Carrie Fishers Toxicology Report Revealed Some Heartbreaking News

The world truly lost a legend last December with the passing of actress Carrie Fisher, whose initial cause of death was a heart attack.

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8 Benefits Of Coconut Oil That Your Entire Body Can Enjoy

Coconuts and their seemingly infinite uses have been a staple in Asia, Africa, and South America basically since the dawn of man.

But now, coconut products have made their way into mainstream supermarkets here in the US particularly coconut oil.

Seriously, this stuff is all over the place now. The rather remarkable natural substance is extracted from the meat of mature coconut palms, has uses up the wazoo, and benefits attached to all of those uses, too.

Its got vitamin E, lauric acid, protein, something called caprylic, (an anti-fungal fatty-acid), and the pleasant smell brings to mind a heavenly beach setting.

Plus, it doesnt hurt that coconut oil is pretty damnaffordable, too.

Here are eight ways coconut oil can work its magic on your entire body.

1. You Can Use It To Improve The Health Of Your Mouth

An Indian tradition of yogas sister science, Ayurveda, oil-pulling is a practice that entails putting a tablespoon of oil (usually coconut) in your mouth and swishing it around for five to 15 minutes.

It pulls toxins from your gums, tongue, and teeth, and is said to help with bad breath, tooth decay, heart disease, and it can boost your immune system.

If youre wondering if oil-pulling feels weird well, it does

I gagged the first time I tried it, and it has yet to make its way into my daily routine.

But I have to say, my mouth did feel nice after the fact.

2. Incorporate It Into Your Beauty Routine

Coconut oil makes for a really great eye-makeup remover, and apparently a solidcheekbone highlighter, too.

Plus, you can wash your face with the product tohelp fight acne.

While it might be too oily for some, I used this as a treatment for a particularly bad breakout, and I definitely noticed a decrease in the inflammation of my pimples.

3. You Can Moisturize Literally Everywhere With It

Ive used coconut oil both in and out of the shower to ease dry skin. In fact, I regularly use it to shave my legs, which always feel silky smooth afterward.

Coconut oil can also help soothe the burn of a new tattoo, if youve got some ink on your bod.

And if you ever find yourself looking after a little one, coconut oil can bea wonderful alternative to diaper rash cream.

4. LatherIt Onto Your Luscious Locks

Coconut oil can both moisturize and protect your locks from split ends and heat damage.

And, if you ever have the unfortunate experience of having to deal with lice, coconut oil is rumored to help get rid of those, as well.

5. It Can Help Make You Regular

This magical stuff can help with your digestion, it cancleanse your colon, too.

Some claim it helps ease constipation and helps you poop more, too.

And, honestly, at the end of the day, isnt that what we all want?

6. You Can Even Use It On Your Nose

Or, rather, your nose.

If you tend to suffer from nosebleeds, wipe the interior of your nostrils with a little coconut oil.

The product can help soften and moisturize the nasal passages.

Plus, youll get to enjoy that pleasant beach-y smell all damn day.

7. It May Serve As An Alternative Medicine In Some Cases

There are claims of all kinds that it might be an alternative preventative treatment for diseases, but one in particular is Alzheimers.

According to the Alzheimers Association website, the caprylic acid in coconut oil may provide an energy source for brain cells that have lost the ability to utilize glucose due to Alzheimers.

This sh*t is actually a miracle product, guys.

8. You Can Even Try Using It Down There

Coconut oil is a natural lube, and is often suggested as a remedy for yeast infections.

Some say you can even lather a tampon with the oil for a more directapplication.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/wellness/8-benefits-coconut-oil-entire-body-can-enjoy/1994639/

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Carrie Fishers Death Blamed on Sleep Apnea, Other Factors

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died from sleep apnea and other factors, though the exact cause remains undetermined, the Los Angeles County coroners office said late Friday. In a short summary on its findings, the coroners office listed sleep apnea as a cause of death, in addition to atherosclerotic heart disease and drug use. The statement did not elaborate on what drugs were found in Fishers system, but drug use is known to worsen symptoms of sleep apnea. Fishers daughter, Billie Lourd, issued her own statement to People in response to the coroners findings late Friday, saying her mother had battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it, she said. Fisher died at age 60 in December, with her death initially blamed on cardiac arrest.

Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/carrie-fishers-death-blamed-on-sleep-apnea-other-factors-6

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How exercise can improve your sex life

In the new book Fitter Faster ($17, amazon.com), health journalist Robert J. Davis and celebrity trainer Brad Kolowich, Jr. share one more excellent reason to break a sweat.

Youve likely heard that regular exercise can reduce the risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or osteoporosis. But a growing body of research shows it may have another, more surprising effect: improving your sex life.

In men, regular exercise appears to be a natural Viagra. Its associated with a lower risk of erectile problems. In one study, sedentary middle-aged men assigned to participate in a vigorous exercise program for nine months reported more frequent sexual activity, improved sexual function and greater satisfaction. Those whose fitness levels increased most saw the biggest improvements in their sex lives.

Research in women has found that those who are physically active report greater sexual desire, arousal and satisfaction than women who are sedentary. In one unusual experiment, young women who did intense cycling for 20 minutes and watched an X-rated film showed greater physiological sexual arousal (as measured by a device that assesses vaginal blood flow) than subjects who did not exercise before seeing the film.

Increased blood flow helps explain why exercise leads to better sexual function in men as well. An enhanced self-image from exercise may play a role too. Men and women who exercise may be more likely to feel sexually desirable, which can lead to better sex.  So can greater strength, flexibility, and stamina that result from exercise.

In addition, physical activityespecially strength trainingcan increase levels of testosterone, which may boost sex drive in men and women. However, overtraining can have the opposite effect by lowering testosterone levels. Indeed, a recent study found that that men who do very vigorous exercise on a regular basis tend to have lower libidos. While this is a potential concern for elite athletes or others who push themselves to the max without adequate recovery, its not something that most of us need to worry about.

RELATED: 13 Truths About Sex Every Woman Must Learn Before Turning 30

As for the effect of sex on exercise, the conventional wisdom has long been that pre-competition sexual activity reduces aggression and strength. As Rocky Balboas trainer put it in the movie Rocky, women weaken legs.

But research has yielded little support for the belief.  One study, which involved former male athletes, measured grip strength the morning after theyd had sex with their wives and then repeated the test after the men had abstained for at least six days. There were no differences in test results. Similarly, another study in male athletes found that sexual activity didnt affect performance on a cycle stress test. However, subjects whod had sex two hours before the test had higher heart rates during post-exercise recovery.

Overall, the research suggests that sex before physical activity doesnt have negative effects as long as theres a lag of at least two hours and the sexual activity doesn’t also involve alcohol, drugs, or sleep loss. In fact, its possible that sex may even enhance athletic performance by helping people relax.

But much remains unknown, including whether women are affected differently than men. Its likely that the impact of sex on physical activity varies from person to person.

If youre wondering whether sex counts as exercise, it depends on the length and intensity of your lovemaking. A study of young adults found that sexual activity burned, on average, three or four calories per minute. (Men burned more than women.) The level of intensity was considered moderate, comparable to that of walking or doubles tennis.

For most people, however, sex doesn’t last as long as those other activities, which means it burns fewer calories overall. In the aforementioned study, when sexual activity was compared to a 30-minute, moderately intense workout on a treadmill, the treadmill burned about three times more calories. But sexual activity did come out ahead in one measure: Nearly 100% of participants rated it as more enjoyable.

Adapted from Fitter Faster: The Smart Way to Get in Shape in Just Minutes a Day (AMACOM) by Robert J. Davis with Brad Kolowich, Jr.

This article originally appeared on Health.com.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/2017/06/16/how-exercise-can-improve-your-sex-life.html

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5 Unexpected Benefits Of A Vegetarian Diet Your Body And The Planet Can Enjoy

To celebrate a family members high school graduation, my cousin hosted a barbecuethatincluded a pig roasting.

If youre unfamiliar with the process, it takes for a pig to cookcompletely, and you have to keep a sharp eye on the flames.

Around mid-afternoon, my uncle, a retired fireman chief,yelled Fire! Everyones head spun around to the five huddled grills, specifically that of the pig.

The entire animal had gone up in smoke, and all that remained wereburned remnants of an innocent life that died to be eaten, yet never was.

There were groans of disappointment, sighs of, Well, so much for that.

I couldnt help thinking how unfortunate it is that humans can feel such an emotional disconnect toward animals, never pausing to consider a helpless life had been lost for literally no reason at all.

This experience has led me to experiment with a transition from full-on omnivore to a part-time herbivore, not only so I can help prevent needless and grotesque deaths of innocent animals, but also because, to put it simply, it makes my body feel good.

Here are five benefits ofvegetarianism that prove its really not just a diet, but rather a lifestyle that pays homage to both the environment and your body.

1. Stop Animal Cruelty

Regardless of whether you consider yourself an animal lover or not, most people would agree thatkilling an innocent life for mere consumption is cruel, at least from a moral standpoint.

There are countless documentaries out there that go into gruesome, but ultimately truthful detail on what exactly goes on behind closed doors at factory farms, where animals become food.

The bottom line is, theres simply no moral way to kill a living creature that does not want to die.

2. Less Pollution

Taking a step back from what factory farms are actually doing to animals, these institutions are also undoubtedly harmful for the environment.

According to PETA, piles of animal waste product end up in lakes, rivers, drinking water, and on crops, while harmful chemicals and bacteria ruthlessly pollute the air.

3. Prevent Diseases

According to, vegetarians consume less saturated fat and cholesterol and more vitamins C and E, dietary fiber, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, and phytochemicals (plant chemicals), such as carotenoids and flavonoids in comparison to meat-eaters.

Vegetarians thus get to enjoy the benefits of lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and body mass index three huge factors that can contribute to heart disease, cancer, and Type 2 diabetes.

4. Easier Digestion

Because meat is essentially just dense animal muscle, eating a ton of it can be brutal on your digestive system.

One of the reasons I choose to eat a predominantly plant-based diet is because my body cant break down animal product that easily, which results in some serious stomach pain and constipation.

Plus, vegetable-based diets are naturally high in fiber, which always helps to keep your bowels in check.

Of course, this isnt the case for everybody (and, more important, ), but it may be something to ask your doctor about if youre currently experiencing stomach issues as a frequent meat-eater.

5. Customization

There are so many vegetarian variations to consider when youre trying tofind one that best suits your lifestyle.

You might choose to go all-out and try a vegan diet, in which you wouldnteat meat, poultry, fish, or any products derived from animals, which would also include eggs, dairy products, and gelatin.

You could even try out pescetarianism for a slightly smoother transition, which would involve no meat or poultry, but you can still eat fish according to this diet.

Whatever change you ultimately choose to make, be sure youre making the switch so you can eat what serves body, not someone elses.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/wellness/5-unexpected-benefits-vegetarian-diet-body-planet-can-enjoy/1990619/

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Diane Abbott reveals she has type 2 diabetes – BBC News

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Diane Abbott has revealed she has Type 2 diabetes and that the condition is what forced her to take a break from the election campaign.

The shadow home secretary told the Guardian she was diagnosed with the condition two years ago and it was “out of control” during the campaign, when she gave some faltering performances.

“During the election campaign, everything went crazy,” she said.

She said she was managing the condition and was ready to get back to work.

Type 2 diabetes is a long-term condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.

It can be controlled by taking medication to reduce glucose to normal levels and also by making lifestyle and dietary changes.

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Ms Abbott was criticised for her performance during the election campaign, in which she stumbled several times during interviews and appeared unable to give detailed answers to questions.

In one interview with LBC Radio, she mistakenly said plans to boost police numbers by 10,000 would cost 300,000. It led to a barrage of criticism from the Conservatives who said she could not “add up”.

She pulled out of an interview on BBC’s Woman’s Hour with just a few minutes’ notice amid unconfirmed reports that some within the party leadership had lost confidence in her.

Just 48 hours before polling day, Labour said Ms Abbott was taking a period of sick leave and would be replaced “indefinitely” by Lyn Brown.

‘Vicious’

Ms Abbott, a key ally and friend of Jeremy Corbyn, said she was badly affected after facing six or seven interviews in a row without eating enough food – vital to managing blood sugar levels.

“During the election campaign, everything went crazy – and the diabetes was out of control, the blood sugar was out of control,” she said.

Ms Abbott, who was re-elected as MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington with a majority of more than 30,000, accused her political opponents of mounting a “vicious” campaign against her.

She told the newspaper she was disappointed a female prime minister had singled her out as a national target.

The Guardian says a Conservative source “angrily rejected” Ms Abbott’s accusations and said it was “legitimate in a campaign to point out weaknesses in the opposition’s front bench”

The source wished Ms Abbott well with her health, adding: “No-one knows more about the difficulties of diabetes than the prime minister.”

Theresa May revealed in 2013 that she had type 1 diabetes. During the election campaign she said she managed it by injecting herself with insulin six times a day.


Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition that causes a person’s blood sugar to become too high.

  • Type 1 Diabetes can develop at any age, but often begins in childhood. It is not related to diet or lifestyle
  • Type 2 is far more common than type 1, but is still rare in childhood. It is usually seen in adults and is often associated with obesity
  • Type 2 diabetes can lead to serious complications, including kidney failure, blindness and heart disease
  • It’s the most common cause of vision loss and blindness in people of working age
  • Type 2 diabetes is also responsible for most cases of kidney failure and lower limb amputation, other than accidents
  • People with type 2 diabetes are up to five times more likely to have cardiovascular disease, such as a stroke, than those without diabetes
  • Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include feeling very thirsty; passing urine more often than usual, particularly at night; feeling very tired; weight loss and loss of muscle bulk

More than three million people suffer from type 1 and and type 2 diabetes in the UK.


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