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By Sushma Subramanian / Published June 10, 2013 / Women’s Health

Defend yourself against prediabetes and type 2 diabetes by sticking to these lifestyle habits, like lifting weights and getting a good night’s sleep

exerciseHit the Weights
Upping your lean muscle mass could lower your insulin resistance and drop your odds of developing prediabetes, according to a new study in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Researchers found that for every 10 percent increase in muscle mass, people’s prediabetes risk fell by… Read more


Bacterium helps to regulate metabolism in mice.

The gut is home to innumerable different bacteria — a complex ecosystem that has an active role in a variety of bodily functions. In a study published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences1, a team of researchers finds that in mice, just one of those bacterial species plays a major part in controlling obesity and metabolic disorders such as type 2 diabetes.
Read entire article at nature.com

Very informative article on hiring caregivers.

By Kristine Kevorkian, Ph.D, Next Avenue Contributor

From time to time, when I worked as a social worker in a skilled nursing facility, visiting family members complained to me about certain staff members. Residents too often were worried that if they themselves griped to senior managers, there might be some form of retaliation.

Read full story at forbes.com

Trouble sleeping? Try avoiding these 10 foods to get a good night’s rest!

By Lizette Borreli | May 02, 2013 06:35 PM EDT

Sleep deprivation in America has become common among 41 million Americans, says the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dietary factors that create chemicals can trigger insomnia. Therefore, it is essential to know what foods can contribute to a cornucopia of sleepless nights.

This list of the top ten foods to avoid before bed will help maintain a healthy diet and most importantly give the human body the much needed rest it deserves.

Read entire article at medicaldaily.com

Do you think YOU will need long-term care when you get older?

By Lauran Neergaard and Jennifer Agiesta, Associated Press | Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — We’re in denial: Americans underestimate their chances of needing long-term celderly-coupleare as they get older — and are taking few steps to get ready.

A new poll examined how people 40 and over are preparing for this difficult and often pricey reality of aging, and found two-thirds say they’ve done little to no planning.

In fact, 3 in 10 would rather not think about getting older at all. Only a quarter predict it’s very likely that they’ll need help getting around or caring for themselves during their senior years, according to the poll by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

That’s a surprise considering… Read entire article

annette-and-frankie-2_1365443962030-10946.jpgThe cause of MS is still a mystery.  One current theory links MS to lack of sunlight exposure.

Tampa Bay Times – Annette Funicello, who died last week at age 70 of complications from multiple sclerosis, was diagnosed just as scientific knowledge about the disease was on the brink of expanding.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug for multiple sclerosis in 1993, a year after the beloved original Mouseketeer announced she had the condition. Around the same time, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) came into widespread use, which revolutionized…

Read entire article at turnto23.com