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Are Compression Socks Worth the Hype?

I’m sure you’ve heard of compression socks. Maybe you think they’re only for runners, the elderly, or those with medical conditions. But that’s not true. Compression socks can provide benefits to anyone who wears them-as long as they are worn correctly.

Compression socks are available over the counter for the minimal levels of pressure. For those who require more pressure, prescription strength compression socks are available, but they need to be fitted to the wearer by a professional. According to vein specialist, Dr. Kenneth Harper, benefits of compression socks include:

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Stay In Shape To Prevent Depression

Everybody has heard doctors and therapists say it before--that exercising regularly is one of the best things that you can do to treat depression and make yourself feel better.  Keeping your body active (exercising) releases endorphins in your brain, the chemicals that make you feel good and give you a feeling of well-being. Additionally exercising seems to have more benefits. As per a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, one of the world’s leading peer-reviewed full text publications, exercise can prevent episodes of depression in the long run.

The Study

The study shows a correlation associated with physical health and exercising. It concludes that, in addition to leading to weight loss and good physical shape, which carry many benefits in their own right, exercise is one of the leading methods of maintaining good and strong mental health as well as preventing the onset of depression later in life.  This correlates and falls into place nicely with the continuously growing pile of evidence that associates obesity with depression, and comes as good news to those looking to treat these common problems found in millions of Americans.

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New Studies Show Weight Loss Surgery Can Help More Than Diet & Exercise

Often times when Americans are told by their doctor that they need to lose weight, they are given the traditional advice--diet and exercise.  While this is by no means bad advice, a new study shows that there may be a more effective, better alternative-- weight loss surgery.

Weight Loss Surgery

The concept of weight loss surgery is nothing new: commercials for having liposuction or lap band procedures to reduce fat have been airing for years, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the annual rate of patients receiving such treatment is rising astronomically.  However, a new study conducted by BMJ, an open-access, peer-reviewed medical journal, states that weight loss surgery is more effective at reducing body weight, as compared to non surgical methods.            

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How To Make Weight Loss A Habit: 21 Day Rule

At one point or another, everyone has given themselves the mental, pre-diet pep talk.

"This is it, I'm going to make weight loss a habit.  I'm really going to stick with it this time."

And what happens?  Four days later you're laying on the couch watching reruns of Entourage with the notorious 3000 calorie pasta bread bowl.  Making weight loss a habit is not easy, and is not something that happens right away.  But if you are determined to truly make dieting and exercise a part of your daily routine, there are some strategies you can employ.

21 Day Rule

Many studies about human behavior credit the "21 day rule", which states that it takes approximately three weeks of doing something everyday for it to become ingrained in your brain as part of your everyday schedule.  The 21 day rule applies to a lot of hobbies and skills, and weight loss is no exception.  If you want losing weight to become a habit, then the most important point to keep in mind is to just grit your teeth and stick with it.  Don't give in to the $.99 large fry at Burger King on Day 15, regardless of how many coupons they send in the mail.

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Can Diabetes Be Reversed?

 The news of having diabetes is typically a rather tough pill to swallow.  It immediately causes quite a few long term complications, with those affected needing to have much more vigilance and lookout over the foods they consume, as well as the need to constantly monitor one’s self.

The Story

Although this metabolic disease is definitely treatable, a recent experiment performed by Kirt Tyson, an Arizona doctor, proves that through careful dieting, Type 1 diabetes can actually be reversed.  This claim comes from a patient Tyson studied very closely—himself.

Naturopathy

Dr. Kirt Tyson is a very strong believer in naturopathy.  Naturopathy is a form of alternative medicine, which, rather than advocating drugs as solutions to various problems, instead uses various techniques involving diet and exercise.  More commonly, it is known as a sort of “natural healing” process, with the Latin meaning of the word literally being “nature healing”.  Naturopathy has also been the subject of a fair amount of controversy over the years, with some researchers claiming that it was dangerous to believe in use of it as opposed to more “mainstream” or conventional pharmaceutical drugs.

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Americans More Obese Than Previously Thought

Researchers and fitness professionals across the United States have been saying for years just how dangerous and detrimental to one’s health obesity can be.  In addition to making it harder for overweight individuals to perform basic everyday functions and exercises, heavier Americans have also been known to be at a much higher risk of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and various other diseases.

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Although there has been some recent news explaining that childhood obesity rates across the country have been dropping, albeit slowly, which is encouraging news, doctors and scientists are in agreement that the nation still has a long road ahead on its way to wellness.  Studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that, despite this good news, “There is considerable need for improvement”.

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