The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. ACSM members strive to advance the science of exercise. Their research, presented at ACSM’s Annual Meeting, offers the latest information to help you reach your athletic and health goals. Last month, I reported some of the weight-related research presented at ACSM’s 2014 Annual Meeting. This month, I’m sharing some fueling and training updates that might be helpful.
Recent studies suggest that nutrients found primarily in vegetables and fruits can help lower the risk of prostate cancer and possibly slow its development, and those diets higher in these foods and lower in fat and meat may provide some protective benefit against the disease or its progression.
Low alcohol consumption and a plant-based diet, both healthful habits aligning with current cancer prevention guidelines, are associated with reducing the risk of obesity-related cancers, a New York University study shows. The findings appear in the journal Cancer Causes & Control.
Denise Bell was approaching 10 years as an ovarian cancer survivor and planned to treat herself to an exotic vacation—then, her routine mammogram revealed inflamed lymph nodes. When her doctor diagnosed breast cancer, she knew exactly what to do. She had been a volunteer for five years at Greet the Day, an integrative oncology care group, and had witnessed first-hand the benefits of the restorative program. Now it was her turn to be on the receiving end.
We all know people who continue to say they are going to do something, but never do it, and then complain because they haven’t seen the results they want to see. And then there are the people who refuse to let what they are (or have been) hold them back from what they want to be.
Beets, genetics, and weight were just a few of the topics highlighted at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ 2014 Food & Nutrition Conference and Exposition. Here’s an update with some food for thought. Beets and arugula are powerful nitrate-rich foods that can enhance both athletic performance and your overall health. These vegetables are rich sources of dietary nitrate, a potent food compound that converts into nitric oxide (NO), a gas.
I’ve found myself become more comfortable talking about my chronic pain and problems revolving around fibromyalgia, but there is a part of that struggle that up until now I’ve only mentioned to one, maybe two people. And that is the chronic struggle I have with myself everyday.
Decades of research continues to demonstrate the benefits of exercise as a nondrug component of fibromyalgia management. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition affecting more than five million American adults, mostly female. Symptoms include widespread musculoskeletal pain, profound fatigue, sleep disturbances, as well as potential cognitive impairments and depression. Research studies have investigated how people with fibromyalgia respond to traditional aerobic conditioning, strength training, and more mindful modalities such as Yoga, Pilates and tai chi.
While most people are planning for their New Year’s resolutions, many of us with multiple sclerosis are just trying to feel normal again after all the holiday activities. The problem with the holidays is that they take us out of our normal routines and create financial and emotional stress.