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With rising overweight and obesity levels in the United States, it is no surprise that the rate of type 2 diabetes has gone up as well. Estimates indicate that about 24 million Americans suffer from diabetes, 6 million of whom may not know that they have it. Many factors increase your risk of developing the disease, but it can also be prevented. Here is what you need to know and how to cut your risk.
With "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" hitting theaters this weekend, its stars have been on the interview circuit spilling gossip about the movie and abut themselves. In recent interviews, actors Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill both admit to having felt pressured to lose weight for the movie. However, losing weight for other people is one of the keys to failing at your diet and exercise plan. Here is how you can be motivated by the right reasons.
In childhood, you grow up believing you can be anything you want when you grow up. But then life happens, and most people end up on a different path from that which they envisioned. However, finding a career that allows you to use your strengths and finding one that ignites your passion may play a big role in your physical and mental health. Here is how finding a career you love may benefit you and how you can do it.
The benefits of meditation – a calmer mind, less stress and enhanced, overall health, are of benefit to everyone. Starting a meditation practice, however, requires more than simply sitting cross legged in a quiet room and closing your eyes, although that’s a good place to start. Engaging in mindfulness and meditation takes some effort, as all meaningful endeavors do and is more easily grasped, and most effective, when guided by seasoned teachers. These five books, specifically geared towards individuals new to the practice, are a great place to start.
Exercise is a great stress-buster. Even moderate physical activity will increase your blood flow, bringing more rejuvenating oxygen to your brain. Exercise triggers the release of endorphins, those feel-good chemicals that lift your mood and wash away stress. Strength training exercises relieve muscle tension created by the stress response. Flexing your muscles will boost your ... more
Humans are social beings. We are wired with a need to connect with others. Relatedness, the sense that we are part of a greater whole, is an innate psychological need. Social isolation is a threat to our sense of well-being. Newer research is finding that our brains switch into a defensive mode when we are ... more
For many of us, feeling stressed out is so common that it feels like our natural state of being. Whether stress is an ever-present companion, or merely an occasional guest, the toll it takes on overall health and mental state is high. The best way to reduce stress, of course, is to eliminate its root causes, but this is often, easier said than done. A highly effective, health-restoring alternative that anyone can benefit from is stress management. Of course, the more stressed out you feel, the harder it may be for you to relax, but mastering relaxation techniques can help. Many of these can be done anywhere, including at home.
Life is filled with day-to-day stressors we can all relate to, from traffic jams to demanding bosses. As if that wasn’t enough, every now and then we may get a curveball out of left field, escalating anxiety and creating an extreme sense of overwhelm. It can come in the form of dreaded news about our own health or the death of a loved one, disappointment about an opportunity we were counting on, or a million other, devastating scenarios. Here are some ideas for combating overwhelming stress.

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