Effect of exercise on depression

“Major depressive disorder is a leading cause of disability worldwide and has been found to lower life satisfaction more than debt, divorce, and diabetes and to exacerbate comorbidities, including heart disease, anxiety, and cancer. Although people with major depressive disorder often respond well to drug treatments and psychotherapy, many are resistant to treatment. In addition, access to treatment for many people with depression is limited, with only 51% treatment coverage for high…

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Brown fat

Brown adipose tissue/brown fat

Brown adipose tissue, or brown fat, is a type of fat cell that converts energy into body heat when food is eaten and digested, as opposed to white adipose tissue, or white fat, that is more plentiful and accumulates in noticeable parts of the body (for example, the belly) when too many calories are consumed and too few are expended through exercise. White fat is…

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A healthy lifestyle equals more years of life without major diseases

Connections: “Various healthy lifestyle profiles appear to be associated with extended gains in life lived without type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, and cancer.”  What does this mean?/background: Healthy habits add up to 10 disease-free years to your life, study reveals. NHS, January 9, 2020. Research: Nyberg, S. T., Singh-Manoux, A., Pentti, J., Madsen, I. E. H., Sabia, S., Alfredsson, L., . . ….

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Is it necessary to take 10,000 steps per day for good health? Part 2

Another look at the association between the number of steps taken per day and health–as measured by the incidence of disease and death. “It is unclear whether the number of steps per day and the intensity of stepping are associated with lower mortality. Design, Setting, and Participants:  Representative sample of US adults aged at least 40 years in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey…

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Nine evidence-based guidelines for a good life (Gary M. Bakker)

The guidelines (“discovered through observation” and research) are — *Exercise your body and your brain every day. Research shows that “moderate, daily exercise” for your body and your brain “is good for nearly everyone.” *Count your blessings. Positive thinking is important and powerful. *Try to see others’ points of view. Focusing on someone else regularly, and doing them some good, will make you feel better….

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Is it necessary to take 10,000 steps per day for good health?

News: For women and men who are not very active? No. Researchers tracked the step volume and step intensity of 16,741 women with an average age of 72 … and then followed up, on average, for 4 years (the researchers are continuing to follow these women). Women who averaged about 4,400 to 7,500 steps per day “had lower mortality rates” than those who took fewer…

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