Mardis Gras Recap: Party’s Over, It’s “Back to Life” Time!

Mardi Gras brings its own unique charm. With floats and beads, food and alcohol, and lots of partying – the festival is marked with people swarming out into the streets for a good light-hearted time. However, all this fun and frolic is often accompanied by activities that can be easily categorized as unhealthy.

But now that the party is over, let’s get back to healthy living. Here’s what you can do:

How To Keep Your Heart Healthy

Now this may seem like a recap of the fifth grade science lesson, but the optimal functioning of your heart is paramount for your survival. While many of you would be aware of the fact that the heart is responsible for pumping blood and thereby supplying essential nutrients and oxygen to the rest of the body using the circulatory system, not many would know that more than 610,000 Americans die of a heart disease every year – that makes heart diseases the cause of 1 out of every 4 deaths reported in the country.

Avert the Inevitable this Holiday Season

Let’s face it, the holidays are a time for celebration, and with celebration comes many opportunities to indulge in mouthwatering food. In fact, about 75 percent of Americans’ yearly weight gain occurs during the holidays. One study conducted over a year span showed a weight increase of 0.7% in the participants between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. If the average weight of an American woman is about 166 pounds that would be over 11 pounds of weight gain, which is significant.

Is Sugar Free, Care Free?

A study conducted among adults over a 5-year span proved daily consumption of “diet beverages” increased their risk for type 2 diabetes by 67%.

For a long time artificial sweeteners seemed like the answer for effective weight loss and anyone with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D), due to their lower calorie content. However, research is telling us they may do more damage than good for various reasons.

Is Diabetes in Your Genes?

The global prevalence of diabetes has increased from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2014 which is concerning. Across the U.S population 1.4 million people are diagnosed with diabetes every year. Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is the most common, which is when your blood sugar levels rise higher than normal. Diabetes is a chronic disease related to insulin resistance where eventually your pancreas isn’t able to keep up in making enough insulin to sustain your blood sugar at normal levels.

The High Risk Breast Cancer Gene: PALB2

If you have a strong family history of breast cancer but tested negative for BRCA1 and BRCA2, there’s another key gene you may want to have checked – PALB2. A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that women under 40 years old with mutations in the PALB2 gene may have 8-9 times higher risk of developing breast cancer during their lifetime as compared to the general population.

Is Psoriasis in Your Genes?

Psoriasis is a chronic, non-contagious skin disorder and is among the most widespread autoimmune, genetic diseases in the United States. According to the National Institute of Health in the US, between 5.8 and 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis (3).

Born an Athlete?

With the conclusion of the Rio Olympics I’m sure you are still astounded by the athleticism of the athletes. How many of you watching thought; that athlete must have impeccable genetics to be able to run/swim/jump as swiftly as they do.