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Belly fat linked to vitamin D deficiency
Vitamin D deficiency is a huge and growing problem in the United States. A recent study finds a link between abdominal fat and low levels of vitamin D. (Medical News Today)

Type 2 diabetes: Intermittent fasting may raise risk
The 'trendy' diet of intermittent fasting may have adverse consequences on our metabolism, a new study warns. The diet may impair pancreatic function. (Medical News Today)

Foods for bladder health
Having an overactive bladder can be a very challenging condition, but there are many ways in which people can improve their symptoms. These include monitoring the foods and drinks that they consume, as well as avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods. Learn more about the overactive bladder diet here. (Medical News Today)

Can estrogen levels affect weight gain?
Changing estrogen levels may appear to be linked with weight gain, particularly around menopause. In this article, we examine what the relationship between estrogen and body weight is, and how it can affect weight gain. Also learn about the role of estrogen, when levels may decrease, and how to manage weight gain. (Medical News Today)

Type 2 diabetes: Sexual orientation may influence risk
A major 24-year-long study finds that lesbian and bisexual women tend to develop type 2 diabetes at a much higher rate than heterosexual women. (Medical News Today)

Are people with diabetes, obesity predisposed to stress?
People living with diabetes and obesity may have a heightened stress response, a new study shows. Why is that, and could it stand in the way of treatment? (Medical News Today)

Both exercise and cold burn fat, but how?
A new study identifies a key molecule that may explain how exercise helps to burn fat, keeping cardiometabolic conditions such as diabetes at bay. (Medical News Today)

Intermittent fasting may have 'profound health benefits'
Intermittent fasting is gaining popularity as a dieting style, and studies confirm that it is an effective weight loss method. Does it have other benefits? (Medical News Today)

These five habits will lengthen your lifespan
Adopting five low-risk lifestyle factors in adulthood could raise life expectancy at age 50 by 14 years for women and 12 years for men, large study finds. (Medical News Today)

Diaphoresis: What causes excessive sweating?
Diaphoresis refers to excessive sweating with no clear cause. In this article, we look at the possible reasons for diaphoresis, including hyperthyroidism, diabetes, menopause, allergic reactions, and medication side effects. We also look at treatment options, how to prevent excessive sweating, and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Can a salt water flush help you lose weight?
A salt water flush is commonly used for weight loss and to avoid fluid retention. The effectiveness is highly debated, with many believing there are minimal risks. There are very few scientific studies to back up these claims. Learn more about the potential risks of a salt water flush and recipes to make one, here. (Medical News Today)

How exercise tells the brain to curb appetite
Appetite decreases in the aftermath of a good workout, but why is that? A new study reveals the hidden brain mechanisms set in motion by exercise. (Medical News Today)

Is saturated or unsaturated fat better for you?
Saturated and unsaturated fat are the two main forms of dietary fat. The health impact of these different types of fat has been debated for years. In this article, we examine the differences between these types, the foods that contain them, and whether or not one type of fat is more healthful than the other. (Medical News Today)

What to do about a hyperextended elbow
A hyperextended elbow can occur when the elbow moves outside its normal range of motion. This can result in a variety of symptoms, such as pain, swelling, and muscle spasms. Treatment involves rest, using a brace, and sometimes, surgery. It can often be prevented by using proper techniques during sporting activities. (Medical News Today)

What are the risks of being underweight?
A person is considered to be underweight if they have a body mass index (BMI) of under 18.5. Being underweight is associated with a range of health risks including bone, skin, teeth, and fertility problems. Learn more about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for being underweight here, including dietary changes. (Medical News Today)

Artificial sweeteners may damage blood vessels
In the most detailed study of its type, researchers demonstrate that artificial sweeteners damage blood vessels and may increase diabetes risk. (Medical News Today)

Diabetes: Body fat percentage, not BMI, predicts risk
A new study suggests that the standard body mass index cannot accurately predict someone's risk of developing type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. (Medical News Today)

Could gut bacteria cause joint pain?
A study looks at the relationship between diet, gut bacteria, and osteoarthritis. Surprisingly, it found that the microbiome is linked to joint health. (Medical News Today)

Why all men 'should be concerned about declining testosterone'
A new study finds a strong link between low total testosterone and chronic diseases in men of all ages, especially in the under-40 and 60-plus age groups. (Medical News Today)

What can you eat on a low-carb diet?
Lots of people try to lose weight by reducing their intake of carbohydrates. To ensure the diet is a success, it is essential to understand what carbs you can and cannot eat. Find out what to eat, what to avoid, and how to incorporate exercise. This article outlines some of the essential low-carb diet tips here. (Medical News Today)

Ways to stop heart palpitations
Heart palpitations can feel like a fluttering in the chest, a pounding heart, or a racing pulse. Smoking, exercise, and stress can cause them, but if palpitations are the result of an underlying condition, treatment will be necessary. Here, learn how to stop heart palpitations at home and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

What foods are high in protein?
Eating a high protein diet can help people to lose fat and build muscle. By reducing intake of other types of food, such as carbohydrates and fats, it is possible to experience a range of health benefits that can include feeling fuller after eating. Many sources of protein provide additional nutrients as well. (Medical News Today)

How do you gain weight quickly and safely?
Doctors may recommend gaining weight to athletes and people who weigh too little. We describe 19 foods that can help a person to gain weight quickly and boost overall health. We also explore the evidence behind foods traditionally used for weight gain, such as red meat, eggs, and protein shakes. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

How active are you, really?
Can you accurately gauge your daily levels of physical activity? A new study suggests that individuals may be a bit overconfident in self-evaluations. (Medical News Today)

How long will it take me to lose 10 pounds?
Is it possible to safely lose 10 pounds in a week? There are many ways to lose weight, but most require a much longer timeframe. The most successful diets involve lifestyle changes, healthful eating, and exercise. Losing weight quickly may be dangerous and anybody wanting to lose weight rapidly must talk to a doctor. (Medical News Today)

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