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What is an Anti-Inflammatory Diet?

Feb 29, 2024 by Total Access Medical

Anti-inflammatory diets are typically not specific regimens but rather eating styles. The Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet are examples of anti-inflammatory diets.

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Why is Cardiorespiratory Fitness Important to Prostate Cancer Risk?

Feb 27, 2024 by Total Access Medical

Men who improve their fitness might lower their odds of getting prostate cancer, according to a new Swedish study.

Specifically, improving cardiorespiratory fitness by 3% or more annually over three years reduced the chances of men developing prostate cancer by 35%, compared to those whose fitness dropped by 3% each year. 
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What are the Early Signs of Breast Cancer?

Feb 22, 2024 by Total Access Medical

Breast cancer is a disease in which abnormal breast cells grow out of control and form tumours. If left unchecked, the tumours can spread throughout the body and become fatal.

In 2020, there were 2.3 million women diagnosed with breast cancer and 685 000 deaths globally. 

Early on, a person may notice a change in their breast when they perform a monthly breast exam or when minor abnormal pain doesn’t seem to go away.

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Is Intermittent Fasting Worth It?

Feb 20, 2024 by Total Access Medical

Intermittent fasting is an increasingly popular weight loss dieting strategy. Beyond weight loss however, the diet has promising benefits that may reduce the risk of developing some chronic, lifestyle diseases.

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The Mediterranean Diet May Prevent Dementia

Feb 15, 2024 by Total Access Medical

A recent study found that meals inspired by traditional foods from the Mediterranean may lower risk for dementia.

In this study, researchers showed that it's possible to not only improve cognitive function -- most specifically memory -- but also reduce risk for Alzheimer's disease.

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Why Does The Flu Strike In Winter?

Feb 13, 2024 by Total Access Medical

Many people associate cold weather with the flu. Sneezing, scratchy throat, runny nose, sore throat -- everyone knows the first signs. And, according to the CDC, millions of people develop the flu each year in the United States. 

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Does the Western Diet Accelerate Cell Aging?

Feb 08, 2024 by Total Access Medical

In a recent paper published in the journal Antioxidants, researchers describe how too much insulin speeds up cellular aging. And if you’re eating a normal Western diet full of refined grains, high-sugar drinks, and sweets, chances are good that you have too much insulin.

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What is the Link Between Alcohol and Alzheimer's Disease?

Feb 06, 2024 by Total Access Medical

Excessive alcohol use may put a person at risk of developing certain health problems relating to the brain. This may increase the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

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What Types of Exercise Lower Death Risk?

Feb 01, 2024 by Total Access Medical

In a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine in August 2023, researchers analyzed data from over 500,000 participants to see how different forms of exercise related to a person’s mortality risk.

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Boost Your Immune System This Winter In 5 Simple Ways

Jan 30, 2024 by Total Access Medical

Your immune system is a large network of organs, white blood cells, proteins, and chemicals that protect your body from germs and other invaders. The immune system also helps you heal after an injury or illness. It’s also very smart as it remembers every germ (microbe) it’s ever defeated, so if that microbe enters your body again, it can quickly be demolished. 

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