| Thursday, November 24, 2005
| HEALTH AND BODY BOOK FOR WOMEN
|How Healthy are you Really?
Six sure signs you're doing right by your body --
and six clues you'reprobably not.
(WOMEN) YOU KNOW YOU'RE HEALTY WHEN .....
** 1). You can easily dash up two flights of stairs.
"Most women can do one flight without getting winded," says Pamela Peeke, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland in Baltimore."the kicker is two - that's when someone who's not as fit will start to labor a bit".
** 2). You can't stand the smell of cigarettes.
It's a good sign you're not around them much, and that's smart; Recent studies have found that second had smoke is linked to increased risk of cervical and breast cancer, not to mention heart disease.
** 3). It takes you a week to finsih a bottle of wine.
A drink a day reduces your risk of heart disease -- but more can boost your risk of tyoe 2 duabetes and breast cancer.
** 4). You keep fast food meals to two a week.
Moderation is key: People who ate fast food more than twice weekly gained 10 more pounds over 15 years and had a higher risk of diabetes, a study at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis found.
** 5). You laugh often.
Research has found that laughter can do everything from fight stress hormones to ease asthma, boost your immune system and help your body better process blood sugar.
** 6). You know when your period's going to start.
For non-Pill users, a predictable cycle is a reassuring sign that you're not suffering from conditionslike thyroid disease, poycystic ovarian syndrome or fibroids, says Jill Maura Rabin, MD, at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.
YOU KNOW WHEN YOU'RE UNHEALTHY WHEN .....
** 1). Your waist is bigger than a yardstick.
Wrap a piece of string around your belly; if that string measures 35 inches ormore, you're at increased rish for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
** 2). You can't remember when you last bought sunscreen.
That's a clue you're not using enough! Experts recommend you apply it everyday -- at least to your face.
** 3). You spit pink after brushing your teeth.
"Bleeding gums are an indication of gum disease, which is not only bad for your teeth, but has been linked to inflammation of the arteries and heart disease too," says internist Michael F. Roizen,MD, author of You: The Onwner's Manual.
** 4). Your lips are constantly chapped.
Chronically dry lips are a sign of dehydration, which causes fatigue and headaches, says Marie Savard, MD, a trustee at the Unversity of Pennsyvania in Philadelphia. Aim for six to eight glasses of water (depending on your activity level) a day.
** 5). You park yourself in front of the TV for hours.
For every two hours of television you watch a day, you risk of obesity rises 23 percent, according to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.
** 6). You've been on more than five diets.
Women who've lost and gained weight (10 or more pounds) more than five times have weaker immune systems than women whose weight has remained steady, according to a recent study. If you're a yo-yo dieter, choose a healthy eating plan you can stick with.
(Abstracted from GLAMOURMAG by; Karen Asp)
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