What Are the Risk Factors for Bladder Cancer?

What causes the 4th most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the United States? The jury is still out on the exact causes of bladder cancer, but researchers have discovered some important risk factors. Remember that having a risk factor, or even several, does not mean that you will get bladder cancer. Let’s explore the […]

Want to Live Long and Prosper? Start Pumping Iron When You’re Young

weak boy lifting weightIf you were weak as a teenager, you’re at increased risk of becoming ill and/or dying from a number of factors, including obesity, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden studied more than 1 million Swedish 16-19-year old males and gave them strength tests at the beginning of the study. Guys who were considered strong as teenagers had a 20-35-percent lower risk of dying from any cause than guys who had low muscle strength.

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Obesity is bad, right? Well, except when it’s good.

We all know that obese people have worse outcomes than thinner people in nearly every possible health condition: stroke, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and even breast and colon cancers. But there is one specific type of cancer where obese people actually have a lower death rate than folks carrying a normal body weight.

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