Heart Attack Risk Heightened By Air Pollution

It should come as no real surprise that air pollution isn’t healthy for our bodies. Countless studies have revealed the adverse impact that pollutants have on our overall health, but new research shows that poor air quality and high pollution can lead to an increased risk for heart attack.


In fact, two studies confirmed this fear over the past week, proving pollution can be damaging to the heart. One study dealt predominantly with heart damage while the other focused in on the likeliness of stroke.


Psoriasis Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke

With the recent televised diagnosis of Kim Kardashian’s  psoriasis, it seems more and more people are understanding what this skin condition is and media mentions of psoriasis have consequently skyrocketed.  A new Danish study however has revealed new information that many never even imagined – this skin condition appears to be tied to an increased risk of stroke and atrial fibrillation (a condition resulting in irregular heart beats).

More specifically, the study  concluded that patients with psoriasis run a risk for these conditions that is nearly 3 times higher than those without psoriasis.


How Belly Fat Affects Your Health

While you regularly hear women lamenting the woes of “thunder thighs” or “arm flab,” you rarely, if ever, hear men complain of the same issues. While culturally men and women view their bodies differently, nature also plays a role in this. When women gain weight, their fat storage goes to different areas of the body than their male peers. In fact, women store nearly 5-10% more body fat than men which is nature’s way of preparing for childbearing. However, men store fat as well and while men’s fat storage most typically heads to their abdominal area, it can actually be very dangerous for men to be overweight.  There are a variety of issues you should take into consideration if you are a man who has those extra pounds lingering around your belly. (more…)

Top Health Risks for Men

It’s hard to avoid all of life’s dangers and risks, but if you know what you are up against you may have a better chance. Men are known to have a shorter life expectancy than their female peers and, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these are the leading causes of death in men as of 2006, which is the latest year to be published.