How Your Lifestyle Can Help Prevent and Defeat Cancer

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2017, over 400,000 people will have died from the four major cancer types (lung, breast, colon/rectum, prostate) in the United States alone.  It’s a sobering statistic, to say the least, enough to give any person pause—no matter their walk of life.

Whether you’ve had personal or indirect experience with this wretched and challenging disease, you likely share a sentiment common to most people: cancer is a terrible trial to be avoided at all costs. So, what can are some simple things we do on a daily basis to help prevent cancer? And in the unfortunate cases where cancer does enter our lives, what can we do to help beat the disease and move on with our lives?

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How Nutrition Affects Everyday Life

 

It’s the beginning of a new year, and everyone is talking about healthy resolutions. We see it in blog posts, Instagram stories, lengthy Facebook rants—this is the year I’m going to eat better. And what a fine resolution to make! The merits of making resolutions (or the decision to publicize them on social media!) aside, we’d like to help our readers achieve better nutrition by understanding some of the ways nutrition affects everyday life. Continue reading “How Nutrition Affects Everyday Life”

Common New Year’s Resolutions and How to Make Them a Reality

It’s December. The New Year is fast approaching, and with it comes the typical, predictable, inevitable resolutions that we make the morning after the ball drops in Times Square.

This year, we say, things are going to change.

Most people who read that chuckle to themselves at least a little bit. I mean, come on: nobody actually keeps their New Year’s resolutions, right? They’re meant to be broken.

But we here at AlterG disagree.

This is the year.

So, in the spirit of a fresh new year soon to come and keeping our resolutions well into 2018 and beyond, here are four common resolutions and a few ways that AlterG can help you achieve them. Continue reading “Common New Year’s Resolutions and How to Make Them a Reality”

The Impact of Exercise on Mental Health

Living with mental health issues can be challenging. Anxiety, depression—ADHD, stress, and PTSD—mental health issues touch nearly every aspect of life, from work to relationships to overall wellbeing. And these issues can extend into our physical lives, sometimes diminishing our motivation to exercise. It’s an odd conundrum, considering how central exercise is in helping people manage their mental health issues.
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Exercise: the Best Medicine for Beating Back Dementia

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s. That means that every 66 seconds, a new diagnosis is made. Many of us are, unfortunately, familiar with the rapid onset and cruel, unsettling symptoms of this disease, by virtue of watching a loved one go through it. With no cure on the immediate horizon, it is easy to feel powerless in the face of such a vicious foe. While we may not be able to claim full victory over Alzheimer’s yet, we can take certain steps to mitigate its symptoms, and help our loved ones live longer, fuller lives in the process. Continue reading “Exercise: the Best Medicine for Beating Back Dementia”

Stuck in a Rut On Your Road to Weight Loss? Try Defying Gravity!

It’s no secret that America’s collective waistline has been expanding over the last few decades. What may surprise you, however, is just how many extra notches we have had to add to our national belt. According to the CDC, a staggering 70.7% of adults are overweight, with 37.9% falling within the “obese” category.

These startling statistics aren’t a simple matter of national vanity either. Indeed, we are on the edge of the precipice of a healthcare crisis, due to the rapidly increasing numbers of people suffering from obesity related conditions, such as Type II Diabetes, Osteoarthritis, and Hypertension.
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Studies Show Exercise May be the Best Medicine for Parkinson’s Disease

According the the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, “Nearly one million people in the US are living with Parkinson’s disease.” This chronic, debilitating movement disorder has a variety of painful and mobility-limiting symptoms, including significant muscle tremors, bradykinesia (slowed movement), rigidity of the limbs and trunk, loss of balance, and unstable posture. Unfortunately, as of yet, Parkinson’s Disease (PD) remains incurable. There is, however, one major, clinically supported method for mitigating the progression of PD, and alleviating some of the symptoms. This method is a recurrent theme, here on the AlterG blog, and is also our favorite weapon to wield in our pitched battle against chronic disease: that almighty howitzer of health, exercise!  Continue reading “Studies Show Exercise May be the Best Medicine for Parkinson’s Disease”

Hospital Associated Deconditioning: Resistance Isn’t Futile!

It’s a well-worn story: grandma or grandpa has a fall or perhaps comes down with the flu, and this acute incident leads to a “quick” hospital stay. What begins as a seemingly minor mishap, however, can quickly snowball into a nightmarish scenario of major functional decline as a result of hospital-associated deconditioning, or HAD.  Continue reading “Hospital Associated Deconditioning: Resistance Isn’t Futile!”

Kick Your Osteoarthritis Pain to the Curb with AlterG

Let’s do a quick thought experiment. I want you to consider the word “aging” and all that it connotes for you. Now close your eyes and craft a mental picture of “aging.” I’m betting that most of your imaginary paintings are not of the Bob Ross “happy little cloud” variety. It seems most of us regard aging as a slow, inevitable decline in our health and wellness, one that is futile to resist. In particular, chronic conditions of age, such as osteoarthritis, are painful reminders of the degeneration of our bodies in seemingly permanent ways. After all, we are (unfortunately) not starfish; we don’t have magical joint regeneration powers, and cartilage damage is irreversible. What are we to do then, in the face of this osteoarthritis monster lurking under our beds, just waiting for us to sprout that first grey hair? Continue reading “Kick Your Osteoarthritis Pain to the Curb with AlterG”

Banish Low Back Pain with AlterG

Ok, raise your hand if you’ve ever suffered from low back pain. Now keep it up if that pain has lingered in some form, haunting your every-move like some sort of nagging “ghost of injuries past” that you just can’t quite shake completely. I’m betting there are a lot of hands up out there (you can put them down now; we don’t need any rotator cuff injuries). So, for all you low back pain troopers, there’s good news! You are not alone; and misery loves company, right? Research shows that low back pain is responsible for more disability than almost 300 other conditions, globally, and that a staggering 10 percent of people around the world suffer from lower back woes. Luckily for you guys, an exciting new study points to a relatively simple solution: exercise. In Prevention of Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, published in the most recent issue of the JAMA Journal of Internal Medicine, researchers investigated the efficacy of various interventions in the prevention of low back pain. Their conclusion? “The current evidence suggests that exercise alone or in combination with education is effective for preventing low back pain. Other interventions, including education alone, back belts, and shoe insoles do not appear to prevent low back pain.”  Continue reading “Banish Low Back Pain with AlterG”