Another reason to quit smoking, it greatly increases your risk of acid reflux. That's according to a new Swedish study based on data from more than 40,000 people. Those who smoked every day for more than 20 years were 70% more likely to have acid reflux than non-smokers. Acid reflux is a very common disorder and one of the most frequent causes of indigestion. On the flip-side researchers note that regular consumption of bread high in fiber and at least 30 minutes of exercise once a week helped cut in half the risk of reflux.
It's no secret that binge drinking comes with big risks, but new research finds bingeing may increase the risk of dying after a heart attack. The study of 2,000 heart attack patients found those who only just occasionally had three or more drinks within a two hour period were 70% more likely to die within four years following a heart attack. This was compared to light or moderate drinkers. Researchers say the bottom line is that binge drinking raises blood pressure, heart rate and makes the blood more prone to clotting. The study was presented this week at a scientific session of the American Heart Association.
A new study at the University of California Berkeley finds when girls stat dieting before the age of 14, they're more likely to end up obese as adults compared to women who didn't diet at an early age. The problem? Early dieting sets up a pattern of yo-yo dieting, a constant flip-flop of weight gain and weight loss, which ultimately leads to long term trouble with weight control. The UC study found that among the women who began dieting before age 14, 84% were unable to maintain any permanent weight loss.