Gesundheit & Fitness

Prevention March 2018

Prevention magazine gives you healthy solutions you can really live with. Every issue delivers the latest news and trends on health, food, and nutrition, family, fitness, and more!

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2 Min.
balancing act

I DON’T PRETEND to be a gourmet chef. Not even a regular cook. My schedule— and my inclinations—don’t easily allow for consistent meal prep and service. Much to my frustration, I don’t have time to tend a bountiful garden, either—we grow tomatoes on stakes and basil, rosemary, and mint in clay pots in the summer. (I once bought a hydroponic herb kit. Now it’s basking in the sun on the windowsill—in the unopened box.) I want healthy food to be front and center, but I gave up the notion that I could “do it all” long ago. My family is understanding, so no one expects me to don an apron when I get home. Instead, and happily, my husband is the cook in the family. He genuinely loves it and has…

3 Min.
letters to the editor

PRECIOUS CARGO Thanks for the article about obtaining our personal health history. When traveling, it’s a good idea to carry paper copies of all records, especially if you have any unusual test results. I also put mine in a thin binder to bring with me to appointments with new providers. You would not believe how happy this makes them. Kathleen-Marie Snipes / Chapel Hill, NC I’ve been maintaining my chronically ill husband’s health records for years. I also carry copies in my purse and the car. You never know when you might need them. Shirley Cockerham / Canton, TX MIND OVER MATTER I’ve been running for 25 years and feel that I have many years of running ahead of me. But many people try to discourage me by saying I’ll develop knee and back problems if…

1 Min.
on the cover

Our citrusy smoothie features anti-inflammatory ginger, which can help soothe pain and an upset stomach. See other ways herbs and spices can benefit your health on p. 48. GINGER-MANGO SMOOTHIE Blend ½ cup spinach, ½ cup frozen mango chunks, ¼ cup Greek yogurt, 3 Tbsp orange juice, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, 1" piece peeled fresh ginger, and ½ avocado with ¼ cup water. Garnish with cilantro, if desired. NUTRITION (per serving) 236 cal, 9 g pro, 31 g carb, 7 g fiber, 21 g sugars (0 g added sugars), 11 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 0 mg chol, 21 mg sodium…

1 Min.
a brush with danger

IT’S ESTIMATED THAT 75% OF AMERICANS HAVE TRICLOSAN IN THEIR BODIES. It’s been easier to avoid triclosan—an antibacterial ingredient linked to hormone disruption—since the US banned it from over-the-counter soaps, hand gels, and wipes in 2016. Most toothpastes (which weren’t specifically named in the ban) don’t contain the harmful ingredient, but there are exceptions. Check your toothpaste label, and if it lists triclosan, toss it. And then toss your toothbrush, too. Scientists have found that significant amounts of triclosan can accumulate on brushes over time and be released during brushing, even 2 weeks after users switched to a triclosan-free paste.…

1 Min.
diabetes discoveries

Several studies are shedding new light on diabetes diagnosis and prevention. In one from the UK, scientists found that the distinction between type 1 and type 2 diabetes may not be as clear as previously thought. Genetic studies of a large health database revealed that 40% of type 1 cases—in which the pancreas doesn’t produce insulin— were diagnosed after age 30, though the disease is typically thought to be identified in childhood. Many of these cases were mistakenly diagnosed as type 2, in which the body does produce insulin but becomes resistant to its effect. The misdiagnosis can be dangerous: Adult type 1 patients may not receive proper treatment and risk developing ketoacidosis, a life-threatening condition. Another study suggests that antioxidants— which include vitamins, minerals, and flavonoids found in plants—may play a role in…

1 Min.
5 steps to a safe rx

1 Check that the label is legible and includes your correct name and clear directions on how to take the medicine. 2 If it’s a medication you’ve taken before, make sure it looks the same as usual. “If it doesn’t, it may be because it was switched to a generic drug,” says Bernard. Ask the pharmacist or contact the mail-order pharmacy to be sure. 3 Don’t decide on your own to chew, break, or crush pills that look too big to swallow, as it can alter their effectiveness. Ask the pharmacist if a liquid version or smaller pills are available. 4 If you’re in a store, try to open the container. If you can’t (and you have no small children at home), ask for one that’s easier to open. 5 Find out how the…