Prevention February 2021

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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personal questions

I’M GOING TO ASK YOU two things I would never bring up if we met in real life: How old are you, and how do you feel about your weight? Go ahead and answer silently to yourself! But my guess is that your first answer may have something to do with your second. That’s why we created “Lose Weight at Any Age” (page 46), a guide to what your body needs as you get older in order to stay healthy and, yes, drop pounds. We know a healthy weight is important for so many reasons—to keep your heart and brain in good shape, for starters—and sure, there are some universal truths about getting there. But let’s be honest: Aging changes the body. So we’ve looked at what happens over time to…

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spice things up…

…for your heart! New research says regularly eating hot chile peppers is associated with a reduced risk of dying from all causes, including heart disease and cancer. The findings, presented at a recent American Heart Association conference, reflect a meta-analysis of four large studies involving more than 570,000 people. Scientists had previously found that chile peppers have anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to capsaicin, the compound that gives them their hot, spicy taste. More studies are needed to figure out whether the benefit depends on the type of hot pepper you eat (and how much of it you chow down on!), but for now, it can’t hurt to add a little spice to your diet. Why not take advantage of the cooler weather and whip up a big pot of chili with…

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good night, sleep tight

Another reason to get the recommended seven to eight hours of nightly shuteye: Harvard researchers used MRIs and fear conditioning exercises on a small group of sleep lab volunteers and found that getting too little sleep, specifically snoozing only half the night, made it harder for people to control their emotions and deal with fear. Struggling to get a good night’s snooze? Get some help from Dr. Oz Good Life, a new line of science-based sleep products by heart surgeon Mehmet Oz, M.D. Whether you need an adjustable bed base to ease snoring or back pain or a weighted blanket to tame anxiety, you’re sure to find something to help. Visit for more info and to order.…

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fighting cancer with exercise

Encouraging cancer news: A new study on mice in the journal eLife found that exercise made T cells (white blood cells essential to immunity) better at attacking cancerous cells. Researchers say the findings shed light on how our lifestyles affect the immune system, and they hope their work may lead to new immunotherapy treatments for the disease. If you or a loved one is battling cancer, talk to your doctor about exercise and which activities or routines are safe to try.…

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stay calm, carry on

Help may be on the way for women who suffer from severe forms of endometriosis, a disorder of the uterus that can cause pain and lead to infertility. Michigan State University scientists tested a drug that appeared to target a specific gene mutation linked to a particularly invasive form of the disease and stopped it from spreading. Current treatments for endometriosis include surgery, hormone therapy, and pain management, but the findings may pave the way to an alternative treatment.…

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a new recovery tool

Next time you have to go under the knife, consider playing some electronic games a few days beforehand. A new study in JAMA Surgery found that when older adults played brain games on a tablet (targeting things like memory, speed, and attention) in the days leading up to surgery that required general anesthesia, they were 40% less likely to experience post-op delirium, which can lengthen hospital stays or delay overall recovery. This intervention likely helps because it challenges the brain, which improves mental fitness, say the researchers. They think anything that works out your brain, even if it’s an activity not included in this study such as doing crosswords or reading, could have a similar effect as you head into surgery.…