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Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH

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Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017

Prediabetes: A Common Risk Factor That You May Not Have Heard About

Just about everyone knows that factors such as high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol levels increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Did you know that there’s another risk factor present in about 85 million Americans that most people have never heard of? It’s called prediabetes; and it’s nearly always preventable or treatable. Read on to learn more!...

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Friday, Nov 10, 2017

Is Cardiorespiratory Fitness Level in Midlife Associated with Later-Life Dementia? The Cooper Center Longitudinal Study

As the median age and average life expectancy of U.S. adults continue to increase, the issue of dementia has come to the forefront as a public health issue. Annual health care costs for the ~5.4 million Americans with dementia are increasing sharply. Unlike cardiovascular disease and cancer, each of which has guidelines for lifestyle changes geared toward prevention, there is not sufficient evidence at this time to promote lifestyle changes for prevention of dementia. Among the reasons is a lack of large, long-term studies that focus on lifestyle-influenced risk factors for dementia. One promising area for the prevention of dementia...

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Wednesday, Nov 08, 2017

You Know Your ABC’s; Do You Know Your A1C?

Did you know that the estimated prevalence of type 2 diabetes is 10-20 times that of type 1? Or that upwards of 90 million Americans have prediabetes? Type 2 and prediabetes are largely preventable, but sometimes we simply don’t know what we don’t know. One important test you may not be familiar with is Hemoglobin A1C. Read on to learn more about this important test and why you might want to ask for it the next time you visit your doctor....

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Monday, Oct 30, 2017

Eat Yogurt to Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?

Rates of type 2 diabetes (T2D) have been skyrocketing worldwide over the past 3 decades, including sharp increases among youth. In fact, it is estimated that T2D rates among children increased 4.8 percent annually from 2000 to 2009. Along with avoiding obesity, which is associated with T2D and inactivity, consuming a healthy diet also appears to be an important component for T2D prevention. Read on as we discuss some important findings from the Harvard School of Public Health showing that regular intake of yogurt is strongly associated with a decreased risk of developing T2D....

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Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017

Is Hormone Replacement Therapy for Menopause Symptoms Worth the Risk?

Rightfully so, there’s literally an awareness month for each and every cause. October happens to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month and World Menopause Month. Our understanding of menopause today is far greater than our mothers’ generation and their mothers before them. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is still one of the most debilitating aspects of menopause: the severe symptoms that interfere with quality of life. Advancements in science can provide substantial relief, but the ‘risks versus benefits’ concern remains high among women. New findings from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), the largest study of its kind, sheds new light on treating menopausal symptoms and what may, or may not, be right for you or a woman in your life you care about....

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Monday, Oct 02, 2017

Dietary Fish Intake and Risk of Mercury/PCB Exposure

We hear the statement ‘fish is good for you’ quite often. At the same time, concerns are sometimes raised regarding the mercury and other contaminants that are present in some fish. In this blog, we discuss the current dietary guidelines, as well as the pros and cons of consuming various types of fish. As you will see, for most people most of the time, the benefits outweigh the risks. However, certain members of the population do need to be cautious about consuming certain types of fish. Read on for more info!...

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Friday, Sep 22, 2017

Vitamin D Levels in the U.S. Population are Getting a Little Better!

It is well-known that vitamin D deficiency is widespread in the U.S., and that deficiencies are tied to numerous health problems. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) has been tracking vitamin D levels in the population over the past few decades. The most recent findings and recommendations are summarized in our current blog....

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Tuesday, Sep 05, 2017

Dietary Carbohydrate: Facts and Misconceptions

Many people have misconceptions regarding dietary carbohydrate. Rather than being the villain as portrayed in several off-the-wall popular diets, carbohydrate is actually essential for human survival, optimal bodily function, and disease prevention. However, it is very important to distinguish between the two major types of dietary carbohydrate; simple and complex. In this blog, we will take a careful look at facts and common misconceptions about carbohydrates. We also provide links to several previous blogs related to this topic....

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Thursday, Aug 31, 2017

Update on The Cooper Institute® Certified Personal Trainer Exam

The Cooper Institute continuously completes internal procedures in compliance with NCCA standards in order to maintain accreditation. Over the past 14 months, exam development processes have resulted in an updated CI-CPT exam that will be launched on June 1, 2017....

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Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017

New Studies Bolster Existing Support for Whole Grains!

When it comes to grains, misinformation abounds, particularly in how grains are processed for consumer consumption. The basic understanding between grains and whole grains means a world of difference. As September is Childhood Obesity Awareness month, it’s important to reflect on this important distinction and evaluate whether you and your family are truly eating for optimal health. Read on for The Cooper Institute’s Dr. Steve Farrell’s keen insights into this critically important dietary component....

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Thursday, Jul 27, 2017

New Evidence that Following the Mediterranean Eating Plan Decreases the Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke!

With so many different diet plans and opinions floating around, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction when it comes to what constitutes healthful eating. A large European study published in the world-renowned New England Journal of Medicine bolsters support for the Mediterranean Eating Plan....

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Thursday, Jul 13, 2017

Can 1 Minute of All-Out Exercise 3 Days a Week Improve Your Cardiovascular Fitness and Blood Glucose/Insulin Levels?

High-intensity interval training, also known as HIIT or sprint interval training (SIT), involves alternating short bouts of maximal intensity effort with low intensity recovery periods within the same workout. One appealing aspect of SIT workouts is that they do not last nearly as long as traditional 'steady state' workouts where the individual maintains a constant level of moderate intensity from start to finish....

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