The Cooper Institute
 

Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH

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Thursday, Jan 04, 2018

Is there such a thing as too much exercise?

The New Year is accompanied by many resolutions such as ‘exercising more.’ Is there such a thing as too much exercise? Definitely! In situations where muscles are severely damaged as a result of doing too much exercise, a serious condition known as exertional rhabdomyolysis can result. Read on to learn more!...

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Tuesday, Jan 02, 2018

Should You Eat Like a Caveman? The Paleo Diet

While rates of obesity in the U.S. remain at an all-time high, hip and trendy diets are a dime a dozen. One such diet suggests that we should ‘eat like a caveman.’ Does this approach have any scientific validity? Read on to learn more!...

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Tuesday, Jan 02, 2018

The Alkaline Diet

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of free speech. Thus, anyone can write a diet book and make whatever ridiculous claims that they wish to make. A prime example is ‘The Alkaline Diet’ which is promoted by gullible celebrities, athletes, and others who either do not understand or choose to ignore basic chemistry. Read on to learn more!...

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Tuesday, Jan 02, 2018

The Ketogenic Diet

Hip and trendy diets are a dime a dozen, and cycle in and out of popularity. Most lead to short-term weight loss rather than long term-weight control. Oftentimes, the only thing that changes is the name of the diet. One example of ‘same diet, different name’ is the ketogenic diet. Read on to learn more!...

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Monday, Dec 11, 2017

The New Blood Pressure Guidelines: It’s not a Conspiracy!

With the holidays upon us, everyone knows that things can get really hectic and stressful. Stress can have an adverse effect on our blood pressure. As it just so happens, the American Heart Association has recently released new guidelines for identifying and treating hypertension. Read on to learn more about these important changes and how they might affect you!...

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Thursday, Dec 07, 2017

Using MET-Minutes to Track Volume of Physical Activity

For those who like to keep track of their physical activity, there are many options. These range from simply tracking the total number of minutes per week spent in physical activity, to using sophisticated wearable devices such as Smart watches. In this blog, we discuss the use of MET-minutes and the Compendium of Physical Activities as an option to track activity. If you like math, you will love MET-minutes!...

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Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017

Are you Nutty if You Eat Nuts?

Health-conscious parents and caregivers are always on the lookout for appropriate snacks for kids. When it comes to dietary ‘good fats’ and ‘bad fats,’ there’s a lot of myth and misinformation swirling around. In this blog, we take a careful evidence-based look at the role that nuts can play in a healthful diet for kids as well as adults. Read on to see good news for nut-lovers!...

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Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017

Cardiorespiratory Fitness, the Triglyceride:HDL Ratio and Coronary Heart Disease Mortality Risk in Men

We all know that both our fitness level and our blood results play important roles in determining our health status. However, you might not know about the blood triglyceride:HDL ratio and how it gives us vital information regarding how well insulin is working in our body. In this blog, we examine the dual roles of cardio fitness and the triglyceride:HDL ratio in determining the risk of dying from coronary heart disease....

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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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