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Supplements No Substitute for Healthy Diet

Supplements Cost Much and Are Not Necessary for All, Experts Say

healthy1Entire stores, grocery store aisles and websites are dedicated to helping you find the right combination of vitamins and supplements– the kinds you swallow, the kinds you chew and the kinds you drink.

Although 44 percent of Americans say they use supplements every day — helping to create the $25 billion dollar industry, many don’t understand why they take them or whether they need to take them at all.

Some supplement labels claim that what’s inside the products will help guard against illness. Others boldly claim that you’re not getting enough nutrients in a day. “If we really look at the data on vitamins and minerals, there isn’t a whole lot there,” said Dr. Donald Hensrud, associate professor of Nutrition and Preventive Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

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A Soda a Day Increases Diabetes Risk

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It’s not just soda, either. A study fingers energy drinks, sweetened tea, and other sugary beverages

A soda a day? That’s not so bad—a 150-calorie blip, burned off with a brisk half-hour walk. But it’s not only your waistline that’s at stake. A study released today in the journal Diabetes Care found that people with a daily habit of just one or two sugar-sweetened beverages—anything from sodas and energy drinks to sweetened teas and vitamin water—were more than 25 percent likelier to develop type 2 diabetes than were similar individuals who had no more than one sugary drink per month.

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Sit Less Live Longer

Stress_082509The more Americans engage in one of their favorite pastimes — sitting around — the shorter their average life span, a new study suggests. The effect remained even after researchers factored out obesity or the level of daily physical activity people were engaged in, according to a study of more than 120,000 American adults. It’s just one more reason to “get up and walk,” said Dr. Jay Brooks, chairman of hematology/oncology at Ochsner Health System in Baton Rouge, La. “The message here is like everything in your life. People need to recognize that the things you do every day have consequences. And if you’re in a job that does require sitting, that’s fine, but any time you can expend energy is good. That’s the key.”

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