• By Laurel J. Kelly

Housecall: What can exercise do for you?

February 26, 2018

a smiling middle-aged man on a bike on a wooded bike path with the sun shining through the treesTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Aerobic exercise: Top 10 reasons to get physical
Regardless of your age, weight or athletic ability, aerobic exercise is good for you. Activities such as walking, bicycling or swimming can help you live longer and healthier. Learn how aerobic exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight; reduce your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, some types of cancer and other life-threatening conditions; remain active and independent as you age; and more.

Cancer risk: What the numbers mean 
News reports can make it sound as if every day something is found to dramatically raise your risk of developing cancer. Sorting through all the information and figuring out what's valid can be tricky. Finding out how to interpret the latest news can give you some perspective. Here's what you need to know.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Can natural hormone treatments help adult acne?
Hormones likely play a role in the development of adult acne, but they usually are not the root cause. So the premise behind so-called natural acne treatments that promise to equalize hormonal imbalances to reduce adult acne breakouts is questionable. Learn more from Dr. Lawrence Gibson, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist.

Can chocolate be good for my health? 
Chocolate hasn't gained the status of health food quite yet. Its reputation is on the rise, though, as a growing number of studies suggest that it can be a heart-healthy choice. In moderation, this sweet treat, especially dark chocolate, may help prevent heart disease. Learn more from Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic registered dietitian.

PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Acute sinusitis
Perimenopause
Cold hands
Heart palpitations

HEALTHY RECIPES
Broccoli cheddar bake
Tuna salad sandwiches
Butternut squash risotto
Decadent chocolate cake

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Bad cut? You may need a tetanus shot
Minor cuts and scrapes usually don't require medical attention. But if your wound is deep or dirty, and your last tetanus shot was more than five years ago, ask your health care provider about getting a tetanus booster. Get the booster as soon as possible after the injury

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.

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