This Must-Read News Will Drastically Affect Breast Cancer Screenings

If you’re a woman (or somebody who loves a woman), then listen up: this news is for you. The American Cancer Society, which has long been the authority on preventive screening protocols, has officially changed its guidelines regarding mammograms. In a move quite contrary to the ACS’s former recommendations ¡ª which urged women to begin annual testing at age 40 ¡ª the institution now says that women with no predisposition for breast cancer begin exams later and less frequently. According to the new recommendations, 45-year-old women at an average risk for breast cancer should start annual mammograms until age 54, when they can reduce testing frequency to every other year.

Another big change to the ACS guidelines regards clinical breast examinations, which your doctor usually performs during your gynecological exam: instead of the previously recommended annual exams, the society now says that women of average risk no longer need the tests at all. However, the American Cancer Society emphasizes that these new guidelines are “recommendations,” allowing women to choose whichever route of breast cancer screening they feel most comfortable with. So to make an informed decision about your health, be sure to read the ACS’s full statement for all the details, and always stay educated about ways that you can reduce your risk for breast cancer.

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This Must-Read News Will Drastically Affect Breast Cancer Screenings

If you’re a woman (or somebody who loves a woman)| then listen up: this news is for you. The American Cancer Society| which has long been the authority on preventive screening protocols| has officially changed its guidelines regarding mammograms. In a move quite contrary to the ACS’s former recommendations ¡ª which urged women to begin annual testing at age 40 ¡ª the institution now says that women with no predisposition for breast cancer begin exams later and less frequently. According to the new recommendations| 45-year-old women at an average risk for breast cancer should start annual mammograms until age 54| when they can reduce testing frequency to every other year.

Another big change to the ACS guidelines regards clinical breast examinations| which your doctor usually performs during your gynecological exam: instead of the previously recommended annual exams| the society now says that women of average risk no longer need the tests at all. However| the American Cancer Society emphasizes that these new guidelines are “recommendations|” allowing women to choose whichever route of breast cancer screening they feel most comfortable with. So to make an informed decision about your health| be sure to read the ACS’s full statement for all the details| and always stay educated about ways that you can reduce your risk for breast cancer.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Ericka McConnell

You’ll Never Guess the Reason For 20,000 ER Visits

While there is no magic pill for weight loss, many people still try diet pills, and instead of losing weight, they’re ending up in the ER. A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine led by the FDA and CDC found that severe injuries caused by taking weight-loss and energy-enhancement pills accounts for more than 20,000 emergency room visits. And about 10 percent (about 2,150 cases) were serious enough to require hospitalization. We’re talking allergic reactions, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, chest pains, heart palpitations, and irregular heart rhythms tied to a wide variety of diet pills including herbal supplements, amino acids, and vitamins and minerals.

The business of diet pills is a rapidly growing $32 billion a year industry, and the health of consumers is at risk because of the low level of regulation. Under a 1994 federal law, supplements are considered safe until proven otherwise and, unlike prescriptions, don’t need the FDA’s approval and don’t need to list side effects on the label. Sounds pretty sketchy!

The study only tracked hospital visits, not deaths, so there’s no data about how many of these visits were fatal. But this is a huge wake-up call to those who are trying to lose weight this way. Even Carrie Underwood admitted in an interview with People that in 2005, she turned to weight-loss supplements to slim down. She was “taking things with ephedra in it,” and says, “If I could go back and talk to myself I’d be like, “Here’s how you do it the right way.'”

These supplements are widely advertised online, in magazines and on TV ¡ª Hydroxycut, Xenadrine, Raspberry Ketones, and Black Jack Energy are just a few. If you’re trying to lose weight, this is definitely not the safest solution. Your best bet is to do it the old-fashioned way with eating right and exercise. It’ll take longer, but you’re more likely to keep the weight off, and it’ll benefit your total overall health without a single risk.

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You’ll Never Guess the Reason For 20,000 ER Visits

While there is no magic pill for weight loss| many people still try diet pills| and instead of losing weight| they’re ending up in the ER. A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine led by the FDA and CDC found that severe injuries caused by taking weight-loss and energy-enhancement pills accounts for more than 20|000 emergency room visits. And about 10 percent (about 2|150 cases) were serious enough to require hospitalization. We’re talking allergic reactions| nausea and vomiting| dizziness| chest pains| heart palpitations| and irregular heart rhythms tied to a wide variety of diet pills including herbal supplements| amino acids| and vitamins and minerals.

The business of diet pills is a rapidly growing $32 billion a year industry| and the health of consumers is at risk because of the low level of regulation. Under a 1994 federal law| supplements are considered safe until proven otherwise and| unlike prescriptions| don’t need the FDA’s approval and don’t need to list side effects on the label. Sounds pretty sketchy!

The study only tracked hospital visits| not deaths| so there’s no data about how many of these visits were fatal. But this is a huge wake-up call to those who are trying to lose weight this way. Even Carrie Underwood admitted in an interview with People that in 2005| she turned to weight-loss supplements to slim down. She was “taking things with ephedra in it|” and says| “If I could go back and talk to myself I’d be like| “Here’s how you do it the right way.'”

These supplements are widely advertised online| in magazines and on TV ¡ª Hydroxycut| Xenadrine| Raspberry Ketones| and Black Jack Energy are just a few. If you’re trying to lose weight| this is definitely not the safest solution. Your best bet is to do it the old-fashioned way with eating right and exercise. It’ll take longer| but you’re more likely to keep the weight off| and it’ll benefit your total overall health without a single risk.

Image Sources: Shutterstock and Getty

The New Procedure That Promises Big Weight Loss

If you overeat and don’t have the willpower to stop yourself, the pounds will pile on, and one day, you’ll find your doctor putting you in the “obese” category. If you’ve tried every diet in the book but found them too restrictive to stick with, there’s a new nonsurgical procedure that takes 15 minutes and serves as built-in portion control.

It’s known as the gastric balloon, and it’s marketed under two names, the Orbera (single balloon) and the ReShape (two connected balloons). How does it work? Once the patient is sedated, a doctor uses an endoscope (a tube with a camera on the end) to insert a deflated balloon through the mouth, down the throat, and into the stomach. The balloon is then filled with saline solution, taking up space in the stomach, so the person feels less hungry and loses the urge to overeat. It stays in for six months, deflates, and is then removed.

It may seem like an amazing solution for those who’ve been struggling with their weight but who don’t weigh enough to qualify for gastric bypass surgery. To qualify for a gastric balloon, the patient has to have a BMI between 30 and 40. In the first few days of insertion, the patient can expect to experience severe nausea, vomiting, and pain from stomach spasms. The good news is after three days, patients feel fine and can expect to lose between 20 and 70 pounds within that six-month period.

Both are FDA approved, and your doctor can help you choose which version is best. The ReShape holds twice as much saline as the Orbera, so it’s recommended for bigger weight loss. The gastric balloon is not covered by insurance and costs between $7,500 to $10,000 ¡ª yikes! But for those who’ve found success, it’s worth the cost to gain control of their life and eating habits.

Image Source: YouTube user ReShape? Integrated Dual Balloon System

The New Procedure That Promises Big Weight Loss

If you overeat and don’t have the willpower to stop yourself| the pounds will pile on| and one day| you’ll find your doctor putting you in the “obese” category. If you’ve tried every diet in the book but found them too restrictive to stick with| there’s a new nonsurgical procedure that takes 15 minutes and serves as built-in portion control.

It’s known as the gastric balloon| and it’s marketed under two names| the Orbera (single balloon) and the ReShape (two connected balloons). How does it work? Once the patient is sedated| a doctor uses an endoscope (a tube with a camera on the end) to insert a deflated balloon through the mouth| down the throat| and into the stomach. The balloon is then filled with saline solution| taking up space in the stomach| so the person feels less hungry and loses the urge to overeat. It stays in for six months| deflates| and is then removed.

It may seem like an amazing solution for those who’ve been struggling with their weight but who don’t weigh enough to qualify for gastric bypass surgery. To qualify for a gastric balloon| the patient has to have a BMI between 30 and 40. In the first few days of insertion| the patient can expect to experience severe nausea| vomiting| and pain from stomach spasms. The good news is after three days| patients feel fine and can expect to lose between 20 and 70 pounds within that six-month period.

Both are FDA approved| and your doctor can help you choose which version is best. The ReShape holds twice as much saline as the Orbera| so it’s recommended for bigger weight loss. The gastric balloon is not covered by insurance and costs between $7|500 to $10|000 ¡ª yikes! But for those who’ve found success| it’s worth the cost to gain control of their life and eating habits.

Image Source: YouTube user ReShape? Integrated Dual Balloon System

Half the Women Who Smelled This Had an Immediate Orgasm

Hawaii might be one of the most romantic locations on the planet, but this scented study takes things one step further. Scientists discovered a bright orange mushroom in recent lava flows that can make women orgasm . . . just by smelling it. In this Hawaiian study, nearly half the women experienced instantaneous orgasm with the smell test. Researchers believe that hormone-like compounds found in this mushroom may have some similarities to the neurotransmitters released during sexual encounters. There is no pleasurable sensation quite like the big O, but you might not know just how good orgasming is for your overall health. It reduces stress, improves your cardiovascular fitness, and can even improve your vaginal health. If you’re in need of a little help climaxing, these tips will help you and your partner hit the spot.

Image Source: Flickr user Seabamirum

Half the Women Who Smelled This Had an Immediate Orgasm

Hawaii might be one of the most romantic locations on the planet| but this scented study takes things one step further. Scientists discovered a bright orange mushroom in recent lava flows that can make women orgasm . . . just by smelling it. In this Hawaiian study| nearly half the women experienced instantaneous orgasm with the smell test. Researchers believe that hormone-like compounds found in this mushroom may have some similarities to the neurotransmitters released during sexual encounters. There is no pleasurable sensation quite like the big O| but you might not know just how good orgasming is for your overall health. It reduces stress| improves your cardiovascular fitness| and can even improve your vaginal health. If you’re in need of a little help climaxing| these tips will help you and your partner hit the spot.

Image Source: Flickr user Seabamirum

The Pegan Diet: Is It the Next Big Thing?

Can’t decide on whether to go Paleo or vegan? Well, DETAILS is introducing us to the pegan diet, and it’s pretty intriguing.

Meet the pegan diet, the love child of the oddly matched paleo and vegan diets. While they are largely contradictory, each fills out the other’s weaknesses. Vegan diets provide some benefits, but it can be difficult for vegans to get adequate protein, while those who follow the paleo diet sometimes skimp on the vegetables and don’t consume any whole grains,” says Brigid Titgemeier, R.D.N., L.D., a registered dietitian with the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, which is led by the diet’s creator, Mark Hyman, M.D.

Basically, pegan is a leaner, more veggie-packed, slightly less restrictive version of the ever-popular paleo plan ¡ª all good things. That said, it does include a lot of rules:

HOW TO EAT PEGAN

Choose Low-GI Fruits and Vegetables: This diet is all about the produce, with the vast majority of your diet ideally coming from plants. However, high-GI fruits and veggies ¡ª like beets, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and watermelon ¡ª are nixed since they have a large impact on blood-sugar levels.

Eat Meat, Eggs, but No Dairy: While peganism does away with veganism’s strict no-animal policy, it still outlaws all dairy. No milk, cheese, or yogurt. Lean, grass-fed antibiotic-free meats should make up about a quarter of your calorie intake.

Skip Soy: Edamame, tofu, and soymilk are staples in most every vegan’s protein plans, but they aren’t allowed here.

Limit Legumes: Lentils are allowed in small portions, but other legumes like black beans and peanuts are no-gos.

Eat Only Gluten-Free Grains: Contrary to the paleo approach, whole grains are allowed on a pegan diet. But the diet sticks to its gluten-free ways. Gluten-containing grains like wheat, spelt, semolina, barley, and rye are banned.

Shun Sugar: Like the paleo plan, pegan eating is anti-sugar. However, the pegan diet is a little more lax, saying dieters should eat it sparingly and only as a very occasional splurge.

DOES IT WORK?

Experts largely approve of all of peganism’s diet dos; its Mediterranean-style focus on produce, lean meat, and healthy fats being an optimal way to balance your blood-sugar levels, fend off hunger with loads of filling fiber, get tons of vitamins and minerals, and, ultimately shed pounds, says Wesley Delbridge, R.D., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

However, when it comes to the diet’s long list of don’ts, experts are in anything but agreement. For instance, while Titgemeier is pro gluten-free living, Delbridge claims that only 2 percent of the population has a gluten sensitivity (and even fewer people have full-fledged celiac disease). And although studies have shown that large intakes of soy may have hormonal consequences, eating a serving or two a day of edamame or miso soup isn’t going to cause any hormonal fluctuations, but it can provide tons of vitamins and protein, Delbridge says.

“From my perspective, a lot of the diet’s claims against certain foods are scientifically unfounded,” he says. “There are no long-term unbiased studies out there to show that some of these foods, like beans, beets, wheat, or dairy are any problem. They are just scapegoats for the real problem ¡ª not eating a balanced diet.” After all, watermelon is a high-GI food, and most people (although not pegan dieters) aren’t claiming it makes you unhealthy and fat.

Of greater concern is the possibility that skipping these foods, which the majority of R.D.s and M.D.s believe are part of a healthy eating plan, will set dieters up for nutritional imbalances. “I get worried whenever a diet eliminates an entire food group,” says Liz Weinandy, M.P.H., R.D., a dietitian with The Ohio State University Medical Center. “We have five food groups for a reason: to get in a variety of different foods that provide very different nutrients. After all, dairy is a huge contributor to most guys’ intakes of both calcium, which is needed for strong bones, and vitamin D, which fights fatigue, brain fog, and depression. Beans are loaded with heart-healthy fiber. And gluten-containing grains have more B vitamins than do g-free ones, Delbridge adds.

Meanwhile, if you like to hit it hard in the gym, getting enough energy-revving carbs to fuel your workouts might be an issue. “Its approved carbohydrate sources are somewhat limited and monotony might take hold. A man can only eat so much quinoa!”

So, yeah, you should focus on a diet that’s rich in produce, lean meats, and healthy fats, but if you’re seriously considering this newest fad diet, you’re probably best making it into your own half-pegan, half-more-balanced-and-doable hybrid.

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The Pegan Diet: Is It the Next Big Thing?

Can’t decide on whether to go Paleo or vegan? Well| DETAILS is introducing us to the pegan diet| and it’s pretty intriguing.

Meet the pegan diet| the love child of the oddly matched paleo and vegan diets. While they are largely contradictory| each fills out the other’s weaknesses. Vegan diets provide some benefits| but it can be difficult for vegans to get adequate protein| while those who follow the paleo diet sometimes skimp on the vegetables and don’t consume any whole grains|” says Brigid Titgemeier| R.D.N.| L.D.| a registered dietitian with the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine| which is led by the diet’s creator| Mark Hyman| M.D.

Basically| pegan is a leaner| more veggie-packed| slightly less restrictive version of the ever-popular paleo plan all good things. That said| it does include a lot of rules:

HOW TO EAT PEGAN

Choose Low-GI Fruits and Vegetables: This diet is all about the produce| with the vast majority of your diet ideally coming from plants. However| high-GI fruits and veggies like beets| pumpkins| sweet potatoes| and watermelon are nixed since they have a large impact on blood-sugar levels.

Eat Meat| Eggs| but No Dairy: While peganism does away with veganism’s strict no-animal policy| it still outlaws all dairy. No milk| cheese| or yogurt. Lean| grass-fed antibiotic-free meats should make up about a quarter of your calorie intake.

Skip Soy: Edamame| tofu| and soymilk are staples in most every vegan’s protein plans| but they aren’t allowed here.

Limit Legumes: Lentils are allowed in small portions| but other legumes like black beans and peanuts are no-gos.

Eat Only Gluten-Free Grains: Contrary to the paleo approach| whole grains are allowed on a pegan diet. But the diet sticks to its gluten-free ways. Gluten-containing grains like wheat| spelt| semolina| barley| and rye are banned.

Shun Sugar: Like the paleo plan| pegan eating is anti-sugar. However| the pegan diet is a little more lax| saying dieters should eat it sparingly and only as a very occasional splurge.

DOES IT WORK?

Experts largely approve of all of peganism’s diet dos; its Mediterranean-style focus on produce| lean meat| and healthy fats being an optimal way to balance your blood-sugar levels| fend off hunger with loads of filling fiber| get tons of vitamins and minerals| and| ultimately shed pounds| says Wesley Delbridge| R.D.| a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

However| when it comes to the diet’s long list of don’ts| experts are in anything but agreement. For instance| while Titgemeier is pro gluten-free living| Delbridge claims that only 2 percent of the population has a gluten sensitivity (and even fewer people have full-fledged celiac disease). And although studies have shown that large intakes of soy may have hormonal consequences| eating a serving or two a day of edamame or miso soup isn’t going to cause any hormonal fluctuations| but it can provide tons of vitamins and protein| Delbridge says.

“From my perspective| a lot of the diet’s claims against certain foods are scientifically unfounded|” he says. “There are no long-term unbiased studies out there to show that some of these foods| like beans| beets| wheat| or dairy are any problem. They are just scapegoats for the real problem ¡ª not eating a balanced diet.” After all| watermelon is a high-GI food| and most people (although not pegan dieters) aren’t claiming it makes you unhealthy and fat.

Of greater concern is the possibility that skipping these foods| which the majority of R.D.s and M.D.s believe are part of a healthy eating plan| will set dieters up for nutritional imbalances. “I get worried whenever a diet eliminates an entire food group|” says Liz Weinandy| M.P.H.| R.D.| a dietitian with The Ohio State University Medical Center. “We have five food groups for a reason: to get in a variety of different foods that provide very different nutrients. After all| dairy is a huge contributor to most guys’ intakes of both calcium| which is needed for strong bones| and vitamin D| which fights fatigue| brain fog| and depression. Beans are loaded with heart-healthy fiber. And gluten-containing grains have more B vitamins than do g-free ones| Delbridge adds.

Meanwhile| if you like to hit it hard in the gym| getting enough energy-revving carbs to fuel your workouts might be an issue. “Its approved carbohydrate sources are somewhat limited and monotony might take hold. A man can only eat so much quinoa!”

So| yeah| you should focus on a diet that’s rich in produce| lean meats| and healthy fats| but if you’re seriously considering this newest fad diet| you’re probably best making it into your own half-pegan| half-more-balanced-and-doable hybrid.

Check out more great stories from DETAILS:

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