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2010 Story: Top 5 Reads

Focused on Health - December 2010

by Adelina Espat

Before we put an end to 2010, let’s take a moment to review some of your favorite articles this past year. Below is atop 5 recap of our five most-read articles. Hope your favorite made the list—and that you discover a few you missed!

1. Ten Warning Signs

Most women want to know what warning signs signal the need for a gynecologist appointment.  This popular article gave you the ten signs to monitor.

  1. Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  2. Unexplained weight loss
  3. Being tired all the time
  4. Vaginal discharge colored with blood
  5. Swollen leg
  6. Constantly needing bathroom breaks
  7. Feeling full all the time
  8. Pain in the pelvis or abdominal area
  9. Bloated belly
  10. Persistent indigestion or nausea

If any of these symptoms last more than two weeks, it’s time to visit your doctor. Don’t panic, though. These symptoms don’t mean you have cancer. But it’s important to get checked — just to be safe.

2. Who’s More Likely to Get Colorectal Cancer?

Most people age 50 and older should get a colonoscopy every 10 years. But, for others, age 50 is not soon enough.polyps The patient profiles in this article helped readers know if they belong in this “other” group.

Those who need a more personalized screening schedule have one or more of the medical conditions below.

  • Personal history of precancerous colon polyps
  • First degree relative (like your mom or dad) with a history of precancerous polyps
  •  Personal history of inflammatory blower disease (like Crohn’s disease)

If you fall into one of these categories, you may be more likely to get colorectal cancer and need a more tailored screening plan.

3. Fight Cancer With Food

What do grapes and broccoli have in common?  They both play a “starring role” on our list of cancer-fighting foods.broccoli soup

This article listed several popular fruits and veggies that should be on your weekly menu.

  • Berries protect against skin cancer
  • Grapes help fight breast cancer
  • Broccoli beats stomach cancer
  • Tomatoes topple prostate cancer

Revisit this article to learn about the research supporting each of the items on the above list. And, get creative ideas on how to work these fruits and veggies into a yummy meal.

4. Tricks of a Fit Family

Can you keep up with the Gonzalez family? In 2010, they made healthy changes and lost a combined total of more than 100 lbs.

Learn how to give your family a healthy boost in 2011 with five tips from the Gonzalez's workouts

  • Get professional guidance
  • Model health choices for your family
  • Learn from your kids
  • Clean out the pantry
  • Focus on fun exercises

5.  Workout Classes for Guys

More men are trying group exercise classes. And, many keep returning for good reason. Group fitness classes can keep you motivated, improve your strength conditioning, get your heart pumping and help cut belly fat that can up your cancer risks.

Here are our top group fitness classes.

  • Kickboxing
  • Yoga
  • Spinning
  • Strength classes
  • Bootcamp

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