Today’s Headlines: The Pain That Could Come with Diabetes, Mercury Levels in Relation to Alzheimer’s Disease, and Why Exercise is Not the Key to Weight Loss

People with diabetes have a higher risk for developing tendon pain. This pain, also known as tendinopathy, can prevent physical activity. “Based on an analysis of past studies, researchers found that people with Type 2 diabetes are more than three times as likely as those without the disease to have tendon pain… And people with diagnosed tendinopathy have 30 percent higher odds of having diabetes…Having injured tendons may make it difficult to stick with exercise programs, which are essential for management of diabetes.” In light of this, researchers still recommend exercising regularly and suggest starting an exercise routine gradually to minimize the onset of tendon pain or slow its progression. (Fox)

Research has shown that eating fish does not increase the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Mercury levels in fish can be harmful to people. But recent research has shown that mercury levels don’t necessarily lead to Alzheimer’s disease: “People who ate seafood at least once a week showed higher levels of mercury in the brain than those who ate less. But for people with a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s, called ApoE4, eating more fish also showed lower amounts of harmful proteins in their brain.” These findings do not mean that fish is the cure for Alzheimer’s, but they do show that eating fish will not damage the brain and increase the risk for the disease. (Time)

Exercising a lot doesn’t guarantee weight loss. Contrary to popular belief, research has shown that cutting calories and eating healthy, not exercise, is the best way to lose weight. “Moving around increased calories burned only up to a point. That contradicts the previous understanding of how activity and energy expenditure are directly linked. We’re used to thinking that more activity burns more calories, with no limit to that relationship. If there is a limit, exercising beyond it won’t help people lose weight.” While exercise may not help you lose weight, it is still essential for a healthy lifestyle and preventing chronic conditions like heart disease. (Washington Post)