IN THE NEWS

Having a high-fat, high-carbohydrate diet has long been associated with obesity, but it could also affect your brain, according to researchers. In a recent study, researchers at Yale University found that high-fat diets can bring about neurological changes in the brain. Studying how the consumption of a high-fat diet stimulates hypothalamic inflammation, researchers found that these diets contribute to irregularities in the hypothalamus region of the brain, which regulates body weight homeostasis and metabolism. The study showed that inflammation occurs in the hypothalamus as early as three days after consuming a high-fat diet.

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STUDY SAYS

Suicide risk higher for those living in rural areas

According to researchers at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, people who live in Western states and rural areas have a higher risk of suicide then those living in urban areas. Using adult suicide data collected from 1996 to 2016, researchers found that suicide rates rose from a median of 15 per 100,000 county residents in 1999 to 2001 to 21.2 per 100.000 in 2014 to 2016. From 2014through 2016, suicide rates were 17.6 per 100,000 in large cities, while in rural areas it was 22 per 100,000.

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LIVING HEALTHY

What to eat before running

What you eat and when you eat it before heading out for a run can help you pick up your pace and recover quickly, according to nutrition experts at Easter Oregon University. Before running 3 to 4 miles (or less), you don’t need a pre-run meal, but be sure to drink eight ounces of water or low-calorie sports drink. Before a run of more than 4 miles, eat 50 to 60 grams complex carbs - like oatmeal and a banana - and eat 1 1/2 to hours prior. Before a tempo workout or spring intervals, have a carb-rich meal the night before, such as pasta, rice, lentils, potatoes or quinoa.

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NUMBER TO KNOW

29 million: At least 29 million Americans take low-dose aspirin every day to help prevent a heart attack or stroke, according to the Harvard Medical School.

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