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We're Talking Dairy Debate, Injury Prevention, and Ozempic Bros.

Each month we scour the news and highlight what's relevant, informational, and above all, useful, for you. Because health is wealth. Here's what we found in April.

Reputable organizations including the American Heart Association recommend eating low and non fat dairy products as part of a healthy diet.

However, recent research has challenged the 1980s era formed belief that low and nonfat dairy products trump full fat dairy. Back in the day, the health community recommended low-fat or fat-free dairy options to reduce saturated fat intake and lower the risk of heart disease. However, studies over the years have failed to consistently support the superiority of low-fat over full-fat dairy.

Instead, the type of dairy consumed may be more critical than its fat content. Surveys correlating dairy intake with health outcomes have found  associations between dairy consumption and reduced risks of conditions like high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and Type 2 diabetes. These benefits seemed to apply regardless of the fat content profile in the dairy products the participants consumed. 

Experts propose several explanations for why dairy fats might not be as harmful as once believed and could even be beneficial. For example, the unique structure of milk fat, although saturated fat, may help improve blood cholesterol levels.

As you navigate the dairy aisle, incorporating yogurt (even full fat) and cheese into your shopping cart may offer health benefits such as providing more vitamins than their non-fat counterparts. 

Of course, more research is needed. However, for now, the benefits of eating 1-2 servings of dairy daily isn’t detrimental. 

Using the experience as a cautionary tale of Olympic track cyclist Joshua Hartman, who was injured in 2023 while training for the 2024 Olympics, this article examines the popular phrase “No Pain, No Gain.”  Despite being an elite athlete, Hartman ignored warning signs of pain while deadlifting, resulting in a serious back injury that could have ultimately jeopardized his career.

Pushing yourself during workouts is crucial for muscle growth and endurance, however, ignoring pain signals can lead to problems. Understanding the difference between healthy discomfort and unhealthy pain is essential. Experts advise paying attention to changes in form and movement mechanics, as well as distinguishing between muscle soreness and joint pain.

Mindfulness techniques, such as STOP (Stop, Take a breath, Observe, Proceed), can help exercisers assess whether they are experiencing the typical discomfort associated with a good work out versus overdoing it or improper form that can lead to injury. 

For maximizing fitness improvement and preventing injury, it is critical to prioritize recovery through rest, hydration, nutrition, and sleep. 

The weight loss industry has typically targeted women, who are more heavily scrutinized for their weight compared to men. However, this is changing with the marketing strategies of telehealth start-ups targeting men with weight-loss medications such as Ozempic and Wegovy. Focusing on companies like Fella Health, the article highlights their use of masculine stereotypes in marketing campaigns to appeal to their target demographic. These campaigns often employ a "bro" tone, eschewing emotional appeals in favor of straightforward language and practicality.

Despite weight loss being a sensitive issue for many, companies like Fella Health believe that marketing to men, especially middle-aged men, necessitates a different approach. 

While there's a growing interest in weight-loss drugs like GLP-1s among both men and women, men may feel hesitant due to societal stigma and gendered perceptions of weight loss. However, some men, including high-profile figures like Elon Musk and Charles Barkley, have publicly discussed their experiences with these medications, contributing to a changing narrative around weight loss and masculinity.

Ultimately, the article suggests that gender should not dictate health decisions, emphasizing the importance of individuals choosing what's best for their well-being, regardless of societal expectations.

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