Lose the Jelly in Your Belly

Need another reason to stick with your New Year's resolutions? A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that moderate exercise can be crucial for postmenopausal women who want to lower their risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and some cancers. Not only does exercise promote good health overall but it also reduces intra-abdominal fat deposits--fat stored around the organs deep within the abdomen--that are a hidden risk factor for many chronic illnesses.

The study's authors recruited 173 sedentary, overweight women ages 50 to 75 and put half of them on a five-day-a-week exercise plan, which...

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