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4 Your Health: stepping out with your dog, sticking with statins and overweight teens

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Tucson- More potential health risks for teens who are overweight or obese.

A large new study has linked excess weight during adolescence to an increased risk of colon cancer later in life. Teen obesity was also associated with a higher risk of rectal cancer, in both men and women.

Experts say these findings add to the growing concern about how weight, even at an early age, impacts chronic disease.

Importance of statins

New research reveals the importance of cholesterol lowering statins, even when they cause unpleasant side effects.

About 75 percent of patients discontinue statin therapy because of muscle aches, pain.,or gastro-intestinal symptoms.

But a study from Brigham And Women's Hospital in Boston found people who kept taking statins had a lower risk of heart attack, stroke and early death.

Benefits of dog walking

Dog walking could be the key to boosting physical activity among older adults.

A new British study found seniors who walked a dog at least once a day were 20 percent more active and spent 30 fewer minutes sitting each day than their peers without dogs.

In fact, dog walkers were more active on days with the worst weather than people without dogs on the very nicest days.

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