DAILY HEALTH UPDATE
Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 Courtesy of: Back Pain Relief Center Vineland
Mental Attitude: Sauna Use Reduces Dementia Risk? Though the underlying mechanism remains a mystery, Finnish researchers report that men who use a sauna two or more times per week have a reduced risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia later in life. Age and Ageing, December 2016
Health Alert: Doctors Still Over-Prescribing Drugs. Despite evidence that certain medications aren’t always necessary, medical physicians are still over-prescribing some forms of treatment. According to the findings in a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, antibiotics are by far the most frequently used medications in situations where they don’t provide any value. Other treatments that medical doctors use frequently despite their questionable value include aggressive treatments for terminally ill patients and medications prescribed for chronic pain. Dr. Amir Qaseem, vice president of clinical policy for the American College of Physicians concludes, “There is a lot of waste in our healthcare system, and we need to acknowledge that.”
Annals of Internal Medicine, December 2016
Diet: Low-Carb Diet May Aid Metabolism. Consuming low-carbohydrate meals may lead to improvements in a woman’s metabolism. A study that included 32 healthy postmenopausal women revealed that participants experienced a 30% reduction in their after-meal insulin resistance and insulin levels when they ate three meals containing just 30% carbohydrates over a 24-hour period. However, when they ate three meals containing 60% carbohydrates over the course of a day, they had no such reduction in insulin resistance or insulin levels. The findings suggest that reducing carbohydrates could help reduce the risk of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes among postmenopausal women. PLOS One, December 2016
Exercise: Dialysis Patients Benefit from Walking. A simple walking program a few minutes per day appears to benefit dialysis patients. This study included 296 dialysis patients randomly assigned to either a low-intensity exercise program or a control group that engaged in no formal exercise. The exercise group performed 20 minutes of walking at low-to-moderate speeds every other day, with the intensity gradually increasing over the six-month study period. Investigators found that six-minute walking test (distance covered during a six-minute walk) and the “sit-to-stand” test (assesses lower-body strength in older adults) scores improved among those in the exercise group but not for participants in the control group. Research leader Dr. Carmine Zoccali writes, “Poor physical functioning is perhaps the most pervasive and disabling disturbance in patients with advanced kidney disease who are on chronic dialysis… Our study shows that simple, home-based exercise programs hold potential for improving physical functioning in dialysis patients.” Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, December 2016
Chiropractic: Is Too Much Physical Activity Bad for Teen Spines? A recent study measured physical activity and the incidence of spinal pain among a group of adolescents over a two-year period. The investigators found that the top 10% of teens with the highest proportion of the day spent in vigorous physical activity appeared to have an elevated risk for developing spinal pain. The findings suggest that excessive vigorous physical activity appears to be a risk for spinal pain among teenagers.
BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, May 2016
Wellness/Prevention: Are You at Risk for a Sprained Ankle? Spraining an ankle can be a painful and disabling experience. A sprain occurs when the ankle moves from its normal position, stretching and tearing ligaments. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons notes the following activities that can raise your chances of spraining your ankle: working out; walking or running on a surface that isn’t level or smooth; falling; playing soccer, football, tennis, basketball, running, and other activities that involve twisting or rolling your feet; and having your foot stepped on. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, December 2016
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