Daily Health Update
Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
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~ Frank Herbert
Mental Attitude: 7 Ways to Reduce Your Risk for Age-Related Cognitive Decline.
Geneva University’s Dr. Jean-Pierre Michel notes that numerous studies have identified at least 93 risk factors for age-related cognitive decline. Of these, he believes that targeting these seven modifiable risk factors can delay cognitive decline and potentially reduce the risk of late onset dementia by 50%: low education, sedentary lifestyle, midlife obesity, midlife smoking, hypertension, diabetes, and midlife depression.
Korean Journal of Family Medicine, September 2016
Health Alert: Can Sleep Troubles Lead to Heart Problems?
According to the American Heart Association, too much or too little sleep may contribute to several heart disease risk factors. Dr. Marie-Pierre St. Onge, an associate professor of nutritional medicine at Columbia University in New York City notes, “We know that short sleep, usually defined as under seven hours per night, overly long sleep, usually defined as more than nine hours per night, and sleep disorders may increase some cardiovascular risk factors, but we don’t know if improving sleep quality reduces those risk factors.” Dr. St. Onge adds that past research has linked sleep problems to obesity and type 2 diabetes, but further research is needed to determine if poor sleep plays a causal role in type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Health experts say that people need to be aware that adequate sleep is important, just as being physically active and eating a balanced diet is important for cardiovascular health.
Circulation, September 2016
Diet: Choose Low-Calorie Foods That Are Filling.
When trying to lose weight, it is important to cut calories, but that doesn’t always mean eating less. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests eating these low-calorie foods to fill you up: vegetables and fruit, raw or cooked, without added fat and sugar; fat-free or low-fat dairy products; vegetable, broth, or tomato-based soups; unbuttered and low-salt popcorn, whole wheat bread and brown rice; lean cuts of beef, skinless poultry and fish; and peas and beans.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, September 2016
Exercise: Enhance Sport Performance with Nitrate Supplements?
Athletes may be able to increase their athletic performance by taking nitrate supplements. Nitrate is commonly found in diets rich in leafy green foods and is important for the functioning of the human body, especially during exercise. In the study, researchers gave 27 participants nitrate supplements before sprint interval training (SIT), which took the form of short but intense cycling sessions performed three times per week. The researchers found that the muscle fiber composition changed with the enhanced nitrate intake when training in low oxygen conditions after only five weeks. The Athletic Performance Center at the University of Leuven Dr. Peter Hespel writes, “This is probably the first study to demonstrate that a simple nutritional supplementation strategy, i.e. oral nitrate intake, can impact on training-induced changes in muscle fiber composition.”
Frontiers in Physiology, July 2016
Chiropractic: Texting and Musculoskeletal Disorders.
Swedish researchers followed 7,092 adults in their early 20s for five years and found a link between texting activity and an increased risk for finger and hand pain over the short term and a longer-term risk for neck and upper back pain. The findings suggest that healthcare providers should inquire about texting frequency when treating neck and upper extremity pain as it may be a cause or reason for slower recovery.
Applied Ergonomics, July 2016
Wellness/Prevention: Melanoma Risk Reduced with Sunscreen, if Strong Enough.
Melanoma accounts for only about 1% of skin cancers but unfortunately causes the majority of skin cancer death, and the rates of melanoma continued to rise. A new study has now found that using high factor sunscreen compared with low factor sunscreen can decrease the risk of melanoma by more than 30%. The study followed over 140,000 Norwegian women for an average of ten years and found that the use of sunscreen with a factor higher than 15 reduced the risk of melanoma by 33% compared with those using sunscreen with a lower factor. The findings support the use of higher factor sunscreen in the prevention of one of the deadliest forms of cancer.
Journal of Clinical Oncology, September 2016