DAILY HEALTH UPDATE
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 Courtesy of:
Mental Attitude: Managing Emotional Stress. To help you better manage stress, the American Academy of Family Physicians recommends the following: learn how to recognize the first signs of stress, such as neck stiffness or clenching a fist; learn how to let go of things you can’t control; prepare as much as you can for potentially stressful situations; view change as a challenge, rather than a threat; when conflicts occur at work, try to resolve them as soon as possible; don’t overschedule yourself; find a friend, loved one, or other trusted source to talk with when you’re stressed; engage in an activity that helps you feel relaxed, such as a hobby or sport; exercise regularly; eat nutritious meals; and get plenty of sleep. American Academy of Family Physicians, July 2016
Health Alert: Red Hair Greatly Raises Melanoma Risk. The same genes that result in red hair may also increase an individual’s risk for skin cancer. Researchers examined tumor DNA sequences from more than 400 people and found 42% more mutations linked to sun damage in the tumors of those with genes favoring red hair. Dr. Julie Sharp, head of health and patient information at Cancer Research UK writes, “This important research explains why red-haired people have to be so careful about covering up in strong sun… People who tend to burn rather than tan, or who have fair skin, hair or eyes, or who have freckles or moles are also at higher risk.” Nature Communications, July 2016
Diet: Magnesium Could Be One Key to Blood Pressure Control. An analysis of data from 34 clinical trials involving magnesium supplements found that taking ~368 mg of magnesium daily for about three months can result in overall reductions in systolic blood pressure (the top number) of 2 mm/Hg and diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) of 1.78 mm/Hg. The researchers also identified a relationship between higher magnesium levels and better blood flow, which is another factor linked to lower blood pressure. Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a cardiologist who reviewed the findings explains, “Magnesium dilates arteries, and in doing so lowers the blood pressure… checking magnesium levels as part of a screening for heart health may become an essential part of prevention and for treatment of blood pressure.” American Heart Association, July 2016
Exercise: Exercise Helps the Brain Develop. MRI scans of the brains of adolescent males indicate a correlation between increased aerobic fitness levels and cortical development. The results suggest physical exercise during the teen years may result in improved cognitive performance. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, June 2016
Chiropractic: Fibromyalgia May Be Caused By Injury to Specific Anatomical Site. Fibromyalgia is a condition with no known cause and is characterized by chronic pain and tenderness at various sites in the body. In this case study, researchers describe a patient who underwent a surgical procedure to address a fractured femur following a bicycle accident. Immediately after the surgery, he reported back pain and over time developed chronic pain in several other body sites to the point that he met the diagnosis criteria for fibromyalgia. During the course of care, his doctors discovered that treatments addressing the nervous system at the base of his spine resulted in symptom relief in other areas of his body, including his throat. The researchers conclude, “The present case suggests that treatment targeting symptoms in one part of the body might produce a systemic therapeutic effect in patients with fibromyalgia.” SpringerPlus, July 2016
Wellness/Prevention: How Big Is Your Waist? A large waistline can put you at risk for health problems, and thus measuring your waist can help gauge your health. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute advises the following steps to assess your waist circumference: stand up while measuring your waist, place a tape measure above the hip bones around the middle of your waist, and take the measurement after exhaling. According the latest guidelines, having a waist circumference greater than 35 inches (~89 cm) for women and 40 inches (~101 cm) for men increases one’s risk for both type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, July 2016
Quote: “Stop feeling sorry for yourself and you will be happy.” ~ Stephen Fry
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