Chiropractic: Abnormal Neck Posture Associated with Headache Risk.
After comparing neck x-rays of patients with cervicogenic headaches (or headaches originating from dysfunction in the neck) to neck x-rays of healthy controls, researchers found that just a 3-4° difference in cervical lordosis (curve) is associated with an 8% increased risk for developing this type of headache.
Diet: Are Fruits and Vegetables Good for Your Lungs?
A meta-analysis of 38 studies indicates that eating fruits and vegetables can have a protective effect on the lungs. After reviewing data concerning nearly five million individuals, researchers conclude that consuming up to two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables per day is associated with as much as a 16% reduced risk for developing lung cancer.
Wellness/Prevention: Eat More Carrots to Reduce Diabetes Risk!
A diet rich in alpha-carotene and beta-carotene can reduce a person’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 22%. The most common source of carotenes in the American diet is carrots; however, pumpkin, winter squash, sweet potato, spinach, and broccoli are also great food sources of alpha-carotene and/or beta-carotene.
Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases, December 2014
Exercise: Light Activity Good for Seniors’ Hearts.
Light physical activity appears to benefit older adults’ hearts even if they suffer from mobility issues. Research involving almost 1,200 elderly adults with limited mobility revealed that those who fit some movement into their day, such as light housework or slow walking, had a lower risk of suffering a heart attack over the following ten years. Senior researcher Dr. Thomas Buford adds, “I think this and other studies are showing us it’s never too late for people to benefit from physical activity.”
Journal of the American Heart Association, February 2015
Diet: Unhealthy Foods on the Rise in Developing Nations.
While citizens in wealthier nations may be eating healthier foods, developing nations are consuming more processed meats and sugar-sweetened drinks than ever before. Senior study author Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian warns, “There is a particularly urgent need to focus on improving diet quality among poorer populations. If we do nothing, under-nutrition will be rapidly eclipsed by obesity and non-communicable diseases, as is already being seen in India, China, and other middle-income countries.”
Wellness/Prevention: Lowering Diabetes Risk Among Pre-Diabetics.
University of Michigan Medical School researchers have found that healthy weight-loss strategies can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes among prediabetics by as much as 28% over a three-year period.
Chiropractic: Prevention Is Key to Avoid Back Pain.
The American Chiropractic Association offers these suggestions to help protect your back and improve your spinal health: maintain a healthy diet and weight, exercise regularly, maintain proper posture, avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest, quit smoking, and use good body mechanics when lifting.
Diet: Experts Say a Little Fat & Sugar OK for Kids if Diet Is Healthy.
Children’s eating habits are a growing concern due to the high prevalence of childhood obesity in the United States and other Western countries. A leading group of pediatricians suggests that a little sugar and fat is okay in a child’s diet if it helps them eat more fruits and vegetables. Researcher Dr. Robert Murray comments, “Think of sweeteners, fat, salt, and spices as ways to make nutrient-rich foods more palatable to children.”
Health Alert: Frequent Sauna Use Linked to Reduced Risk of CVD.
After reviewing twenty years of data concerning 2,315 Finnish men, researchers found that those who used a sauna at least two to three times per week were 22% less likely to experience sudden cardiac death, 23% less likely to experience fatal coronary heart disease (CHD), had a 27% lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) death, and had a 24% lower risk of all-cause mortality during the course of the two-decade study. The authors write, “This study provides prospective evidence that sauna bathing is a protective factor against the risk of sudden cardiac death, fatal CHD, fatal CVD, and all-cause mortality events in the general male population. Our results suggest that sauna bathing is a recommendable health habit, although further studies are needed to confirm our results in different population settings.”
Regardless of age, females who are highly physically fit have faster neural reaction times than their less fit peers. Near infrared spectroscopy scans showed that physical fitness is associated with greater cerebral oxygenation, which may be the underlying mechanism for the observed elevations in brain function.