Wellness/Prevention: Lowering Diabetes Risk Among Pre-Diabetics.

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.

British Medical Journal, February 2015

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Chiropractic: Prevention Is Key to Avoid Back Pain.

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.

 

American Chiropractic Association, August 2014

 

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Diet: Experts Say a Little Fat & Sugar OK for Kids if Diet Is Healthy.

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.”

 

Pediatrics, February 2015

 

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Health Alert: Frequent Sauna Use Linked to Reduced Risk of CVD.

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.”

 

JAMA Internal Medicine, February 2015

 

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Exercise: Improves Cognitive Function in Women!

Exercise: Improves Cognitive Function in Women!

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.

 

Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, February 2015

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Wellness/Prevention: Mindfulness Helps Seniors Sleep Better.

Wellness/Prevention: Mindfulness Helps Seniors Sleep Better.

Mindfulness practices encourage individuals to focus their attention on the present, instead of the past or future, and to take an objective look at their thoughts and emotions. A new study finds that mindfulness meditation may help older adults get a better night’s sleep. In the study, those who learned mindfulness practices slept better within six weeks and also showed a greater reduction in depression symptoms and daytime fatigue. Co-author Dr. Adam Spira writes, “Cognitive behavioral therapy is highly effective… What I found most interesting about this [mindfulness] approach is that it’s a non-drug option, and it’s accessible to the community at large.”

 

JAMA Internal Medicine, February 2015

 

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Exercise: Moderate Exercise Can Help Women’s Hearts.

Exercise: Moderate Exercise Can Help Women’s Hearts.

Just a few bouts of moderate exercise each week can reduce a middle aged woman’s risk for heart disease, blood clots, and stroke by 20% when compared with women who do little or no exercise. Moderate exercise examples include walking, gardening, and cycling. Lead author Dr. Miranda Armstrong concludes, “To prevent heart disease, stroke and blood clots, women don’t have to be super athletes or strenuously exercise daily to experience the benefits of physical activity.”

 

Circulation, February 2015

 

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Diet: Fiber Helps People Lose Weight.

Diet: Fiber Helps People Lose Weight.

A new study indicates that a simple high-fiber diet can help lower blood pressure, reduce blood sugar, and aid in weight loss. Researchers found that increasing dietary fiber led to a host of other healthy dietary changes, likely because consuming more high-fiber foods can lead to a decrease in consumption of unhealthy foods that are high in fat and sugar. Study author Dr. Yunsheng Ma writes, “For people who find it difficult to follow complex dietary recommendations, a simpleto-follow diet with just one message — increase your fiber intake — may be the way to go.”

 

Annals of Internal Medicine, February 2015

 

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Mental Attitude: Kids Can Suffer from Migraines Too.

Mental Attitude: Kids Can Suffer from Migraines Too.

According to the American Migraine Foundation, about 6% of children and more than 25% of teens ages 15-17 suffer from migraines. Many factors can contribute to childhood migraines, including too little or too much sleep and abnormal stress. Children with migraines should be evaluated by a healthcare professional for potential treatment options.

 

American Migraine Foundation, February 2015

 

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Exercise: Access to Physical Activity Could Reduce Health Costs.

Exercise: Access to Physical Activity Could Reduce Health Costs.

New research finds that standardizing access to physical activity services such as classes or counseling to encourage exercise could help reduce costs associated with a sedentary lifestyle. Past research has linked lack of physical activity to chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Lead researcher Dr. Cameron Moore adds, “These services can range from something as informal as an organized walking group, to something as structured as an aerobics class or counseling session. Physical activity services are certainly part of the broader health promotion picture, but they are unique in their cost-effectiveness and ability to improve health and well-being for all patients, not just those with a chronic condition.”

Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, February 2015

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