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Archive for April, 2013

Your Weekly Health Motivation

April 29, 2013

Everyone has a place that makes them feel calm and relaxed. If you’ve ever tried to imagine someplace calm to deal with anxiety, insomnia, or other conditions, you probably know your calm place well.

Where is it? Is it a beach on the east or west coast? Is it on your porch with the birds chirping around you? Is it in your home next to a fire crackling in the fireplace? Wherever it might be, it’s a place that helps you deal with stress. As Stress Awareness Month comes to an end, keep in mind the importance a healthy mind plays on a healthy body. Make an extra effort moving forward to keep your stress levels low, and see the benefits grow.

 

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Friday Roundup: Traffic Pollution and Heart Disease, Melatonin and Diabetes Risk, and More

April 26, 2013

Are you looking to stay up-to-date on the latest health news? Start with the weekly news roundups from Life Line Screening. Headlines include traffic pollution and heart disease, melatonin and diabetes risk, and how exercise and computer use help fight memory loss.

 

New Study: Traffic Pollution and Heart Disease

Air pollution from automobiles isn’t only bad for the environment – it may also be bad for your heart. New research found that long-term exposure to fine particle matter from traffic pollution raises heart disease risk.

The specific form of traffic emission examined in this research is fine particle matter (PM), a type of pollution that consists of particles the size of about 1/100th of the width of a human hair. When these particles are inhaled, they can lodge in the upper airway and cause serious health effects. One of these health effects is an increased heart disease risk.

Read the full article on the new research here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/18/traffic-pollution-heart-disease-risk-fine-particle-matter_n_3112881.html

 

Melatonin and Diabetes Risk

Although much is known about type 2 diabetes, the exact cause remains a mystery. Many studies work to establish a connection between various factors and the development of the disease. One new study, published in the online journal JAMA, found a link between the secretion of melatonin in the bloodstream during sleep and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

Specifically, participants who secreted the least amount of melatonin in their bloodstream during sleep had double the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Melatonin, a hormone that helps control other hormones, is produced by the pineal gland in the brain and is highest at night, lowest during the day. It is essential for a good night’s sleep.

Read more about this connection between melatonin and type 2 diabetes risk here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/259338.php

 

How Exercise & Computer Use Help Fight Memory Loss

We already know many of the benefits of exercise. One new study found, however, that when combined with computer use, exercise has the ability to protect against memory loss late in life.

Researchers studied participants who engaged in moderate physical activity (for example, brisk walking), and who used a computer on a regular basis. Results showed that these participants were 64 percent less likely to have mild cognitive impairment when compared to those who did not participate in computer use and exercise.

Learn more about this study by reading the full article here: http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/05/01/11488093-computer-use-and-exercise-may-help-fight-memory-loss?lite

 

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Preventive Health Screenings Across the World: Screen For Life

April 25, 2013

Just like in the United States, cardiovascular disease is the most costly disease in Australia. The ailment costs more Australian lives and healthcare spending than any other disease. In fact, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare declares that heart disease causes the second-highest amount of disability and premature death behind only cancer.

These startling statistics hit close to home among Americans because heart disease is also the number one killer in the United States. While Americans can turn to Life Line Screening for a proactive approach to identifying heart disease risk, Australians can turn to Screen For Life.

Screen For Life is the Australian branch of the Life Line Screening family. Similar to Life Line Screening, the Australian screening company provides health testing for potentially dangerous health conditions, including:

  • Stroke/carotid artery disease
  • Stroke/atrial fibrillation
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • High cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes

High cholesterol is one major risk factor of heart disease, and approximately 1.3 million Australians are currently living with high cholesterol levels. While much of the blame for high cholesterol can be placed on the foods we eat, it is important to identify high cholesterol levels and work proactively to lower them through healthy lifestyles or medication recommendations from a physician. This can help decrease risk of developing heart disease or experiencing a life-threatening heart attack.

Together with the preventive health screenings in the United States and the United Kingdom, Screen For Life strives to promote lifelong health and well-being by identifying either risk of disease or valuable peace of mind. Taking charge of your own health is possible wherever you live, whether it’s here in the U.S. or halfway across the world in Australia.

Learn more about the health screening services in Australia provided by Screen For Life to decide if scheduling a health screening is right for you today.




VIDEO: Dementia Risk

April 24, 2013

Although they may seem far apart as far as location on your body, your belly and your brain have a lot of influence over each other. In fact, studies have shown a direct link between belly fat and increased risk of certain health conditions.

In this Life Line Screening video, we discuss the connection between the amount of fat a person has in their mid-section and risk of developing cognitive disorders like dementia down the road. Learn more about this connection by viewing the video below.

For more information on proactive and affordable ways to stay healthy, explore the preventive health screenings offered by Life Line Screening. Visit Life Line Screening’s YouTube channel to learn more about healthy lifestyles. For those without video capability, the text is provided below.

Half-Minute Health-Helpers: Dementia Risk

Here is the audio text to the video:

“A California researcher from Kaiser Permanente found that even if you aren’t technically overweight, access pounds around your mid-section during middle age may raise your risk of dementia later in life.

Researchers measured the waists of more than six thousand people in the 1960’s and 70’s and looked to see how many of those people developed dementia over an average of 36 years. The higher the abdominal circumference, the higher the risk by nearly three times.

Of course you can do something to reduce that risk: diet and exercise. Surprise, surprise. So trim that belly and you’ll trim your risk of dementia, too.”




Your Weekly Health Motivation

April 22, 2013

April is Stress Awareness Month, and with our teams in the UK and Australia, Life Line Screening is focusing on healthy living and how stress can impact your health. Stress not only affects the mental body, but the physical body as well.

No matter what you may be going through at this time in your life, take a moment to breathe and relax. What helps you deal with stress? Is it exercising, yoga, cooking, or relaxing on your porch on a warm day? Whatever it might be, find what works for you and just relax. We all deserve that now and then, and your mental and physical well-being will benefit from it.

 

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