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5 Diseases That Start Younger Than You Think, The Link Between Popcorn and Alzheimer’s, Few Americans Exercising Enough

admin - August 24, 2012

Friday Roundup:


5 Diseases That Start Younger Than You Think

Think you’re not old enough to get these illnesses? Think again. Recently, we came across an interesting ABC News list of the top 5 diseases that are common in middle-age and older people, but can also strike young. For conditions like Alzheimer’s and stroke that you’d think only affect the elderly, it’s surprising how early they, along with other diseases, can creep up.

1. Melanoma

Average age of diagnosis: 50 and up
How early it can strike: Late teens and early 20’s.
Prevention: Avoid tanning beds and always use a minimum of SPF 15 when outside. Also, perform self-exams to find unusual skin changes early.

2. Osteoporosis

Average age of diagnosis: 65 and up
How early it can strike: 50’s
Prevention: Get enough calcium and vitamin D, exercise regularly, don’t smoke, and don’t over-consume alcohol.

3. Stroke

Average age of diagnosis: 65 and up
How early it can strike: 20 years old
Prevention: Keep an eye on cholesterol and blood pressure levels, exercise regularly and don’t smoke (smoking doubles your risk of stroke).

4. Breast Cancer

Average age of diagnosis: 45 and up
How early it can strike: Teens
Prevention: Don’t consume too much alcohol, exercise regularly and be aware of any family history of the disease.

5. Alzheimer’s

Average age of diagnosis: 65 and up
How early it can strike: 40’s
Prevention: The brain is very much connected to the heart, so keep your heart healthy. Maintain good cholesterol and blood pressure levels along with a healthy weight.

Life Line Screening provides preventive health screenings for conditions including osteoporosis, stroke, heart disease and diabetes. If you think you are at risk for one of these conditions, consider scheduling a health screening today.

To see the full list of diseases that strike younger than you think, view this link:


Can Butter Popcorn Give You Alzheimer’s?

You may want to think twice before you munch on a bowl of warm, buttery popcorn next time.

A recent study found there may be a direct connection between an ingredient in microwave butter popcorn and the development of Alzheimer’s. Diacetyl, the ingredient in question, may have harmful effects on the brain.

Researchers focused on this ingredient because it has previously been associated with respiratory and other health problems among workers at microwave popcorn factories. Diacetyl’s composition is similar to substances that aid in the clumping of beta-amyloid proteins in the brain, which is known to lead to Alzheimer’s.

What’s even more shocking: the ingredient can directly harm your brain by getting past the blood-brain barrier. This defensive barrier is there to prevent harmful substances from entering the brain.

Snacking on butter-free popcorn is a better option since diacetyl is primarily found in the butter. However, it’s also found in other products like margarine, some candy, some baked goods, some beer and a few types of white wine.

The best way to avoid increasing your risk of Alzheimer’s is by being proactive and living a healthy lifestyle. Learn about how a health screening from Life Line Screening can help you accomplish exactly that and gain valuable peace of mind.

Read more details about the study linking butter popcorn to Alzheimer’s here:


Report: Few Americans Exercising Enough

Getting enough physical activity is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle. However, a report released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that not very many Americans are exercising enough.

The report found that less than one-third of Americans engage in the minimum recommended amount of physical activity each week, 2.5 hours (150 minutes). It specifically found that women and older adults are the ones less likely to get the recommended amount of exercise per week.

The upside to the report reveals that 62 percent of Americans are walking at least once for ten minutes every week, which is an increase from 56 percent reported five years ago.

It’s important to remember the benefits of staying active and taking part in exercise every week. Even moderate physical activity can have huge health benefits, such as lower risk of obesity, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and even depression. Brisk walking is a great way to remain active without pushing yourself too far. In fact, walking is the most popular form of exercise among American adults.

Learn other ways you can practice healthy living and how a preventive health screening may benefit you. Discover Life Line Screening today.

To read the full news article discussing the CDC report on American physical activity, view this link:


1 Comment so far
  1. Casey - September 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Read about the popcorn.

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