admin - September 21, 2012
Are Your Parents Divorced? Your Stroke Risk May Be Higher
That’s what a new study from the University of Toronto and published in the International Journal of Stroke found after researching individuals who had and had not been impacted by divorce in their youth years.
The researchers controlled variables such as income, education, race, age, social support, mental health status, health care coverage and adult health behaviors like obesity, alcohol use, exercise and smoking. Yet they still found that adult men’s risk of stroke is tripled if their parents were divorced before they turned 18 when compared to men whose parents are still married.
The study also found that women with divorced parents have no greater risk of stroke than women with parents who are still together.
“It is particularly perplexing in light of the fact we excluded from our study individuals who had been exposed to any form of family violence or parental addictions,” said Angela Dalton, co-author and recent University of Toronto graduate.
How do the researchers explain the startling results? They turn to the possibility of the increased amount of cortisol released in the body, typically caused by stress. This hormone may have “biological implications” that alter the way the boys deal with stress as they grow older, a Medical News Today article states.
Although increased levels of stress appear to have an impact on stroke risk, there are other ways to get that stroke risk down. Exercising and doing yoga are great ways to relieve stress. A healthy diet, refraining from cigarettes and alcohol and getting plenty of sleep can also help.
If you’re unsure about your stroke risk, consider scheduling a preventive health screening today. It can provide you with the knowledge you need to be aware of your health and be better suited to stay healthy.
To read the full Medical News Today article, view this link: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/250234.php
3 Tips to Prevent Osteoporosis
Do you have strong bones? Even if you’re nowhere near experiencing osteoporosis, there’s still things you can start doing now to prevent bone loss later. Here are three easy ideas from FitSugar.com:
1. Stay active. Exercising is one of the many ways you can keep your bones strong. Get 30 minutes of physical activity a day and use weight-bearing exercises like running, yoga, or strength training, which all increase bone density.
2. Drink less alcohol and soda. Drinking too many cocktails or soda drinks leads to increased risk of bone loss, and eventually osteoporosis. Limit your intake to one per day.
3. Get some sun and drink milk. Calcium and vitamin D are both important osteoporosis-preventers. Drink a glass of milk while sitting in the sun for 10 minutes at least three times a week. If you don’t like milk, try almonds, salmon, enriched cereals, orange juice or dark-green veggies. Combining these two will give your bones the minerals they need to stay strong.
By taking care of your bones before osteoporosis sets in, you can avoid experiencing the serious condition. You can also identify whether you’re already at risk for osteoporosis with a health screening from Life Line Screening. Learn more now.
Read the full FitSugar article on osteoporosis tips here: http://www.fitsugar.com/How-Prevent-Osteoporosis-24659254
A Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Connection?
September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day, so it’s not surprising the topic is in medical news this week.
Many studies have been researching whether Alzheimer’s is actually a disease of age. A growing body of findings shows a link between Alzheimer’s and diet, making it a type of metabolic disease like diabetes.
These observances, published in the September issue of New Scientist, are linked to two possible factors; the first being that with Alzheimer’s disease comes a lack of natural insulin in the body, and the second being that this negatively affects the brain’s ability to respond. Among people who’ve died from Alzheimer’s, low levels of insulin have been found in the brain.
The study shows the dangerousness of diabetes and how it can lead to so many health conditions like heart disease, high cholesterol, depression, skin conditions, stroke or heart attack. Should this link be factual, we could add Alzheimer’s to this list.
“There is no doubt that our diet directly influences the structure and function of our brain and can impact our risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease,” Harvard neurologist Marie Pasinski said in a Diets in Review article. “This important study adds to the growing body of evidence that diabetes is a significant risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.”
Take good care of your health and reduce your risk factors for a handful of diseases by making smart, healthy eating choices. Being proactive through a preventive health screening for diabetes, heart disease or stroke can also be beneficial. Schedule your screening today.
To read the full Diets in Review article on Diabetes and Alzheimer’s, view this link: http://www.dietsinreview.com/diet_column/09/alzheimers-may-be-result-of-poor-diet-some-calling-it-type-3-diabetes/
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