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Friday Roundup: Salt Intake and Life Expectancy, Your Diet and Sleep, & More

admin - February 22, 2013

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Do you want to stay up-to-date on the latest health news? Start with the weekly news roundups from Life Line Screening. Below, we examine recent headlines featuring the effects of salt reduction in our diets, sleep and poor diets, and everyday activities that can replace going to the gym.


Eat Less Salt to Live Longer

Too much of anything can be bad for your health, and salt is no exception. A new study published in the journal Hypertension found that almost half a million American lives could be saved if we all lowered our salt intake by just a fraction of a teaspoon per day.

Specifically, the study found that a gradual, 40 percent reduction of salt consumption over the period of a decade could lengthen the lives of about 280,000 to 500,000 people. How? This salt reduction easily lowers hypertension and heart disease, two major health problems.

Read the full study findings from ABC News here:


Not Sleeping Well? It Could Be Your Diet

Things like high anxiety, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and more can all have negative effects on the amount of rest you get each night. One new study found that having a poor diet can also affect how well you sleep.

Published in the journal Appetite, results showed that certain nutrients in food can impact sleep duration, meaning a poor diet can cause you to wake up throughout the night and start your day not feeling rested. Data was analyzed from a nutrition survey and results found that short sleepers (no more than five to six hours of sleep per night) ate the most calories in their diets compared to normal sleepers (nine or more hours).

Read the rest of the article on sleep duration and nutrition here:


Skip the Gym, Try These Everyday Activities

Good news for those of us that don’t have the time or money to go to the gym, but still want to exercise. A new study found that short stretches of physical activity through everyday activities, like raking the leaves or choosing the stairs over an elevator, may be just as good for your body as a trip to the local fitness center.

“We encourage people to seek out opportunities to be active when the choice is available,” said study author Paul Loprinzi in the HealthDay article. “For example, rather than sitting while talking on the phone, use this opportunity to get in some activity by pacing around while talking.”

Read more about this study here:


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