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Friday Roundup: Sleep and Exercise, Belly Fat and Osteoporosis, and More

admin - March 22, 2013

Exercise helps you sleep better

Are you looking to stay up-to-date on the latest health news? Start with the weekly news roundups from Life Line Screening. March is National Nutrition Month so this news roundup features recent headlines focused on diets and nutrition. Headlines include sleeping and exercise, the link between belly fat and osteoporosis, and common nutrition myths busted.


Having Trouble Sleeping? Exercise Might Help

Between those who take the time to exercise and those who don’t, one group is sleeping better at night, according to one recent study.

The research results from the 2013 Sleep in America poll of 1,000 adults between 23 and 60 years of age found that the people who exercised got more quality sleep than those who did not. The actual amount of sleep the participants got every night was the same for both groups, however those who exercised found they were sleeping better and waking up feeling more rested each night.

“Compared to people who don’t exercise, vigorous exercisers were much less likely to have insomnia-related symptoms, such as having difficulty falling asleep or waking up too early and not being able to get back to sleep,” the HealthDay News article states.

Read the full study findings here:


The Link Between Belly Fat and Osteoporosis

Too much of anything can be bad for your health. New research has found that when drinking beer or consuming an unhealthy diet leads to a “beer belly” (also known as belly fat), it can potentially lead to osteoporosis.

The study from the North American Society for Radiology shows obesity in the midsection among men can be associated with osteoporosis. This is due to the added stress excess weight in the midsection can put on the spine, bones and joints, increasing risk of bone weakening and fracturing.

Although men tend to have a lower risk of developing osteoporosis than women, this study shows that men with excess weight in their trunks are at an increased risk compared to men without this added midsection weight.

To ready the full story on the study, click here:


Nutrition Myths Busted

We’re nearing the end of National Nutrition Month, but it doesn’t mean the focus on nutrition has to end. In fact, we can always keep learning about healthy nutrition to promote a healthy life.

In this Yahoo! Health article, common nutrition myths are explored and dispelled. For example, are you under the impression that all carbohydrates are bad for you? Contrary to what you’ve been told, your body needs carbohydrates for energy. However, not all carbs are the same. Certain carbs like white flour and added sugars can actually hurt your health if consumed too heavily. Stick to refined carbohydrates like whole grains so your body gets the healthy energy it needs.

To read the full list of common nutrition myths and their true answers, view this link:


What’s Trending on

You can get involved with the health and nutrition discussions going on right now at Here’s what’s trending:

  • Sweeteners Are there any natural sweeteners out there that aren’t bad for your health? Which ones do you prefer? Share with us.
  • What Suggestion Would You Give a Company to Promote Wellness? Wellness and prevention are two central themes that are taking center stage lately. Do you have any suggestions for companies looking to get involved? Share them.
  • 100 Days of Real Food Have you ever considered eating only “real” food for a certain length of time by cutting out unhealthy sugars and fats? Please join the discussion here.


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