admin - December 21, 2012
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 tips for having a restful holiday, the benefits of probiotics and the link between belly fat and osteoporosis.
Tips for a Restful Holiday
For some people, the holidays are a busy time with little room for rest. For others, the holidays are a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. No matter which category you fall into, there are things you can do to ensure you experience a restful holiday this year.
A few easy ways you can get more sleep this holiday are reading an enjoyable book before bed, maintaining a regular sleeping schedule, avoiding over-eating and avoiding alcohol within three hours of bedtime. All of these methods can help you fall asleep faster and sleep better.
Getting enough sleep is an important step in the effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Allowing your sleep to suffer is allowing your health to suffer. Don’t let your health suffer this holiday. Learn how preventive measures like health screenings can benefit your health today.
Want to explore the rest of the tips for ensuring a restful holiday this year? Read the article here: http://www.foxnews.com/slideshow/health/2010/12/16/ways-ensure-restful-holiday/#slide=1
Do You Know the Benefits of Probiotics?
Have you heard of probiotics? This bacteria, which literally translates to “for life” or “promoting life”, is found naturally in many foods such as fermented vegetables, live-cultured yogurt and sometimes even dark chocolate. Are probiotics really a benefit to your health, or are they just a recent fab that will soon disappear?
According to Yahoo! Health, benefits of probiotics include better digestion, lower cholesterol, healthy teeth and gums, prevention for respiratory infections and more. Explore more benefits of probiotics and other foods with probiotics here: http://health.yahoo.net/articles/nutrition/photos/surprising-benefits-probiotics#0
Belly Fat Linked to Increased Osteoporosis Risk
When fat accumulates around your mid-section, it can increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and more. One new study shows it may also increase osteoporosis risk in men.
The study, which included 35 men averaging 34 years old and having an average BMI of 36.5, shows a connection between higher amounts of abdominal fat and decreased bone strength in men. The Harvard researchers found that the BMI and age factors had no effect on bone strength, but the amount of belly fat did.
“It’s important for men to be aware that excess belly fat is not only a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes, it is also a risk factor for bone loss,” said study researcher Dr. Miriam Bredella, M.D. of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, in a Huffington Post article.
To read more details about the study, click here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/28/belly-fat-osteoporosis-bone-strength_n_2200380.html
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