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Life Line Screening Friday Roundup Post: Mobile Phones, Salt Intake and Stroke Risk, Osteoporosis and Diabetes

admin - April 27, 2012



Friday Roundup:

 

Huge U.K. Study Currently Finds No Evidence of Health Harm from Mobile Phones

Perhaps it’s just that we fear the unknown, or are suspicious of technology we don’t quite understand – the early days of Television and microwave ovens brought many worries about sterility and cancer issues into the minds of American consumers, which proved to be largely exaggerated. There’s been much talk in the last few years about the dangers of mobile phone usage, particular talk that these devices may contribute to the formation of brain tumors over time. A new study by the United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency (HPA), which examined hundreds of studies on mobile phone usage and its link to brain tumors, brain functioning and infertility, found “no conclusive links” between cellular phones and these illnesses. Despite these findings in the U.K.’s largest review to-date on the safety of mobile phones, however, the verdict is still out and more monitoring needs to occur since long-term effects are not known – most consumers have only been using cell phones since the late 1990s. Interestingly, the HPA also advises that children should still “avoid excessive use of mobiles,” period. Life Line Screening will continue to report on this ongoing medical discussion.

Read full article in detail at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17843953

 

High Salt Intake Seemingly Linked to Higher Stroke Risk

Most people already know that high levels of salt are not good for the human body, and normally lead to higher blood pressure over time as the body ages. This is a precarious situation for many Americans, as fast food burgers and fries as well as most canned meats and vegetables have high amounts of salt to increase the flavor of the food, or to preserve the food for longer shelf lives. A new study led by Hannah Gardener of the University of Miami School of Medicine and popularized in the journal Stroke now seems to support the claim that there’s a strong link between high salt intake and such conditions as heart disease and stroke – not just high blood pressure. Although Gardener is quick to explain that it’s tough to draw conclusions about the cause-and-effect relationship between sodium intake and diseases such as stroke, statistics in the study certainly back-up the idea and Gardener advocates for a detailed reading of all food labels in order to control salt consumption.

Read full article in detail at:
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/04/26/high-salt-intake-linked-to-higher-stroke-risk/

Learn more about stroke information & stroke screening services from Life Line Screening at:
http://www.lifelinescreening.com/disease-information/stroke.aspx

 

17 Ways to Battle Osteoporosis for Better Bone Health

Health-conscious adults know that calcium helps to build strong bones in children and helps to keep bones strong in older adults. Well-read health enthusiasts will also probably know that osteoporosis can strike men as well as women and that this bone-depleting condition can do as much as to strip away 6 inches of an individual’s height over a lifetime! Life Line Screening came across this encouraging article on the Health.com website – a great collection of tips and suggestions on how to proactively fight against the onset of osteoporosis as we grow older. Be prepared to learn why cutting down on soda, alcohol, caffeine and tobacco are very good ideas, and why exercise, vitamin D and medical supplements can be your best friends as you age into your senior years.

Read full article in detail at:
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/thumbnails/0,,20530252,00.html

Read osteoporosis information and learn about osteoporosis screenings from Life Line Screening at:
http://www.lifelinescreening.com/disease-information/osteoporosis.aspx

 

Helping to Decode the Diabetic Diet

Though there is still much debate as to the origin of adult-onset diabetes and how much of this disease is caused by diet, it’s generally agreed that a healthy diet, once diagnosed, is mandatory, since the adult diabetic body makes less and less insulin or has trouble using the insulin it does manufacture. A fine news article in the Chicago Tribune this week helps shed some light on better dietary practices and foods for diabetics, as well as explaining why certain foods are good or bad for you. The really good news? Only non-diet soft drinks are totally taboo! Since 10.3 million Americans over the age of 60 have type 2 diabetes, we think this article is worth reading by a large percentage of our website visitors. Bon appetite!

Read full article in detail at:
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-04-25/health/sc-health-0425-diabetes-diet-20120425_1_insulin-diabetic-diet-diabetes-educator




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