Moderate Drinking May Benefit Bones, The Link Between Diabetes and Cosmetics, Can this PolyPill Save Lives?
admin - July 27, 2012
A Glass of Wine a Day Keeps Osteoporosis Away?
For women who like a glass of wine every now and then, we have some good news. New research shows that moderate alcohol consumption, when combined with a balanced diet and regular exercise, may reduce a woman’s risk of osteoporosis.
The study published in the journal Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society focused on a small group of about 40 women averaging 56 years old. The women consumed on average 1.4 alcoholic beverages per day. More than 90 percent of the women drank wine.
The process of the study involved taking blood samples from all participants at different stages—some before alcohol consumption and some after. Results showed that soon after drinking alcohol, the women’s rate of bone turnover lowered.
“What alcohol seems to do is lower the overall rate of turnover, which may reduce your bone loss,” said Urszula Iwaniec, PhD, researcher and associate professor at Oregon State University in a WebMD article. “[But] excessive drinking is bad for your bones.”
There are other ways to keep your bones healthy, like weight-bearing exercise and getting enough calcium and vitamin D. But this study goes to show it’s okay to put your feet up and enjoy a small glass of wine now and then. So don’t feel guilty—it’s good for your bones.
Read the full WebMD article about this study on alcohol and bone health here: http://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/news/20120711/moderate-drinking-may-help-older-womens-bones
Study: Can this PolyPill Save Lives?
Wouldn’t it be nice if a simple, once-a-day pill could prevent illness? Okay, so this pill might not prevent all illnesses, but it might save some lives.
A study conducted at Queen Mary, University of London shows a new pill might be able to prevent thousands of people from suffering heart attacks and strokes. The UK study focused on a “polypill” that combines a statin and blood pressure medication taken by a group of 84 people over the age of 50. Results showed:
- 12% decrease in blood pressure levels
- 39% decrease in LDL cholesterol levels
Researchers believe that if more than half of all people over the age of 50 in the UK took the pill once a day, there would be 94,000 less heart attacks and strokes every year.
“If people took the polypill from age 50, an estimated 28 percent would benefit by avoiding or delaying a heart attack or stroke during their lifetime,” said Dr. David Wald, consultant cardiologist, in a BBC News article.
The study did not research the safety of the pill and it was only tested on a small number of people, so further testing of a larger scale would be needed before the pill could be mass-produced.
“Whilst these results are promising, further research is needed before a wide scale rollout of such a strategy,” Wald said.
Life Line Screening urges everyone to make smart and healthy lifestyle choices to decrease risk of stroke or heart attack. If you or someone you know is at risk for one of these conditions, consider scheduling a health screening today.
To read the full BBC News article on the study conducted on this new polypill, view this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18883163
The Link Between Diabetes and Cosmetics
Could certain cosmetics up your odds of developing diabetes? This study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives says yes.
Common products such as perfumes, scented lotions, synthetic leathers, food packaging and more contain a chemical called phthalates. A study was conducted to find out whether there is a clear connection between phthalates and diabetes in women.
Researchers of the study discovered that in women with the highest levels of specific phthalates, the risk of developing diabetes was twice as high as women with lower levels of phthalates. According to CNN Health, when comparing women with the highest levels of phthalates to women with lowest levels, there could be 40 extra diabetes cases for every 1,000 women.
Phthalates cling to cells in the body that control fat-cell development and blood-glucose metabolism. People with higher levels of phthalates tend to have higher blood glucose levels, which is a precursor for diabetes. Keep in mind the study did not rule out women that have higher phthalate levels due to the use of certain medications that contain the chemical.
As a consumer, you can become more aware of the chemicals in the products you use. Almost anything that has a fragrance contains some type of phthalate. Some companies are releasing products with labels that say “phthalate-free”, but keep in mind that the packaging surrounding the product could still contain phthalate.
If you or a loved one is at risk for diabetes, consider a preventive screening. Life Line Screening conducts health screenings for type 2 diabetes that could identify oncoming development of the disease. Schedule a screening today.
Visit the following link to read the full CNN Health article on this new study linking cosmetics with diabetes: http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/13/diabetes-and-cosmetics-a-connection/
Category: Health Awareness, Health Screenings, Health Studies, Healthy Living
Tags: cholesterol , diabetes , health screenings , heart attack , high cholesterol , osteoporosis , osteoporosis screening , stroke , type 2 diabetes
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