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Your Weekly Health Motivation

April 22, 2013

April is Stress Awareness Month, and with our teams in the UK and Australia, Life Line Screening is focusing on healthy living and how stress can impact your health. Stress not only affects the mental body, but the physical body as well.

No matter what you may be going through at this time in your life, take a moment to breathe and relax. What helps you deal with stress? Is it exercising, yoga, cooking, or relaxing on your porch on a warm day? Whatever it might be, find what works for you and just relax. We all deserve that now and then, and your mental and physical well-being will benefit from it.


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How to Have a Restful Holiday, Benefits of Probiotics, Belly Fat and Osteoporosis

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

Tips for a Restful Holiday | Stress Management | Life Line ScreeningFor 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:


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:


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:


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3 Heart Rate Myths Busted, Sleep Problems and Alzheimer’s, Belly Fat and Stroke Risk

September 7, 2012

Friday Roundup:


Uncover the Truth about Heart Rate

There’s tons of information out there on heart rates and conditions affecting heartbeat, but how do you know what’s true? In honor of Atrial Fibrillation Awareness month, we’re debunking some of the most common heart rate myths so you can keep your heart strong.

Myth: An irregular heartbeat is a heart attack.
This is partly myth. A heart attack is most often associated with not only an irregular, erratic heartbeat, but other symptoms like chest pain, body aches and shortness of breath. If abnormal heart rate appears on it’s own, it’s most likely just an arrhythmia that can be treated with medication. Some arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation can lead to further heart problems like stroke or heart attack, but at times can be completely harmless.

Myth: A normal heart rate equals normal blood pressure.
According to WebMD, there is no relationship between heart rate and blood pressure. Anyone who has high blood pressure could very well have a normal heart rate, and vice versa. You can’t determine if your blood pressure is high from knowing your heart rate, and you can’t determine your heart rate from knowing your blood pressure levels.

Myth: Stress doesn’t affect heart rate.
Actually, WebMD states that stress can increase your heart rate and cause it to beat more than 100 times per minute. This condition is called tachycardia. It’s important to note, however, that other factors may raise heart rate as well, like:

  • Smoking
  • Consuming large amounts of caffeine
  • Dehydration
  • Fever
  • Anemia
  • Thyroid disease

Keeping your heart healthy by maintaining a nutritious diet, staying active, not smoking and not consuming too much alcohol can greatly reduce your risk of developing heart problems like atrial fibrillation. Preventive health screenings that identify heart conditions early can also help. Schedule your screening today.

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Sleep Problems May Predict Alzheimer’s

Sleep problems may predict Alzheimer's - Life Line ScreeningBecause there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, researchers have been conducting studies to find early warning signs of the memory-loss disease in order to better treat or prevent it. A new study shows that bad sleep may be one indication of oncoming Alzheimer’s.

According to BBC News, the study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, revealed disrupted sleep in mice with Alzheimer’s plaques forming in the brain.

Since the study was only conducted on mice, there is no definite link between sleeping problems and Alzheimer’s in humans as of yet, but researchers believe they may be on to something.

In the study, nocturnal mice slept for 40 minutes per hour of daylight. In mice with plaques forming in the brain, sleep only occurred for 30 minutes per hour.

“If sleep abnormalities begin this early in the course of human Alzheimer’s disease, those changes could provide us with an easily detectable sign [of Alzheimer’s],” said researcher and professor David Holtzman in the BBC News article.

Further studies are being conducted to confirm whether there is a link between sleeping problems and Alzheimer’s disease in people, as well as mice. Should results prove the link, doctors will then be able to identify the disease early, before it becomes untreatable. Be on the lookout for more information on this topic.

To read the full article discussing this study on sleep and Alzheimer’s, view this link:


Why Belly Fat is Worse Than Obesity

Have you ever heard of the phrase ‘spare tyre’? It’s a name given to extra weight found around the waistline, and studies are showing it could be even more dangerous than being obese.

Physicians from the Mayo Clinic recently reviewed health records of about 12,700 individuals over a period of 14 years. Their average age was 44 years old. In the health records, the participants’ weight-to-height ratio (BMI) was recorded along with their waist-to-hip ratio.

Preventive health screenings from Life Line ScreeningDuring that 14 year period, 2,562 of the participants died, of which 1,138 died from heart disease or stroke. Resulting from these numbers, doctors concluded that people with a higher waist-to-hip ratio but normal BMI were almost 3 times more likely to die from a cardiovascular condition in comparison to people with normal ratios for both.

The reason? The fat that accumulates in the midsection around the organs is a different kind of fat cell than the fat that appears on other areas of the body, like the legs. These cells found in the midsection release a chemical that can raise insulin resistance and therefore increase risk of cardiovascular illnesses.

The study goes to show the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle to avoid accumulating the dreaded ‘spare tyre’. Eating right and working hard to burn any fat around your midsection is especially important in lowering your risk for stroke or other heart problems.

If you have excess body weight around your midsection, consider scheduling a health screening to become more aware of the state of your health. Learn more about these preventive health screenings now.

To read the full study on midsection weight gain and stroke risk, view this link:

What do you do to keep your waistline slim? We’d love to hear. Share with us below.


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