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Posts Tagged ‘women’s health’

Are the Health Risks from Lack of Sleep Worse for Women?

September 12, 2013

Out of all the factors that contribute to a healthy lifestyle, getting enough sleep is important. Not getting enough shut-eye can affect a person both mentally and physically. Individuals who aren’t getting enough rest usually have less energy during the day and are more prone to stress.

Women who suffer from heart disease, in particular, need a good night’s sleep. Studies have shown that without it, women with heart problems are more susceptible to increased inflammation, which can be a dangerous health risk.


Inflammation and Sleep

According to a study conducted by UC San Francisco, women who lack enough sleep, have coronary heart disease and frequently wake up too early suffer from an increase in unhealthy levels of inflammation.

Data from the study was gathered from about 700 participants who had stable coronary heart disease. The men taking part in the study had an average age of 66, while the women had an average age of 64. Their sleep quality and inflammation levels were closely examined at the beginning and end of a five year period.

After that five-year period, the study found a connection between poor sleep and inflammation only in the female participants. Explanations for this result fall on the fact that most of the women participating in the study were post-menopausal, which meant that they had lower estrogen levels. Because of this, the testosterone levels in men may have protected them from the sleep effects.

Other data gathered from the study include the fact that women are more likely to suffer from poor sleep than men. For instance, 81 percent of the study’s female participants experienced frequent waking as opposed to 78 percent of the study’s male participants, while 50 percent of the women woke too early as opposed to 41 percent of men.

This study emphasizes the importance of getting plenty of sleep. Sleep deprivation can lead to many negative health effects, including increased risk of stroke, obesity, diabetes, bone loss and cancer. It’s also been linked to faster memory loss and shorter life expectancy.

A heart disease screening is an important step for heart disease prevention. To be more proactive with your health, turn to Life Line Screening today.

Friday Roundup: Women’s Health Awareness, New Stroke Device, and More

May 17, 2013

Those of us at Life Line Screening believe that the power of prevention can change lives for the better. By staying up-to-date on latest health headlines featuring nutrition information, healthy living tips, and disease prevention, you can keep your health strong.


The Need for Women’s Health Awareness

Although May is National Stroke Awareness month, May 12 through 18 is also National Women’s Health Week – a time to focus on improving women’s health through preventive action.

Recent data shows that not all American women are living longer than previous generations. In 43 percent of the country’s counties from 2002 to 2006, women’s mortality rates have actually become worse than they were in 1992 through 1996. It’s also important to note that the United States ranks 49th in the world for women’s health.

With dangerous health conditions like heart disease, the number one killer of American women, preventive action can make a difference. Identifying a heart problem before it becomes catastrophic has the potential to save lives. Other conditions like type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and stroke can also be prevented.

Learn more about the importance of Women’s Health Week and preventive health screenings now.


New Stroke Device Promises Better Patient Outcomes

Stroke kills one American every four minutes. Think about it. That’s a great deal of preventable deaths.

Catching a stroke early is one of the best ways to lower the chances of a patient suffering dangerous, life-altering consequences. Two new stent-retrievers used in the United States have the potential to provide better outcomes for patients suffering from strokes.

Although not a preventive measure, these medical devices are used in surgery to stop an ischemic stroke before it worsens. They are used by physicians to trap and remove a large clot within the brain artery, thereby allowing blood flow to the brain and stopping damage to the brain cells. These devices are best for patients who are not candidates for clot-dissolving medications or who have not responded to medications.

Read more about these revolutionary medical devices here.


Diet Myths You Should Avoid

Do you think all calories are equal, so it doesn’t matter what you eat? Think again. ABC News recently released a list of diet myths that can actually make you gain weight, and this is one of them. The truth is, all calories are not equal. Your body burns and stores various foods differently. Some foods take more work to burn and store, meaning you can burn more calories depending on which foods you eat.

Another common myth is that strength training will “bulk you up”. Both a pound of muscle and a pound of fat weigh the same – a pound – however muscle is denser than fat, meaning a pound of muscle will take up less space than a pound of fat. Muscle weight is good weight because it can actually make you look smaller. It also boosts metabolism throughout the day and helps keep you leaner over time.

Read more diet myths from the ABC News article here.


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