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5 Sunscreen Truths Uncovered, Anxiety and Stroke Risk, Sit Less to Live Longer

admin - August 10, 2012

Friday Roundup:


The Burning Truth: 5 Sunscreen Myths Busted

Summer’s not over yet and the sun’s rays are still at their highest intensity of the year. Have you been protecting yourself with sunscreen lately? Even if you answered yes, that doesn’t mean you’re covered. Below, we debunk some of the most common sunscreen myths so you can get through the rest of summer with healthy, happy skin.

1. All sunscreens protect against skin cancer. 

Even though all sunscreens are made to prevent sunburn, not all of them prevent skin cancer. Broad-spectrum sunscreens with SPF of 30 or higher are the ones you should look for, because they shield your skin from both UVA and UVB rays, instead of just one.

2. Sunscreen never expires

The FDA mandates the strength of every sunscreen last at least three years. After that, it might not work as well. Check the expiration date on the bottle to see when it might weaken.

3. Sunscreen causes health problems

Actually, the American Academy of Dermatology and the Skin Cancer Foundation say that sunscreen is 100 percent safe and effective. So don’t believe any of the rumors out there about harmful effects of sunscreen.

4. One sunburn can’t hurt you long-term

One bad, blistering sunburn as a child or teenager more than doubles your risk of developing melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. Regardless of your age, if you’ve had five or more sunburns, your risk more than doubles as well.

5. If you always wear sunscreen, you won’t get enough vitamin D

Sunscreen may limit your intake of vitamin D, but it won’t deprive you. The sun isn’t your only source of vitamin D. You can get it from your diet by consuming things like eggs, salmon and orange juice.

Overall, sunscreen should be worn often to guard your skin against the sun’s harmful rays, even when it’s cloudy. Preventive action is the best way to protect yourself from a serious or even fatal condition.


Can Anxiety Raise Your Stroke Risk?

Feeling sad or anxious? If so, your heart attack and stroke risk can increase by a startling 20 percent.

A new study published in the British Medical Journal online found that for the one in four people who suffer from depression or anxiety, the risk of having a heart attack or stroke goes up.

A team of researchers from University College London and the University of Edinburgh reviewed data from over 68,000 adults ages 35 and older who took part in the Health Survey for England between 1994 and 2004. Those results were then compared against the causes of death listed on death certificates of any surveyors who passed away.

The comparison showed a correlation between depression or anxiety and stroke or heart attack. Results showed that the higher the amount of distress, the higher the risk.

“These associations also remained after taking into account other factors such as weight, exercise, smoking, alcohol consumption and diabetes,” said Dr. David Batty, the senior author, in a Mirror News article. “Therefore the increased mortality is not simply the result of people with higher levels of psychological distress smoking or drinking more, or taking less exercise.”

If you or someone you know deals with depression or anxiety on a daily basis, consider scheduling a health screening for stroke or heart disease from Life Line Screening. Learn about your health status before a potential problem occurs, and in doing so, gain valuable peace of mind.

To read the full news article on this study, view this link:


Get Up and Live Longer

Do you spend a lot of time sitting down? Many people are stuck sitting at desks all day for work but studies are finding this can have serious consequences on your health.

A study published in the journal BMJ Open discovered that Americans spend an average of seven-and-a-half hours a day sitting. It also found that if people simply reduced the amount of time they spend sitting, they can live two years longer.

The data came from surveys of 167,000 adults and, along with previous studies, further proved the link between sedentary behavior and increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, which all can cause death.

“Even among people who are active, if you sit a lot, you still have that risk,” said Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk, a professor of population science at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in a Fox News article.

So what can you do? If it’s the workplace that keeps you sitting too much, try periodically getting up to walk around. Visit a coworker’s desk to ask them a question instead of emailing them, or even make it a habit to take brisk walks during your breaks. The benefit of a longer, healthier life will surely be worth it.

If you sit for an extended period of time every day, you may be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke or type 2 diabetes. For those at risk or wanting to gain peace of mind, a preventive health screening is a valuable and priceless option.  Schedule a health screening with Life Line Screening today.

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