Mental Attitude: Heart Attack Raises Vascular Dementia Risk.
Vascular dementia is characterized by a decline in thinking skills due to reduced or impaired blood flow to the brain. Using 35 years of data concerning nearly 1.9 million adults, researchers found that myocardial infarction survivors have an elevated risk for developing vascular dementia, and the risk rises dramatically if they also sustain a stroke following their heart attack.
Circulation, October 2017
Health Alert: Obesity Linked to Several Cancers.
A report issued by the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concludes that obesity plays a role in at least thirteen types of cancer, which accounts for about 40% of all cancer diagnoses in a given year. These cancers include brain cancer; multiple myeloma; esophageal cancer; postmenopausal breast cancer; thyroid cancer; gallbladder cancer; stomach cancer; liver cancer; pancreatic cancer; renal cancer; ovarian cancer; uterine cancer; and colon cancer. The specific mechanism for how being obese increases the risk of developing these types of cancers is unknown, but it’s reasonable to suggest that weight management could be an important tool in reducing one’s cancer risk.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, October 2017
Diet: Omega-6 Fatty Acids May Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes.
An analysis of data from twenty published studies involving 39,740 adults found that individuals who had the highest blood levels of an omega-6 fatty acid called linoleic acid—a fatty-acid is found in bean and seed oils such as soybean and sunflower oils—were 35% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with the lowest linoleic acid levels. Lead author Dr. Jason Wu notes, “Our findings suggest that a simple change in diet might protect people from developing type 2 diabetes which has reached alarming levels around the world.”
The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, October 2017
Exercise: How to Be More Active.
Reaching daily physical activities goals can be difficult when life gets in the way. To help you become more active, the National Library of Medicine recommends the following: use the stairs instead of the elevator; walk to a co-worker’s desk or office instead of sending an email; park farther away in the parking lot to increase the distance you have to walk; join an exercise group; listen to music or watch TV while working out to reduce boredom; and find activities that you can perform indoors when the weather is bad.
National Library of Medicine, October 2017
Chiropractic: Leisure Time Activity May Reduce Risk of Low Back Pain.
A recent literature review concludes that individuals who are more active during their free time are about 11-16% less likely to develop chronic lower back pain. Examples of leisure time physical activity include planned exercise, hiking, sports, walking, cycling, dancing, gardening, yard work, and household chores.
British Journal of Sports Medicine, October 2017
Wellness/Prevention: “Sleep Positioners” Pose Dangers for Baby.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a statement that newborns should only be put to sleep on their backs on a firm, empty surface and should never be placed on a “sleep positioner”. The FDA claims that these products can actually prevent babies from breathing, increasing the risk of accidental suffocation and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Experts from the FDA further advise that that babies should never sleep with a pillow, blanket, sheet, comforter, or quilt, as all present suffocation risks. If parents have questions about putting babies to sleep safely, they should consult their child’s doctor.
Food and Drug Administration, October 2017