Mental Attitude: Heart Failure Patients at Greater Risk for Dementia.
After monitoring the health status of about 12,000 older adults for fifteen years, researchers found that those with a history of heart failure had up to a 60% increased risk for developing dementia by the conclusion of the study.
Journal of General Internal Medicine, July 2018
Health Alert: Diabetes Raises Cancer Risk.
An analysis of data from 121 cohort studies involving over 19 million participants indicates that diabetics have a 10% increased risk for a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. Additionally, among cancer cases, diabetics have a slightly elevated risk for cancer-related mortality.
Diabetologia, July 2018
Diet: Savory Foods May Be Key to Healthy Eating.
In this study, researchers measured the inhibitory control, eye movement, and brain activity of female participants while they made food choices and found that after consuming a savory flavor-rich broth, those at risk for obesity consumed less saturated fat in their subsequent meal. Senior author Dr. Miguel Alonso-Alonso writes, “Many cultures around the world advocate drinking a broth before a meal. Our study suggests the possibility that people at high risk of obesity could benefit from an umami-rich broth before a meal to facilitate healthy eating and healthy food choice.”
Neuropsychopharmacology, March 2018
Exercise: Get Off Your Seat and Start Moving.
A review of data concerning nearly 128,000 men and women showed that individuals who normally sit for six or more hours per day have a 19% higher risk of early death than those who sit fewer than three hours per day. Excessive sitting may also increase one’s risk for the following: some cancers; heart disease; stroke; diabetes; kidney disease; suicide; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); lung disease; liver disease; peptic ulcer and other digestive disease; Parkinson’s disease; Alzheimer’s disease; nervous disorders; and musculoskeletal disorders.
American Journal of Epidemiology, June 2018
Chiropractic: Manual Therapy for Cervicobrachial Pain?
Cervicobrachial pain (CP) is described as pain that extends from the neck into the shoulder and upper arm. In a recent study, researchers found that patients treated with mobilization therapy, a form of treatment performed by doctors of chiropractic, for six weeks experienced improvements in both pain and function. The research team concludes, “Our findings challenge the role of pharmacologic versus manual therapy as possible treatments that may improve pain intensity and upper limb functionality in subjects with CP.”
Archives of Medical Sciences, June 2018
Wellness/Prevention: Getting Outside Is Good for Your Health.
Spending time in nature can provide an individual with significant and wide-ranging health benefits. An analysis of data involving more than 290 million people revealed that routine exposure to green spaces can reduce the risk for type II diabetes, heart disease, premature death, premature births, stress, and hypertension. Lead author Dr. Caoimhe Twohig-Bennett notes, “We hope that this research will inspire people to get outside more and feel the health benefits for themselves. Hopefully our results will encourage policymakers and town planners to invest in the creation, regeneration, and maintenance of parks and greenspaces, particularly in urban residential areas and deprived communities that could benefit the most.”
Environmental Research, July 2018