Health Alert: Osteoporosis Raises Risk of Hearing Loss in Women.
Using data from the decades-long Nurses Health studies, researchers estimate that women with osteoporosis have up to a 40% increased risk for moderate-to-severe hearing loss, even if they’re taking medications to slow bone loss.
Journal of the American Geriatric Society, May 2021
Diet: Low-Salt Diet Good for Heart Health.
The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet emphasizes eating fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, poultry, fish, and low-fat dairy while limiting the intake of salt, red meat, sweets, and sweetened beverages. An analysis of blood samples collected from clinical trial participants revealed that greater adherence to a low-sodium DASH diet is associated with a decline in biomarkers linked to cardiac damage, inflammation, and stress.
Journal of the American College of Cardiology, May 2021
Exercise: Exercise May Be Best Choice for Depressed Coronary Heart Disease Patients.
A recent literature review found that for coronary heart disease patients with co-occurring depression, exercise may be a more effective tool for managing depression than antidepressants, psychotherapy, combined psychotherapy and antidepressants, and collaborative care. Study author Dr. Frank Doyle explains, “Our findings further highlight the clinical importance of exercise as a treatment as we see that it improves not only depression, but also other important aspects of heart disease, such as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, in these patients.”
Psychosomatic Medicine, June 2021
Chiropractic: Sitting at Work Linked to Back/Neck Pain.
Questionnaires completed by over 45,000 adults revealed that sitting for more than 75% of the workday and not taking regular breaks not only increases the risk for neck and back pain, but also for poor general health.
BMC Public Health, May 2021
Mental Attitude: Shifting Sleep Up By One Hour May Reduce Depression Risk.
New research suggests that going to bed and waking an hour earlier can reduce one’s risk for depression by up to 23%, even though there’s no difference in sleep duration. Additionally, shifting sleep/wake times forward by two hours can lower the risk for depression by nearly 40%.
JAMA Psychiatry, May 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Bedtime with a Pet May Help Kids Sleep.
A study that included 188 children, aged 11 to 17, found that those who shared a bed with a pet were more likely to report high subjective sleep quality.
Sleep Health, May 2021