Health Alert: Hypertension More Common in Older Women and Younger Men.
A recent study concluded that a third of Americans taking blood pressure medication do not have their blood pressure under control. Interestingly, women in their 70s and 80s were 29% and 64%, respectively, more likely to have uncontrolled high blood pressure than men. However, in the 20s, 30s, and 40s age groups, men were 59%, 70%, and 47%, respectively, more likely to have uncontrolled high blood pressure than women. Study author Dr. Aayush Visaria notes, “The main implications are that older women and younger men with high blood pressure may benefit from more frequent monitoring of their [blood pressure], to at least be able to detect increases in blood pressure.”
American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, September 2021
Diet: Benefits of Endurance Exercise.
New research suggests that engaging in endurance exercises, such as biking or running, increases circulating levels of certain mitochondrial derived peptides that are associated with good metabolic health and increased longevity.
Journal of Applied Physiology, October 2021
Exercise: Intense Exercise Before Bedtime May Affect Sleep Quality.
Following a review of data from 15 studies, researchers report that exercising at high intensity within two hours of bedtime may increase the length of time needed to fall asleep as well as reduce sleep duration.
Sleep Medicine Reviews, September 2021
Chiropractic: Manual Therapy Beneficial to Gait of Chronic Back Pain Patients.
Chronic low back pain caused by degenerative disk disease (DDD) is often associated with impaired gait, which may increase the risk for musculoskeletal disorders in the feet, knees, and hips due to altered biomechanics. A recent study found that manual therapy is more effective for addressing impaired gait in patients with DDD and chronic low back pain than classic physiotherapy or a sham/placebo treatment. Doctors of chiropractic often utilize manual therapies when managing chronic back pain patients with DDD.
Journal of Clinical Medicine, August 2021
Mental Attitude: Using the Internet May Keep Retirees Sharp.
According to a study that monitored 2,100 retirees, those who regularly used the Internet performed better on cognitive assessments than participants who seldom went online. The research team suspects the cognitive benefits of Internet use may be associated with an increased ability to connect with others, something that can be difficult for seniors.
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, October 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Tips for a Happier Life.
The Mayo Clinic recommends the following to increase one’s energy and vitality: eat nourishing food, get seven to eight hours of sleep nightly, keep company with good people, avoid news overdose, regularly exercise, do something meaningful daily, and think good thoughts of others.
Mayo Clinic, September 2021