Health Alert: Thyroid Dysfunction Linked to Diabetes.
New research that looked at the health histories of nearly 3 million patients with either an under- or over-active thyroid found that thyroid dysfunction is associated with a 66-77% elevated risk for either type 1 or type 2 diabetes for individuals younger than 65 years old. However, those under treatment to normalize their thyroid levels have a much lower risk (26-32%).
Medicina Clinica, April 2023
Diet: Healthier Eating Tips.
To improve the chances of sticking to a healthier eating pattern, the American Heart Association offers the following tips: don’t cut out your favorite foods, just reduce portion sizes; make sure to eat plenty of servings of fiber-rich foods such as legumes, whole grains, fruit, and vegetables; opt for healthy snacks instead of junk food; and limit your intake of sugary drinks and products with added sugars.
American Heart Association, March 2023
Exercise: Exercise Can Reduce Effects of Poor Sleep Habits.
While previous research has shown that sleeping less than seven and more than nine hours a night are both detrimental to longevity, a recent study that included more than 90,000 adults found that meeting physical activity guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise a week appears to negate some of the negative long-term effects of chronic short and long sleep. Study Dr. Jihui Zhang adds, “[Our] study indicates that getting sufficient exercise may partially offset the detrimental impact of missing a good night’s sleep.”
European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, March 2023
Chiropractic: Idiopathic Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Alters Hand Proprioception.
Proprioception is the body’s ability to sense where its various parts are in relation to one another for purposes of movement and balance. Examinations of 60 hands affected by carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and 25 non-CTS hands revealed that proprioception is worse when CTS is present. Doctors of chiropractic often utilize a multimodal approach when managing CTS patients, which may include exercises and therapies to restore normal hand movement and function.
Joint Diseases and Related Surgery, January 2023
Mental Attitude: Mental Health Issues Increase Cervical Cancer Risk for Women.
Following an analysis of data concerning 4 million women born between 1940 and 1995, researchers report that a history of mental illness is associated with a two-times increased risk for cervical cancer. The research team points out that women with mental illness, neuropsychiatric disability, or substance abuse are less likely to attend cervical cancer screenings.
The Lancet Public Health, March 2023
Wellness/Prevention: Lost Weight and Regained Some?
Don’t Fret. A literature review that included 124 studies found that individuals who participate in a weight loss program that includes education on exercise and other healthy lifestyle choices have a lower risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes that may persists for up to five years, even if they regain some of the lost weight.
Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, March 2023