Weekly Health Update Week of: Monday, May 7th, 2018

“Only a mediocre person is always at his best.”
~ W. Somerset Maugham

Mental Attitude: Nutritional Deficiencies in Early Life May Affect Dementia Risk.
Past research has identified a relationship between short adult leg length and the quality of nutrition in early life. In a study that included over 13,000 seniors from East Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America, researchers found an association between short leg length and dementia risk. This finding suggests that poor nutrition in childhood may be predictive of dementia risk later in life.
PLOS ONE, April 2018Health Alert: Stressful Life Events Increase Diabetes Risk.
According to a new study that involved almost 8,000 middle-aged adults, there is a relationship between an elevated risk for type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and the total number of major stressful events an individual encounters in his or her lifetime. Examples of stressful life events include the death of a spouse or child, divorce, marital separation, imprisonment, the death of a close family member, personal injury or illness, and job loss. The researchers conclude, “Reducing the direct effect of stress with management interventions may reduce the indirect effect of developing T2DM and warrants further investigation.”
Journals of Gerontology, April 2018

Diet: High-Carb Diet May Be Bad for Cancer Survivors…
In this study, researchers tracked the pre- and post-treatment diet of more than 400 cancer patients and found that those who consumed the most carbohydrates and sugars in the year before cancer treatment had an elevated risk of mortality from any cause during the following two years.
International Journal of Cancer, March 2018

Exercise: Encourage Teens to Play Organized Sports.
Previous research has demonstrated that individuals with poor fitness levels as they enter adulthood have an increased risk for a number of negative health outcomes. In this study, researchers found that teens who participated in organized sports during late adolescence had higher fitness levels at age 19 than their peers who did not. The authors conclude, “From a health perspective, in terms of [cardiorespiratory fitness], the findings highlight the importance of encouraging adolescents to participate in organized sport and to refrain from dropping out of organized sport programs.”
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, April 2018

Chiropractic: Canadian Guidelines Support Manipulation for Back Pain.
An eight-member multidisciplinary panel recently set out to determine clinical practice guidelines for the management of acute and chronic low back pain in adults. Their review of the current available evidence led them to conclude that a multimodal approach including spinal manipulative therapy, other commonly used active interventions, self-management advice, and exercise are an effective treatment strategy for the management of both acute and chronic back pain, with or without leg pain.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, March 2018

Wellness/Prevention: Help Reduce Water Pollution.
The Office of Women’s Health notes that drinking polluted water can cause vomiting, diarrhea, skin rashes, and reproductive and developmental problems. To help reduce the risk of consuming polluted water, the agency recommends the following: recycle batteries and other harmful electronic waste; test your drinking water for harmful pollutants; filter or boil water to remove bacteria, lead, or chlorine; take used motor oil to a recycling center; and use cold water for drinking and cooking, as it is less likely to contain lead.
Office of Women’s Health, April 2018

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