Health Alert: Regular Laxative Use Linked to Dementia.
An analysis of data concerning more than a half million adults revealed that regular laxative use increases the risk for dementia over the following decade by 28% and regular use of two or more laxatives boosts the risk up to 90%. Study author Dr. Feng Sha adds, “Regular use of laxatives, even without short-term severe adverse events, may have the potential long-term risk of dementia, especially when it comes to osmotic laxatives and combination use of two or more types of laxatives.”
Neurology, February 2023
Diet: Psyllium Fiber May Protect Against Colitis.
A recent animal study found that mice on a psyllium fiber-rich diet were less likely to develop colitis than rodents on a standard diet. The researchers note this is likely due to suppression of pro-inflammatory activity in the digestive tract.
Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology, February 2023
Exercise: Exercise Lowers the Risk for Many Diseases.
The Mayo Clinic reports that regular exercise can help lower the risk and aid in the management of several diseases including stroke, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, depression, anxiety disorder, arthritis, and some cancers.
Mayo Clinic, February 2023
Chiropractic: Spinal Manipulation for Chronic Non-Specific Low Back Pain.
Among a group of 83 patients with chronic non-specific low back pain, those who received six treatments of spinal manipulative therapy—the primary form of treatment provided by doctors of chiropractic—experienced improvements in low back-related pain, disability, and range of motion.
Medicine (Baltimore), February 2023
Mental Attitude: Alcohol May Speed Alzheimer’s Progression.
In a recent study, researchers observed that mice at elevated risk for Alzheimer’s disease experienced faster increases in brain atrophy and amyloid plaque build-up if they consumed the human equivalent of 1-2 alcoholic drinks a day for about ten years. The findings suggest that alcohol consumption may be a modifiable risk factor for Alzheimer’s, though further research is needed.
Neurobiology of Disease, February 2023
Wellness/Prevention: Living Near Green Spaces Lowers Type 2 Diabetes Risk.
Following an analysis of long-term data on nearly 380,000 adults, researchers report that living within 1,000 feet of a residential green space is associated with a 14.4% lower risk for developing type 2 diabetes over the following twelve years.
Science of the Total Environment, March 2023
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