Health Alert: Sleep Apnea, Asthma, and CPAP.
For individuals with both asthma and obstructive sleep apnea, a recent study found that treatment with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device led to patient-reported improvements in asthma symptoms in 51.5% of participants.
Sleep Medicine, January 2023
Diet: Mediterranean Diet Tied to Lower Preeclampsia Risk.
Preeclampsia is marked by a sudden increase in blood pressure, protein in the urine, or other problems during pregnancy, which can cause serious health problems for mothers and babies if left untreated. Researchers report that participants in the Nulliparous Pregnancy Outcomes Study who closely adhered to the Mediterranean diet—an eating pattern rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fish, olive oil, and raw nuts—at the time of conception had a 28% lower risk for preeclampsia.
JAMA Network Open, December 2022
Exercise: Building Bigger Biceps.
The American Council on Exercise notes that concentration curls may be the best exercise for building the biceps as it isolates the bicep muscle more than other common exercises such as cable curls, barbell curls, chin-ups, EZ curls, incline curls, and preacher curls. To perform a concentration curl, sit with the upper arm pressed against the inside of the thigh, slowly raising and lowering the weight.
American Council on Exercise, January 2023
Chiropractic: Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Can Hinder Knee Osteoarthritis Treatment.
In this study, researchers observed that patients under treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee with co-occurring lumbar spinal stenosis experienced slower improvement with respect to knee pain than participants without a lumbar spine condition. The findings highlight the importance of examining the whole patient to identify issues outside the area of chief complaint that may contribute to the patient’s condition, something doctors of chiropractic are trained to do.
Osteoarthritis and Cartilage Open, November 2022
Mental Attitude: Diabetes and Dementia Risk.
Using data from the UK Biobank study, researchers report that type 2 diabetes diagnosis before age 50 can double an individual's risk for dementia. The research team notes that type 1 diabetics also have a similar increased risk for the degenerative neurological condition.
Diabetic Medicine, February 2023
Wellness/Prevention: Are You Dehydrated?
As temperatures drop, the more obvious signs of dehydration may be less apparent. The Baylor College of Medicine notes the following are signs of dehydration in cold weather: headache; cracked lips; dry skin and mouth; fatigue; dizziness and/or lightheadedness; difficulty concentrating; and less frequent urination and darker urine color.
Baylor College of Medicine, December 2022
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