Week of: Monday, January 23rd, 2023

“Healthy citizens 
are the greatest asset 
any country can have.” 
~ Winston S. Churchill

Health Alert: Depression Is a Risk Factor for Cardiometabolic Multimorbidity.
Cardiometabolic multimorbidity is characterized as having two of the following three conditions: hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Past research has shown that individuals who meet these criteria have a 12-15 reduced life expectancy. A recent study found that depression is associated with up to a 68% increased risk for developing cardiometabolic multimorbidity during a twelve-year timeframe.
Journal of Affective Disorders, December 2022

Diet: High Sugar Intake Associated with Premature Aging in Childhood Cancer Survivors.
In a cohort study that monitored childhood cancer survivors throughout adulthood, researchers found that the risk for premature aging—the visible signs of aging appearing earlier in life—increased by as much as 30% for every 25 grams of sugar participants consumed per day, on average. Senior author Dr. Yikyung Park adds, “We need to find a way to help cancer survivors maintain healthier dietary habits to support their overall health.”
American Association for Cancer Research, November 2022

Exercise: Moms Don’t Get Enough Exercise.
Among a group of 848 women, researchers found that less than 50% achieved at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week, and the percentage was even lower in mothers with a young child or multiple children.
PLOS One, November 2022

Chiropractic: Neck Pain Common After Sports Collisions.
A recent study found that a third of high school athletes who experience a sport-related collision report acute neck pain, and these individuals tend to experience more concussion-related symptoms. The authors conclude that concussed athletes with neck pain should be screened for injury to the neck. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to assess patients with neck pain following whiplash-related trauma from sports collision, slip and falls, and motor vehicle collisions.
Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, November 2022

Mental Attitude: Trouble Falling Asleep May Be Risk Factors for Mood Disorders.
Questionnaires completed over the course of one year by 779 adults revealed that difficulty falling asleep is linked to an increased risk for both depression and anxiety over time.
Journal of Affective Disorders, February 2023

Wellness/Prevention: Standard Time Should Be Permanent.
Due to the adverse effects on health—especially those related to sleep disruption—caused by time changes, the American Medical Association recommends eliminating daylight savings time and making standard time permanent in the United States.
American Medical Association, November 2022

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