WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday, April 9th, 2012

by drmccluskey

Mental Attitude: The Brain, Aggression & The Media. Research over the past few decades has shown that viewing physical violence in the media can increase aggression in adults and children. A new study has also found that onscreen relational aggression (including social exclusion, gossip and emotional bullying) may prime the brain for aggression. Aggressive Behavior, March 2012

Health Alert: Don’t Be Like A Brit? Britons are dying early because of ignorance and denial of cancer symptoms. If Britain matched the best cancer survival rates in Europe, 11,500 fewer people would die every year. Matching just the European average would save 6,000-7,000 lives every year. Britain’s poor record in early diagnosis is to blame. A survey asked Britons about warning signs and symptoms of cancer. 75% failed to mention pain, coughing, bladder and bowel problems; 66% failed to list bleeding; and only 25% mentioned weight loss or mole changes. 37% who spotted early signs of cancer said they may delay getting checked because they worried about the result. 37% said they may delay getting symptoms checked because it would be difficult to make an appointment to see their GP. 25% said it might be a waste of their doctor’s time. Cancer Research, 2012

Diet: Added Sugar, Obesity And Diabetes. Fructose intake from added sugar is linked with the epidemic rise in obesity, metabolic syndrome and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that raises a person’s risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and other health problems. Metabolic syndrome currently affects 25% of Americans. If you compared two diets of similar calorie intake (more fructose vs. more starch), the higher fructose diet will lead to greater accumulation of fat around organs and higher insulin resistance.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, March 2012

Exercise: Take A Break From Sitting. Interrupting prolonged periods of sitting with regular, two-minute breaks of light or moderate intensity activity, like walking, may be good for overweight and obese people’s health. Such activity helps their bodies keep glucose and insulin levels under control after consuming a high calorie meal.

Diabetes Care, March 2012

Chiropractic: Tennis Anyone? “A Chiropractor was instrumental in putting my body back together… alternative therapies will play a bigger role in our lives. After all, people like what works”

~ Martina Navratilova – former WTA World No. 1 and 9x Wimbledon Singles Champion

Wellness/Prevention: Vitamin D And Fractures. Vitamin D intake can lower stress fracture risk in girls, especially in regards to injuries caused by high impact activities. There was no evidence that calcium and dairy intakes were protective against developing a stress fracture or that soda intake was predictive of an increased risk of stress fracture or confounded the association between dairy, calcium or vitamin D intakes and fracture risk.

Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, March 2012

 

Quote: “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” ~ Dalai Lama

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