DAILY HEALTH UPDATE
Friday, January 2nd, 2015
Alejandro T. Martinez, D.C.
“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci
Exercise: Walking Helpful for Decreasing Metabolic Syndrome Risk Factors.
Walking for Decreasing Metabolic Syndrome- Simply walking at a moderate pace three times a week for 24 weeks was enough to significantly decrease metabolic syndrome risk factors in a small group of obese middle-aged women. According to researchers, the women saw dramatic improvements in weight, body fat, body mass index, waist circumference, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, and triglycerides levels. They also experienced improved cholesterol scores and increased maximal oxygen consumption. Journal of Physical Therapy Science, November 2014
Mental Attitude: Low Vitamin D Associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that usually starts in the fall and continues through the winter months. Currently, SAD affects up to 10% of the population in the United States. While its root cause has been a mystery, researchers from the University of Georgia think that lower vitamin D levels during the colder months may be to blame. Low levels of vitamin D have been observed in depressed patients and have also been associated with alterations in the synthesis of dopamine and serotonin, hormones that help regulate our mood. Medical Hypotheses, December 2014
Health Alert: Obesity By Itself Can Cause Damage to the Heart. A 12-year study involving more than 9,500 heart disease-free individuals found that heart damage can occur in obese people without causing symptoms. Researchers found that severely obese participants were more than twice as likely to develop heart failure than those with a normal body mass index. Lead investigator Dr. Chiadi Ndumele adds, “The direct relationship we found between obesity and subclinical heart damage is quite potent and truly concerning from a public health standpoint given the growing number of obese people in the United States and worldwide.” Journal of the American College of Cardiology, November 2014
Diet: Green Vegetables May Aid Heart Health. According to a new study, eating more green vegetables may be beneficial to your heart. Researchers found that eating nitrate-rich vegetables (like spinach and broccoli) reduces the production of a hormone called erythropoietin that regulates red blood cell production in the body. The team claims the result is thinner blood without a compromise in oxygen levels, which may help prevent blood clots and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack.
The FASEB Journal, November 2014
Chiropractic: Chronic Low Back Pain Affects Decision-Making Abilities. Compared with healthy controls, study participants with chronic low back pain (CLBP) performed poorly on simulations designed to measure real-life decision-making abilities. Because CLBP subjects demonstrated a reduced ability to learn from and adapt to such situations, the researchers believe that chronic pain may negatively affect areas of the brain involved in the decision-making process.
Frontiers in Psychology, November 2014
Wellness/Prevention: Urine Test May Help Children with Asthma. Children with asthma may soon be able to use a simple urine test to ensure they are taking the right dose of their medication. Researchers have found a urine test that can measure levels of inflammation and predict an imminent asthma attack. Researcher Dr. Rossa Brugha adds, “We hope that this test can help indicate the level of steroid medication they actually need. If implemented it will help the child to manage their asthma more effectively and hopefully reduce the number of asthma attacks.”
The British Thoracic Society Winter Meeting, December 2014
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Walking for Decreasing Metabolic Syndrome
This information should not be substituted for medical or chiropractic advice. Any and all health care concerns, decisions, and actions must be done through the advice and counsel of a health care professional who is familiar with your updated medical history.