WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE
Week of: Monday, November 11, 2019
Chad Abramson, D.C.
Mental Attitude: Earning Ability May Be Tied to Heart Risk.
Researchers tracked the earnings and heart health of nearly 9,000 adults in the United States for thirty years and found that those who experienced a drop in their income in the first decade of the study had an elevated risk for heart attack, fatal coronary heart disease, heart failure, and stroke over the following twenty years. Meanwhile, participants who saw their income increase by more than 50% during the initial phase of the study had a 20% reduced risk for cardiovascular disease. JAMA Cardiology, October 2019
Health Alert: Smoking Linked to Prostate Cancer.
A review of data concerning 73,668 male military veterans revealed smoking is associated with a 15% increased risk for prostate cancer. Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, October 2019
Diet: Mediterranean Diet May Protect Hearing.
The Mediterranean diet focuses on eating fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, olive oil, and whole grains, while avoiding red and processed meats, dairy, saturated fats, and refined sugars. An analysis of data concerning 3,135 older women found that those who most closely followed a Mediterranean-style diet were less likely to experience high-frequency hearing loss during the following six years. American Journal of Epidemiology, October 2019
Exercise: Exercise Helps Cancer Patients Ward Off Heart Damage from Chemotherapy.
An article recently published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology notes that cancer treatment can impair heart function and structure, which can cause or accelerate the development of cardiovascular disease. Because of this, the article recommends that individuals under treatment for cancer should be given a tailored exercise prescription to protect their heart based on their history, cancer treatment, response to exercise, and personal preferences. Author Dr. Flavio D'Ascenzi adds, “Physical activity before, during, and after cancer treatment can counteract the negative effects of therapies on the cardiovascular system. In addition, it can relieve symptoms such as nausea and fatigue and help prevent unwanted changes in body weight.” European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, October 2019
Chiropractic: Deep Neck Muscles and Headaches.
In this study, researchers used ultrasonography to measure activity in the deep neck muscles of 22 cervicogenic headache patients and 22 healthy subjects. They observed that the deep neck muscles in the healthy subject group were thicker than those of participants in the cervicogenic headache group. The findings suggest that atrophy of deep neck muscles may play a role in cervicogenic headaches, and clinicians should keep this in mind when developing a treatment plan for patients with this condition. Doctors of chiropractic commonly treat patients with cervicogenic headaches using spinal manipulative therapy and therapeutic exercise. Cranio, October 2019
Wellness/Prevention: Sleep Tips for Kids.
To help kids get a good night’s sleep, the National Sleep Foundation recommends the following: remove TVs, computers, and gadgets from your kid’s bedroom; avoid large meals before bedtime; develop a regular bedtime routine; set firm bedtimes and wake times; make sure the bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and temperate; help kids quiet down a few hours before bedtime; and finish heavy studying, texting, or video games earlier in the evening. National Sleep Foundation, October 2019
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