Mental Attitude: Sleep Well. People with a “normal” sleep duration of 6-9 hours per night had higher self-reported scores for quality of life and lower scores for depression severity compared to short and long sleepers. The researchers were surprised that sleeping less than 6 hours and more than 9 hours was associated with a similar decrease in quality of life and increase in depressive symptoms. Source
Health Alert: Medical Bills And Bankruptcy? Most people who are driven into bankruptcy by illness and medical bills actually have coverage, but it’s such inadequate coverage that it doesn’t keep them from financial ruin. They’re facing huge premiums and copayments and deductibles – and things that aren’t covered by their insurance. Minnesota News Connection
Diet: Food Labeling. One in every six US consumers is reading calorie data on the newly introduced food labeling system, and is consequently buying products with fewer calories. The law requires restaurant chains with at least 15 branches to provide calorie data on menus and menu boards. At McDonalds there was a 5.3% drop in average energy (calories) per purchase, and at KFC a 6.4% drop. Source: British Medical Journal, August 2011.
Exercise: Exercise For The Brain. Using findings from 111 recent studies, researchers showcase the effects of aerobic exercise and strength training playing a vital role in maintaining brain and cognitive health throughout life on people ranging in age from children to elderly adults. The review suggests that aerobic exercise is important for getting a head start during childhood on cognitive abilities. Physical inactivity is associated with poorer academic performance and results on standard neuropsychological tests, while exercise programs appear to improve memory, attention, and decision- making. These effects also extend to young and elderly adults, with solid evidence for aerobic training benefiting executive functions, including multi-tasking, planning, and inhibition, and increasing the volume of brain structures important for memory.
Source: Journal of Applied Physiology, July 2011.
Chiropractic: Early Thoughts Of DD Palmer. I desired to know why one person was ailing and his associate, eating at the same table, working in the same shop, was not. Why? What difference was there in these two persons that caused one to have various diseases, while his partner escaped?
Wellness/Prevention: Watch This! Watching TV for 2-3 hours a day increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, nonfatal cardiovascular disease and dying from any cause. Americans watch TV on average
5 hours a day. TV alters energy expenditure by displacing time spent on physical activities, and is associated with unhealthy eating (more fried foods, processed meats, sugary drinks and less fruits, vegetables, whole grains). People who watch TV for 2 hours a day had a 20% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a 15% higher risk of developing fatal or nonfatal cardiovascular disease, and a 13% greater risk of dying early from any cause.
Source: Journal of the American Medical Association, 2011.
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