Weekly Health Update December 11, 2017

Mental Attitude:

Living in a Bad Neighborhood Linked to Cognitive Decline… After controlling for individual factors, French researchers report that older women living in deprived neighborhoods appear to have a 1.29-times greater risk for dementia and a 1.42-times increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia, November 2017

Health Alert:

Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Alzheimer’s Risk. Poor vitamin D levels have been linked with a
number of negative health outcomes. Now, a new study indicates that seniors with deficient vitamin D levels may have and elevated risk for Alzheimer’s disease. The study used data from the French Three-City Bordeaux study concerning 916 non-demented seniors whom researchers followed for twelve years. They found that participants who consistently had deficient vitamin D blood levels had a 2.85-times greater risk for Alzheimer’s disease than those who maintained adequate vitamin D levels.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia, November 2017

Diet:

A Healthier Diet Could Reduce Pancreatic Cancer Risk for Some Women. In this study, researchers advised over 46,000 overweight and obese women, aged 50 to 79, who normally consumed a high-fat diet to either eat less fat and more fruits, vegetables, and grains or continue their normal diet. Fifteen years later, they found the women who received education about eating a healthier diet had a 17% lower risk for developing pancreatic cancer than those who continued to maintain a high-fat diet.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute, November 2017

Exercise:

Walk Your Way to Fitness. According to experts from the Mayo Clinic, regular brisk walking can help one maintain a healthy weight; prevent or manage various chronic diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes; strengthen bones and muscles; improve one’s mood; and improve one’s balance and coordination. They add that the faster, further, and more frequent you walk, the greater the benefits you can achieve.

Mayo Clinic, November 2017

Chiropractic:

Musculoskeletal Pain Is a Major Problem for Surgeons! An analysis of data provided by 312 surgeons found that neck pain was the most common musculoskeletal complaint among respondents, followed by neck pain (45.8%), back pain (42.3%), and shoulder pain (40.1%). The research team also identified these work-related risk factors for musculoskeletal pain among surgeons: time spent performing surgeries per week (>25 hours per week), duration of each surgery (> 3 hours), years spent as a surgeon (>10 years), and hours spent in a standing position each day (>4 hours).

Applied Ergonomics, February 2018

Wellness/Prevention:

Oral Cancer Signs & Symptoms. Oral cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancer cases each year and it is often diagnosed between the age of 55 and 64. According to the American Dental Association, oral cancer symptoms may include the following: a mouth sore or irritation that doesn’t resolve within three weeks; red or white patches; a lump, rough spot on usually smooth areas of the mouth; unexplained ear or throat trouble; and frequent hoarseness while talking. If you have these symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider.

American Dental Association, November 2017

Quote: “If you believe you can, you might. If you know you can, you will.” ~ Steve Maraboli

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