Obesity Rates Continue to Rise Among US Adults.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that two out of every five adults in the United States (US) is obese. According to the CDC, the obesity rate among adults increased six percentage points in the last decade to about 40%. Dr. Reshmi Srinath, director of the Weight and Metabolism Management Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City notes, “We need to take a multidisciplinary approach to obesity prevention and really focus on increasing awareness of obesity and its associated complications, and start screening for obesity and complications at a young age.”
Journal of the American Medical Association, March 2018
Diet: Eat More Fruits and Veggies!
Among a group of 4,495 middle-aged adults from various regions in China, researchers observed a relationship between increased consumption of fruits and vegetables and lower levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.
Chinese Journal of Preventative Medicine, April 2018
Exercise: Stopping Exercise May Increase Depression.
If you suffer from depression and you exercise, don’t stop. A new study examined the effect of stopping exercise on 152 active adults who exercised a minimum of 90 minutes a week and found that among some participants, the cessation of exercise induced significant depression symptoms after only three days. The findings show that adequate physical activity is important for not only physical health, but mental health as well.
Journal of Affective Disorders, March 2018
Chiropractic: Physical Activity and Low Back Pain.
In a new study, researchers measured the daily physical activity of more than 4,000 men and surveyed them about low back pain, drinking, smoking, and lifestyle-related diseases. The data revealed a significant inverse relationship between physical activity and persistent low back pain. The findings suggest that more physically active people have a lower risk for persistent low back pain.
Journal of Physical Activity & Health, March 2018
Wellness/Prevention: Spend More Time Outside!
Individuals who spend time outside—whether simply sitting in a green space, going for a walk, gardening, or exercising—are better able to cope with stress.
Health & Place, March 2018
Mental Attitude: Is Depression a Risk Factor for a Dangerous Irregular Heart Rhythm?
Depression can raise the risk of atrial fibrillation, a condition characterized by an irregular heartbeat that has been linked to stroke and heart failure. Researchers analyzed data concerning over 6,600 participants from a long-term heart health study and found that the risk of atrial fibrillation increased by about a third among those who reported symptoms of depression or had been prescribed antidepressants. The findings suggest that healthcare providers should pay extra attention to the heart health of patients with depressive symptoms. Lead researcher Dr. Parveen Garg writes, “Our research emphasizes the link between mental health and cardiovascular health… Our mental health and our heart health are very intertwined.”
American Heart Association, March 2018
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