Category Archives: Health Problems

aRE yOU bALD?

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Or just stressed and pulling your hair out?

A new study from UC San Francisco is the first to show that while the impact of life’s stressors accumulate overtime and accelerate cellular aging, these negative effects may be reduced by maintaining a healthy diet, exercising and sleeping well.

“The study participants who exercised, slept well and ate well had less telomere (the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes that affect how quickly cells age) shortening than the ones who didn’t maintain healthy lifestyles, even when they had similar levels of stress,” said lead author Eli Puterman, PhD, assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at UCSF. “It’s very important that we promote healthy living, especially under circumstances of typical experiences of life stressors like death, caregiving and job loss.”

Shorter telomeres have become associated with a broad range of aging-related diseases, including stroke, vascular dementia, cardiovascular disease, obesity, osteoporosis diabetes, and many forms of cancer.

“This is the first study that supports the idea, at least observationally, that stressful events can accelerate immune cell aging in adults, even in the short period of one year. Exciting, though, is that these results further suggest that keeping active, and eating and sleeping well during periods of high stress are particularly important to attenuate the accelerated aging of our immune cells,” said Puterman.

 

What’s A Little Spare Tire or Two…

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Obesity is a global health concern. In the US, more than 69% of adults aged 20 years or over are overweight or obese. Similar numbers are found in the UK, where around 62% of individuals aged 16 or over are overweight or obese.

It is well known that being overweight can increase the risk of potentially serious health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Past research has also shown that overweight and obesity can increase the risk of cancer.

Last year an eight analysis was completed. Results of the analysis revealed that 166,955 participants developed one of the 22 cancers during the 7.5-year follow-up. The researchers found that BMI (Body Mass Index) was linked to the development of 17 out of these 22 cancers, and the link was particularly strong for 10 of these cancers.

Every 5 kg/m2 increase in BMI was associated with a higher risk of the following cancers:

Womb/Uterine (62% increased risk)
Gallbladder (31% increased risk)
Kidney (25% increased risk)
Liver (19% increased risk)
Cervical (10% increased risk)
Colon (10% increased risk)
Ovarian (9% increased risk)
Thyroid (9% increased risk)
Leukemia (9% increased risk)
Breast (5% increased risk)

A 1 kg/m2 increase in average BMI (the equivalent to 8-10 pounds per adult) across the country’s population – which occurs around every 12 years based on current trends – may cause an additional 3,790 cases of the 10 cancers every year.

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Are You Losing Your Mind?

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In the first large, population-based study of its kind, a team of researchers has found a link between vitamin D consumption and the risk of developing dementia. Older people who do not get enough vitamin D could double their risk of developing the condition. Similarly, younger people who do not consume enough vitamin D increase their risks of developing dementia later on.

Vitamin D is important for the body’s immune function, growth and repair of bones, and normal calcium and phosphorus absorption. It can be obtained from fish, milk, eggs and cheese. oily-fish

Dementia is a collective term used to describe the problems that people with various underlying brain disorders can have with their memory, language and thinking. Alzheimer’s disease is the best known and most common disorder under the umbrella of dementia.

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the US and is believed to currently affect 5.3 million Americans. It is most common in people aged over 65, in which a tenth of the population has the condition, but has been known to afflict individuals as young as 40 years of age.

The authors of the study, published in Neurology, state that low concentrations of vitamin D are associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Worryingly, there are high rates of vitamin D deficiency in older adults – the group most at risk from developing dementia.

The CDC report that one third of the US population do not get sufficient amounts of vitamin D, with 8% of the population at risk of vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is obtained from sun exposure and foods such as milk, eggs, cheese and fatty fish.

The study could provide a good starting point for this area of research. “Our findings are very encouraging and even if a small number of people could benefit, this would have enormous public health implications given the devastating and costly nature of dementia.” New deitary guidelines are supporting eating vitamin D rich foods once a day and oily fish a minimum of once a week.

 

 

The Eyes Have It

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Your eyes are not only the window to your soul, they are also an indication of how healthy you are. Here are some signs to watch for and what your eyes might be trying to tell you.

1. Bumps above the eye lid and along the brow are and indication that you have high cholesterol. The bumps are fatty tissue called xanthelasma palbebrarum.

2. Spot damage to the retina may indicate diabetes.

3. If your vision is doubled or blurry without reason, you may be developing myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disorder characterized my muscle weakness.

4. Different sized pupils may indicate brain trauma. This could mean an aneurysm, migraine, tumor, meningitis, or swelling on the brain.

5. Headaches coupled by vision issues may be an indicator of high blood pressure.

6. Yellowing of the whites of the eye indicate jaundice or other liver issues.

7. Red, irritated eyes that appear to bulge are a sign of Grave’s disease, an autoimmune thyroid disorder.

Keep on top of your health by checking your eyes weekly. After all, they will show some of the first signs of illness and it makes sense to look yourself in the eye when you look in the mirror.

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The Fight Against Cancer and Environmental Pollutants

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The risk of developing cancer during a lifetime is one out of two men, one out of three women, and approximately1,500 cancer deaths each day in the U.S. and of course, increasing.
Studies done in 1997 and again in 2004 on DNA repair documented that the source of cancer is the mutation of intercellular DNA or copying errors– meaning that the DNA are transmitting the signals to the telomeres and the telomeres to the RNA, and the replicating cells break down. Divisions in the errors are caused by extracellular malformations from radiation, chemicals, and our environment.
It is not new news that problems lie within our environment with the pollution in the water, the pollution in the air,and with the pollutants we willingly put in our bodies. We brush our teeth with some commercial form of toothpaste, use a commercial shampoo,  a commercial soap, deodorant, lipstick, makeup –whatever – and it is the same. Chemicals in that which we are putting on our body and which we are exposed to in our environment, and our food is extremely damaging. Cancer-damaged DNA is propagated to new cells.

The above mentioned studies started looking at various compounds that are mentioned  in essential oils in treating different cancer conditions. The focus was on oils with specific and varying combinations of plant chemicals, protective qualities, coping with environmental stress, destructive killing or inhibiting growth of invaders, and stimulatory traits, promoting cell growth. This research took 74 oils – 69 single oils and five blends or mixtures – and treated cervical cancer, breast cancer, skin cancer, and prostate cancer cell lines. They also tested against non-cancerous 3-T-3 fibroblast cells so they could see a variation in actually what was going on in these studies. Oils showing 50% or more cancer cell inhibition and 25% or less inhibition of non-cancer cell growth were recommended for further study as potential anti-cancer drugs.

These studies have resulted in the introduction of a cell restructuring essential oil blend that heals and repairs damaged cells and has shown some success in eliminating the presence of certain cancer cell structures. It has also been shown to minimize and in some instances eliminate the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

You Snooze, You Lose!

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One of the most comprehensive studies of the potential link between reduced sleep and childhood obesity finds compelling evidence that children who consistently received less than the recommended hours of sleep during infancy and early childhood had increases in both obesity and in adiposity or overall body fat at age 7.

While several studies have found evidence of an association between sleep and obesity in young children, few have examined the effects of constant sleep deprivation across time or used measures other than body mass index (BMI), which determines obesity based solely on height and weight. The current study analyzed data from Project Viva, a long-term investigation of the health impacts of several factors during pregnancy and after birth. Information used in this study was gathered from mothers at in-person interviews when their children were around 6 months, 3 years and 7 years old, and from questionnaires completed when the children were ages 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6.

Overall, children with the lowest sleep scores had the highest levels of all body measurements reflecting obesity and adiposity, including abdominal fat which is considered to be particularly hazardous. The association was consistent at all ages, indicting there was no critical period for the interaction between sleep and weight. Lower sleep scores were more common in homes with lower incomes, less maternal education and among racial and ethnic minorities; but the association between sleep and obesity/adiposity was not changed by adjusting for those and other factors.

Labels L I E !

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A study performed last week shows that soda consumers may be getting a much higher dose of the harmful sugar fructose than they have been led to believe, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed the chemical composition of 34 popular beverages, finding that beverages and juices made with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr Pepper, Mountain Dew and Sprite, all contain 50 percent more fructose than glucose, a blend that calls into question claims that sugar and HFCS are essentially the same.

The research also shows that the ingredients on some product labels do not represent their fructose content. For example, Goran’s team found that the label on Pepsi Throwback indicates it is made with real sugar (sucrose) yet the analysis demonstrated that it contains more than 50 percent fructose. Sierra Mist, Gatorade and Mexican Coca-Cola also have higher concentrations of fructose than implied by their label. This suggests that these beverages might contain HFCS, which is not disclosed on their labels.

What does this mean for the consumer?

Higher sugar contents means:
More calories consumed
Greater spike in blood sugar levels after consumption
Increased danger of liver, heart, and cardiovascular disease