TIP OF THE WEEK
Women’s Health magazine points out that there are 10 types of people who are more at risk for vitamin D deficiency:
Adults over age 55, office workers, people with darker skin, inflammatory bowel disease patients, vegans and vegetarians, people with a high body fat percentage, people taking certain medications, people who have constant joint and muscle aches, people suffering from depression, and people who suffer from chronic headaches.
Vitamin D deficiency is associated with several health concerns and the best way to find out if you are deficient in vitamin D is a blood test, according to GrassrootsHealth.
Tips to embrace your age
As age increases, quality of life doesn’t have to decrease, Christopher Mele recently wrote in the New York Times. Life expectancy has grown more in the 20th century than all prior millennia, according to Daniel B. Kaplan of Adelphi University. Here are a few tips for the growing numbers who will be embracing their age:
— Gain perspective: An optimistic outlook makes a difference.
— Diversify your friends: Befriend people from multiple generations.
— Get ready: Make good choices that will benefit your health later on.
— Focus on the positives: Older adults usually enjoy improvements in the emotional aspects of life, feeling less stressed and generally happier.
— Reject ageist attitudes: Fight back against myths of the crotchety older person. Defy outdated ideas by pursuing what you find meaningful.
Does your height affect your health?
Time Health recently explored five health risks and benefits for taller individuals.
The following are some ways they report that height is linked to health:
— More blood clots: Researcher Dr. Ben Zoller said that could be because longer leg veins have more surface area “where problems can occur.”
— Higher risk of dying from cancer: “The risk of dying from cancer increases by 4 percent for every 2.5 inches of height a person has,” the report said.
— Less heart disease: A Lancet study said that every 2.5 inches of height decreased a person’s risk of dying from heart disease by 6 percent.
— Less diabetes: This could be related to the amount of a hormone that can help the body control levels of cholesterol and blood sugar.
— Higher risk of a-fib: Research indicated that “taller and bigger women are nearly three times as likely to develop atrial fibrillation, a dangerous heart rhythm disorder,” the story said.
Women more vulnerable to concussions
According to a recent study, women might be more susceptible to concussions because of more fragile nerve fibers. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found women have smaller, more breakable nerve fibers in the brain compared to men. Using rats and human neuronal cells, researchers found female axons were smaller and had fewer microtubules that were more likely to break after applying the same force from a simulated traumatic brain injury. The study also found that 24 hours after a traumatic injury, female axons had significantly more swellings.
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