Health-E-News June 2013
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Sitting is the new smoking...
"Prolonged sitting is not what nature intended for us," says Dr. Camelia Davtyan, clinical professor of medicine and director of women's health at the UCLA Comprehensive Health Program.
"The chair is out to kill us," says James Levine, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine.
The human body was designed for walking, and people did a whole lot of that for millenniums. But lately, not so much. In general, scientists believe, most people now sit for more than half of their waking hours. Sadly, the sitting position exerts forces on the body that it's not built to accommodate, Davtyan says, and so, as comfy as it may seem, couch potato-hood can lead to a host of woes, including poor circulation and assorted aches and pains.
Sitting at your desk for hours on end, slaving away diligently, can increase your chances of getting a promotion - but also diabetes, heart disease or even an early grave. A study published in the journal Diabetologia in November 2012 analyzed the results of 18 studies with a total of nearly 800,000 participants. When comparing people who spent the most time sitting with those who spent the least time, researchers found increases in the risks of diabetes (112%), cardiovascular events (147%), death from cardiovascular causes (90%) and death from all causes (49%).
"Sitting is the new smoking," says Anup Kanodia, a physician and researcher at the Center for Personalized Health Care at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center. As evidence, he cites an Australian study published in October 2012 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that compared the two pastimes. Every hour of TV that people watch, presumably while sitting, cuts about 22 minutes from their life span, the study's authors calculated.
The good news is that another showed that simply going for a two-minute walk every 20 minutes can greatly reduce the risk of sitting.
So stay active and keep moving during your day.
Physically Active Kids Make For Happier Adults
Depression is a significant health issue for several different reasons.
Now here's some good news: A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry suggests physical activity, particularly early in life, may help reduce the risk of depression later. Specifically, the study found that "lower cardiovascular fitness at age 18 was associated with increased risk of serious depression in adulthood." Study participants were followed for up to 40 years, strengthening the study's finding that early cardiovascular fitness can have a long-term impact on depression risk throughout adulthood.
Physical activity has also been associated with a reduced risk of depression in general because exercise encourages the production / release of endorphins, the body's "feel good" chemicals, while reducing production of cortisol and other "stress" hormones.
Remember, it's never too early - or too late - to start exercising. Your body and mind will thank you for it.
How Can Chiropractic Help - from University of Minnesota
Several academic organizations and government organizations recognize and support Chiropractic.
University of Minnesota has a great page about Chiropractic.
Most often, people go to chiropractors the first time for relief from back pain. However Chiropractors treat a broad range of complaints, from bak and neck pain to headaches, arthritis and more. Moreover, people don't need to have a specific complaint to benefit from a visit. Chiropractors also focus on on-going preventive and wellness care. Chiropractic care is safe and effective for people of all ages, from infants to the elderly.
The article goes into depth about the benefits of Chiropractic and who can benefit from Chiropractic. Be sure to check it out and send it to those who have questions about Chiropractic.
Chiropractic Care Relieves Severe Facial Pain
Trigeminal Neuralgia is a severe condition in which a large nerve in your head becomes irritated and can cause severe pain. It is a devastating problem, and fortunately Chiropractic adjustments to the neck have been shown to help.
A 58 year-old female who had been diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia six years prior by a neurologist, sought Chiropractic care. She had been taking anticonvulsive medication to control the painful attacks which occurred above her right eye, but when they were no longer effective, she felt it was time to try something new.
She began a course of corrective Chiropractic care, and after nine weeks she reported improvement in symptomatic complaints and had not experienced an attack of trigeminal neuralgia.