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Daily Health Update

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Courtesy of:
Jonathan Weimer, D.C.

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Denver, CO 80211
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“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
~ Frederick Douglass


Mental Attitude: Loneliness May Increase Breast Cancer Recurrence. 

Women who don’t have strong social ties are 40% more likely to have their breast cancer return than women with a strong support network. Kassandra Alcaraz, strategic director for health equity research at the American Cancer Society notes, "Having social ties may provide access to real assistance, like having someone to take you to the doctor or having someone to talk to about your concerns or connecting you with resources that can help you cope with the cancer… We need to think of health in a more expansive way. Social influences can be just as important as other risk factors, such as obesity and smoking." 
Cancer, December 2016


Health Alert: Drug Overdose Deaths Climbing in the US.

A new government report reveals that drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States (US), with illicit use of prescription painkillers mostly to blame. According to the report, drug overdose deaths increased 23% between 2010 and 2014, with more than 47,000 Americans dying due to drug overdose in 2014. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adds that 63% of the deaths involved a prescription or illicit opioid. 
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, December 2016

Diet: Dietary Magnesium May Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes. 

Magnesium is involved in over 300 metabolic processes vital for human health and normal biological functions including glucose metabolism, protein production, and DNA synthesis. Dietary sources of magnesium include spices, nuts, beans, cocoa, whole grains, and green leafy vegetables. An analysis of 40 epidemiological studies covering a period from 1999 to 2016 investigated associations between dietary magnesium and various diseases. The results showed that people in the highest category of dietary magnesium consumption had a 10% lower risk of coronary heart disease, a 12% lower risk of stroke, and a 26% lower risk of type-2 diabetes than those with the lowest magnesium intake. Additionally, researchers found that consuming an extra 100 mg per day of dietary magnesium could reduce risk of stroke by 7% and type-2 diabetes by 19%. 
BMC Medicine, December 2016

Exercise: Moderate Exercise May Improve Memory Dysfunction Caused By Diabetes. 

The hippocampus is a part of the brain that is vital for normal memory formation, and investigators have long speculated that impaired glucose metabolism affects hippocampal-mediated memory in those with type 2 diabetes. In this study, researchers found that diabetic rats needed more time to escape water and find a platform in a circular pool test than non-diabetic rats. However, after four weeks of moderate exercise, the rats were able find the platform faster, indicating their spatial memory had improved. The findings suggest that moderate exercise could be used to treat memory impairment in individuals with type 2 diabetes. 
Diabetologia, December 2016

Chiropractic: Smoking History Contributes to Spondyloarthritis Severity. 

Spondyloarthritis is a term for inflammatory diseases that involve both the joints and the sites where ligaments and tendons attach to the bones. In a new study, investigators found that smokers with spondyloarthritis experience worse disease symptoms than those who have either stopped smoking or have never smoked. The findings suggest that healthcare providers should promote smoking cessation as an adjunct to usual therapy among patients with spondyloarthritis. 
Arthritis Care & Research, November 2016

Wellness/Prevention: Keeping Teens Safe on Social Media. 

Most teens enjoy chatting with friends on social media, but parents need to make sure these interactions are appropriate. The National Crime Prevention Council suggests the following: make sure your teen only provides the required information when filling out a profile, skip optional data requests, and never include an address or phone number; have your teen make a profile available to friends only; teens should only "friend" an acquaintance, never someone unknown; encourage teens to post only information that's appropriate; and don’t reveal private details. 
National Crime Prevention Council, December 2016