Weekly Health Update: Don’t Wait, Recover Faster

By Published On: April 15, 2013Categories: NJ Health and Wellness

Chiropractic: Don’t Wait.
While patients with chronic (more than 3 months) low back pain generally report good outcomes following chiropractic care, patients with acute pain (less than 4 weeks) recover faster.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, July 2012

Mental Attitude: Video Games and Happiness?
Older adults who play video games are more likely to be happier and have better emotional health. Those who played video games (even those who said they just played occasionally) reported a greater sense of well-being. The seniors who did not play video games reported more negative emotions and a likelihood toward increased levels of depression.
Computers in Human Behavior, March 2013

Health Alert: Dementia Death Rate Soars!
Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease have risen from the 24th leading cause of death in the United Kingdom to the 10th in the last 20 years. Dementia is now one of the top 10 (and fastest rising) causes of death. Not including the untold human cost, dementia costs the UK economy £23 billion a year.
The Lancet, March 2013

Diet: Heart Healthy Lifestyle Also Lowers Cancer Risk.
People who adhere to 6 out of the 7 factors from The American Heart Association’s “Life’s Simple 7 Steps” to reduce heart attack risk also reduced their risk of cancer by 51%. Those who followed at least four of the 7 factors decreased their cancer risk by 33%. The seven factors include: being physically active, keeping a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, keeping blood pressure down, regulating blood sugar levels, and not smoking.
American Heart Association March, 2013

Exercise: Exercise and Sleep.
Light, moderate, and vigorous exercisers are more likely to experience restful sleep than non-exercisers (67% vs. 39%). If you are inactive, taking a ten minute daily walk could improve your likelihood of a good night’s sleep.
National Sleep Foundation, March 2013

Wellness/Prevention: Prevent Visceral Fat.
Visceral fat (fat stored in the abdominal cavity) is directly linked to an increased risk for colon cancer. Loss of fat by surgery or a calorie restricted diet reduced the risk of developing intestinal tumors.
Cancer Prevention Research, March 2013