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Weekly Health Update

Week of: Monday, December 25th, 2017
Courtesy of:
Joseph Baratta, D.C.

2815 Mitchell Dr. #101
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
(925) 930-9522
“We all die. The goal isn't to live forever,
the goal is to create something that will.”
~ Chuck Palahniuk
Mental Attitude: Low Vitamin D Levels Make Stress More Difficult to Manage.
Previous studies have noted that vitamin D deficiency increases one’s risk for a number of negative health outcomes. Now, a new study involving mice indicates that vitamin D deficiency also makes it more difficult to cope with stress. In the study, researchers fed mice either a normal diet or a vitamin D-poor diet for ten weeks before exposing them to stressful situations. The research team observed that the vitamin D-deficient mice had a greater vulnerability to stress, suggesting that vitamin D plays a role in the stress response.
Psychoneuralendocrinology, December 2017
Health Alert: Belly Fat Increases Emergency Surgery Issues.
An analysis of the health records of 600 patients who had emergency surgery showed that those with excess belly fat were five-times more likely to experience complications and eight-times more likely to die than slimmer patients. The findings are important, as two thirds of Americans are currently overweight or obese.
American College of Surgeons, October 2017
Diet: Western Diet May Increase Risk of Diabetes.
In a recent study involving rodents, researchers observed that a high-fat diet could cause blood vessel damage and increased blood pressure—symptoms common in diabetics—within a short period of time. Researcher Dr. Maria Alicia Carrillo Sepulveda writes, “Our findings suggest that short-term exposure to the western diet can put individuals at risk for developing vascular damage long before the tell-tale signs of diabetes are present. This may explain why some diabetics who successfully manage their blood glucose still experience other cardiovascular diseases, like hypertension, even while receiving treatment.”
New York Institute of Technology, October 2017
Exercise: College Students Who Exercise Drink Less Alcohol.
A new study that evaluated the lifestyles of 132 university students found a link between increased physical fitness and reduced alcohol consumption. This suggests that programs aimed at encouraging increased physical activity could reduce alcohol consumption among college students.
Journal of Behavioral Medicine, December 2017
Chiropractic: Metabolic Syndrome Common Among Workers with Back Pain.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels that occur together, increasing one’s risk for diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. A recent study involving 656 healthcare workers who experienced an episode of lower back pain in the previous year found that those with metabolic syndrome reported higher levels of disability related to their back pain. The findings suggest that addressing metabolic syndrome may be an effective way to reduce disability due to low back pain.
International Journal of Occupation of Medical Environmental Health, November 2017
Wellness/Prevention: Healthier Lifestyle May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk in Women with Higher Genetic Risk.
Previous research indicates that women with the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations have an elevated risk for developing breast cancer. A pilot study involving 68 BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation carriers indicates that the incidence of breast cancer is lower among those who regularly exercise and refrain from smoking. The research team recommends a larger scale study to confirm their findings.
Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, December 2017
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Week of: Monday, December 4th, 2017
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Mental Attitude: Sleep Apnea May Increase Alzheimer’s Risk.
Past research has linked the accumulation of amyloid plaque in the brain with the development of Alzheimer’s disease. In this study, researchers analyzed spinal fluid samples from 208 older men and women without dementia and found signs that indicated the presence of brain plaque in the samples taken from those with sleep apnea. This concerns researchers, as some estimates indicate that half of the elderly population suffers from sleep apnea of varying severity. The findings suggest that treating sleep apnea could help reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, November 2017

Health Alert: Waiting Just a Month to Remove Melanoma Can Be Deadly.
An analysis of data regarding over 153,000 adults found that postponing surgical treatment for more than 29 days led to lower survival rates for those diagnosed with stage 1 melanoma. Researcher Dr. Brian Gastman writes, “We saw significantly worse prognoses and outcomes for those surgically treated after 30 days of stage I melanoma diagnosis. Knowing for certain that a more expedient time to surgery to remove an early melanoma improves the chances of survival is a game-changer in treating this life-threatening skin cancer.”
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, October 2017

Diet: Certain Foods May Help Reduce Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain.
According to a new report in the Frontiers of Nutrition, foods such as pomegranates, dried plums, whole grains, ginger, turmeric, and olive oil appear to reduce inflammation, which may benefit patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Frontiers in Nutrition, November 2017

Exercise: Is Biking to Work as Effective as Leisure Time Exercise?
In this study, researchers assigned 130 overweight people to one of four groups: a cycling group, a moderate-intensity leisure-time exercise group, a high-intensity leisure-time exercise group, and a control group that did not exercise. The cycling group rode an average of 8.7 miles (14 kg) per day, the high-intensity group exercised about 35 minutes per day, and the moderate-intensity group exercised for around 55 minutes a day. After six months, the researchers calculated that the total energy expenditure was the same in all three exercise groups and all exercise participants lost between 9-10 lbs (4.08-4.53 kg). The findings suggest the riding a bike to work would be a time-effective solution to lose weight and become more physically active.
International Journal of Obesity, October 2017

Chiropractic: On-Site Chiropractic Care Could Benefit Employers.
A recent report explored the benefits of employing a chiropractor part-time to provide on-site wellness care for one day each week. The investigators found that employees who utilized on-site chiropractic care had work absenteeism rates lower than industry norms.
Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, September 2017

Wellness/Prevention: Reducing UV Radiation Exposure.
Excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a significant cause of skin cancer. To minimize exposure, the American Cancer Society suggests the following: stay in the shade during the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM when UV rays are the strongest; wear sunscreen when outside at all times; wear clothes that cover most of your skin; wear a wide brimmed hat to protect you head, neck, and face; and wear sunglasses that are designed block dangerous UV rays.
American Cancer Society, November 2017

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