Monday, 31 August 2009
|Raise a glass and cut dementia risk|
|A drink or two a day could help ward off dementia, according to new research. Light to moderate alcohol consumption has been found to cut the chances of older people developing the condition by more than a quarter. Research team leader Dr Kaarin Anstey said: "we found that light to moderate drinkers were 28 per cent less likely to develop Alzheimer's than non-drinkers, 25 per cent less likely to develop vascular dementia and 26 per cent less likely to develop any dementia." The Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University analysed the results of several research projects involving some 10,000 people globally. The centre's report, published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, found that the benefits of modest drinking in reducing dementia risk were the same for men and women.|
Sunday, 30 August 2009
|Weight-loss surgery can eliminate the symptoms of type 2 diabetes in nearly eight out of ten patients who have the drastic procedure, a large international study has found. A review of medical research involving 135,000 patients found the symptoms of diabetes were resolved or improved in a majority of those who had bariatric surgery to help to lose weight. Overall, 78 per cent of patients had a "complete resolution" of their diabetes for up to two years after surgery, while 87 per cent experienced either resolution or an improvement in their condition. The new study was presented yesterday at a conference of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders in Paris. The study was led by Professor Henry Buchwald, of the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. It found patients lost an average of 38.5kg after the procedure, representing 55.9 per cent of their excess weight. The benefits of the operation for diabetes are not fully understood, but are thought to be related to weight loss.|
Saturday, 15 August 2009
An amazing £5 from LloydsPharmacy. I spotted the same machine in a shop for Euro70 in Finland!
It works by bio-electrical impedance by passing an electric signal through the body when holding the unit in both hands. Fat is more resistant than muscle and other tissues in the body, thereby allowing the Hand Held Body Composition Monitor to calculate the Body Fat %.
For my age range, at 28.1% I'm in the Body Fat High category (22-28%) borderline to Very high Body Fat associated with obesity 28%+. The healthy range is 11-22% body Fat. (BMI 25.7, 11st 10lbs)
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
reposted from: http://www.presswatch.com/health/index.php?d=2009-08-11#3
People who take regular exercise, stay slim, eat a healthy diet and never smoke reduce their chances of developing chronic diseases by almost 80 per cent. Those who followed the four golden rules, the key to a long life, were also 93 per cent less likely to develop diabetes than those who adhered to none of the four factors, according to researchers in the US.
"Our results reinforce current public health recommendations to avoid smoking, to maintain a healthy weight, to engage in physical activity appropriately and to eat adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables and foods containing whole grains and to partake of red meat prudently," said Dr Earl S Ford, of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, who led the study. June Davison, senior cardiac nurse with the British Heart Foundation, said: "These results should highlight the importance of not smoking, doing regular physical activity and eating a healthy, balanced diet, all of which can make a big difference to our heart health."