When there are no published rules, marketing hype abounds.
All of us are inundated with the seemingly endless ads for cosmetic and skincare products. Each month in Dermatology Times Zoe Diana Draelos, MD examines some of these claims. Here is a sample: what is an ultra-hydrating and therapeutic skin moisturizer formula? Answer: pure marketing gibberish.
PositiveTip: In a world of appealing, but unfounded claims, education from experts who understand the subject is the best way to prevent being suckered!
Regular physical activity decreases the odds of dementia.
In the U.S. the total cost of caring for a person with dementia is $287,000, which is 57% higher than caring for a patient with any other disease. Sadly, there is no effective treatment for dementia. However, the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Survey has revealed that people who regularly exercised had almost 50% lower odds of developing dementia than those who did not exercise regularly.
PositiveTip: Choose daily regular exercise to reduce your odds of dementia and other health risks.
Scientific evidence still shows cutting back on fats from meat and butter beneficial.
Have you been tempted to follow recent headlines suggesting that butter is better than polyunsaturated fat? Harvard researchers studied over 120,000 health professionals in the U.S. and found an 18% increase in heart disease risk in those who consumed the highest amount of saturated fat compared to those who ate the least.
PositiveTip: To reduce your risk of heart disease, cut back on saturated fat and replace it with polyunsaturated fats, whole grains, or plant proteins.
Keeping kegs out of dormitories makes a lot of sense.
Researchers studying teenagers for two years found significant negative brain changes is both heavy and moderate drinkers. The more alcohol consumed the worse the outcomes. After controlling for confounders, slower increases in gray matter and accelerated decreases in gray matter were observed.
PositiveTip: Drinking alcohol is harmful to adolescent brains--and brains of all ages!
Game consoles was linked to poor social competence.
A cross-sectional study of over 500 kindergartners in Hong Kong found the presence of electronic devices in their bedrooms was associated with worse social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills, communication skills, and overall school readiness compared to to those who did not.
PositiveTip: Think carefully when allowing children to have electronic devices in their bedrooms!
A healthy lifestyle may delay dementia and enhance cognition.
Vascular risk factors during midlife may foster the development of underlying dementia later in life. Having a BMI of greater than 30 kg/m2 at midlife is associated with 2X the risk of brain amyloid deposits later. Other risk factors are smoking, hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes--all modifiable by a healthy lifestyle.
PositiveTip: To optimize brain health follow a healthy lifestyle and engage in mentally stimulating activities today!
Whole grains are a better choice than refined grains.
Danish scientists investigated the impact of replacing a refined grain diet with a whole grain diet (<10 gm or >75 gm whole grains, respectively) on the gut microbiome and insulin sensitivity. In a randomized, controlled cross-over study, 50 patients were tested for 8 weeks on each diet with a washout period of 8 weeks in between. While eating whole grains inflammatory biomarkers decreased and body weight dropped slightly.
PositiveTip: Whole grains are the better choice for weight management and inflammatory conditions.
Even modest levels of physical activity benefit the heart.
Are. you tempted to say you are too tired or too busy to exercise? An 18-year study of 24,000 adults ages 39-79 has found a significant link between physical activity and a reduced risk of heart disease. The elderly who engaged in moderate intensity exercise were 14% less likely to experience a cardiovascular event than their peers who were inactive.
PositiveTip: No gym available? No problem! Seniors should walk, garden, do housework, and other moderate physical activities.
Most grains are not treated to kill bacteria.
Do you find raw cookie dough irresistible? It could be a problem. The flour may contain bacteria--specifically Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121. Common, light symptoms are diarrhea and abdominal cramps that go away in a week. However, in children under 5, it can cause a type of kidney failure. Be aware that even homemade "play" clay from raw dough could cause an infection. Read the whole U.S. FDA statement.
PositiveTip: For your safety, avoid eating raw dough and wash hands, surfaces and utensils thoroughly after contact with flour.
Heart-healthy lifestyles benefit overall heart-health!
Worried you will have cardiovascular disease because it is in your genes? Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital found while a high genetic tendency indeed increases risk of heart disease, so does an unhealthy lifestyle. The good news is, with a healthy lifestyle, the risk of heart disease can be lowered--especially for those with a high genetic risk. Those with the most healthy lifestyle factors reduced their risk by almost 50%, regardless of their genetic risk.
PositiveTip: A healthy lifestyle benefits everyone, even those with high risk in their genes!