Cancer risk in women increased 13% for each 4-inch increase in height.
Analysis of 145,000 participants in the Women's Health Initiative over 12 years found that taller postmenopausal women face higher risks for 10 types of cancer. For each 4-inch increase in height a 13% increase in risk for all cancers was observed. Height may not be the cause, but rather a marker for one or more factors that influence risk.
PositiveTip: If you are a taller than average woman, preventive care checkups could be very important.
Exercise, diet and smoking can predict your risk of old-age disability
A 12 year study of 4000 seniors found that three unhealthy habits increase the risk of disability later in life. French researchers tracked seniors’ disability from 2001-2012 finding physical inactivity, poor diet and smoking each increase the risk of disability. In addition, the risk of disability increased progressively as unhealthy behaviors clustered. Seniors with ALL three risk factors were 2.5 times more at risk of disability than those who observed the three habits studied.
PositiveTip: Cultivate healthy choices now to extend your quality of life and independence later!
Skipping breakfast and snacking late at night not healthful.
A study of 26,902 men who were free of cardiovascular disease in 1992 revealed both skipping breakfast and eating late in the evening increased cardiovascular risk. Those who skipped breakfast had 27% greater risk, and those who ate late at night had 55% higher risk. These findings fell just shy of statistical significance after adjusting for confounders, suggesting these habits may act through pathways associated with traditional risk factors.
PositiveTip: Your grandmother may have been right: don't skip breakfast and avoid eating late at night.
The rate of injury from televisions tipping over has dramatically increased.
The rate of children under 18 requiring emergency treatment from falling televisions has increased by 95.3%, and in those younger than 5 the increase was 125.5% over the past 22 years. The rate of injuries from a TV falling from a dresser, chest of drawers or armoire increased by 344% in the same period. The authors suggest this may may be due to increases in the number of TVs per household, and the advent of the flat screen TV.
PositiveTip: Make sure your TVs are securely mounted to prevent tipping/falling injuries.
Experts: online self-tests for Alzheimer's don't work.
A panel of experts reviewed 16 of the most popular, freely available online tests for Alzheimer's disease. Conclusion: these tests are not useful for diagnosis with little or no scientific validity. All reviewed sites demonstrated poor ethical standards and failed to reveal commercial conflicts of interest. Relying on these could potentially be harmful.
PositiveTip: If you suspect the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, see your physician and request a consult with an expert.
Move to a new location or move our health choices--that is the question.
Healthy life expectancy (HLE), the predicted future years of life spent in good health at age 65, is lowest in Mississippi (10.8 years) and highest in Hawaii (16.2 years). Females had the greatest HLE in every state and D.C., and it was greater for whites than blacks in almost all states. This report did not address the reasons for these disparities but noted that factors for healthy living include exercise, diet and other health-promoting activities.
PositiveTip: Move your health-promoting choices in the direction of the positive to increase your HLE!
Smoking no longer leads the list of risk factors for premature death.
The U.S. continues to lose ground on important measures of health when compared to other nations--in spite of spending the most per capita on healthcare in the world. The State of US Health, 1990-2010 reveals poor dietary and physical inactivity now surpass smoking as key factors in years of life lost prematurely.
PositiveTip: Which way did your activity and dietary choices today influence the population trends? Changes are made one person at a time!
Too many omega-3 fatty acids may boost the risk of prostate cancer.
Are you taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements or eating lots of fatty fish because of their anti-inflammatory properties? Researchers have found that men who consumed the most fatty fish or took the most fish oil supplements experienced a 43% increased risk for prostate cancer compared to those eating the least. They also observed a 71% increased risk for aggressive prostate cancer--the kind that is often fatal.
PositiveTip: Men in particular should consider the potential risks of eating lots of fatty fish or taking fish oil supplements.
Belly fat again appears to be more lethal than other types of fat.
A prospective study of more than 5000 men and women linked larger amounts of visceral (belly) fat to greater risks for cardiovascular disease and cancer. This finding remained after controlling for standard risk factors. Each standard deviation increase in belly fat resulted in a 44% increased risk for heart disease and a 43% increased risk of cancer. Visceral fat may increase inflammatory factors and alter systemic hormonal patterns to increase risks.
PositiveTip: In this age of obesity, it is still good advice to stay slim and trim.
Age-related cognitive decline in the very old has improved in Denmark.
Good news for those getting older! A Danish cohort study has found that men and women born in 1915 were mentally sharper in 2010 (age 94 and 95) compared to those born in 1905 and assessed in 1998 (age 92 and 93). The 1915 cohort also had significantly better activities of daily living scores than did the 1905 group. The authors did not postulate as to the reasons for these improvements.
PositiveTip: Making healthy choices today may support not only longer life, but a better quality of life as well.