Walking for 10 minutes after meals lowers post-meal blood glucose spikes.
In a newly released position statement, the American Diabetes Association says everyone who has diabetes or is at risk of it should get up and move their body as vigorously as they can! In addition to regular, daily physical activity, diabetics should aim to move around every 30 minutes to improve their blood glucose management. This excellent statement includes categories of exercise with benefits and safety guidelines.
PositiveTip: Get up and get moving is wise advice for everyone--including diabetics.
Women closing gap with men in alcohol use and related harms.
Researchers have found women have all but caught up with men in their alcohol drinking habits. During earlier decades men were far more likely to drink so much that it affected their health than women. That gap has closed. Women around the world are now nearly as likely as men to drink excessively and suffer harm from it.
PositiveTip: Choosing to live alcohol-free assures freedom from the health and social downsides of drinking.
Short-bouts of intense physical activity and high emotions may be deadly.
A study of over 12,000 individuals who had experienced their first myocardial infarction (MI) found being emotionally upset and engaging in intense physical activity may trigger an MI. This case-crossover study demonstrated that compared to the control period, the risk increased 2.31 times for extreme physical exertion, 2.44 times for anger and emotional upset, and 3.05 times when both were present. This evidence corroborates the Biblical story of Nabal, his anger, and subsequent death (I Samuel 25).
PositiveTip: Avoid intense emotional upset and/or short bouts of extreme physical activity.
One absent parent early in life results in greater risk for unhealthy behaviors by 11.
A large U.K. study found when there is an absent parent by age 7, the kids risks of smoking and alcohol consumption prior to their teenage years increased by 2.86 and 1.46, respectively. Earlier initiation of these risky behaviors may impact the risk of lung cancer and cardiovascular disease later in life, as well as dependence issues.
PositiveTip: Children who experience parental absence need support and care from significant others to prevent smoking and alcohol initiation.
Nutritionally, humans do not need any refined sugar in their diet!
The World Health Organization (WHO) has joined the call to place a "sugar tax" on soft drinks. They report that by raising prices 20% or more it results in lower soda consumption and improved nutrition. A single can of cola contains 36 gram of free sugar, while a fresh fruit salad has 0 grams. WHO nutrition director, Dr. Francesco Branca also reported that government subsidies of fruits and vegetables can improve nutrition.
PositiveTip: Don't wait for the government to begin taxing unhealthy foods. Choose healthy today!
Beyond Beef plant burger replacements actually bleed (beet juice)!
The top U.S. producer of chicken, beef and pork has made a significant investment in a California meat analog producer, Beyond Meat. They create chicken- and beef-like products using soy, peas, and amaranth. Beyond Burger is sold in retailers along side their real counterparts (not frozen). Beyond Burger oozes "blood" like the real thing, but it is beet juice! The company says this mock patty matches the real patty nutritionally.
PositiveTip: Learn to enjoy the increasingly wide variety of plant-based alternatives to animal products.
Soda companies beneficent sponsorships are intended to buy influence.
The two major soda companies, Coco-Cola Company and PepsiCo, sponsored programs at 96 national health organizations between 2011-2015. These "sweet deals" helped them lobby against 29 public health bills intended to reduce soda consumption and promote better nutrition. Organizations such as the American Diabetes Associaiton, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and many more. This influence is really understated as it did not catalog local and state organizations.
PositiveTip: Avoid using these sugar-laden products and do you part to discourage acceptance of these funds.
A Seattle burn center has seen 15 cases of exploding e-cigarettes in 9 months.
The long-term health risks of electronic cigarettes must be added to the immediate concern of explosions. As e-cigarette use rises, it appears that serious injuries are increasing. A regional burn center in Seattle reports they are treating about 2 incidents per month now. These cases include explosions in the mouth, hands, and pockets resulting in flame, chemical burns, and flying object injuries.
PositiveTip: Avoid the dangers, short- and long-term, of e-cigarettes by simply avoiding their use.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women--except for skin cancer.
AICR estimates nearly 81,400 women--or one-third of US breast cancer cases could be prevented by 3 simple steps.
- Get to and stay at your healthy weight.
- Fit activity into your day--at least 30 minutes.
- Avoid alcohol--even small amounts increase risk.
Download and print this infographic, then place it at your work, church, or club to help others understand the importance of these steps.
Money incentives not enough to promote long-term exercise.
In Singapore, 800 adults were randomized to one of four groups:
- No Fitbit activity tracker
- Using a Fitbit
- Fitbit plus cash incentive for meeting daily goals ($20 max)
- Fitbit plus a charitable incentive
At 6 months incentives were removed and participants asked to continue wearing the Fitbit for 12 months. The cash incentive stimulated 30 minutes of exercise compared to the controls. Charity incentives 20 minutes, Fitbit only 15 minutes. When incentives were withdrawn, Fitbit use dropped to 10% for all groups.
PostiiveTip: Internal, not external rewards are needed to prompt long-term physical activity habits.