Your #Heart Is Older Than You Think @American_Heart

heart-ageYour heart age is different than your true age. Men’s hearts age faster than women’s hearts. Every year, nearly 800,000 people die of heart-related causes like stroke and heart attack. This misfortune is due to untreated heart disease and high blood pressure. Researchers calculated that nearly 69 million Americans are 5-years older than their true age.  Take this test to find-out your heart’s age. The winners and losers in this study were Utah and Mississippi, where the average age gap for men and women in Utah was just over 4-years difference between actual ages and heart age. The lovely folks in Mississippi averaged over 9.5-years in the age gap. The best way to close the age gap is to implement ways to help your heart do the heavy lifting. Lifestyle is the cornerstone for prevention, which includes diet and exercise. Check-out the American Heart Association’s healthy heart tips.

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@CollegeStudent #Marijuana Use Rising

college-marinuanaAccording to new statistics, 6% of college students use marijuana on a daily basis. This is the highest number of students engaging in the daily use of weed over the last 35 years. So really, using pot has now hit a high. The silver-lining here, if you can call it that, is that cigarette smoking is decreasing in colleges. Isn’t it interesting how one-third of college students don’t think marijuana is considered unhealthy for them? After all, it is approved for medical uses. By the time college students have graduated, marijuana isn’t their habit of choice.  By that time, most of them are 21-years old. The world is your oyster and all vices are on the table. When people get older, they reconsider a place in their life for week. Remember Jay and Silent Bob from Clerks? They grew up.

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FYI @DepressionAll Behaviors That Predict Suicide Risk In #Depression

suicideDepression is both prevalent and real. Researchers have identified certain behaviors that increase the risk of suicide 50% in depressed people. These include behaviors like driving recklessly or sudden promiscuity. They also include obvious habits like anxiety, hand-wringing, and pacing. In 2010, The Centers for Disease Control found that 9% of Americans reported depression and globally, 350 million people suffer with depression. With the findings of this study, it’s vitally important for healthcare providers to assess the behavior of patients with known depression. Suicide is the last resort. These behaviors are clues that somebody is looking for more options to live.

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@sciencewr, Is Type 2 #Diabetes Caused By Antibiotics?

diabetes-contagiousA study has shown that people who have Type 2 diabetes used more antibiotics before diagnosed than people who didn’t have Type 2 diabetes. The antibiotics most commonly used by people with T2D were narrow-spectrum antibiotics, such as penicillin V. From a lay perspective, it seems like the most logical association would be people who tend to get sick, more often, would be more likely to develop a condition that provokes a lifestyle change for better health. The hygiene hypothesis was debated in scientific circles regarding the development of Type 1 diabetes, the autoimmune form of diabetes.  If the association of antibiotic use and Type 2 diabetes holds water, researchers may have to revisit the validity of T2D being an autoimmune disease, too.

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@RealDonaldTrump #Gun Control Doesn’t Address #Mental Illness

Handgun and ConstitutionAfter the inexplicable murder of the journalists this past week, the second amendment is being questioned, once again. According to the second amendment of the constitution, people have the right to keep and bear arms. Donald Trump is suggesting we address the problem of mental illness leading to inexplicable acts of gun violence, rather than the issue of gun control. A mentally ill person who wishes to shoot-up a theater, murder innocent school children, or kill war heroes will do so, despite more stringent gun control. These are people who disregard the law because they do not abide by normal standards, in their state-of-mind. People of sound mind don’t plot homicide.  Will stronger gun control help mentally illness? Absolutely not.

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@Diabetes_DRI #BioHub Is A Good Fit For New bG Guidelines

goodfitIn case you weren’t super conscientious about blood sugar control already, there are new guidelines you need to know about. Keeping your blood sugar levels closer to non-diabetic levels reduces your chances of diabetes complications like eye, kidney, and heart disease and foot amputations. The newly recommended HbA1c is 6.5. For the record, even if you keep your blood glucose levels closer to the nondiabetic levels, it does not dismiss you from the inevitable consequence of hypoglycemic unawareness. According to JDRF Senior Director, Sanjoy Dutta, low blood sugar brgets low blood sugar unawareness. With these new stringent guidelines for blood sugar control, shouldn’t all Type 1 diabetics get a CGM as a welcoming gift to the  T1D club? The DRI is well aware of the paradoxical cruelty in ideal control of Type 1 diabetes. With the good news about the first person to receive the BioHub, it’s looking good so far!

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@janbruce Tells Us How A #Workplace Can Be Toxic

workstressNeed to improve outcomes in managing stress, health, engagement, productivity and performance? Consider your workplace. Is it the kind of culture that breeds ingenuity? Or does it give rise to nightmares, before your alarm sounds-off the next morning?  Don’t let yourself become a workplace statistic of health maladies. It’s a matter of control or perception of control in your work environment. When we’re in control, we can withstand the pressure of our daily grind. Some people can even thrive on such demands, whereas others resort to defeatism. In turn, this cultivates health consequences like four-times the likelihood of death from heart disease and twice the rate of depression. No way, Jose. You deserve a workplace that fosters the best in you by providing the best for you. Here are some of the best places to work in healthcare.

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Your Best Asset for Losing #Weigh? @TheDoctors

weightlossAccording to John’s Hopkins research, if your doctor is your cheerleader, you’re more likely to succeed in your weight loss. Beyond that, if you look at the obesity epidemic, you’ll agree that we’re doing something wrong to effectively lose weight. Enter our fat-storing hormone, insulin. Insulin and diabetes go hand-in-hand. Diabetes is identified by elevated blood sugar. Insulin is the hormone that turns sugar into energy the body can use now or fat, for stored energy later. About 10% of the US population has diabetes, whether they know it or not. Type 2 diabetes is associated with insulin-resistance and obesity. Another 90 million people have a condition called pre-diabetes, where insulin is becoming less effective and they will likely develop Type 2 diabetes. Our body needs insulin for digesting carbohydrates. The more carbohydrates you eat and don’t burn-off for energy, the more fat you’ll store. See how that works? This statement is not to vilify carbohydrates. In fact, our ancestors may have eaten more carbs than we realize because our brain needs carbohydrates. So the take home message here is be mindful of your carb consumption. Get your doctor in your weight loss loop and you’ve got a winning team!

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@DadsTalking Better #Sex When You Share In #Kid Care

childcareThe more daddy takes part in childcare, the better the couples’ sex life. Researchers found that men who pull their weight (or more) in taking care of kids, seem to have a more satisfying sex life with their partner, presumably “mommy”. Men who participate less, suffer the consequences in kind. In fact, those are the men and women whose sex life suffers the most. As recently reported, women who overwork have trouble conceiving. It’s funny how that works. Too much stress, whether it’s at work or home, will translate into the detriment of mankind: evolution. Hats-off to the evolved men who are involved in childcare equally with their lady.

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Yuck. Head #Lice Have Grown Resistance. Help!

liceHead lice. Every parent’s nightmare or close to it. If you kid comes home with lice, there a 90% chance you’ll get it, too. These little nits are evolving and building a resistance to common over-the-counter lice treatments. The active ingredient in these treatments is pyrethroids. Over the last few decades, insects have become resistant to this ingredient because it’s used in many insecticides. Head lice are among the insects that have grown to tolerate this exterminating molecule. In fact, after a study of 109 strains of head lice found in the US, 104 of them have grown a resistance to it through genetic mutations. No worries, Michigan. Your lice strain is still very much responsive to OTC lice treatments. Nitpick and shampoo away. For those evolved nits, there are prescription chemicals that will wash away the tenacious clingers. If all else fails, you can always shave your head. Rest assured, head lice don’t carry any diseases but they’re still a textbook pest.

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