Health Issues We Should Aim To Resolve
If you are preparing a list of New Year's resolutions and are looking for a starting point, the folks at the American Medical Association annually assemble a list of 10 wellness-focused resolutions that they feel could make the most impactful, long-lasting improvements to your health. You can find the list on their website. After thumbing through my C Force offerings over the past year, I submit the following additional thoughts for your consideration.
DON'T SMOKE -- ANYTHING
For many Americans, to quit smoking is an overwhelming desire. I don't want to belabor the point, given this was the subject matter of my Dec. 20 column, but vaping is causing a resurgence in tobacco use and, thanks to the soaring popularity of vaping, we can add to the list of smokers 1 in 4 American teens. As I reported last January, vaping has caused the biggest one-year spike of any kind in the 44 years of monitoring of substances used by young people. There is compelling new evidence that vaping can cause physical harm and that its connection to tobacco is unavoidable. It is why many public health officials and addiction experts are saying that there is no safe form of vaping and that anyone who vapes should stop.
Want to reduce your risk of dementia in older age? Then move as much as you can. So says a study from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The study found that even simple housework like cooking or cleaning may make a difference in brain health as we reach our 70s and 80s. The findings show higher levels of daily movement linked to better thinking and memory skills. A previous study found just 45 minutes of walking three days a week increases brain volume among individuals 65 and older.
A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that replacing 30 minutes per day of sedentary time with 30 minutes of physical activity at a light intensity was associated with a 17% lower risk of early death.
DON'T SHORTCHANGE SLEEPING
A study from the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University has found that sleeping fewer than six hours a night or waking frequently raises your risk of developing damaging plaque not just in your heart but also in arteries throughout your body. This puts you at increased risk for strokes, digestive problems and poor circulation that leads to numbness and pain in your extremities, as well as heart disease.
Sleep is critical to the body's rejuvenation. Deep sleep, the kind that comes only after a full cycle, is necessary for the body to release hormones designed to repair cells and build tissue in the body and brain. As reported by CNN, researchers found that subjects who slept fewer than six hours a night were 27% more likely to have atherosclerosis throughout the body than those who slept seven to eight hours.
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