This month’s newsletter has a few recent reports on health studies you should find interesting. Day-to-day living leaves little time to consider how our lifestyle choices can affect our future health and happiness. These articles can remind us all to make our health a priority.
It also serves as a valuable reminder that massage is one of the best ways to support your health and well-being. Be sure to schedule your next massage before too long; you know it will make you feel better!
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For Good Health, Sleep on It Sleep is essential to good health, and massage has been found to reduce insomnia. ... New research shows that people who sleep poorly or do not get enough sleep have higher levels of inflammation.
Internal inflammation contributes to many maladies, including stroke and heart disease.
The results come from surveying 525 middle-aged people participating in the Morehouse-Emory Partnership to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities (META-Health) study on sleep quality and sleep duration.
Researchers from Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine found acute sleep deprivation leads to an increased production of inflammatory hormones and changes in blood vessel function, but say that more research is needed on the physiological effects of chronic lack of sleep.
Individuals who reported six or fewer hours of sleep had higher levels of three inflammatory markers: fibrinogen, IL-6 and C-reactive protein, according to an Emory University press release. C-reactive protein is used extensively as a marker of inflammation and heart disease risk.
Previous research has shown that people who sleep between seven and eight hours per night live longest, and that especially short or especially long sleep durations bring higher mortality, the press release noted; and researchers find that short and long sleep durations are often seen together with high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and psychological stress, all risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
New Report Reflects High Stress Levels in Americans Young and Old When it comes to scheduling a massage therapy appointment, stress is a main motivator. A recent report shows that Americans are stressed to the point that psychologists involved in creating the report fear stress may become a public health crisis.
Findings from the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2010 Stress in America survey signal an alarm about the long-term impact chronic stress could have on physical and emotional health, and the health of families as well, psychologists said in an APA press release.
"America is at a critical crossroads when it comes to stress and our health," said psychologist Norman B. Anderson, Ph.D., APA’s chief executive officer and executive vice president. "Stress is hurting our physical and emotional health and contributing to some of the leading causes of death in this country."
The survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive in August. It shows that Americans appear to be caught in a cycle where they manage stress in unhealthy ways and lack the willpower and time to make healthy lifestyle or behavioral changes, the press release noted. Children as young as 8 years old are reporting physical and emotional health consequences often associated with stress...
"All of us, including the medical community, need to take stress seriously since stress could easily become our next public health crisis," said Anderson.
Among the results:
• One-third (32 percent) of parents report that their stress levels are extreme. (A level of 8 to 10 on a 10-point scale.)
• Parents overall say they are living with stress levels that exceed their definition of healthy. (Parents report an average stress level of 6.1 on a 10-point scale while the average healthy level of stress reported by parents is a 3.9.)
• While many people feel it’s important to manage their stress (69 percent say managing stress is extremely or very important), few are being successful in their efforts (only 32 percent believe they are doing an excellent or very good job of managing their stress).
Walking off the common cold -- A mile or two a day may well keep the doctor away, says LiveScience.com. Researchers at Appalachian State University in North Carolina monitored the health of 1,000 people, ages 18 to 85, for three months in the fall and winter, and quizzed them on their health and fitness habits. The people with the fewest and least-severe colds, it turned out, were those who exercised five or more times a week: Their cold symptoms ended 43 percent to 46 percent sooner than those in people who worked out once a week or not at all, and the symptoms themselves felt 41 percent less severe. “We looked at diet, we looked at mental stress, weight, education levels, gender, on and on,” says study author David Nieman. “The most powerful weapon someone has during cold season is to go out, on a near-daily basis, an d put in at least a 30-minute brisk walk.” More frequent exercise gets immune cells circulating and appears to put them on alert.
–The Week Vol 10 Iss 490
Remember: Massage also helps to boost your immune system!
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