Below you’ll find some health news that you can use concerning STROKE, SITTING, RED WINE, CHOLESTEROL, RLS, and BRAIN HEALTH.
Identifying a stroke. A new stroke scale taught in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) follows the pneumonic FAST. Part of its value is it’s easy to remember. So look for:
1.Facial droop, one side of face does not move like the other
2. Arm drift, one arm does not move or drifts downward when held up
3. Speech, person slurs, uses wrong word or cannot speak at all
4. Time to call 911: 72% chance of stroke with one symptom and 85% chance of stroke with all three
- Sit less. A 2009 study of 17,000 people pointed to the need for less sitting and more body movement to fight heart disease. Need suggestions for sitting less? Try these:
- Take a break—get up from your desk every hour and move around; you’ll cut at least 30 minutes off your sitting time.
- Stand while you work; ergonomically designed desks allow you to work while standing or at the least, you could stand while talking on the phone.
- Avoid the break room or cafeteria—walk somewhere; if the weather is conducive take a stroll while you eat some or all of your lunch.
- Meet on your feet—conduct meetings with coworkers by taking a walk; no one will fall asleep, but someone might have to bring a notebook or iPad to take notes.
- Is red wine really healthful? The idea that resveratrol, a natural phenol found in red wine, provided health benefits is now in doubt. Arizona cardiologist, Dr. Tedd M. Goldfinger, president of the Renaud Society that is interested in wine and better health, stated that no double blinded trial has been done to support such claims. Dr. Valentin Fuster of the American Heart Association asks if red wine is better, is it the flavonoids, the resveratrol, or other mechanisms at work? With no specific answer, he concludes that red wine is probably more beneficial for our health than other forms of alcohol.
- Fasting for cholesterol test? It’s a pain to fast 8 or more hours before you get your cholesterol checked, but a new study from Canada indicates that may be changing. The study showed similar average total cholesterol and good HDL cholesterol readings regardless of whether clients had fasted. Researchers calculated the average cholesterol levels at a given fasting time and found that both total cholesterol and HDL varied by less than two per cent across the range of fasting durations. The percentage was higher for LDL, the bad cholesterol. You can read more about it. If you are at low risk for heart disease, you might be able to skip the fast. Ask your doctor.
- Restless Leg Syndrome Considered a neurological disorder, Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) affects 10% of Americans and occurs more often in women and people over 65. When trying to sleep, people experience throbbing, pulling, creeping, tightening or burning sensations in their legs. The exact cause is not known but could include low iron levels, antinausea and antipsychotic drugs, antidepressants that increase serotonin levels and some cold and allergy medications containing antihistamines. Keep a diary of your symptoms and consult your doctor. There are new medications like Horizant that can be prescribed, but often lifestyle changes can help people cope with the condition. The Mayo Clinic suggests the following:
Try pain relievers. Mild cases can be helped by taking ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin).
Soak in a warm bath and massage leg muscles for relaxation.
Apply warm or cool packs. Experiment with one or the other or by alternating the two to lessen sensations in the legs.
Use relaxation techniques, like meditation or yoga. These can alleviate stress, which aggravates RLS.
Try to get more rest. Fatigue worsens symptoms. Make your bedroom a cool, quiet place; establish a regular sleep schedule. If possible set a later bedtime and rising time as statistics shows this helps fight RLS.
Exercise. Get moderate, regular exercise. Don’t over do and don’t work out too late in the day.
- A New Cook Book Consider buying a new book on nutrition and brain health, Mindfull written by Carol Greenwood, PhD. This 300 page ebook contains recipes and detailed explanations as to why the ingredients in the recipes are included. Everything is based on research. Nutrients recommended include: omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, fiber, folate, polyphenols, and monounsaturated fats. Several spices and herbs thought to contain brain-protective compounds are also included in the book. Dr. Greenwood states: “We know that diet is an important predictor of how well our brain ages and that people who have better-quality diets have greater preservation of their brain function with aging,”
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