I've lectured groups about belly fat and why it is "bad" and here is yet more "proof" that collecting that fat in your middle is not-too-good!
Recent research shows an easy way to let you know if your belly fat poses a risk for you as you age.
How? Remembering if your skirt size has gone up in the last few decades!
The study tracked more than 90,000 women in their 50s and 60s living in England.
During the three-year follow-up period, 1,090 women developed breast cancer.
The researchers found that a unit increase in UK skirt size every 10 years (for example from 12 to 14) between 25 and post-menopausal age was linked to a 33% increased risk of breast cancer.
Going up two skirt sizes in the same period was associated with a 77% greater risk, they report.
Much of our belly fat accumulation is lifestyle related and it can be reduced by good nutrition, exercise, and simple lifestyle changes.
And knowing that you need larger skirts every year may indicate that you do need a change!
And maybe next we need to study men and pant sizes to see if there is a correlation with some adverse health outcome for them?
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Too many people, especially older people, are prescribed drugs that they may not need, or that may mix badly with others drugs they are prescribed.
Correlation studies are not about causation - they only indicate that things "seem" related. In this study, the relation was between pills for anxiety and an increase in the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
Long-term use of pills for anxiety and sleep problems may be linked to Alzheimer's, research suggests.
A study of older Canadian adults found that past benzodiazepine use for three months or more was linked to an increased risk (up to 51%) of dementia.
I am not anti-medications for medical issues where they are needed, but I have known too many people over 65 being prescribed pills for too many issues that might have other solutions.
Some research in Scotland, with only a few participants, showed that high intensity training [6 second bursts of going "all out"] may be very beneficial.
Over the 6 week study, they increased the burst to 1 minute and the researchers found this HIT exercising lowered blood pressure and made regular life tasks like dog walking easier for the participants.
More research is needed with more people, but it does seem to be saying that:
Getting your sweat on, in short bursts,
is good for you at any age!
"...you're never too old, too frail, too ill to benefit from exercise, as long as it's carefully chosen."
"We know even into your 80s and 90s there's a benefit from developing a very slight sweat by exercising on multiple occasions per week."
So? What are you waiting for?
Me? I'm taking woof for some short burst training.
Have you tried this? How did it help? Or not?
Comments? Thank you......
According to some recent researchers:
Between 2002 and 2012, they found 99.6% of trials of drugs aimed at preventing, curing or improving the symptoms of Alzheimer's had failed or been discontinued.
This compares with a failure rate of 81% for cancer drugs.
The failure rate was "especially troubling" given the rising numbers of people with dementia, said Dr Simon Ridley, of Alzheimer's Research UK.
"The authors of the study highlight a worrying decline in the number of clinical trials for Alzheimer's treatments in more recent years," he said.
"There is a danger that the high failure rates of trials in the past will discourage pharmaceutical companies from investing in dementia research.
"The only way we will successfully defeat dementia is to continue with high quality, innovative research, improve links with industry and increase investment in clinical trials."
Frankly, maybe instead of looking for drugs, research ought to look at other ways of staving off the effects of Alzeiheimers. There has been research on tests for Alzeiheimers and there is also newer research on alternative ways to prevent the disease.
Your thoughts? Comments?
Sleep! We all need sleep and most of us do not get enough of it:
Recent research shows:
Researchers at New York University School of Medicine and Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School trained mice in a new skill - walking on top of a rotating rod.
They then looked inside the living brain with a microscope to see what happened when the animals were either sleeping or sleep deprived.
Their study showed that sleeping mice formed significantly more new connections between neurons - they were learning more.
Yes, it was a study with mice, but many studies are done with mice and later found to be true with humans....
We already wrote about the cleansing aspect of sleep. Sleep rids brains of toxins.
And now we have another good reason to get sufficient sleep.
Do you get enough sleep?