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Welcome to the 47th edition of Viewpoints, our monthly e-newsletter. Click on In This Issue headlines to read individual articles.
|INTELLIGENCE REPORT: GESTATIONAL DIABETES PUTS BABIES AT EARLIER MULTIPLE RISK
Women with Gestational Diabetes, which can develop during pregnancy, face an even earlier risk than was previously thought of having babies who are born over-sized with excess insulin, low blood sugar and breathing problems.
A new study suggests the increased risk kicks in even when the mother's blood sugar levels are within what is currently considered the normal range for pregnancy.
In a study of 23,325 women, researchers at Northwestern University found that, as a mother's blood sugar rises, there was an increased chance of her needing a cesarian delivery, having an over-sized baby or creating low blood sugar levels in the newborn, who was also vulnerable to breathing trouble.
The scientists involved in the report say the level at which Gestational Diabetes is diagnosed is likely to be lowered, based on their findings.
Gestational Diabetes affects about 4% of all pregnant women – around 135,000 cases in the U.S. each year alone.
The placenta supports the baby as it grows in the womb and hormones from the placenta help the baby develop. But these hormones also block the action of the mother's insulin.
This problem is called Insulin Resistance, which makes it hard for the mother's body to use insulin. Indeed, a pregnant woman may need up to three times as much insulin as when she wasn't expecting a child.
Gestational Diabetes usually goes away after pregnancy. But once a woman has had this disorder, her chances are 2 in 3 that it will return in future pregnancies.
In a few women, however, pregnancy uncovers Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes and these females will need to continue Diabetes treatment after pregnancy for the rest of their lives.
Unfortunately, many women who have Gestational Diabetes go on to develop the Type 2 variety several years later.
If a woman is overweight or obese, it is advisable for her to lose weight before becoming pregnant and then manage weight carefully after the baby is born to avoid the onset of Type 2 Diabetes.
|NEW RESEARCH: HEALTHY HABITS, RATHER THAN YOUR GENES, CAN HELP YOU LIVE TO BE 90
Regular exercise and a balanced, nutritious diet to control weight are more important than your genes in deciding how long you will live, according to a new study.
The secret of enjoying a long life lies in your own hands, say doctors. Looking after your health is three times more important than your genes for improving your chances of having an active life into your 90s.
Men who avoid smoking and becoming overweight are likely to be in better shape in later life than males decades younger but in poor health who are destined to die prematurely, according to a new study by the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
Doctors carrying out research into "exceptionally long life" say three quarters of the variation in human life span is down to modifiable factors, such as smoking, diet, regular exercise and health. Just one quarter can be attributed to genetics.
Dr Laurel Yates led a team who studied a group of men - all doctors - who were aged around 72 between 1981 and 1984.
They provided data on their health, including high blood pressure (hypertension) and exercise habits, and then completed regular questionnaires each year until 2006.
Research showed that the men's chances of reaching 90 fell by 44% if they didn't exercise and by 26% if they were obese. A total of 970 participants (41%) lived to age 90 or older.
Several factors were linked to improved chances of living to such an exceptional age, said Dr Yates, a public health specialist, whose study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine journal.
"Smoking, obesity, Diabetes and hypertension significantly reduced the likelihood of a 90-year life span, while regular vigorous exercise substantially improved it.
"Furthermore, men with a lifespan of 90 or more years also had better physical function, mental well-being and self-perceived health in late life compared with men who died at a younger age," she added.
Those who smoked, were obese or led sedentary lives were not only likely to die younger – they were at higher risk of being in poor health during their later life.
The researchers estimate that a 70-year-old man who did not smoke and had normal blood pressure and weight, did not suffer from Diabetes and exercised two to four times a week had a 54% probability of living to be 90.
However, women still have a greater chance than men of living into their 90s because they tend to be more conscious of their health and are less reluctant to consult a doctor.
|CONSULT DR. SARI: "IS LAUGHTER REALLY THE BEST MEDICINE?"|
Dr. Sari Cohen
of Our Medical
& Advisory Team
Well, if it's not exactly the best medicine, laughter certainly has clinically-proven physiological and psychological benefits, especially concerning heart disease and Diabetes.
With regard to laughter's effects on the immune system, a Indiana State University School of Nursing study showed that laughter reduced stress and increased Natural Killer (NK) cell activity. (1)
NK cells are an important component of the immune system associated with disease resistance and survival of chronic immune system conditions like cancer and AIDS.
Even more profound immune effects were measured in a 2001 study at the Center for Neuroimmunology in Loma Linda, California. This report, which focused
on short-term effects (up to 12 hours) of laughter, found increases in NK cell activity as well as other immune factors such as immunoglobulins G and M, activated T cells, cytotoxic T cells, and more. (2)
Some research studies have examined the effects of laughter on Diabetes. One research team reported that laughter
therapy changed components of the renin-angiotensin system in patients with Type 2 Diabetes, which means that laughter therapy could theoretically prevent microvascular complications of Diabetes. (3)
And a new study from Japan showed that not only did laughter increase immune cell activity in diabetics but it also lowered postprandial blood sugar. (4)
Clearly, then, having a sense of humor not only helps a
person's mood. It also help with overall physical health!
(1) Bennett MP et al. The effect of mirthful laughter on stress and
natural killer cell activity. Altern Ther Health Med. 2003
Mar-Apr;9(2):38-45. PMID: 12652882
(2) Berk LS et al. Modulation of neuroimmune parameters during the
eustress of humor-associated mirthful laughter. Altern Ther Health
Med. 2001 Mar;7(2):62-72, 74-6. PMID: 11253418
(3) Nasir UM et al. Laughter therapy modulates the parameters of
renin-angiotensin system in patients with type 2 diabetes. Int J Mol
Med. 2005 Dec;16(6):1077-81. PMID: 16273289
(4) Hayashi T et al. Laughter up-regulates the genes related to NK
cell activity in diabetes. Biomed Res. 2008 Dec;28(6):281-5. PMID:
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|INSULITE LIFESTYLE TIPS: SNORING COULD BE DAMAGING YOUR PARTNER'S HEALTH
Snoring has been the cause of many a row about a sleepless night.
But new research suggests that noisy snorers may be doing far greater harm to their partners than just keeping them awake.
Scientists have found that people's blood pressure increases in response to noises at night, whether you are awake or asleep.
And high blood pressure is a known risk factor for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and dementia.
Persistent snoring can reach 90 decibels - about the same level as a passing train, given a partner's proximity to the noise, according to the study published in the European Heart Journal.
Scientists made the discovery after monitoring 140 sleeping volunteers. They found that blood pressure went up noticeably after a 'noise event', which was a sound louder than 35 decibels. This included a passenger jet flying overhead, traffic passing outside ... and snoring.
The type of sound, or its origin, did not appear to be important. It was volume that mattered.
Ways to avoid snoring include:
- Avoid alcohol before going to bed.
- Reduce your weight.
- Quit smoking.
- Establish regular sleeping patterns.
- Sleep on your side rather than your back.
- Try sleeping without a pillow.
- Take a decongestant before bed or invest in some of those strips which are applied across the nose to open nasal passages.
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