7 Mistakes Boost Blood Pressure Readings

By Dreamstime – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Mum’s the word the next time you have your blood pressure checked.

Talking while the cuff is on can boost your blood pressure reading. So can a full bladder or crossing your legs, the American Heart Association (AHA) says.

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Depression Is Skyrocketing in America

By Bill Hoffmann – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

If you’ve been feeling down and out more than usual, cheer up, you are not alone.

A new report compiled by insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) says major depression diagnoses surged in the United States from 2013 through 2016, especially among adolescents and millennials.

And the study, which was based on medical claims filed to Blue Cross Blue Shield by 41 million customers, also links major depression to health issues such as other chronic conditions and substance abuse.

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7 Health Myths You Should Not Believe Anymore

By Romit Malhotra

(Summary:

Vitamin C doesn’t protect from cold, diabetes doesn’t affect elders only, and your microwave doesn’t destroy the nutrients. And so many more health myths you should not believe anymore.)

Do you believe that carrots improve vision? Does an apple a day keep the doctor away? Or you fear that microwave can kill the nutrients in your food?

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Swedish Study Reveals Secrets to Long, Healthy Life

By AFP/Relaxnews – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

An ongoing Swedish study has revealed some of the key steps that we can all take to age healthier and stay independent for longer, even after the age of 90.

Researchers at Uppsala University have shared some of the findings from their ongoing Uppsala Longitudinal Study of Adult Men (ULSAM), a study that began in 1970 and looks at 2,322 men who were born in the early 1920s.

The latest follow-up found that 276 of the 369 men originally taking part were still living alone and leading an independent life, even though the average age of the participants is now 87.

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Exercise Halves Risk of Dying After Heart Attack

By AFP/Relaxnews – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Exercising after a heart attack may help stave off death for longer, Swedish researchers said Thursday.

A study which followed 22,000 heart attack survivors aged 18-74, found that those who boosted their exercise levels after being discharged from hospital, halved their risk of dying within the first four years.

“It is well known that physically active people are less likely to have a heart attack and more likely to live longer,” said Orjan Ekblom of the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences. Continue reading

Saunas Reduce Dementia Risks: Study

By Lynn Allison – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

A sauna bath may do more than simply help you relax. A recent study has found men who take a sauna bath four to seven times weekly may reduce their risk of dementia by a whopping 66 percent.

The 20-year study, conducted by the University of Eastern Finland, involved more than 2,000 men and revealed that the more frequently saunas were taken, the lower the risk of dementia.

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3 Obesity Tests Better Than Body Mass Index

By Nick Tate – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

If you’re still using the BMI — body mass index — to determine if you’re dangerously overweight, you might as well be listening to music on an 8-track tape player or watching movies on an old VHS recorder.

That’s because the latest research shows that once-vaunted BMI is as outmoded as those old audio-video technologies and that other methods are far better at obesity-related risks for heart attack or other health problems.

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