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How Many Steps to Walk Away From Diabetes?

How Many Steps to Walk Away From Diabetes?TUESDAY, Jan. 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- When older people cut back on physical activity, their risk of type 2 diabetes rises. But walking regularly can help, a new study suggests.The more steps you take -- and the more intensely you walk -- the lower your odds for type 2 diabetes, researchers found.To assess the link between walking and diabetes risk, they enrolled more than 4,800 women, 65 and older, who did not have diabetes and lived independently.For 24 hours a day for one week, the women wore a device on their hip that recorded the number of steps taken each day. The women's health was monitored for up to seven years, and 8% developed diabetes during that time.“A key figure from our study is that for every 1,000 steps per day, our results showed a 6% lower diabetes risk in...

Worries May Raise Men's Heart Risks, Even When Young

24 January 2022
Worries May Raise Men`s Heart Risks, Even When YoungMONDAY, Jan. 24, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Worrying can take a toll on your psyche, but new research suggests that when middle-aged men fret too much, they face a higher risk for developing diabetes, heart disease or stroke down the road.And this increase in risk is on par with the health risks linked to heavy drinking, the findings showed."Our findings suggest that anxiety is linked to unhealthy biological processes that pave the way to developing heart disease and diabetes in men," said study author Lewina Lee. She is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and a clinical research psychologist at the National Center for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder of the VA Boston Healthcare System. Taking steps to improve mental health may help lower risks for...

Many Kids Aren't Wearing Helmets While Sledding, Poll Finds

24 January 2022
Many Kids Aren`t Wearing Helmets While Sledding, Poll FindsMONDAY, Jan. 24, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- When American kids do downhill skiing or snowboarding, they almost always wear a helmet, their parents say, but they're far less likely to do so when cruising down a neighborhood hill on a sled. That puts them at risk for serious head injuries, experts warn.“Because sledding is so common, parents may overlook important safety concerns,” said Sarah Clark, co-director of the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. “However, to avoid injuries, parents should ensure the sledding area is free of trees or other objects and has a flat runoff area at the bottom of the hill. Parents should also make sure children understand strategies to avoid collisions with other sledders.”The safety warning...

After Heart Attack, Cardiac Rehab Begins Road to Recovery

21 January 2022
After Heart Attack, Cardiac Rehab Begins Road to RecoveryFRIDAY, Jan. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Your heart is in an incredibly vulnerable state if you've suffered a heart attack or are fighting heart failure, and cardiac rehabilitation could be an important part of your recovery.Unfortunately, not enough older folks appear to be taking advantage of this life-saving therapy.Fewer than one in 10 eligible Medicare beneficiaries get recommended heart failure rehab treatments, the American Heart Association recently noted. "Based on the current data, more than 90% of people with heart failure will not receive a treatment that could improve their health and survival," said Dr. Vinay Guduguntla, a third-year internal medicine resident at the University of California, San Francisco.Cardiac rehabilitation is a comprehensive supervised program that...

Hit Your Head? Look for These Warning Signs of Concussion

21 January 2022
Hit Your Head? Look for These Warning Signs of ConcussionFRIDAY, Jan. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- If you or someone you know has suffered a concussion, a medical evaluation is crucial, an expert says.A concussion is "a short-lived functional brain injury typically caused by a bump or blow to the head," Cleveland Clinic concussion specialist Dr. Richard Figler said in a clinic news release. "A concussion sets off a chemical process in the brain as it's trying to heal itself. During that process, and depending on what part of the brain was impacted, it can affect different functions like balance, memory, focus or even cause visual disturbances," Figler explained.It's believed that between 1.6 million and 3.8 million concussions occur in the United States each year.Signs and symptoms of a concussion can occur immediately, hours or even days...

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