Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:
All the news links you want to click! Mark’s favorite articles from the world of health:
1) Take heart!
Women, like men, are at risk for heart disease and heart attacks. But according to the following link, about one in five women who have heart attacks show no signs of heart trouble before the attack. The usual diagnostics and symptoms just don’t send up any red flags. The Boston Globe‘s online news source, Boston.com, reports:
“For the last 40 years, doctors have relied on five factors to evaluate a patient’s risk of heart disease: their age, whether they smoke, blood pressure, total cholesterol, and levels of good cholesterol, known as HDL.”
The news that doctors want to add inflammation – hello, a no-brainer! – to the list of red flags is a great step in the right direction for heart health, and one that is long overdue. Inflammation can be a factor in many health conditions and diseases, including diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Stress, sugar, and plain old sloth all contribute to inflammation, as do smoking, alcohol, and other free-radical sources like trans fat in fried foods.
2) Oh, FDA, what will you goof on next?
More FDA shenanigans. This time, infants are affected. This is an important article if you are a new parent (or know someone who is).
3) Real men eat lettuce…
Men, if you care about your prostate, it’s time to make vegetables your best friend. Like Mark always says, it’s not like they meow – so get over the veggie aversion already!
4) The worst health advice, ever!
According to this article, eating carbs – and not just any carbs, but starchy carbs – is a great way to assure yourself a good night’s sleep. It’s also a great way to put yourself at an increased risk for depression, obesity, and diabetes. The article cites a study which found that carbs stimulate tryptophan and serotonin, the body’s natural sleep aids. However, exercise and fruits and vegetables also have this effect, and they won’t sabotage your health!
Here are a few quick, healthy ways to fall asleep fast, and they won’t spike your blood sugar:
- eat a tablespoon of peanut butter before bed – the natural chemicals help soothe your racing mind.
- drink a little warm organic milk – it really does help!
- try 5 minutes of deep breathing or some light stretches.
- wash your hands and face in warm water, wear socks, and keep your room nice and cool!