Weight Loss and Fracture Risk
Losing weight decreases bone density and increases your fracture risk. A recent study of 57 women on a diet vs. non-dieting shows that calcium absorption decreases as calories are cut even with an adequate supply of calcium, and there is a need for a larger supply of calcium (because of decreased absorption) to meet the daily requirement. The study appears in the July 2004 issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
A Drop in Blood Pressure may Trigger Dementia
A fall in the systolic blood pressure (the top reading) of 15 points or greater in individuals with low blood pressure or with blood vessel disease raised the risk of Alzheimer's disease by 300% within the next 3 years in a study of 947 people followed since 1987. An extensive decline in blood pressure reduces blood flow to the brain and this may trigger dementia. The findings are published in the July 2nd online issue of the journal Stroke.
The More Healthy Habits the Lower Your Cancer Risk
Researchers tracked 30,000 post-menopausal women for 13 years found that women who included 0 to 1 of the following lifestyle habits had a 35% higher risk of developing cancer than women who followed 6 or more of the recommendations. The women who failed to follow the guidelines also had a 42% greater risk of dying from cancer than adherents.
- Not smoking
- Daily moderate exercise and a vigorous workout at least once a week
- Eating 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day
- Avoiding excess weight and having a body mass index of less than 25
- Limiting alcohol to one drink per day
- Limiting red meat to no more than 3 ounces a day
- Eating about 14 ounces of whole grains and other complex carbohydrates daily while limiting processed foods and refined sugar
- Limiting fat intake, especially animal fat to 30% of total calorie intake or less
- Limiting salt to under 2,400mg a day