New research shows that it’s not enough to get a single burst of physical activity every day. Sitting inactively for prolonged periods of time has a deleterious effect. In a study that tracked 17,000 Canadians for about more than a decade, researchers learned that people who sat more had a higher death risk, independent of whether or not they exercised otherwise.
"We don't have enough evidence yet to say how much sitting is bad," said Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk lead author of the study. "But it seems the more you can get up and interrupt this sedentary behavior, the better."
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According to Dr. Elin Ekblom-Bak of the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, "After four hours of sitting, the body starts to send harmful signals." She added that genes regulating glucose and fat storage in the body start to shut down.
We’ve already learned about how vitally important it is to get up and walk on an extended airplane flight to avoid deep vein thrombosis, but this new information is directly applicable not only to the workplace but to homes and schools. Researchers urge that physical activity be spread throughout the day. This lesson was taken to heart by the former US Senator from Wisconsin, William Proxmire, who conducted his business from a standing desk. In fact in northern Wisconsin and neighboring Minnesota several schools have added stand up work stations to their classrooms. Teachers are reporting greater attentiveness and more enthusiasm for class work.
Prohibiting public smoking has led to a drop in heart attacks in both smokers and non smokers according to a fall study issued by the Institute of Medicine. The researchers looked at 11 studies of heart attacks in areas where smoking was banned and found a decrease of 6 to 47%. In Pueblo , Colorado hospitalizations for heart attacks dropped 41% in the three years after smoking was outlawed in the work place.
Nearly 440,000 Americans die each year from smoking related illnesses. About 38,000 of these deaths are blamed on second hand smoke.
Prostate Surgery Hazards
An increasing number of men undergoing prostate surgery are choosing robot assisted minimally invasive techniques because they lead to reduced hospital stays. Unfortunately, compared to open surgery, side effects show an increase. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that erectile dysfunction and incontinence appear more often with minimally invasive procedures. Yes, there was a lower risk of respiratory complications and need for transfusions, but after the surgery has healed what really matters to a man is whether or not the plumbing still works.
Recipe - Buckwheat
Don't forget to try our of our favorite winter hot breakfasts buckwheat, a healthy tasty alternative to oatmeal or other cereals. The Reverse Aging Now web site has a range of recipes geared to making healthy food tasty.
To see how one middle-aged man is applying anti-aging precepts to his own life, go to Anti-Aging Diary.com. To embrace anti-aging you need to make a mental as well as physical journey. It's not always easy, but well worth the effort. Remember to watch our anti-aging documentary, “Reverse Aging Now.
Herb of the Month - Pycnogenol
Pycnogenol, extracted from French pine bark in marine climate zones, improves blood sugar control and increases circulatory system flexibility reducing these risk factors for heart disease. Side effects are uncommon, but as with any other herb, if you start to take it, check with your prescribing physician to see if there is any potential of drug interaction or potential purity issues.
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