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Hello, and welcome to the May 2023 newsletter! How are you doing? With such a vast amount of information available these days, how can you sort through it all and stay informed on any news that can benefit the quality of your life? Much of the good news out there is drowned out by negative news.

One of the main purposes for these newsletters is to share with you recent developments that can inspire and guide you toward better life choices.

This month features excerpts from three such reports. If we can make better life choices now, we can improve our chances for a healthier, happier life going forward.

When you review the list of massage benefits below, you can see that massage is the ideal support system for you!

Keep massage a priority; see you soon for your next relaxing massage session!

Benefits of regular massage:

  • Relieve stress
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Help chronic neck pain
  • Reduce muscle tension
  • Sleep better
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Manage low-back pain
  • Relieve tension headaches
  • Improve cardiovascular health
  • Promote relaxation

 Source:  www.amtamassage.org

Here Are 3 Illnesses a Healthy Heart Can Prevent—Besides Cardiovascular Disease

A healthy ticker can lead to a longer life by reducing the risk of diabetes, cancer, and dementia, new research reveals. Researchers at Tulane University say having a healthy heart displays a link to substantially longer life expectancy—free of cardiovascular disease and the world’s other three biggest killers.

As well as avoiding cardiovascular disease, having a healthy heart can help stave off cancer, dementia, and diabetes, according to the research. Eating healthily and getting plenty of exercise, as well as not smoking, maintaining normal weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose levels all contribute to a healthy heart.

Patients are more likely to develop at least one major illness if they did not manage these “simple rules,” the study finds. The results come from an analysis of 135,000 adults studied by the UK Biobank.  ...

Following Life’s Essential 8 can save your life— The team made their calculations using data on Life’s Essential 8 — a set of simple heart boosting rules such as eating healthily and getting plenty of exercise. The others are not smoking, maintaining normal weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, and getting plenty of sleep. Those who scored poorly were more likely to develop at least one major illness. ...

Source: studyfinds.org

8 Ways Artificial Sweeteners Are Bad For You: Why ‘Sugar-Free’ Isn’t Always Healthier
by Matt Higgins

Millions of people consume artificial sweeteners on a daily basis. From diet sodas to candies, it’s hard to avoid the synthetic sugar substitute. But it might be time to avoid sodas and food containing artificial sweeteners.

Numerous studies over the years identify a variety of potential harmful effects from artificial sweeteners. From increasing one’s risk for cancer to developing diabetes, artificial sweeteners can be worse for your health than you might realize.

Be mindful of the ingredients you’re consuming in products that claim to be “healthy,” health experts and nutritionists suggest. Many of these products purporting to be better alternatives may be filled with artificial sweeteners linked to so many other conditions. ...

  • Artificial sweetener linked to increased cancer risk
  • Diet soda can cause weight gain
  • Sugar-free alternative might cause healthy gut bacteria to damage intestine
  • Artificially sweetened drinks are bad for your heart
  • Using low-calorie sweeteners while pregnant may be harmful to babies
  • Sugar-free products can worsen diabetes risk
  • Harmful to metabolism, too
  • Sugar substitutes linked to heart-related issues

Source: studyfinds.org

Walking Fast Key to a Long Life? Study Links Pace to Aging
by Chris Melore

A brisk walk could help add 16 years to your life, a new study finds. Researchers at the University of Leicester have discovered a link between a person’s walking pace and the rate at which they age.

Specifically, a lifetime of brisk walking leads to longer telomeres. These are the protective “caps” on the ends of your chromosomes—sort of like the plastic tabs on your shoelaces. Although they don’t carry genetic information, telomeres play a vital role in keeping DNA stable.

Scientists measure these end caps to calculate a person’s biological age. The longer they are, the younger a person is in terms of biological age—which can be much different from chronological age (your birthday).

In an analysis of over 400,000 British adults from the UK Biobank, scientists found that a faster walking pace throughout life could lead to a person being 16 years younger in terms of biological age by the time they reach midlife. Importantly, the team found brisk walking alone, regardless of how much physical activity that person engages in, leads to longer telomeres.

Walking faster may also prevent disease— Researchers explain that each time a cell divides, telomeres become shorter. At a certain point, telomeres get so short that the cell no longer divides. Although the link between telomere length and disease is still unclear, scientists say the buildup of senescent (elderly and dying) cells contributes to the development of age-related diseases and frailty.

A quick walk around the block could add decades to your life!

Leicester researchers have previously found that as little as 10 minutes of brisk walking each day can contribute to a longer life. These individuals had a life expectancy up to 20 years longer than their slower walking peers. …

“Whilst we have previously shown that walking pace is a very strong predictor of health status, we have not been able to confirm that adopting a brisk walking pace actually causes better health. In this study we used information contained in people’s genetic profile to show that a faster walking pace is indeed likely to lead to a younger biological age as measured by telomeres,” concludes Tom Yates, senior author and Professor of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior and Health at the University of Leicester.

The study is published in the journal Communications Biology.

Source: studyfinds.org

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