Alzheimer's Disease/Cognitive Impairment

Early to Bed Adds Up to Good Health

by

Michelle Stewart

Now when I started this article the other day it was late---too late to chat about sleep deprivation. I just couldn't give advice when I was absolutely doing the opposite. I went to bed. In what seemed like a few minutes I was awakened. It was not the alarm but a phone call at 4 a.m. from a family member locked out of their house!! How ironic is that? I go to bed to get some sleep and end up awake and on the road to take a set of house keys to someone. It was probably sleep deprivation that caused her to forget the keys.

How much sleep do we need?

The amount of sleep varies, but the National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours for most adults. Now zzzs like anything else can vary based on individuals; some people can manage on six hours while others may need ten hours. Sleep needs are also affected by basal sleep, the amount of sleep your body regularly needs for optimum performance and sleep debt which is the accumulated amount of sleep lost due to poor sleep habits, illness or other factors affecting the quality of sleep.

Now you know I'm all about living the well-being lifestyle and cutting back on sleep is not a good thing. Sleeping hours are needed for the body to rest and rejuvenate. Affects of sleep deprivation can include: obesity, heart disease, diabetes, headaches, lack of attention, delayed motor skills.

Obesity: Research indicates that people who do not get enough sleep have a higher risk of becoming obese. The hormones that influence appetite are thrown out of balance; leptin controls hunger and it decreases, which makes you feel hungrier. Ghrelin the hormone produced by fat cells tells the body you need more fat calories, which creates cravings for foods that are high in fat and carbohydrates. This hormonal imbalance sets the stage for late-night binges on snacks that add up to a heavier weight.

People with poor sleep habits are tired and they often magnify the problem when they avoid or eliminate physical exercise. Regular exercise helps reduce stress, burns off calories and increases energy.

Heart Disease

Lack of sleep can increase stress hormones, which long-term are not good for the heart. Elevated stress hormones can damage blood vessels, leading to elevated or high blood pressure and heart disease.

Diabetes

This too can be a health challenge affected by lack of sleep. Diabetes has long been linked to obesity and being overweight. The fact that people may weigh more than recommended for their body type can be a predictor of the development of Type 2 Diabetes.

Headaches

This ailment falls into the discomfort that people identify as "feeling bad" when they are sleep deprived. There is also research indicating that lack of sleep can trigger headaches in predisposed individuals.

Cognition and Motor Skills

Less than the recommended amount of sleep affects cognitive processes--impaired attention, alertness, ability to concentrate, solve problems and use good judgment. Sleep deprivation can also impair motor skills and hand-eye coordination. In addition during the night, various sleep cycles play a role in "consolidating" memories in the mind. When you don't get enough sleep, it can affect your ability to remember what you learned and experienced during the day.

In our overscheduled days, we may consider a good night's sleep a luxury; that is a myth. Sleep is essential and in order to stay healthy we have to make it a priority.

Take Away: Sleep is essential for well-being. Turn off the television, mobile gadgets, personal computers and all those things that are too stimulating when it is time to turn out the lights.

Michelle J. Stewart is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator better known as the Nutrition Planner who has been leading the way to a healthier you for more than 25 years. Michelle is a Certified Wellness Coach whose motto is "EAT LESS MOVE MORE". She is a consultant for the food and beverage industry and offers expertise in corporate wellness, weight loss surgery, menu and product development. All opinions expressed are her own. Sign up for Michelle's Free Report 10 Weight Loss Tips for Life when you visit http://thenutritionplanner.com


What is the Meaning of Mental Health?

by

Kya Grace

The idea of mental health does not pertain to just the absence of mental disease or infirmity. It depends on whether you can express your emotions and react accordingly to the demands of daily life. A more holistic approach towards mental health is the one which considers the well being of the whole person including mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, social and environmental factors. A mentally healthy person has a sense of control, is able to cope up with the inevitable changes of life, has a positive and realistic aspect towards all the events and is able to express himself emotionally.

Stress affects mental health
Many people face stress, anger, anxiety or depression related issues. Yet if confronted, they refuse to believe that their mental health requires attention. There are a lot of common things that can have an impact on the mental health of a person. Perhaps the most common is the stress people face these days in this fast paced world, whether it is because of stressful work conditions, social exclusion or violent personal relations. There are chances that people are not able to balance all aspects of their lives. They can lose balance while juggling between the roles that they have to play.

Maintaining balance in life
Some people are workaholics and they give more priority to their work rather than their personal life. This can affect their personal and social relations in their society. Ever tried to calm down a person who is in a fit of anger? He would probably retaliate and blame you for his loss of patience. This is a very common plight. Apart from this, there are people who are unable to vent out their emotions and often land into depression. They might have faced an unfortunate event and are unable to rebound from it.

Help yourself
These issues may sound minor to most people but anyone can get trapped in it without even realizing it. You can decrease the amount of mental and emotional wear and tear by changing your perspective towards life in the following ways:
â ¢ Never hold a grudge against anyone; if you have any issues improve your communication with that person and solve it. Vent out your anger if you have to but don't hold on to it for long.

â ¢ Be socially active, maintain supportive relationships, take breaks and enjoy life. Don't let your professional and personal life come in each other's way.
â ¢ Be passionate about something, which would give you a break from the stress of your fast paced life - pick up a hobby for example.

â ¢ It is important to maintain a good physical health. Even a lack of physical exercise can cause dementia and depression. Therefore, exercise, eat right food and get ample amount of sleep.

â ¢ It is good to set you goals high and be competitive in nature but don't be over ambitious. It is also important to be content with yourself in order to enjoy life each day.

â ¢ Manage your finances smartly, as financial problem is the most common factor for stress. Although it is also good to indulge and pamper yourself sometimes.

Know yourself better, understand what makes you really happy, and learn to balance what you can and cannot change about yourself.

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Use Ginkgo Biloba to Starve Off Alzheimer's and Dementia

Use Ginkgo Biloba to Starve Off Alzheimer's and Dementia

Use Ginkgo Biloba to Starve Off Alzheimer's and Dementia

By: Rudy Silva

Dementia, Alzheimer's, and other mental diseases are accelerated by:

  • The lack of blood to the brain
  • The lack of oxygen to the brain
  • The lack of minerals and vitamins to the brain
  • The lack of glucose to the brain
  • Increase of toxins to the brain

The lack of blood to the brain is caused by arteriosclerosis - plack buildup along the arteries causing them to narrow. Arteriosclerosis occurs when you have a diet that causes damage to the artery walls activating cholesterol, minerals and nutrients to patch up the damage. Over time, as the artery openings become narrower, less blood flows through them and may even be blocked.

To avoid arteriosclerosis eat a healthy diet. Find a diet that will minimize damage and inflammation in your body and arteries. Starting a healthy diet at any age is helpful but the sooner you start the better.

Ginkgo Biloba has been found effective in increasing the circulation of blood throughout the body including the brain. When this happens, more blood moves into the brain and supplies the brain with the more nutrients.

Ginkgo Biloba also helps brain cells use glucose and thereby increases brain energy. It helps improve brain cell transmission and brain wave tracing. It helps short-term memory by speeding up the brain cell impulses.

Using Ginkgo Biloba for dementia and Alzheimer's has show to slow down, delay, and even reverse these conditions in some cases. Use of Ginkgo Biloba is more effective when used in the early signs of senility, dementia, or Alzheimer's.

If Alzheimer's is well progressed, Ginkgo may have only a slight value. But when Alzheimer's and other dementia issue are due arteriosclerosis or lack of blood to the brain, then Ginkgo may provide some relief.

Here is the type of Ginkgo you should use:
* Ginkgo Biloba Flavonglycosides Extract 24%, 40 mg per day

Results from using Ginkgo Biloba can take from 3 - 12 weeks. It is a safe herb and may only have slight side effects such as headaches and dizziness, but these will disappear as you continue to use it.

If you are faced with signs of reduced mental capacity, Ginkgo Biloba is but one nutrients that can help you starve off it progression. There are many other nutrients that you need to add to your diet to help Ginkgo Biloba do its job better.

 

Author Bio
Rudy Silva is a Natural Nutritionist. To learn more about the other nutrients you need to hold off signs of dementia or Alzheimer's go to www.for--you.com/dementiaremedies

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A Helpful Tool For People Searching For Clinical Research Trials

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Joseph

Sometimes the search for a good doctor can be quite nerve wracking even under the best of circumstances, but the emotional burden becomes even greater when searching for doctors who are participating in clinical trials.

Trial Reach and CureClick know this; so they developed a tool which makes the search for clinical research trials a bit easier.

Last July CureClick and Trial Reach asked if I would like to help out with this task; since I'm a CureClick Ambassador I was happy to help.

At this very moment you can use the Trial Reach Clinical Trials Search Tool that I embedded in the sidebar of Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM).

The clinical trials search tool is absolutely amazing! The tool is designed so that users can search for any clinical trial for any condition. Then the tool provides relevant results based on the user answering a few questions. Now you can search for clinical trials that best fit your needs.

Although I receive a small one time payment for installing the Trial Reach Clinical Trials Search Tool on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM), the potential benefit to all of you is what inspired me to install it on this website. So, please take the time to use it. And tell all of your family and friends about it, too!

To learn more about my relationship with CureClick and why I'm talking about clinical trials, please click on this link.

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Health Benefits of Corn | Benefits of Eating Corn | Sweet Corn and Health Benefits of Sweet Corn

Health Benefits of Corn | Benefits of Eating Corn | Sweet Corn and Health Benefits of Sweet Corn

Submitted by: Medico News

Corn, one of the most popular and versatile vegetables, is also a good source of several nutrients. Corn is a low-fat complex carbohydrate that deserves a regular place on any healthy table. These high-fiber, fat-fighting kernels of goodness are also hearty and satisfying.

Corn is a decent source of vitamin B1, B5, C, E, folic acid,magnesium and phosphorus. It is considered to be low in protein, due to the minimal content of the amino acids lysine and tryptophan. On the

contrary, it is a good source of complex carbohydrate, fiber,and healthful essential fatty acids.

The various flavonoids and carotenes contained in corn, are responsible for the different colors of its different varieties.The colors valued by Native Americans include, pink, black, red, and blue. There were also some that had stripes and spots. Yellow corn is high in the carotenoid, lutein. The lutein in yellow corn and yellow corn food products can protect against heart disease and macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is a condition of the eye which is typically seen in older age.

Health Benefits of Corn :

Corn is a body building food.

1. Corn is helpful in kidney problems including renal dysfunction. Eat everyday a soft and boiled corn. For other kidney problem; boil 4 tsp. of cornsilk in 21/2 cups of water for 20 mins. Strain and allow to cool. Drink ½ cup every 4 hours.

2. Corn bran is a heart protector, when eaten everyday it can lower cholesterol in the body. The soluble fiber in corn binds with cholesterol in bile from the liver. It then passes from the body taking the cholesterol with it.

3. Cornstarch can prevent diaper rash.

Other Cases wherein Corn is Beneficial :

* Anemia

* Constipation

* Gout – boil 2 fresh cobs in 4 cups of water for 45 minutes, then strain and allow to cool. Place in the refrigerator. Drink one cup three times a day. Once there is relief, reduce your intake to one cup a day.

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Nutrients

Corn is very good source of vitamin B1 (thiamine). It’s a good source of vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamins C and E, folic acid, dietary fiber, essential fatty acids, and the minerals magnesium and phosphorus.

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Glycemic Index (GI)

In a study to determine an estimation of the GI of various foods, it was concluded that sweet corn has a medium GI of 60.

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Eye Health

The Age-Related Eye Disease Study suggests antioxidants may delay the advance of age-related macular degeneration.

Yellow corn is rich in the carotenoid lutein, a phytochemical with antioxidant properties that can lower the risk of age related vision loss. Age related vision loss is caused by gradual oxidative damage of the retina, and lutein may serve as an antioxidant as well as a filter to protect the retina from the oxidative effect of blue light.

Diets rich in lutein and zeaxanthin are also associated with a decreased prevalence of nuclear cataract.

While lutein and zeaxanthin content in yellow corn is not nearly as high as that in green leafy vegetables such as spinach (approximately 1/10th), yellow corn and corn products are one of the most popular foods in the Americas and other parts of the world. The less processed the product is, the more lutein rich it will be.

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Alzheimer’s

A study has shown that moderately severe Alzheimer’s patients had much lower plasma levels of lutein and beta-carotene, compared to mild Alzheimer’s patients. These findings suggest increasing intake of lutein and beta-carotene rich foods to slow the rate of cognitive decline.

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Cance

Corn has a high beta – cryptoxanthin content, a carotenoid with antioxidant properties. An observational study in Singapore has shown that high levels of dietary beta-cryptoxanthin were associated with reduced risk of lung cancer.

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Without Zinc You Are Headed Towards Dementia or Alzheimer's

Without Zinc You Are Headed Towards Dementia or Alzheimer's

Without Zinc You Are Headed Towards Dementia or Alzheimer's

By: Rudy Silva

Zinc is one of those minerals that you need to hold off the onset of dementia or Alzheimer's. Most older people and those with dementia and other mental disorders have been found to be deficient in zinc. In most studies zinc has been shown to improve mental capacity in elders.

To get zinc into your blood stream you need to have a specific acid that is excreted by the pancreas. This acid is called "picolinic acid" When food containing zinc or zinc supplements reache the small intestine, duodenum, the pancreas excretes picolinic acid. This acid binds with zinc and moves it across your intestinal wall and into your blood stream.

Picolinic acid is created in the liver and kidneys from the amino acid tryptoph. This amino acid then moves into the pancreas. If you have diabetes or if your pancreas is overworked or weak, you will not be excreting enough picolinic acid and will not be providing enough zinc to your brain. You will need to supplement your diet with zinc.

The type of zinc you need is one that is bound with picolinic acid. This type is called "zinc picolinate." There are other type of zinc supplements such as zinc citrate and zinc gluconate, but they are not absorb as good as zinc picolinate. If you cannot get zinc picolinate then the next best is zinc gluconate.

The body has many uses for zinc and this can contribute to a deficiency of zinc in your blood and in your brain.

The body uses zinc to help,

  • with enzyme chemical reactions
  • antioxidants prevent arteriosclerosis
  • DNA prevent dementia or Alzheimer'
  • with cells activity
  • kidneys maintain acid base balance
  • with carbon dioxide removal
  • make pancreatic enzymes
  • your liver to detoxify alcohols
  • and the list goes on and on

Here are some of the foods you should add to your diet to get more zinc.

beef, lamb, cheese, yeasts, oysters, Shrimp, herring, sunflower seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Sesame Seeds, wheat germ & bran, Mushrooms, Spinach, Squash, Asparagus, Collard Greens, Broccoli ,Chard, Miso, Maple Syrup

Zinc can be toxic in excessive amounts. A safe amount to take is 20 - 25 mg per day. Do not take more than 40 mg per day. Toxic effects are stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, cramps, and diarrhea.

Add these foods and zinc picolinate to your diet in an effort to starve off dementia and Alzheimer's. There are a more special nutrients that you should include in your diet to prevent degradation of your mental thinking. These Nutrients will be discussed in other other articles.

 

Author Bio
Rudy Silva is a Natural Nutritionist. To learn more about the other nutrients you need to hold off signs of dementia or Alzheimer's go to www.for--you.com/dementiaremedies

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Cardiovascular Fitness - Advantages of a Effective Cardiovascular System

Cardiovascular Fitness - Advantages of a Effective Cardiovascular System

Submitted by: Maxwell Starritt

Cardiovascular fitness is extremely important for the health and well-being of each and every human being. Without a healthy cardiovascular system, the quality of our everyday life suffers, our lifespan is diminished, and our capability to fend off different illnesses is critically compromised. Exercise to improve the cardiovascular system is important, but acquiring the cardio exercise and the fitness equipment necessary to try and do the exercise that suits you is the important thing.

In the long run, cardiovascular fitness isn't a matter that should be taken lightly. On the contrary, it is of paramount importance, as our ability to experience life hinges on how fit our cardiovascular system is. This certainly goes without saying and can't be emphasized enough.

You can find a great number of benefits to cardiovascular fitness that we may take for granted, but if we were to realize these benefits, we would have the ability to do more, be far more active, and be there for our families, our close friends, and our society at large.

Let's investigate some of the benefits of exercising and improving your heart rate, as they pertain to cardiovascular fitness:

1. Your heart is a muscle. As with any other muscle in the body, the stronger the muscle is, the more powerful it will likely be, meaning that the muscle will likely be able to complete extra work with much less effort. Much like when you exercise your bicep and tricep muscle groups, you'll be able to lift up heavier objects with much less effort, a stronger heart can pump more blood with less effort. The solitary feature of your heart is to pump blood throughout your body. A healthy, more powerful heart, is ready to pump extra volume of blood increased distance throughout the body with less effort and fewer pumps. This will increase the longevity of the heart, simply because it doesn't get fatigued and wear out more rapidly. So the more you exercise your heart, the more you are conditioning it and making it stronger. When the heart is stronger, then your resting heart rate actually goes down.

2. Improved blood circulation signifies that your body's circulatory system is able to carry additional nutrients to each and every organ of your body. It will probably be constantly replenishing your organs with fresh nutrient-rich and oxygen-rich blood, which in turn results in an overall healthier body. Your eyes, your ears, your nose, your tongue, your fingers, and every other organ in your body will be able to function more efficiently, and your body's immune system will be able to fend off diseases more effectively as well.

3. Improved cardiovascular fitness also translates to improved cognitive function. The human brain depends upon the steady delivery of fresh blood at all times, much like any other organ. And just like any other organ of the body, the brain functions more effectively with a healthy circulatory system that is capable to regularly provide fresh, nutrient-rich and oxygen-rich blood to the brain at all times. This translates to greater alertness, improved memory, greater cognitive function, improved motor capabilities as well.

4. Improved cardiovascular fitness, for all intents and purposes, also helps to stave off the adverse results of aging. A weak cardiovascular system is a telltale sign of a decline in human bodily function, as the rest of your body is unable to thrive since the heart is unable to pump blood as efficiently as it otherwise may have been able to, had it been healthier and stronger.

The health, well being, and general quality of our lives rely upon good cardiovascular fitness, and for that reason every effort ought to be made to increase the health of your cardiovascular system, and not merely take it for granted.

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Early to Bed Adds Up to Good Health

Early to Bed Adds Up to Good Health

Submitted by: Michelle Stewart

Now when I started this article the other day it was late---too late to chat about sleep deprivation. I just couldn't give advice when I was absolutely doing the opposite. I went to bed. In what seemed like a few minutes I was awakened. It was not the alarm but a phone call at 4 a.m. from a family member locked out of their house!! How ironic is that? I go to bed to get some sleep and end up awake and on the road to take a set of house keys to someone. It was probably sleep deprivation that caused her to forget the keys.

How much sleep do we need?

The amount of sleep varies, but the National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours for most adults. Now zzzs like anything else can vary based on individuals; some people can manage on six hours while others may need ten hours. Sleep needs are also affected by basal sleep, the amount of sleep your body regularly needs for optimum performance and sleep debt which is the accumulated amount of sleep lost due to poor sleep habits, illness or other factors affecting the quality of sleep.

Now you know I'm all about living the well-being lifestyle and cutting back on sleep is not a good thing. Sleeping hours are needed for the body to rest and rejuvenate. Affects of sleep deprivation can include: obesity, heart disease, diabetes, headaches, lack of attention, delayed motor skills.

Obesity: Research indicates that people who do not get enough sleep have a higher risk of becoming obese. The hormones that influence appetite are thrown out of balance; leptin controls hunger and it decreases, which makes you feel hungrier. Ghrelin the hormone produced by fat cells tells the body you need more fat calories, which creates cravings for foods that are high in fat and carbohydrates. This hormonal imbalance sets the stage for late-night binges on snacks that add up to a heavier weight.

People with poor sleep habits are tired and they often magnify the problem when they avoid or eliminate physical exercise. Regular exercise helps reduce stress, burns off calories and increases energy.

Heart Disease

Lack of sleep can increase stress hormones, which long-term are not good for the heart. Elevated stress hormones can damage blood vessels, leading to elevated or high blood pressure and heart disease.

Diabetes

This too can be a health challenge affected by lack of sleep. Diabetes has long been linked to obesity and being overweight. The fact that people may weigh more than recommended for their body type can be a predictor of the development of Type 2 Diabetes.

Headaches

This ailment falls into the discomfort that people identify as "feeling bad" when they are sleep deprived. There is also research indicating that lack of sleep can trigger headaches in predisposed individuals.

Cognition and Motor Skills

Less than the recommended amount of sleep affects cognitive processes--impaired attention, alertness, ability to concentrate, solve problems and use good judgment. Sleep deprivation can also impair motor skills and hand-eye coordination. In addition during the night, various sleep cycles play a role in "consolidating" memories in the mind. When you don't get enough sleep, it can affect your ability to remember what you learned and experienced during the day.

In our overscheduled days, we may consider a good night's sleep a luxury; that is a myth. Sleep is essential and in order to stay healthy we have to make it a priority.

Take Away: Sleep is essential for well-being. Turn off the television, mobile gadgets, personal computers and all those things that are too stimulating when it is time to turn out the lights.

About the Author: Michelle J. Stewart MPH, RDLD/N, CDE is an experienced food and nutrition communication expert specializing in wellness with a holistic approach to living your best life. Michelle has been leading the way to a healthier you for more than 25 years. She is zealous when it comes to wellness from the inside out and empowering whomever she comes in contact with to take charge of their health and wellbeing. Her motto is "EAT LESS MOVE MORE" Sign up for her Free Report 10 Weight Loss Tips for Life when you visit http://thenutritionplanner.com

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People With Sleep Apnea More Prone To Get Hurt At Work

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Joseph

People who suffer from difficulty breathing during sleep are in danger of becoming injured on the job, new research suggests. According to the results of a study published in Thorax, people with sleep apnea are at great risk for occupational injuries and decreased concentration. This startling study tells us that lack of sleep caused by breathing problems is a health concern that should not be treated as a trivial issue.

Canadian scientists made the connection. Najib Ayas from the Department of Medicine at University British Columbia, led a research team which sought to ascertain whether people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) were more likely to suffer from occupational injury (OI).

To find the answer, Ayas et al recruited 1236 patients from the University of British Columbia Hospital Sleep Laboratory whom were believed to be suffering from OSA between May 2003 to July 2011.

The research team had information about the types and rates of occupational injuries of the patients during the five years prior to undergoing polysomnography, a special sleep test.

Ayas et al discovered that sleep apnea patients were twice as likely to suffer at least one occupational injury than patients who did not suffer from sleep apnea. When the team investigated further, they learned that OSA patients were three times more likely to suffer from an injury that is more likely to be tied to lack of paying attention (e.g. commercial motor vehicle crash or fall).

These results tell us something about the problems associated with lack of sleep.

Obstructive sleep apnea is disorder wherein some physical object prevents the person from breathing. The disorder is so common that the National Institutes of Health estimate that every 4 out of 100 middle-aged men and every 2 out of every 100 middle-aged women suffer from OSA with symptoms.

People over age 45 years are more likely to develop OSA. Other health issues that increase the chances of developing OSA include:

  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • decreased muscle tone
  • enlarged tonsils or tongue
  • small jaw
  • small soft palate

According to the NIH, symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include the following:

  • frequent urination
  • night sweats
  • suddenly waking up, often times with a racing heartbeat and shortness of breath
  • dry mouth when waking up
  • headaches in the morning
  • exhaustion during the day
  • difficulty concentrating

Getting back to the current study, Ayas et al found that OSA patients were nearly three times more likely to become involved in accidents involving a lack of vigilance.

If you don't get sufficient sleep, you're less likely to pay attention to what's going on around you. But it's also possible that you won't even hear danger approaching.

Interestingly, some years ago Taiwanese scientists noted an association between sudden deafness and sleep apnea. In that study, researchers discovered that men who experienced sudden hearing loss were more likely to suffer from sleep apnea than healthy men.

If OSA patients happen to suffer from impaired hearing, it may increase the likelihood that they will become involved in work related accidents.

Sleep apnea is also associated with obesity which itself is often associated with diabetes.

Lack of sleep can lead to insulin resistance. When this occurs, cells will ignore signals take up sugar, which will eventually cause blood sugar levels to rise. Elevated blood sugar levels can trigger the onset of type 2 diabetes. High blood sugar causes cellular metabolism to slow down (the sugar isn't getting into the cells to be used for energy) thereby causing weight gain.

At this point in the article, you now know that OSA is a physical obstruction of the airways. Now, think about something. Excess fat weighing down on the windpipe will cause breathing problems. I hope that you can see the connection.

Obstructive sleep apnea also increases risk of hypertension, heart disease, stroke and even depression.

NIH says numerous options are available for the treatment of OSA including mouth guards, surgery as well as special machines that facilitate sleep. But the first treatment they suggest is weight loss.

Considering the seriousness of OSA, is this a problem to be ignored?

 

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14

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Article Reference

Hirsch Allen AJ, Park JE, Daniele PR, Fleetham J, Ryan CF, & Ayas NT (2016). Obstructive sleep apnoea and frequency of occupational injury. Thorax PMID: 26980010

Obstructive sleep apnea: Overview - National Library of Medicine - PubMed Health

Get Some Sleep!

Scientists Tie Sudden Deafness To Sleep Apnea

Sleep and Diabetes Often Go Hand In Hand Part 1

 

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Elderly Homeless People Face Harsher Age-Related Conditions Than Elderly People Who Live In Homes

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Joseph

Homelessness comes with its own share of tremendous challenges and hardships, but those problems become even greater when they are faced by the elderly. According to a report published in The Gerontologist, elderly people who live on the streets tend to endure harsher age-related illnesses than people who reside in homes. Such findings should come as no surprise but further underscore the serious problems posed by homelessness and poverty and serve as a reminder that it is important to be mindful of the needy and downtrodden.

Physicians and scientists from the University of California, Stony Brook University and the Veterans Administration investigated the prevalence of geriatric conditions in older homeless adults and to learn whether the problems endured by these people differed across living environments.

To find the answer, the research team interviewed 350 homeless adults in Oakland, California. The respondents whom were age 50 years and older resided in one of four living arrangements:

  • unsheltered locations (162 people)
  • multiple locations including shelters and hotels (88 people)
  • intermittently with family/friends (57 people)
  • rental housing (43 people)

The research team, led by Dr. Rebecca Brown of the University of California, used a 6-month follow back residential calendar to assess the interviewees living conditions during the previous 6 months.

Sadly, Brown et al learned that 38.7% of the interviewees had problems performing even one task of daily living. Other interviewees (25.8 %) told the researchers that they suffered from cognitive impairments. Other findings include:

  • 33.7% of interviewees suffered falls during the past 6 months
  • 45.1% had impaired vision
  • 48.0% of those interviewed screened positive for urinary incontinence

Brown et al determined that the prevalence geriatric conditions did not differ significantly across living environments.

When I read about the findings, I was a bit taken back that people 50 years of age would be included in a geriatric study. But when I thought about how physical and emotional stress have a tendency to speed up the aging process, it began to make sense.

Brown and her colleagues noted that geriatric conditions was common among the interviewees and that "the prevalence of these conditions was higher than that seen in housed adults 20 years older".

Environmental stressors e.g. exposure to extreme cold or heat, lack of sanitation, and improper diet will take a tremendous toll on the human body.

Imagine how physically damaging this will be if a person must endure such harsh conditions for months and even years on end?

It brings to mind the apostle Paul's words in Romans 8:35 when he asked "Who shall separate us from the love of God? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword?" because in this way so many people suffer homelessness because of poverty. There are people who become homeless through bad choices, but others are turned out because of a lack of money to pay bills, or because hospitals are unable to keep them long term (such is the case with the mentally ill).

We should be mindful of those around us, and help in whatever ways are open to us. Brown et al wrote that services are needed to address the problems of the geriatric population across varied living environments.

It is not possible to completely eliminate poverty and homelessness from the face of the earth, but we can do our part to help ease the suffering of others. That help can by offering food whenever we can, giving donations at church that help care for the homeless, and extending a gentle hand when we see someone in trouble.

We have to do this because Jesus asks us to help others and we do this to be like Him. We do this sharing the same hope that Paul had in Romans 8:38-39 saying: "For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

That is the hope of everyone who believes in the Son of God.

 

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Article Reference

Brown RT, Hemati K, Riley ED, Lee CT, Ponath, C, Tieu, L, Guzman, D, Kushel MB. Geriatric Conditions in a Population-Based Sample of Older Homeless Adults. Gerontologist. 2016 doi: 10.1093/geront/gnw011

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