WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 4-20-2020

Health Alert: Weight Gain Dangerous to Lungs. While pulmonary function is expected to decline with
advancing age, the results of a study that monitored 3,700 adults for two decades found that weight gain over
time can hasten this process. Thorax, February 2020
Diet: The More You Know… Questionnaires completed by 438 college students revealed that those with
greater health literacy tended to consume more servings of fruits and vegetables per day than participants with
little knowledge of general health, health promotion, and disease prevention.
Journal of American College Health, March 2020
Exercise: Temporomandibular Dysfunction May Impair Aerobic Capacity. In this study, researchers
compared the peak oxygen consumption of 31 young women with temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) and
31 young women without the condition and observed that members of the TMD group had lower aerobic
capacity. Cranio, March 2020
Chiropractic: Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Common Among Elderly. Lumbar spinal stenosis is a debilitating
condition associated with the degeneration of the spine, which can have a wide range of symptoms including
back pain, leg pain, numbness and tingling in the legs, and reduced physical function. A review of data from 41
published studies found that the prevalence of lumbar spinal stenosis in the general population can range from
11%-39%, depending on diagnostic criteria. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to diagnosis degenerative
lumbar spinal stenosis and offer conservative treatment options such as spinal manipulation, exercise, and
nutritional counseling. European Spine Journal, February 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Can Sarcopenia Be Slowed or Reversed? Sarcopenia is a disease associated with the
loss of skeletal muscle mass during the aging process that affects around 12% of the elderly. The results of a
recent study suggest that consuming adequate amounts of protein and staying physically active can help
preserve skeletal muscle quality in seniors. Journal of Frailty and Aging, March 2020
Wellness/Prevention: How to Lift Heavy Things. To reduce the risk of injury when lifting heavy objects, the
University of North Carolina recommends the following: prepare for the weight; get as close to the object as
possible; keep your back straight and bend at the knees; get a good handhold, and do not twist while lifting.
University of North Carolina, February 2020
Quote: “Love cultivates hope; hope fertilizes resilience, and we can all be farmers of dreams”
~ George E. Miller
I found that Dr. Joe Megna is one of the best chiropractors I have found in the Napa region.