WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 8-17-2020

Health Alert: Obesity in Middle-Age Linked to Dementia. New research that looked at long-term health
data concerning nearly 6,600 adults suggests that obesity at midlife is associated with a 31% increased risk
for dementia in old age. International Journal of Epidemiology, June 2020
Diet: Eating Fruits and Veggies Can Cut Diabetes Risk. Using data from the European Prospective
Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study, researchers estimate that every 66 gram increase in daily
fruit and vegetable consumption is associated with a 25% reduced risk for type 2 diabetes. BMJ, July 2020
Exercise: Exercise Linked to Lower Sleep Apnea Risk. The results of a recent study that looked at
lifestyle, medical, socio-demographic, and sleep health data concerning more than 155,000 adults suggest
that even a modest increase in physical activity (such as walking for 20 additional minutes per day or
vigorously exercising for 8 additional minutes a day) can reduce the risk for obstructive sleep apnea by
10%. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, June 2020
Chiropractic: Back Pain Common During Pregnancy. Questionnaires completed by 400 expectant
mothers revealed that 75.3% had experienced back pain at some point in their pregnancy, particularly in the
lumbar region during the third trimester. Nearly half of the women in the study (45.7%) reported that their
back pain limited their daily activities. Doctors of chiropractic commonly treat low back pain arising from
pregnancy with a combination of manual therapies and specific exercises.
Pain Management Nursing, June 2020
Mental Attitude: Lack of Sleep Can Take a Toll on the Brain. Otherwise healthy volunteers who slept
two fewer hours a night for three nights in a row not only became less effective at performing tasks, but
according to researcher Dr. Ingvild Saksvik-Lehouillier, “[Participants also] experienced a flattening of
emotions…. They felt less joy, enthusiasm, attention and fulfillment.” Sleep, June 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Top Wellness Tips. The Physicians Medical Group of San Jose lists the flowing
tips for better health and wellness: don’t start smoking, and if you’re a smoker, quit; see a doctor regularly;
eat a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains; exercise regularly; get adequate sleep;
maintain a healthy weight; limit alcohol intake; practice good dental hygiene; become educated about
health and wellness; and take care of your mental health. Physicians Medical Group of San Jose, June 2020
Quote: “A tiny change today brings a dramatically different tomorrow.” ~ Richard Bach
I found that Dr. Joe Megna is one of the best chiropractors I have found in the Napa region.