WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 10-19-2020

Health Alert: Diabetes Increases Fall Risk. An analysis of data from the Danish National Patient Register
revealed that seniors with a history of either type 1 or type 2 diabetes had both a higher fall risk and an
increased risk for serious injury in the event of a fall. Current Drug Safety, September 2020
Diet: Benefits of Fiber. Not only does dietary fiber increase satiety and slow the absorption of nutrients into
the body, but it also nurtures bacteria in the digestive tract that release short-chain fatty acids associated with a
reduced risk for inflammatory diseases, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care, September 2020
Exercise: Weight Gain May Hinder Grades. Researchers monitored the health and academic performance of
1,802 students for two school years and observed that those with a normal weight at baseline who became
overweight by the conclusion of the study were more likely to experience a decline in their grades than
participants who maintained a healthy weight.
Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, September 2020
Chiropractic: Frailty Linked to Back Pain. Frailty is a condition characterized by weakness, slowness,
physical inactivity, self-reported exhaustion, and unintentional weight loss. A study that included 602 seniors
with low back pain found that those classified as frail (19.5%) or at risk for frailty (59.2%) had significantly
higher pain and disability scores than physically robust participants, which only accounted for 21.3% of
participants. Canadian Journal on Aging, August 2020
Mental Attitude: Can ADHD Predict Adult Car Crash Risk? In the study, researchers analyzed data on 642
young adults and found that those who had been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
(ADHD) as children were 45% more likely to have been involved in automobile collision than those participant
without a history of ADHD.
Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, August 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Honey Can Soothe a Cough. A review of data from fourteen clinical trials found that
consuming honey may be more effective at combatting coughing spells than over-the-counter cough syrups in
adults and children over the age of one. Lead review author Dr. Hibatullah Abuelgasim notes that given the
mostly benign nature of honey, “it’s reasonable to try it—especially if it replaces potentially harmful
alternatives.” Evidence-Based Medicine, August 2020
Quote: “Risk will always be a part of life. It’s how we recognize this and deal with it that matters.”
~ Thomas H. Cook

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