WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 10-5-2020

Health Alert: A Link Between Temporomandibular Disorder and Sleep Apnea? Following a review of
data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database, researchers report that patients with
obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) were 2.5 times more likely to have temporomandibular disorders (TMD) than
individuals without a history of OSA. The findings suggest that OSA may be a risk factor for TMD, and
patients presenting for TMD should be screened for OSA.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, August 2020
Diet: Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Benefit NAFLD Patients. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a
condition that occurs when fat accumulates in the liver from causes other than excessive alcohol consumption.
A review of data from 22 randomized control trials revealed that omega-3 fatty acid supplementation can
significantly reduce fat in the liver while also improving blood lipid levels. Nutrients, September 2020
Exercise: Should People with Heart Disease Exercise? New guidelines from the European Society of
Cardiology recommend that individuals with heart disease should engage in a minimum of 150 minutes of
moderate-intensity exercise per week in addition to strength training at least three times a week if they also have
hypertension, type 2 diabetes, or are obese. European Society of Cardiology, August 2020
Chiropractic: Diabetics More Likely to Have Chronic Neck/Back Pain. Using data from the Spanish
National Health Survey 2017, researchers estimate that adults with type 2 diabetes have a 19% increased risk
for chronic low back pain and a 34% elevated risk for chronic neck pain.
Journal of Clinical Medicine, September 2020
Mental Attitude: Poor Kidney Health May Affect the Brain. Researchers tested the kidney function of over
2,600 young adults every five years for two decades and found that those who received treatment for serious
kidney-related issues on at least one occasion scored lower on cognitive assessments at midlife than participants
with normal kidney function. Neurology, September 2020
Wellness/Prevention: Lifestyle Choices Reduce Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease. An analysis of data
concerning 2.5 million adults from 16 countries found that adopting the following lifestyle choices can reduce
the risk for chronic kidney disease by up to 22%: vegetable-rich diet, higher potassium intake, regular exercise,
less alcohol consumption, reduced salt consumption, and not smoking.
Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, September 2020
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