WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 10-11-2021

Health Alert: Diabetes Worsens Outcomes for Stroke Survivors. Using data from Israel’s National Stroke
Registry, researchers report that ischemic stroke patients with diabetes are less likely to survive one year than
stroke survivors without a history of diabetes. Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications, October 2021
Diet: Cutting Sugar from Packaged Foods Could Prevent Disease in Millions. The United States National
Salt and Sugar Reduction Initiative estimates that reducing added sugars in packaged food products by 20% and
beverages by 40% could prevent 2.48 million cardiovascular disease events and 750,000 diabetes cases over the
lifetime of the current population of adults over age 35. Circulation, August 2021
Exercise: Pain Affects Athletes Differently. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of endurance athletes and
non-athletes revealed that athletes are less sensitive to painful stimuli, and the brains of the two groups respond
differently to heat stress. Human Brain Mapping, September 2021
Chiropractic: Posture is Important to Reduce Text Neck. The prolonged use of electronic handheld devices
causes adverse anatomical and biomechanical changes to the cervical and thoracic spine, muscular imbalances,
and postural compensations. These changes contribute to muscular overuse, fatigue, and eventually pain. To
safely use electronic devices, experts recommend holding the device close to eye level, using a larger screen,
and type with both hands. Work, August 2021
Mental Attitude: Substance Abuse Risk Higher in Adults with ADHD. New research suggests that adults
with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have an increased risk for substance abuse, from alcohol
to marijuana to more illicit drugs. The findings suggest that adults seeking treatment for substance abuse should
be screened for ADHD as co-managing both conditions may be necessary for a satisfactory outcome.
Alcohol and Alcoholism, August 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Health Tips for Women. The Guadalupe Regional Medical Center notes that women
often fall into the habit of taking care of others, but it’s also important they take care of themselves. The
following tips can improve a woman’s odds for a healthier life: stop smoking, stay on top of annual wellness
checks, don’t skimp on sleep, avoid sun between 10 AM and 2 PM, exercise, and eat a healthy diet.
Guadalupe Regional Medical Center, August 2021
Quote: “It is wise to direct your anger towards problems—not people; to focus your energies on answers—not
excuses.” ~ William Arthur Ward
I found that Dr. Joe Megna is one of the best chiropractors I have found in the Napa region.