WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE from your Napa Chiropractor, 6-6-2022

Health Alert: Sleep and Prostate Cancer. Using data from the UK Biobank, researchers report that men with
insomnia have an 11% increased risk for prostate cancer while those who normally take an afternoon nap may
have up to a 9% reduced risk for the disease. Prostate, June 2022
Diet: Poor Diet Increases Diabetes Risk. Following an analysis of data from three studies that included nearly
36,000 health professionals, researchers report that, irrespective of genetic risk, a lower quality diet is
associated with a 30% increased risk of type 2 diabetes. PLOS Medicine, April 2022
Exercise: Lifting Weights May Help Manage Hot Flashes and Night Sweats. For postmenopausal women
who frequently experience moderate-to-severe vasomotor symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats,
researchers report that engaging in resistance training three times a week for 15 weeks may result in significant
improvements on menopause-specific health-related quality of life assessments. Climacteric, June 2022
Chiropractic: Spinal Mobilization & Postural Exercises Reduce Headaches. Among a group of 72
cervicogenic headache patients, researchers observed that a four-week intervention that included posture
corrective exercises and spinal mobilization therapy led to significant improvements in headache intensity, neck
pain, and neck disability. Furthermore, the patients continued to report such benefits at a follow-up visit four
weeks after the conclusion of care. Doctors of chiropractic are known to utilize both approaches in the
management of patients with cervicogenic headaches. Physiotherapy Theory & Practice, February 2022
Mental Attitude: Mental Health Disorders May Contribute to Dementia Risk. A systematic review of data
from ten studies identified the following mental disorders that may elevate an individual’s risk for dementia:
anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, late-life depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia,
and sleep disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, June 2022
Wellness/Prevention: Driver’s Education Improves Driver Safety. An analysis of data on motor vehicle
crashes among 130,000 drivers under the age of 24 found that those who are required to take driver’s education
classes before obtaining a driver’s license are 27% less likely to be involved in a collision in their first two
months on the road. Additionally, the researchers report that driver’s education class graduates are also 14%
less likely to be involved in a car accident in their first year behind the wheel. The findings are important as
many states only require individuals under age 18 to complete driver’s education classes before taking the
behind the wheel test for their license. JAMA Network Open, April 2022
Quote: “Knowing when to leave may be the smartest thing anyone can learn.” ~ Burt Bacharach

I found that Dr. Joe Megna is one of the best chiropractors I have found in the Napa region.