Susan Patterson

Susan Patterson

Recent articles by Susan Patterson

Having Relationships and Being Highly Social Cuts Dementia Risk by 70%

One study demonstrated that the rate of cognitive decline in social seniors was 70% slower than that of their non-social peers.

Diabetes Could Increase Dementia Risk, Study Finds

Now, researchers from Japan are finding that diabetes also negatively impacts the brain, causing cognitive decline and dementia.

How Regular Exercise can Help with Diabetes

Regular exercise could be a natural and effective way to help treat diabetes. A study conducted with diabetic Hispanic men and women undergoing a strength training routine found that within 16 weeks there was dramatic improvement with their sugar control.

Brisk Walking May Help Men With Prostate Cancer, Study Finds

We know walking is good for our health – duh! The benefits of walking are numerous, with the activity helping to extend life, reduce stroke, prevent heart attacks, and improve overall wellness. In addition, a joint study conducted by the University of California at San Francisco and the Harvard School of Public Health reports a connection between brisk walking and a lowered risk of prostate cancer advancement.

Is Breast Milk the Key to Mother-Baby Bonding?

Early bonding is natural and important for healthy childhood development. But what creates the mother-baby bond? As many mothers might already believe, moms who breast feed are actually more apt to bond with their babies than those that formula feed. Research shows that breast-feeding mothers show stronger brain response when their baby cries as compared to mothers who do not breast feed.

Weight Loss Tip: Sprinkle Red Chili Peppers on Your Dinner – Here’s Why

Capsaicin, a compound responsible for the hotness of many peppers, is thought to increase the rate at which the body burns fat, ease pain, lower cholesterol and support healthy heart function. The compound is especially studied for its ability to aid in weight loss, where researchers from Purdue University in Indiana found that capsaicin reduces hunger and increases energy expenditure.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Shown to Combat Obesity

Research has indicated that omega-3 fatty acids may even help slow down the “fattening” of America. Omega 3’s keep metabolic function in check which helps keep the weight down. In addition, these essential fatty acids also keep the liver and white adipose tissue, which are vital for for fat metabolism, healthy. Omega 3’s also quarterback signals from genes to keep the body from storing calories as fat.

Sleep Hormone Melatonin Linked to Weight Loss, Heart Disease Prevention

According to a study conducted at the University of Granada, melatonin can be quite helpful in controlling weight and increasing “good” cholesterol while decreasing “bad” cholesterol. After analyzing the effects melatonin had on obese, diabetic rats, the researchers found that melatonin was able to help prevent “heart diseases associated to obesity and dyslipidemia”.

Research Links Depression to Increased Stroke Risk

Depressed women may have a higher risk of stroke, according to new research published online Aug. 11 in the journal Stroke. “We know that stroke can increase risk of depression, but depression itself may increase risk of future stroke,” said study author An Pan, a research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.

Link Found Between High Levels of Omega-3s and Reduced Diabetes Risk

Omega-3 fatty acids have received a great deal of attention due to their outstanding health benefits. Research has revealed just how spectacular omega 3’s are at reducing inflammation throughout the body. Already thought to help with such things as depression and rheumatoid arthritis; omega-3s may also be able to reduce the risk of developing diabetes, according to two studies.

Exposure to Pesticides, Pollutants Linked to Increased Diabetes Risk

According to a study conducted with elderly adults from Swedish, pesticides and other pollutants found in the blood may actually cause bodily changes that lead to diabetes. Researchers are careful, however, to note that this is not necessarily a causal relationship.

Poor Health in Midlife Leads to Brain Shrinkage

Obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and smoking have been linked to yet another frightening health condition — brain shrinkage. It may sound outlandish, but the famous Framingham Heart Study has published the findings as a part of a study that has been ongoing in a Massachusetts town since 1948.

15 Minutes Daily Exercise Adds 3 Years to Life, is ‘Bare Minimum for Health’

In our inactive society, most people simply aren’t exercising enough to support their own health. However, contrary to what some people may think, findings show that just 15 minutes of daily exercise can increase life expectancy by 3 years while cutting your risk of “all-cause” death rates by 14%. This is good news for many who claim not to have enough time to exercise.

Optimism Reduces Stroke Risk, Improves Health

According to a new study published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, optimism may be the key to stroke prevention in addition to improving overall health. Researchers pulled 6044 adults over 50 and asked them to rate their level of optimism based on a 16 point scale. When adjusted for age, each addition point on the optimism scale accounted for a 9 percent decrease in acute stroke risk.

This Bad Habit Could Increase Risk of High Blood Pressure by 80%

Sleep is a precious biological resource affecting everything from mental clarity to fat loss, and new research has found that it may even be associated with your blood pressure. Researchers found that those who slept poorly were a shocking 80% more likely to develop high blood pressure as a result.

Thinking Your Way to Healthy Eating

It is a known fact that what we eat affects how we feel, and how we think affects what we eat. Is your “stinkin thinkin” keeping you from being as healthy as you could be? Indeed, it is possible that healthy thoughts help people make better food choices.

Birth Control Increases Risk of Contracting, Transmitting HIV, Suggests Study

An African study demonstrated that women who take birth control have a doubled risk of contracting HIV than women not taking the pill. In addition, an HIV positive woman who takes birth control pills is twice as likely to pass the virus to her uninfected partner compared to an infected woman not taking the pill.