Exercise And Healthy Aging

Regular exercise is associated with a slower progression or reduced risk of age-related health conditions as well as overall health improvements in older age, according to a new study appearing in JAMA’s Archives of Internal Medicine. Exercise has been associated with beneficial effects on diabetes, obesity, arthritis, falls and fractures, heart disease, cancer, and lung disease, write Marco Pahor, M.D. and Jeff Williamson, M.D., M.H.S., from the University of Florida. These specific health conditions can impair the independence, everyday functioning and task activities of older adults. “Regular physical activity has been associated with greater longevity as well as reduced risk of physical disability and dependence,” the authors comment. The new research examines important aging-related outcomes for which exercise has a relevant impact. Health benefits of exercise include: • Weight management. • Increased energy levels. • Improved mood. • Chronic disease prevention. Moderate or vigorous physical exercise also appears to be linked to a lowered risk of developing cognitive impairment in older adults. Activities such as aerobic exercise, balance and strength training, and physical activities like dancing can help to prevent or delay cognitive function and are recommended. … Read More

Tips To Improve Your Heart Health

Seven health factors and lifestyle behaviors have been identified by the American Heart Association as contributing to cardiovascular health. In a recent survey of American adults, the association found that 39 percent said they believed they had optimal heart health. Over 50 percent said that they had been informed by a health practitioner that they had a risk factor for heart disease and needed to make lifestyle changes to improve their health. Often, individuals don’t associate unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as physical inactivity and insufficient diet, with cardiovascular health. Improvements in the areas defined by the seven factors and behaviors can affect ideal cardiovascular health, improving quality of life and life span. The association categorizes cardiovascular health as poor, intermediate or ideal, depending on where individuals are in each of the seven areas. The seven measures to define heart health are: • Never smoked or quit more than one year ago. • Body mass index less than 25. • Exercise of at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity each week. • A healthy diet that includes more fruits and vegetables and reduced calorie intake. • Total cholesterol less than 200. • Blood pressure below 120/80. • Fasting blood glucose less than 100. By following these measures, everyone is a candidate to advance at least one stage forward in heart health, from poor to intermediate or intermediate to ideal. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and massage for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

Insomnia dangerous to your health

Although the exact function of sleep is unknown, it is known that sleep is necessary for optimal cognitive performance, memory and learning and that sufficient sleep is necessary for metabolic, immune and cardiovascular functions. New research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital has produced findings indicating how short- and long-term sleep loss combine with the body’s natural 24-hour internal clock (circadian) rhythm to affect how well an individual performs. Even minimal sleep loss can affect mental performance. The researchers found that chronic sleep loss caused performance to deteriorate at a faster rate for each consecutive hour spent awake, particularly during work extended into late night hours. Individuals with chronic sleep loss have reaction times about 10 times slower with increased risk of errors and accidents. “Chronic sleep loss renders tasks such as driving or performing surgery dangerous, especially during the hours ordinarily reserved for sleep,” says Dr. Charles Czeisler, study co-author. Individuals can experience chronic sleep loss due to insomnia, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, and other common sleep disorders. Sleep disorder symptoms may include: • Difficulty falling or staying asleep. • Daytime fatigue. • Inability to wake up and fall asleep at regular times. • Falling asleep spontaneously. Disturbed sleep patterns can also be caused by medication, stress, cardiovascular conditions, digestive disorders, hormonal imbalances, neurological disorders, and sciatica. … Read More

Healthy Lifestyle Habits and Chronic Disease

Four healthy lifestyle factors--never smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and following a healthy diet—may be associated with as much as an 80 percent reduction in the risk of developing common chronic diseases, according to a recent study in JAMA’s Archives of Internal Medicine. Cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes--chronic diseases that together account for most deaths--are largely preventable. "An impressive body of research has implicated lifestyle factors such as smoking, physical activity, diet, and body weight in the causes of these diseases," the authors write. Earl Ford, M.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, and colleagues assessed data from 23,513 adults age 35 to 65. Participants completed an assessment of their body weight and height, an interview that included questions about diseases, a questionnaire on lifestyle habits, and a dietary questionnaire. Responses were assessed for adherence to four healthy lifestyle factors: Never smoking, having a body mass index lower than 30, exercising for at least three and a half hours per week and following healthy dietary principles. Most participants had one to three of these health factors. Over eight years of follow-up, 2,006 participants developed new cases of diabetes, heart attack, stroke, or cancer. Individuals with healthier lifestyle factors were less likely to develop chronic diseases. Participants who had all four factors at the beginning of the study had a 78 percent lower risk of developing any of the chronic diseases. In addition to healthy lifestyle habits, traditional Chinese medicine therapies such as acupuncture and massage can aid in disease prevention by: • Promoting natural healing. • Treating underlying energy imbalances. • Enhancing immunity by stimulating lymph flow. • Reducing stress and fatigue. • Improving circulation. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage and Chinese herbal medicine therapy for the treatment of a wide range of conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment at the Clinic call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

Exercise Improves Cognitive Abilities

Physical activity performed in midlife or later appears to be associated with improved cognitive function, according to a report in the January Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Mild cognitive impairment can occur with age and dementia, affecting normal thinking, learning and memory. Each year, 10 to 15 percent of individuals with mild cognitive impairment develop dementia, compared to 1 to 2 percent of the general population. Previous studies have indicated that exercise may improve cognitive abilities. Exercise can benefit health by: • Improving mood. • Combating chronic disease. • Maintaining weight loss. • Increasing energy. • Regulating sleep patterns. The study, led by Laura D. Baker, Ph.D., of the University of Washington, evaluated findings from a trial involving 33 adults with mild cognitive impairment. A group of 23 were assigned to an aerobic exercise group and exercised at high intensity levels for 45 to 60 minutes per day, four days per week. A second group of 10 individuals performed non-aerobic stretching exercises. The individuals in the high-intensity aerobic exercise group experienced improved cognitive function compared with those in the non-aerobic group. "Aerobic exercise is a cost-effective practice that is associated with numerous physical benefits. Exercise also provides a cognitive benefit for adults with mild cognitive impairment without the cost and adverse effects associated with most pharmaceutical therapies," the authors say. Physical exercise may protect against mild cognitive impairment via production of nerve-protecting compounds, greater blood flow to the brain, improved development of neurons, and the decreased risk of heart and blood vessel diseases. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine therapy and massage for a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso. Feb.2. … Read More

Dementia, so sad, so sad!

Posted January 28, 2010 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Dementia, Health & Fitness

It's Sunday in Miami and the weather is quite unusual for us this time of year. It our dry season yet it has been raining just about every day. Lately we have experienced more cold spells than I can remember in the 32 years that I have taken up residence here. Today the air is crisp and the wind is blowing fiercely. I am on my way to visit my mother at the assisted living facility in Homestead. She is 84 years old and hardly knows who I am or where she now resides. … Read More

Disease Treatment And Prevention

As the health care debate continues, the current edition of America’s Health Rankings has identified trends that support the need to ensure disease prevention is part of the health care reform. Based on two decades of consistent tracking, the rankings survey calls for the nation to change unhealthy behaviors that are contributing to preventable, chronic diseases. Trends cite smoking as the greatest health challenge of the past 20 years and warn obesity is likely to be the next national health concern. The health care system has become adept at treating illnesses and disease, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. However, Americans are struggling to modify risk factors, such as smoking, poor eating habits and lack of exercise, which contribute to chronic diseases. The United States currently spends more than any other nation on health care, including $1.5 trillion in medical costs associated with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. These chronic, preventable conditions all have a direct link to smoking and obesity, the nation’s two largest national risk factors. Making progress against smoking and obesity is a critical step to successfully tackling the health reform our nation wants to achieve. How the nation measures up: • Nearly one in five Americans still smoke, which is only 8 million people fewer than 20 years ago. • Over the past 20 years, the nation has seen significant declines in infectious diseases. • Challenges include the rising uninsured rate. • Obesity is growing faster than any previous public health issue our nation has faced. More than one in four Americans are considered obese. As medicine shifts from treatment of diseased conditions to potential diseases, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an obvious prospect with its emphasis on prevention of diseases in health care. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers TCM therapies such as acupuncture, massage and Chinese herbal medicine. These therapies can aid in regulating and maintaining health. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

Yoga and Tai Chi For Health And Wellness

Posted November 19, 2009 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Health & Fitness, martial arts, Tai Chi, Yoga

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