Volume 18 Issue 464-Rajab 26, 1439 AH April 13, 2018
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   :: Health

::Are lonely hearts prone to cardiovascular disease?

Feeling lonely contributes less to the risk of cardiovascular disease than recent research suggests, scientists said Tuesday, but social isolation really does up the odds of dying after a heart attack or stroke.The alleged link between loneliness and heart disease essentially disappears once other well-known risk factors -- smoking, drinking, poor diet, lack of exercise -- are factored in, according to a study that monitored nearly 480,000 men and women in Britain for seven years. Likewise the supposed impact of feeling friendless on premature death.
But even after dodgy lifestyle habits are taken into consideration, social isolation -- time actually spent alone -- boosted the risk of dying by about thirty percent in people who suffered a stroke or heart attack, according to the study, published in Heart, a medical journal۔ “Social isolation, but not loneliness ... remained as an independent risk factor for mortality,” the researchers, led by Christian Hakulinen, a professor at the University of Helsinki, concluded. Earlier efforts to tease out the influence of a solitary existence on cardiovascular disease and heart-related mortality had produced mixed results, in part due to the relatively small number of people covered.For the new study, Hakulinen and his team drew from the so-called Biobank cohort, in which 479,054 people aged 40 to 69 were monitored for seven years.”To the best of our knowledge, our study is the largest on the topic,” they wrote. The participants provided detailed information on their ethnic background, education level, income and lifestyle, as well as any history of depression.
They were also asked to gauge their levels of loneliness -- a subjective feeling -- and social isolation, which measures the amount of time spent alone or in the company of others.
Nearly 10 per cent of the respondents qualified as socially isolated, six percent as lonely, and one percent were both.The researchers cross-checked this personal data with the people who suffered first-time strokes or heart attacks, as well as those who died. But once health-wrecking lifestyle habits were accounted for, only the link with social isolation remained.
Earlier research has shown that people who live alone die younger, succumb more quickly when they get cancer, and are generally in poorer health. A study from last November covering more than 800,000 people from a dozen nations found that walking through life alone also increases the chances of dementia, by about 40 per cent. Being widowed after extended co-habitation also took a toll, boosting the odds of mental slippage by about 20 per cent.
Source :CTV news

::8 Ways To Upgrade Your Health In 2018

3. Transform your bathroom into a spaIt’s just too easy to breeze through your cleansing routine on auto-pilot—lather, rinse, tend to your shower plants, repeat. A new year is a perfect occasion (read: excuse) to give your bathroom a spa-inspired spruce that will remind you to slow down that all-important post-sweat cleanse. This switch can be as drastic as an all-white remodel, or as simple as lighting a candle and putting on your favorite tunes.
4. Live the hygge life
In 2018, you won’t choose the hygge life; the hygge life will choose you. If you aren’t already obsessed with this cozy-chic Danish trend, now is the time to get on board. Not only will your new lifestyle give you the excuse to stock up on fuzzy socks, it also comes with comforting dishes (like this stuffed sweet potato—hello!) and a forever excuse to take a night for yourself when you need to.
5. Biohack literally everything
You know that yoga teacher who always says, “your body is your best teacher?” She’s right (or at least a biohacker would say so). Dave Asprey, founder of Bulletproof, defines this trend as, “the art and science of changing the environment around you and inside you, so you have more control over your own biology.” To get started, try hacking your hair care, your gut, and your vaginal flora (yup).

6. Be grateful
Let 2018 be the year you stop letting negative stories—I’m so stressed; I’m so tired; I’ll never fall in love—rule your life. (Or, at least do your damnedest to try.) According to spiritual guru and Well+Good Council member Gabrielle Bernstein, you can welcome positivity—and positive results—by beginning each day by making a list of all that you’re grateful for.
7. Add a restorative boost to your sweat routine
As catchy as the old “work hard, play hard” expression is, it leaves out a crucial component of any well-rounded cycle—you also need to rest hard. “Exercise creates inflammation and the recovery part is where we get stronger and you heal from the exercise,” says Emily Kiberd, DC, a chiropractor at New York’s Urban Wellness Clinic. So while you’re transforming your bathroom into a spa, you might as100 well go the extra (restorative) mile and turn your bathtub into a nervous system-soothing haven—with the help of Epsom salts
8. Actively reduce your stress by volunteering
In 2016, stress rendered 40 percent of people restless at night, and by November of 2017, that number was up to 45 percent. To no one’s surprise, this bump in anxiety is a result of the elephant in every room—AKA American politics. On the bright side, the past year of political change has compelled 51 percent of Americans to volunteer, according to findings from the American Psychological Association. So if reading the news makes you want to plunge into a digital detox, stock up on adaptogenic mushrooms, and possibly move to Canada, taking action in 2018 might be just the feel-good, do-good motivation you need to power your way towards the midterm election.






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