In a previous post I wrote about some research that showed that exercise can help prevent Macular Degeneration. A study from Sweden, published in the February issue of Ophthalmology, showed that exercise can help decrease the risk of age-related cataract later in life. A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye which leads to a decrease in vision (see the image below). It is the most common cause of blindness worldwide and is conventionally treated with surgery. In my mind, prevention is always better than cure, so what did they find? Continue reading to find out.
There are 4 main causes of preventable ill-health: Smoking, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and excess alcohol. These could be easy to remedy, but what effect do they, and in particular exercise, really have? A new report from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has revealed the full extent exercise could have on preventing disease and treating many conditions. The report was based on analyzing over 200 separate pieces of research and took 2 years to complete. The report shows some pretty amazing findings. Although based in the UK, the results would be similar the world over. It is amazing what a bit of exercise can do to help prevent numerous health problems. I think you will be surprised by what they found. Continue reading to find out.
I started my last blog post with the line “movement is life”. I also talked about how a lack of mobility and activity can have negative effects on your health. Check out this research that shows how important walking can be. After looking at 9 studies and 34,485 seniors, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh found that gait speed (how fast you walk) was an effective predictor of life expectancy. Simply put, the faster you normally walk, the longer you live. Want to know more? Continue reading to see what they found.
Movement is life. As we age, people often loose mobility, which leads to a loss of activity and negative effects on our health. Lack of mobility is usually the start of a downward spiral. Look back at my blog post on the Sitting Rising Test (SRT). This research showed a lack of mobility leads to a significant increase in mortality. You can read the post here and try the test yourself. Maintaining mobility and function is therefore an important thing to consider as you age. Chiropractic care is one way to help achieve this. A study at the University of Iowa has found that chiropractic care can help older people stay active and healthy.
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