How You Live Matters More than Genetics, & Other News of Note

Lifestyle Affects Life Expectancy More than Genetics, Swedish Study Finds (ScienceDaily)

How long your parents lived does not necessarily affect how long you will live. Instead it is how you live your life that determines how old you will get, reveals research from the University of Gothenburg recently published in the Journal of Internal Medicine.

It is often assumed that people with parents who lived to be very old are more likely to live to a grand old age themselves.

“But that’s just not true – our study shows that hereditary factors don’t play a major role and that lifestyle has the biggest impact,” says professor emeritus Lars Wilhelmsen, referring to the 1913 Men study that formed the basis of the current research.

Those who did not smoke, consumed moderate amounts of coffee and had a good socio-economic status at the age of 50 (measured in terms of housing costs), as well as good physical working capacity at the age of 54 and low cholesterol at 50 had the greatest chance of celebrating their 90th birthday…More

Early to Bed Is Healthy & Wise (

Not getting enough sleep or having sleep interrupted can have serious, long-term effects on overall health, leading to stroke, heart attack, and cardiovascular disorders.

“If you sleep less than six hours per night and have disturbed sleep you stand a 48 percent greater chance of developing or dying from heart disease and a 15 percent greater chance of developing or dying of a stroke,” says Francesco Cappuccio, professor at the University of Warwick.

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The new study is reported in the European Heart JournalMore

Changing Views about Saturated Fat & Cardiovascular Disease (PhysOrg)

For generations, the consumption of dairy products has been positively associated with the health and wellness of families and communities. Nevertheless, the recent shift in dietary trends has focused on “what not to eat” instead of emphasizing “what to eat,” resulting in demonizing the naturally occurring fats in dairy, while overlooking its many essential nutrients.

However, the long-held beliefs about the impact of saturated fatty acids (SFA) on the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) are being challenged by a new perspectives paper from an international symposium, held at the University of Copenhagen in May, 2010 and chaired by Professors Arne Astrup and Walter Willet. The paper in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, currently available online, addresses “The role of reducing intakes of saturated fat in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Where does the evidence stand in 2010?”…More

Processed Food Diet in Early Childhood May Lower Subsequent IQ (ScienceDaily)

A diet, high in fats, sugars, and processed foods in early childhood may lower IQ, while a diet packed full of vitamins and nutrients may do the opposite, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

The authors base their findings on participants in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), which is tracking the long term health and wellbeing of around 14,000 children born in 1991 and 1992…More

Eating Veggies Will Help Your Teeth (Montreal Gazette)

Many people with bad teeth and swollen, inflamed gums might be malnourished, even though their food intake is high. Malnutrition can be caused by having too much of the wrong kind of food as well as by having too little to eat. Either way, the effect on the development and condition of teeth, gums and overall health is profound.

“Diet really affects the teeth directly and indirectly,” says Ontario Dental Association president Dr. Lynn Tomkins, an associate in dentistry and a clinical instructor in the Department of Oral Diagnosis and Oral Medicine at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry. “Teeth are formed during the early part of our lives and are, to a large extent, dependent on what we eat for proper formation”…More

EPA Plans New Limits on Toxic Chemicals in Drinking Water (NY Times)

The Obama administration said Wednesday that it would impose limits on permissible levels of a new set of toxic chemicals in drinking water, including the first standards for perchlorate, a dangerous compound found in rocket fuel and fireworks that has contaminated water supplies in 26 states.

The move, announced by the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Lisa P. Jackson, is a major step toward updating the nation’s clean water laws, which have lagged far behind environmental and health science…More

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