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DAILY HEALTH UPDATE Tuesday, December 14th, 2021

Health Alert: Weight Loss Provides Many Health Benefits. An analysis of data from the Cleveland Clinic
from between 2000 and 2018 revealed that overweight/obese individuals who lost weight reduced their risk for
type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obstructive sleep apnea, and hypertension.
Diabetes, Obesity, & Metabolism, December 2021
Diet: More Potassium and Less Salt Good for the Heart. Researchers analyzed data from six past studies—
which involved urinalysis of 10,000 adults—and found that for every 1,000 mg per day increase in sodium
excretion, the risk for heart disease increased by 18%. However, for every 1,000 mg per day increase in
potassium excretion, the risk of heart disease fell by 18%. New England Journal of Medicine, November 2021
Exercise: Exercise, Stress, and Life Satisfaction. Questionnaires completed by 864 young adults revealed that
exercise is associated with lower levels of perceived stress and improved life satisfaction.
Psychology of Sport and Exercise, November 2021
Chiropractic: Vigorous Exercise May Protect Against Back Pain. Among a group of 1,464 back pain
patients who received conservative care, such as chiropractic treatment, those with a history of vigorous
exercise were up to 35% less likely to continue to experience back pain a year later. The findings add to a
growing body of research that being physically active not only reduces one’s risk for back pain but can also aid
in their recovery from the condition. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, October 2021
Mental Attitude: Childhood Trauma Can Harm Health Later in Life. Using data from the 2019 New
Zealand Family Violence Survey, researchers estimate that individuals who experienced four or more adverse
childhood events— such as emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, and emotional and physical neglect—were
three times more likely to have poor mental health and/or chronic physical health problems in adulthood.
Child Abuse & Neglect, November 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Prevent Ingrown Toenails. An ingrown toenail occurs when the corner or side of a
toenail grows into the flesh of the toe, which can cause pain, redness, swelling, and even infection. To prevent
ingrown toenails, Mayo Clinic recommends the following: trim your toenails straight across, keep toenails at a
moderate length, wear shoes that fit properly, wear protective footwear if needed, and check your feet regularly.
Mayo Clinic, November 2021
Quote: “A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.” ~ Thomas Carlyl

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