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DAILY HEALTH UPDATE Tuesday, November 16th, 2021

Health Alert: Early Menopause and Type 2 Diabetes Can Raise Cardiovascular Disease Risk. Using data
from three long-term studies, researchers report that women who undergo menopause before age 45 have up to
a 9% increased risk for cardiovascular disease, with an even greater risk among those who are type 2 diabetics.
Diabetes Care, November 2021
Diet: Most New Diabetics Fail to Improve Their Diet. Among a group of 250 newly diagnosed type 2
diabetics, researchers found that only 6.8% made meaningful improvements on the quality of their diet within
the following year. The finding suggests that greater efforts need to be made to help diabetics manage their
condition. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, October 2021
Exercise: Exercise Intensity May Affect Depression Risk. A recent study that included 1,892 women aged
55-70 years found that engaging in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week is
associated with a significantly reduced risk for depression. However, the women in the study who routinely
engage in high-intensity exercise exhibited an elevated risk for depressive symptoms.
Journal of Affective Disorders, December 2021
Chiropractic: Chronic Neck Pain May Affect Respiratory Function. Surface electromyography (sEMG) of
20 women with chronic neck pain and 21 without revealed that those with a history of chronic neck pain
exhibited weaker maximal inspiratory pressure and maximal expiratory pressure. The finding suggests that
disorders in the cervical spine may also affect the muscle groups involved in respiration.
Journal of Physical Therapy Science, September 2021
Mental Attitude: Treating Depression May Prolong Lives of Cancer Patients. Evaluations of 155 patients
with advanced lung cancer revealed an association between depression and an increased risk of death in the near
term. The researchers recommend screening lung cancer patients for depressive symptoms and managing such
symptoms concurrently with cancer treatment. Psychosomatic Medicine, October 2021
Wellness/Prevention: Gestational Diabetes May Have Long-Term Effect on Offspring. Gestational
diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a form of diabetes that can develop during pregnancy and can affect up to 10% of
expectant mothers. Research has shown that children exposed to GDM while in utero can experience epigenetic
changes (alterations in how genes are expressed) that may increase the risk for obesity, metabolic disorders, and
cardiovascular disease in adulthood, as well as impaired fertility. Endocrinology, December 2021
Quote: “The only safe thing is to take a chance.” ~ Mike Nichols
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