"There was a 70% increase in risk of all cause death and almost 300% of all cancer death for people without any health insurance coverage". We need to be mindful that those who lack health insurance are in that unfortunate state because of some root causes, which also impact mortality rate. Namely, they tend to be of lower socioeconomic status, and they tend to be sicker. Because that is how the health insurers earn large bonuses - keep sicker, more expensive patients off the books. Let's hope this improves with the Affordable Care Act.
This large study found no association between consumption of red or processed meat with mortality. Men who ate more white meat were in a category that had lower overall mortality. For women, white meat was not correlated with mortality.
You might have read that calcium pills might increase your risk of a heart attack. This study, looking at 1 particular large data set, found no association. However it did find that women with highest levels of calcium (upper 5%) have almost double the risk of heart disease.
High-intensity interval training "significantly increases CRF [Cardio-Respiratory Fitness] by almost double that of MICT [moderate-intensity continuous training] in patients with lifestyle-induced chronic diseases." So if you have high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, heart disease, then you might consider asking your doctor about switching from the occasional grind on the treadmill, to a program involving periods of high intensitiy activity. You will likely need to have a screening test to make sure your heart is up to it first though.
Since fruits and veggies are not protein sources, they might divert your diet from important protein sources (meat and dairy), right? This randomized trial showed that eating more fruits and veggies for 12 weeks actually increased grip strength, though the finding was not quite statistically significant. So we can infer at least that fruits and veggies do not make you weaker.
Have a mole you're worried about? Our physician assistants can take a look at it and remove it for you, if necessary. Abbe Jackson, PA-C & Ashley Kontra, PA-C both had experience training in a dermatology office before starting at Progressive Health of Delaware. Call us today if you have a mole you wanted checked!
Our office did received some high dose flu vaccine last week and it's been going fast. If you are over 65 years old, please come in soon for your high dose vaccine. We have plenty of regular flu vaccines as well. Stay healthy!