Too much sleeping and prolonged sitting increases risk of early death

Unhealthy sleeping habit, prolonged sitting and little to no exercise increases the risk of early death, an Australian study warns. Researchers from University of Sydney examined the lifestyles of 23,10,481 people aged 45 and above. They found that people who sleep more than nine hours, those who sit for more than seven hours every day and those who exercise less than 150 minutes a week are more likely to die early. They noted that the risk of death increases four times in smokers and alcoholics if they sleep less than seven hours every day. The study is published in the journal PLOS ONE.

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Work place intervention can cut obesity risk

Workplace intervention can help people lose more weight and control fasting blood sugar level, claims an American study. Scientists from Ohio enlisted 69 employees and assigned 35 to 16-week lifestyle intervention at workplace and 34 to usual care. The workplace intervention programme laid emphasis on reducing calories and fat to achieve weight loss, increasing regular exercise and attending weekly group discussions during lunch break or after work. Employees in the workplace intervention group lost about 5.5% of their body weight, took less fat in their meals and showed greater reduction in fasting blood sugar. The study was published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease.

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Stress can up risk of Alzheimer’s

Stress can increase the risk of mild cognitive impairment and eventually Alzheimer’s disease in older adults, warns study. Researchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine examined data collected on 507 adults aged 70 and above under the Einstein Aging Study, a community-based cohort study on old people. The study evaluated their stress levels with the help of the Perceived Stress Scale. The findings showed 71 participants had mild cognitive impairment. The findings also revealed that for every five points a person scored under the scale in the perceived stress scale, the risk of cognitive impairment increased by 30%. The study is published in journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Associated Disorders.

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Exercise can help hip arthritis patients

Exercise can provide short-term relief and alleviate pain in hip arthritis patients, a study suggests. Researchers found most doctors do not recommend exercise therapy and rely more on pain-relievers for osteoarthritis. The risk of osteoarthritis is higher in older adults, obese and those with a prior history of joint injuries and weak muscles. The researchers examined 19 studies on exercise therapy or manual therapy for hip pain. Researchers noted exercising with a range of motion three times per week for 12 weeks can help patients with hip osteoarthritis. The study was published in British Journal of Sports Medicine.

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Compiled by Abhijit Ahaskar

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