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Quick notes

We are still in the Wayback Machine, Mr. Peabody. Apparently a lot happened in 2015 too! Three notes of interest.

The British Journal of Nutrition published a study on nut consumption and cardiovascular disease mortality, coronary heart disease mortality and all-cause mortality. They found an inverse relationship – meaning as nut consumption INCREASED disease/mortality rates DECREASED. The “sweet spot” was four servings/week. This came from a compilation of 29 studies; glancing at the abstract suggests the “dose” is about one ounce. Darn, isn’t quantity where we often go off the rails?

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine linked TV viewing to mortality from cancer, coronary heart disease, chronic obstructive lung disease, diabetes, flu/pneumonia, Parkinson’s, liver disease and suicide. Crazy right? And we had intended to eat those nuts while watching TV.

You might guess inactivity and your penchant to eating/drinking while sedentary is the problem. But many of us can also agree, TV content is not healthy either!

The  third study uses data from the US’ largest and longest study which translates to conclusions applicable to most of our population. This study highlighted the importance of central obesity and was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

We’ve long sought for the “perfect” predictor of how weight effects our health. Data has been accumulating that hip:waist ratio is key. Briefly, if your hip and waist measurement are the same, you are carrying your weight in the wrong place for your health. Ideally, 0.8 or less for women and 0.95 or lower for men is best. That visceral fat (around your viscera, or organs or waist) is predictive of diabetes, high blood pressure and coronary heart disease.

So, nuts, limited TV (or screen time) and watch your waist to be well,

Marcia

 

 

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