Spending Your Life Worrying Can Add Years to Life

We’ve always heard that spending your life worrying, and the stress that comes along with it, is bad for you… bad for your health, your mind, your spirit. Now a major 20-year study on longevity has found just the opposite. Worriers actually managed to add years to life and outlived their more carefree counterparts, despite the downside of all that anxiety. This conclusion comes from a long-term study known as the Longevity Project that was started back in 1921 by Louis Terman a psychologist out of Stanford University.

Everyone tells you to be happy… enjoy life… but according to the study, this doesn’t keep you healthy. How healthy you are appears to come from a variety of things, including being active in middle and old age.

The research followed over 1,500 kids from the time when they were ten years of age, collecting details on family history, relationships, education, personality ratings of parents and teachers, hobbies, pets, job success and military service. Virtually every aspect of life was covered.

In 1991 researchers Howard Friedman and Leslie Martin decided to examine the data of this study to see how the personality of children might affect longevity. Originally the team thought six months would be needed for the project – it ended up taking two decades.

Beyond the rather surprising findings on worrying, the research also found…

- Divorce is bad for a man’s health, but doesn’t affect women. Less than one third of divorced men were likely to reach the age of 70.

- Those who were committed to their jobs and productive all through their lives lived longer than those who were less involved with career.

- Friends have a huge impact on how healthy (or unhealthy) you are.

- Pets improve well-being, but aren’t associated with longevity.

- Helping others does improve health and longevity.

It appears that contrary to what we’ve all been told, believing that all will be well might have you feeling better, but experts believe that it ends up also encouraging you to take more risks with your health. These people are less inclined to take care of their health because they leave it up to fate… they just don’t worry about those things. It appears the most prudent, persistent types actually stayed healthiest and lived longer.

And while worrying can be helpful when it encourages you to take action or work out a solution to a problem, when you’re preoccupied with “what ifs” and it starts to take hold of your thoughts, interfere with your daily activities, keeping you tense and on edge, impacting your sleep, then there’s a problem. The good news is that anyone, worriers included, can break this mental habit – you can train your mind to stay calm and look at things from a more positive place.

Here are some practical strategies for getting your worry under control:

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Worrying Can Help You Live Longer… Continued…

- Start by accepting uncertainty, work toward being comfortable with less than 100% certainty about what’s going to happen. Realize that worrying cannot protect you from unpleasantness, or prevent bad things from happening.

- Set up a worry period, a dedicated time and place for worrying. Keep it the same every day; capture worries as they occur to you on paper, but delay worrying about them until that time. Chances are, you’ll have forgotten them before you ever get chance to focus on them.

- Challenge negative thinking, instead of seeing your fears as facts; treat them as theories to be proven. Do the same for your thoughts of your own shortcomings, and try to evaluate them scientifically. It won’t take much of this for you to see what you’re telling yourself isn’t based in fact.

- Learn how to relax, to run off (or short circuit) your “fight or flight” reactions. Since you can’t be anxious and relaxed at the same instant in time, improving your ability to call on your own natural relaxation response is a fantastic worry-buster.

- Be good to yourself, find support, stay rested, limit caffeine and sugar, alcohol and nicotine, exercise as regularly as you can, and don’t forget to treat yourself once in a while as an antidote to spending your life worrying.

Eating Too Much Food Caused By Not Enough Sleep

Yet another reason to get the sleep you need. A Columbia University study suggests that those who are suffering from not enough sleep are also prone eating too much food. When you’re overtired, and hungry, you’re not going to make the wisest, most healthy food choices according to Marie-Pierre St-Onge, PhD of New York’s Obesity Research Center.

Sleep is essential for the healthy functioning of all systems of the body, but science has yet to understand it fully. We do know sleep needs change over our lifetime, and problems become an issue for many people at some point in their lives. Maybe you have trouble falling off, or you’ve yet to be diagnosed with a sleep disorder like sleep apnea, night terrors, narcolepsy or sleep paralysis… whatever the reason, sleep problems should not be ignored. The good news is that treatment of sleep issues is getting better all the time.

To understand the role between sleep and eating, St-Onge and her team kept 13 men and 13 women subjects in a controlled setting for six days on two different occasions.

For the first visit, the subjects spent 9 hours a day in bed, on the next visit they were given only four hours of time in bed. For four of the days the subjects were kept on the same diet, for the fifth day they ate anything they wanted. On this day, the subjects ate about 300 more calories, most from saturated fat, when they were sleepy as opposed to when they were well rested.

The female subjects were most vulnerable to eating too much when they were overtired. They ate 328.6 added calories, while tired men ate 262.7 extra calories. The women were more likely to choose fat laden foods, but men selected the same amount of fat whether tired or not.

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Lack Of Sleep Makes You More Likely To Overeat… Continued…
A natural question… with all that extra time (5 more hours not sleeping), didn’t people just use those hours to get an extra meal in? St-Onge doesn’t think this is the reason, since only 7 of the 26 participants ate after they’d gone to bed. More of the subjects took in the calories during the time they were awake.

These findings might be the explanation for the link between the duration of sleep and obesity. If these choices are made over the long haul, it will be easier for you to pack on the pounds, while also raising your risks of heart disease. Obesity comes from regularly taking in more calories than you burn off, because the body stores any unused calories as fat. This added weight puts stress on every part of your body, as well as being a significant threat to your health.

We know too, that a healthy, balanced diet along with enough regular exercise are both important to getting your weight under control. Forget all the programs and quick fixes to overcome eating too much food, when it comes to lasting, healthy weight loss it’s down to burning more calories than you take in. Now it appears that not enough sleep plays a role and while there’s no magic number for the right amount of sleep, seven to eight hours a night is a good place to start.

Risks of Heart Disease From Mercury in Fish Disproven

If you’re a fish lover, or someone who’s eating more in an effort to stay healthy, you don’t need to worry so much about mercury in fish and risks of heart disease according to a new bit of research that appears in The New England Journal of Medicine. The only limit in terms of fish consumption that still holds is for young children, pregnant women and nursing mothers – as for the rest of us, experts can now assure us that at the exposure level most common in the U.S. there’s no evidence of harm.

Fish, loaded with good-for-you omega-3 fatty acids, has been associated with a reduction of both stroke and heart disease. This is thought to be due to the anti-inflammatory properties of those omega-3s that are able to reduce dangerous inflammation all through the body.

The concern for many is that fish is also a major source of mercury exposure and that low levels have been tied to brain development delays in infants. This is the reason behind the warning against too much fish for pregnant or nursing mothers.

For adults, the main worry was trouble for the cardiovascular system that might come from all that mercury. This study was prompted by the confusion over this risk. Led by Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH, an associate professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, the research involved almost 7,000 adults. He and his team started by evaluating data from two much larger studies that included over 54,000 men (average age 61) taking part in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, and over 121,000 women (average age 53) who participated in the Nurses’ Health Study.

At two-year intervals the participants supplied information on their medical history, diseases, risk factors and lifestyle. Mozaffarian’s team focused on 3,427 subjects who didn’t develop heart disease and another 3,427 who were diagnosed with the condition.

The mercury levels of the subjects were obtained from toenail clippings, considered an excellent biomarker for mercury because it binds tightly to the protein in the toenail. They also looked at levels of selenium, a trace nutrient that might protect against the toxicity of mercury.

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No Link Between Mercury In Fish And Heart Disease… Continued…

Those with the highest levels of mercury didn’t have a higher risk of heart problems. What’s more, levels of selenium were not a factor.

When the team compared the highest mercury levels to the lowest, there was a trend toward lower heart disease risk with the higher mercury levels. This may be because of the other helpful effects of eating fish.

U.S. government guidelines suggest that adults eat more seafood, pointing out that 8 ounces a week is a number associated by earlier studies as having an impact on cardiac death. The American Heart Association has long suggested that people eat fish with omega-3s at least two times per week. The concerns about mercury (or other contaminants) have been a source of debate, with many wondering if the benefits of fish outweigh the risks.

Thanks to this latest research, we can now say that they do.

If you decide to add more fish to your diet, it’s a good idea to eat a variety of different kinds. The varieties with the higher mercury levels are king mackerel, swordfish, shark and tilefish. Those with the lowest levels of mercury in fish include sardines, salmon, scallops and shrimp.

Health Benefits of Cocoa Revealed

As well as being a tasty indulgence, the health benefits of cocoa are also pretty impressive, like an ability to lower blood pressure, improve blood vessel health and cholesterol numbers according to Harvard researchers. The work involved a meta analysis of 21 studies that involved 2,575 subjects and was just presented at the American Heart Association’s 2011 Scientific Sessions in Atlanta, Georgia.

Cocoa beans are a particularly rich source of flavonoids, those naturally occurring compounds in plant based foods and drinks that you’ve been hearing so much about. Interestingly, they do the same job in the plant as they do for us once we ingest them, offer protection from toxins in the environment and repair damage.

The thinking goes that if you don’t have enough antioxidants in your diet, free radicals are able to damage the body and bring increases in LDL and plaque formation on the arteries.

So it makes sense that the higher the cocoa content, the healthier the chocolate will be for us. Most of the studies in this current analysis were short-term projects that centered around sugar free, dark chocolate. This is not the kind you can buy in the store, with lots of added sugar and fat to sweeten the taste, but a specially prepared variety used for research.

The benefits, according to Harvard Medical School’s Eric L. Ding, PhD, come from the polyphenolic flavonoids that are a natural part of cocoa. These antioxidants are found in other foods like fruits, veggies, tea, coffee and wine. Beyond lowering blood pressure quite nicely, and helping with blood vessel health, enjoying flavonoid rich cocoa brought down the bad LDL cholesterol among those under 50 years old. It also increased the good, HDL, cholesterol and was associated with lower risk for diabetes, itself a major risk for heart disease.

Drinking flavonoid rich coca didn’t alter triglyceride levels, but it did help with resistance to insulin. Experts believe that drinking flavonoid rich coca, in moderation of course, is a natural, side effect free way to improve your cardiovascular health.

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What To Know About Flavonoids, Cocoa And Health… Continued…

Earlier work by Ding (and others) has shown that cocoa might bring down risk for heart attack, though the dosage to produce the effect is remains unknown. More research will help to answer this question as well as if cocoa had any direct benefits on risk of strokes and heart attacks.

But is the downside of cocoa consumption, like putting on added weight, worth the potential benefits to the heart?

There are better ways to help your heart get, and stay, healthy. Losing any extra weight is the first thing you should do to bring your blood pressure numbers under control, as well as improving insulin resistance.

There are also things you can do to benefit from the health benefits of cocoa. Drink hot cocoa with skim milk, adding dark cocoa powders to the top of a hot drink, or using dark cocoa powder in your favorite recipes. You might also look for products that have a high cocoa content, perhaps with fruits or nuts to help mask the bitterness of the natural flavor.

Health Benefits of Exercise Cut Effects of Salt on The Body

Two critical lifestyle changes that doctors know lower your high blood pressure are cutting your salt intake and getting regular exercise, but a new study finds that the health benefits of exercise may actually influence the effects of salt on the body. Being active seems to help keep your blood pressure from going up even after eating an incredibly large amount of salt, as much as 18,000 milligrams a day.

For healthy adults, the recommended sodium daily intake is 2,300 milligrams, 1,500 per day if you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is serious, even though it has no symptoms it does lasting damage to the heart, kidneys and other body parts.

Knowing your numbers is the first step, even if you feel just fine, to seeing where you stand and if you need to be doing something special to stay healthy.

If you’re being treated for hypertension and your numbers are good, that’s a sign that while you still have the disease, things are under control. You need to do everything you can to keep them that way.

Thing is, if you’re like most people, you’re taking in far more salt than recommended. And since some of us are more sensitive to the affects of salt than others are, by retaining more salt, causing fluid retention that impacts blood pressure.

This study is the first to look at the relationship between salt intake and regular exercise, and adds good information to what we know about how to keep your blood pressure in check. How salt influences blood pressure isn’t fully understood just yet, but what experts do know is that over the long term the more salt you eat, the higher chance you’ll have high blood pressure as you get to midlife or older.

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Keeping Blood Pressure in Check: The Latest… News Continued…

The research was conducted by a team from China and Tulane University and was presented at the American Heart Association’s 2011 Scientific Sessions. It included more than 1,900 Chinese men and women (average age 38) with a family history of stage 1 hypertension who were taking part in a large project to find out more about salt sensitivity. Stage 1 hypertension is considered blood pressure that reads between 140/90 to 159/99. The subjects also supplied information via questionnaire about how physically active they were.

The subjects followed two one week eating plans; one was limited to 3,000 milligrams of salt daily, the other to a far more generous 18,000 milligrams per day. If a subjects’ blood pressure went up by 5% from the lower to higher salt intake diets, they were considered salt sensitive. The team found that the more active a subject was, the less likely they were to be salt sensitive.

The participants that got the most physical activity had a 38% reduced risk of being salt sensitive compared to those who performed the least amount of regular exercise. The researchers believe that the results suggest a need for sedentary people to be eating a low salt diet to help manage their high blood pressure.

More work needs to be done to see if the health benefits of exercise and salt sensitivity apply to other populations, but experts expect they will. In the meantime, getting active is one of the best things you can do for yourself, and your heart. Being inactive is known to contribute to your risk, and is well within your control to change. All you need to do is get up and get moving.

Exercise Good for Knees After All

Being active, despite some previous research to the contrary, has been found to be good for knees according to a new report co-authored by Australian researchers Donna Urquhart, Ph.D., and Flavia Cicuttini, Ph.D. This is the first work to look at the effect of being active on the individual parts of the knee itself. Even though exercise has been associated with bony spurs known as osteophytes, the team believes that being active is very worthwhile for the healthy functioning of your knees.

It turns out that exercise affects every part of the knee in a different way, and this may explain why there have been conflicting research findings for such a long time.

This latest review examined information from 28 studies that had data on 9,737 people the world over. Each study examined by the team looked at the relationship between being active and knee osteoarthritis, and also included MRI images for both osteoarthritic knees and healthy knees.

Where once X-rays were the norm for assessing the state of your joints, today MRI technology lets experts see, and measure, that all important joint cartilage. This is what made it possible for the team to examine the relationship between exercise and cartilage in the knee itself.

Osteoarthritis (OA) attacks cartilage and the underlying bone, a degenerative joint disorder that often strikes the knees, hips or hands. Though the cause of OA is not known, it’s generally considered to be part of aging, with adults often seeing symptoms like pain, swelling and stiffness in middle age. This painful, disruptive condition is part of life for an estimated 27 million Americans, and is the leading cause of disability in adults.

And while exercise was found to be associated with osteophytes (also known as bone spurs), there were no detrimental changes in the joint space where the cartilage is located. That’s a significant finding to be sure.

What’s more, there were beneficial effects on the cartilage integrity and fewer visible defects. It may be that osteophytes, without cartilage damage, may simply be an adaptation by the body to mechanical stimuli. The team didn’t look at links between different exercises (jogging, tennis, etc.) and osteoarthritis.

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Study: Exercise Actually Good For Your Knees… Continued…

We all know that being active is an important part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Doing anything that gets you up and moving – walking, working in the garden, housework, hiking, pushing a stroller, riding a bike, climbing the stairs, dancing or sports like golf, soccer and tennis are what you’re after here. Whatever activity you end up choosing, you want to spend up to a half hour a day doing it on most days of the week.

The report appears in the scientific journal of the American College of Sports Medicine titled Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

If you’re at risk of OA, experts suggest that exercise can be a good thing when you listen to your body and start slowly, building over time. Take things to the limit of what you can do, but not beyond. Low impact activities like walking, biking or an elliptical machine are all good choices for getting things going in the right direction. High impact activities like running and playing basketball should not be done on hard surfaces nor be an everyday activity. Before you start an exercise program, be sure to talk with your doctor to make sure you’ve chosen one that is good for knees.

Cut Heart Stroke Risk With a Heart Healthy Diet Plan

The average daily intake of potassium, considered an essential dietary mineral, is much lower than health authorities would like. Researchers are convinced that increasing the amount you get might actually provide protection from heart stroke risk and other forms of heart disease.

Potassium is known to be important to heart function, now Italian researchers have found that eating potassium rich foods can lower your risk for a stroke by 21%, and might also bring down your chances of heart disease as well. Their report appears in the online edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

A stroke is defined by doctors as an interruption of the blood supply to any part of the brain due to a clot (ischemic stroke) or burst blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke) that leaks blood into the surrounding tissues.

When the flow of blood stops, even for a few seconds, the brain is kept from getting the oxygen it needs and cells in that area die off. This is what leaves patients with permanent damage.

For the research, Dr. Pasquale Strazzullo, a professor at Italy’s Federico II University of Naples Medical School, and his team pulled information about heart disease and potassium intake from 11 different studies. These studies included 358,620 men and women and information on what these subjects ate the day before. The procedure the team used, known technically as a meta analysis, looks for trends in the data that might support a conclusion even if this was not the main point of the original study.

They found that subjects who took in 1.64 grams of potassium (or more) a day had a 21% lower risk of stroke, with lower risks of heart disease as well.

Five or more servings of fruits and veggies each day is enough to give you the protective affect, the researchers note. Supplements do not appear to offer the same protective benefits in terms of stroke risk.

The reduced stroke risk and heart benefits may be due to potassium’s ability to lower blood pressure, particularly when someone has hypertension and elevated salt intake.

Potassium may also contribute to cardiovascular system health by slowing atherosclerosis and keeping the walls of arteries from thickening as the result of a build-up of fatty materials like cholesterol – both important in terms of preventing heart disease.

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-> Losing fat is a slow & steady process

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Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk With Potassium Rich Foods… Continued…

Doctor’s know the number one risk for stroke is high blood pressure. Typically men have more strokes than women do, however a woman has a higher risk of stroke during her pregnancy and the weeks immediately after delivering the baby.

Symptoms of a stroke usually come on suddenly, without any warning, or they can come and go over a day or two. If your doctor suspects you’ve had a stroke, you’ll undergo a complete physical and neurological exam to see where you stand.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture tells us that sweet potato and tomato paste top the list of good sources of potassium. Fruits like bananas, cantaloupe, grapefruit and oranges are other great sources. Veggies such as tomatoes and low fat dairy are also great sources of dietary potassium.

Getting more potassium is a safe and easy way to cut heart stroke risk and is a recommendation of the American Heart Association. In fact, the well known DASH diet is one of the best examples of heart healthy eating diet plan because it’s full of fruits, veggies and nuts, supports moderation in low fat dairy and sodium while also being high in potassium. Might be a smart move to implement a heart healthy diet plan that has you eating better… putting good things into your body to help it stay healthy, strong and vibrant now and in years to come.

Toenail Clipping Can Determine Lung Cancer Risk

Get this… a test of your toenail clippings can tell what your lung cancer risk from exposure to cigarettes, even if you’re not a smoker!

This finding comes from the toenails of 210 men with lung cancer, and a group of 630 men used as disease free controls from the Health Professionals Follow Up Study. The toenail clippings used for this research were donated by 33,737 medical professionals taking part in the study.

Why use toenails, of all things?

The researchers were trying to find a way to evaluate exposure to secondhand smoke. They tried measuring nicotine in hair, but when researcher Wael K. Al-Delaimy, MD, PhD was working at Harvard with study co-author Walter Willett, MD DrPH, he discovered a large number of toenail samples from study participants. Since hair and toenails form from the same kind of tissue, it might be possible to analyze them for nicotine.

Toenails represent your nicotine exposure of the last year, and have the advantage of not needing any special storage arrangements. Toenails grow fastest in young people and men, and for us all during the summer months.

Amazingly, the team found that toenail nicotine levels are a reliable gauge of smoking status up to 6 years before the clippings were given. They are also able to predict heart disease risk in women. Females who had the highest levels of nicotine in their toenails had a 42% higher risk of heart disease than those at the lowest nicotine levels.

The 20% of toenails with the highest levels of nicotine showed men at the highest risk of lung cancer. They were 10.5 times more likely to have this form of cancer than the 20% of men who had the lowest amount of nicotine in their toenails. Even when accounting for smoking, men with the highest nicotine levels in the toenail were 3.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with lung cancer than those with the lowest levels of toenail nicotine.

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Toenail Clippings Could Predict Your Cancer Risk… Continued…

As cancers go, cancer of the lung is one of the deadliest types for men and women. More die from lung cancer than cancer of the breast, colon and prostate combined. Most common in older people, this cancer is rare under 45 years old.

We know for certain that smoking cigarettes is the leading cause of lung cancer. A cause that can be prevented by never starting the habit, and avoiding sources of secondhand smoke.

Study co-author Wael K. Al-Delaimy, MD, PhD, chief of the division of global health at the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego believes we now have a valuable way to measure a patients’ exposure and predict lung cancer risk, whether you smoke or are exposed to secondhand smoke. Amazing that exposure to either kind of smoke can be found all through your body, right down to the tips of your toes.

The Mediterranean Diet as a Treatment for Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome, more common than ever in the U.S., is a cluster of risk factors that up your chances of diabetes, stroke and heart disease. You can cut your risk of this dangerous condition by following the Mediterranean diet according to some new work, one of the first to conduct a meta analysis (a statistical method used on the findings of similar studies) on the risk factors.

The team of Greek and Italian researchers reviewed the findings of 50 published studies that included more than 500,000 participants on the Mediterranean diet.

This way of eating features regular, daily consumption of fruits, veggies, whole grains and low fat dairy as well as allowing a moderate intake of wine or other alcohol; weekly intake of fish, poultry, tree nuts and legumes as well as high consumption of monounsaturated fatty acids from olives and olive oils. Red meat and processed foods are eaten infrequently, if at all.

Beyond the difference in food choices, the Mediterranean way of life emphasizes getting plenty of exercise, as well as enjoying the social aspects of mealtimes with family and friends. It’s not all about the food.

We also know that the risks of metabolic syndrome are related to carrying too many pounds, a problem for increasing numbers of Americans and citizens of other western countries.

You have metabolic syndrome if you have three (or more) of the following physical signs:

- Blood pressure equal to (or higher than)130/85

- Fasting blood sugar equal to (or higher than) 100 mg/dL

- Waist measurement of 35 inches (or more) in women: 40 inches (or more) in men

- Good cholesterol under 40 in men; under 50 in women

- Triglycerides equal to (or higher than) 150 mg/dL

The team of researchers, lead by associate professor Dr. Demosthenes Panagiotakos at Harokopio University of Athens, found that eating a Mediterranean style diet is linked to a lower risk of rises in blood pressure and triglycerides, and a drop in good cholesterol, all well known risk factors for developing metabolic syndrome. The plant-based way of eating is strongly associated with a lower risk of this condition.

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Avoid Serious Health Risks With The Mediterranean Diet… Continued…

More research is needed as few of the reviewed works accounted for either being active or stopping smoking for reducing your risk of developing metabolic syndrome.

The findings come as no surprise to experts at the Diabetes Research Institute who reviewed the research. It makes sense that as the Mediterranean diet helps with heart disease, it might well assist with easing some of the risk factors that bring on heart disease.

They also agree that the chances of most Americans adopting this way of eating are fairly slim, though some nutrition experts are trying to adapt the diet to reflect different cultures. Time will tell if this makes a difference.

Even fast food lovers and junk food junkies can take on some of the Mediterranean diet habits and benefit. Add a salad, eat more fruits and veggies, cereals and legumes, and include good sources of fat. Try to limit red meats and processed foods as much as you can. Even a few good choices, made regularly, are better than none at all.

Benefits of Acupuncture Include An Effective Treatment for Menopause

Wondering about a drug-free treatment for menopause symptoms? There’s a small study published online in Acupuncture in Medicine that finds the benefits of acupuncture include the easing of disruptive menopause symptoms like hot flashes and moodiness.

Menopause is that much-maligned end of a woman’s childbearing years that takes place somewhere between 45 and 55, and brings along with it some pretty uncomfortable symptoms, caused by the changes in estrogen and progesterone levels.

This most recent study into acupuncture’s effectiveness included only 53 postmenopausal women, with 27 given traditional Chinese acupuncture two times each week, and the remaining 26 given a sham procedure meant to mimic acupuncture.

Hormone levels were measured at the start and end of the study period. After ten weeks, the subjects getting acupuncture reported significant improvement in two of the most troublesome symptoms – hot flashes and mood swings, than those who were given the sham procedure. However, there was no difference in symptoms like vaginal dryness and UTIs, urinary tract infections according to the study.

Over the last 30 years acupuncture has become increasingly popular here in the U.S., but in truth it is one of the oldest forms of healing in the world, working to balance the flow of energy (life force) through meridians (pathways) in your body. By inserting sterile, hair thin needles just under the skin at specific points along the meridians, energy flow can be adjusted and balanced.

According to a 2007 national survey, 3.1 million American adults and 150,000 children had used acupuncture the year before.

Interesting that Western medicine sees the points used in acupuncture as places to stimulate nerves, muscle and connective tissues. It’s this stimulation, they say, that improves the activity of your own natural painkillers as well as increasing blood flow. Whatever you believe, many who use acupuncture swear by the process, and the results they get.

Beyond this most recent study, experts are examining the effectiveness of acupuncture for many different conditions. While additional research comes in, acupuncture has already been shown to be beneficial for pain, as well as nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy or after surgery.

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Take The Edge Off Menopause Symptoms With Acupuncture… Continued…

Acupuncture is notoriously hard to study, and the lack of data makes it difficult for science based Western medicine to accept. In this case, the team didn’t monitor how long the relief lasted – a valid question. Still the ancient practice might just be the alternative to drugs that many women are looking for to manage these very real, very disruptive symptoms.

The good news is that unlike medication, acupuncture has few, if any side effects when practiced by a properly trained practitioner. The acupuncture needles are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use by licensed practitioners. The needles must be manufactured and labeled according to set standards – they must be sterile, nontoxic and single use.

Everyone experiences this treatment differently, and though you might be squeamish at the idea, the needles are so small and thin there is no pain upon insertion or while they remain there. During and after treatment, the benefits of acupuncture for some include feeling energized, others relaxed. Treatment often takes place over several weeks or months, and you should ask about the estimated number of treatments for menopause before you begin. To find a qualified practitioner, start with your own doctor or nurse, as they can be a fantastic resource for referrals. National acupuncture organizations often provide a list of practitioners in your area that you can investigate.