Good Level Of Vitamin D in Mushrooms

If you take supplements for vitamin D, you’ll want to read this. A team from Boston University School of Medicine has found that eating mushrooms with vitamin D2 is just as effective at raising (and maintaining) vitamin D levels as taking a supplement of vitamin D2 or D3. The findings were presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and published earlier in 2013 in the open access journal Dermato-Endocrinology.

Normally, most of us get our vitamin D from sunscreen free exposure to natural sunlight. About 20 to 25 minutes a day is good. If you’re worried about skin cancer, get out before the heat of the day (10:00 am) or after (2:00 pm) it has passed. Trouble is, this natural process is not as effective for those living at higher latitudes, in the winter or if you’re dark skinned or a bit older. If this is the case, supplements are often a good choice.

In the randomized study, 30 healthy adult subjects took capsules with 2,000 IUs of vitamin D2, 2,000 IUs of vitamin D3 or 2,000 IUs of mushroom powder once a day for 12 weeks, during the winter, the time of year when it’s naturally harder to get out in the sun to make vitamin D. All the subjects had baseline serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D measured, and levels weren’t all that different between the study groups.

At the end of the 12-week study, the levels of vitamin D for the three groups were not statistically different from those who took the mushroom powder capsules. This finding suggests that enjoying mushrooms that have been exposed to ultraviolet light so they have vitamin D2 brings you a natural source of vitamin D that can improve the levels of this nutrient in healthy adults. So taking the mushroom powder was just as effective as taking a supplement.

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You’ve heard that vitamin D is critical for healthy bones and strong muscles. Having enough of this nutrient helps the body keep bones dense and thus reducing the chance of fractures, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Vitamin D also plays a big part in moderating the immune system and is thought to help reduce the risks of diseases like cancer, heart disease diabetes, and perhaps even mood issues like depression.

Now that we know mushrooms are a good source of vitamin D, experts are also able to explain just how mushrooms make vitamin D2. At a second presentation at the same annual meeting, researchers explained that the process is almost like what happens in human skin after being out in the sun. What’s more, mushrooms can make both vitamin D2 and vitamin D4; confirming the finding of several kinds of vitamin Ds and provitamin Ds in the samples.

With results being presented at a scientific meeting and appearing in a journal, the team feels that people can be assured that mushrooms are a good natural source of vitamin D that can be readily found at the grocery store and easily added to many of the foods you already love.

Michael F. Holick, the principal investigator on the project believes these results confirm what other studies have shown us. There are many ways to increase total circulating vitamin D, taking supplements is just one of them.

To your good health,

Struggle To Memorize, Focus, Finish A Job: What To Do

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a well-recognized condition that presents many challenges to the children and adults who live with it. You might struggle to follow directions, remember information, concentrate, organize tasks or finish a job within the time given. When not managed, ADHD symptoms can cause problems in virtually every area of life from work or school to relationships with family and partners.

Talking impulsively is one symptom of adult ADHD, one that can cause you lots of embarrassment if you don’t learn how to curb your urge to speak out. It’s hard for those with ADHD to pick up on social cues that the rest of us catch and respond to. Those who have ADHD always need to make an extra effort to observe what’s going on around them as well as paying attention to what’s in your head before speaking. Easier said than done to be sure.

Here’s a suggestion to that might prove helpful, it’s called the “traffic light” approach. When you arrive at a meeting, party or other gathering, do a quick check of your state of mind to find out if you’re relaxed or overcharged. If you’re calm and relaxed that’s your “green light” to go ahead an engage others. If you’re feeling at all wound up, gauge the intensity of this feeling between “yellow light” meaning a bit wound up, go forward but be cautious to “red light” which means you are over stimulated and should stop, take a breather, and then go forward once you’re calmer.

Some other helpful tips to manage conversation if you have ADHD…

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Don’t jump right into an ongoing conversation. Instead, rehearse in your head
what you want to say. Jot it down if you can. The key is to evaluate the discussion,
and your contribution, before you rush in and make it.

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When you talk, speak “low and slow”. There should be no need to rush the words
out, or speak loudly. The proper tone and volume level are important to keeping
the conversation moving naturally rather than interrupting it.

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Think of conversation as a way of trading information. You talk then the other
people talks in turn… each person asking or answering questions. Common interests
are a good place to start.

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Respect another person’s personal space and keep yourself from moving in too
close. That’s a huge turnoff for many people; they feel invaded and intimidated
by someone standing in what they feel is “their” space.

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Role playing helps you get used to coming in, watching and listening to what’s
happening before jumping in. A spouse, counselor or good friend can help you
practice these techniques until you feel comfortable with them on your own.

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Rehearse the kinds of social situations you find yourself in. Say out loud the
behavior best suited to the situation. Once you get good at this, you won’t need
to say the reminders out loud, you’ll know them.

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Mindfulness meditation provides an amazing number of benefits for anyone, but
most especially for adults dealing with ADHD. The idea is to sit quietly and
clear your mind so you can focus on your slow, steady breathing. This takes some
practice, but once you get the hang of it, it is a wonderful way to help you
engage, be present, to learn to watch and not be as distracted.

Lastly, if you are being treated for your ADHD, keep up with the therapy or medication (sometimes both) as these can help you manage your feelings of impulsiveness as well as the other disruptive ADHD symptoms. Therapy can be especially helpful for forming new habits and developing solid social skills.

To your good health,

Tips To Be More Successful

When it comes to negotiating, here’s a way to get a better deal – do something that gets you up and moving according to new work from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that appears in the journal Psychological Science. Sweating and getting your heart rate up just might be the thing to do as you negotiate for your next car, job or other purchase – that is if you’re comfortable negotiating. The secret to success is to get what you need/want while not doing harm to the other person’s needs/wants. No easy task to be sure.

You can succeed in your negotiations by…

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Listening to what the other person is saying. This leaves the other side with
a feeling of being respected which builds trust. You need to make sure what you’ve
heard is truly right, so mirror (repeat back) what is said to you to be sure
you understand.

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Working for the win/win as these tend to have the most success. So you get what
you want/need, but the other person does too. Forget about besting someone and
focus on ensuring you both can fell like winners.

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Looking for things you share in common. This makes it harder to be confrontational
and ups the chances of success.

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Not running away from counters or objections. Acknowledging these makes the other
person feel heard and keeps the conversation going.

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Thinking outside the box.

Going into any negotiation you want to feel confident, strong and sure of yourself and what you want or need. If you’re anxious the research found, moving about might actually hurt your performance.

An effective way to fight these kind of fears is to get on the treadmill (or outside) and start moving to get your hear rate up. Once your heart is really racing, label the feeling as excitement. Tell yourself you feel excited, not nervous, and then go out and get what you want, what you deserve.

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The research in this area out of M.I.T. included two experiments. One compared
subject experiences when participants negotiated to buy a car over a cellphone
as they walked briskly on a treadmill compared to those who walked more slowly.
Another experiment compared the experiences of job seekers who negotiated terms
on a cellphone, some taking a low speed, casual walk, while others sat in a chair.

Those who dreaded these types of negotiations did even worse when exerting themselves. Those who liked negotiations actually had the opposite result. They did better, felt better about their performance when they walked. Confident negotiators felt they did better when their heart rates were raised on the treadmill, more so than the equally confident job seeker who walked slower.

It seems it is easy to confuse physical and mental states. Emotions are known to have two parts, a physiological response by the body, and how the person both experiences it and labels it. So while one person sees a racing heart and sweat soaked palms as anxiety, another might term this excitement. Research has found that people do better in a range of activities if they are aware of the response of the body and relabel these as feeling excited, not nervous.

So if you are going to negotiate, reappraise nerves as excitement. Simply saying, “I’m excited,” is enough. As far as the amount and intensity of the activity confident negotiators might do, the researchers suggest that you be active and get your heart rate up, but not work up a marathon worthy sweat.

To your good health,

Drinking Coffee May Act As Antidepressant

Coffee may be very much more than a companion to the start the day. Drinking two to four cups of coffee each day appears to cut the risk of suicide in adults by an impressive 50% says a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) that appears online in The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry. And unlike earlier work, this team was truly able to assess the association of intake of both caffeinated and non-caffeinated drinks – finding that caffeine is most likely involved in the protective effect of coffee.

Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, but also may act as a mild antidepressant by upping the production of some important neurotransmitters in the brain. These include serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline, all known to be involved with mood. Coffee’s caffeine might be the reason for the reduced risk of depression in coffee drinkers that has been found in past studies.

Depression and suicide are a dangerous combination that can have tragic results. According to Centers for Disease Control number from 2010, just over 36,000 people in the U.S. kill themselves each year. And though we might focus on teens, those of other ages are also at risk, men more than women.

To conduct the latest research, the team reviewed information from three very large U.S. studies – 43,599 men from the Health Professional Follow-up Study, 73,820 women from the Nurses’ Health Study and 91,005 women from the Nurses’ Health Study II. Caffeine and decaf coffee intake was assessed every four years with a questionnaire. Caffeine consumption from coffee and non-coffee drinks like tea, caffeinated soft drinks and chocolate was also calculated. During the 16-year study period there were 277 deaths due to suicide.

The risk of committing suicide for adults who drank from two to four cups of caffeinated coffee a day was about half that of people who drank decaf or very little or no coffee at all. Even with the findings, no one is calling for depressed adults to up their caffeine intake, because most people adjust their caffeine intake to an optimal amount for them. Adding more would make unpleasant side effects more likely.

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The current work does not establish cause and effect. Also they didn’t see any difference in risk between coffee drinkers who drank two to three cups and those who had four (or more) cups of coffee each day. This may be due to the small number of subjects who committed suicide.

In an earlier coffee and depression study that appears in JAMA Internal Medicine there was a maximal effect for subjects who drank four (or more) cups of coffee a day.

There’s also a Finnish study that found a higher risk of suicide among people who drank eight or nine cups of coffee a day. There were very few participants in the U.S. studies who drank such a large amount. Thus the work didn’t look at any consumption over six cups of coffee per day.

If you, or someone you love, is talking about ending their life, please pay attention. Help is out there, waiting. Please know that suicide is never your only option.

To your good health,

Twelve Brain Tricks To Keep Yourself Focus

There are things you can do to improve concentration, clear away brain fog and stay sharper. Our brains naturally wander whenever possible, especially when we’re resting or doing something that doesn’t call for a whole lot of concentration. Making dinner. Folding laundry. Driving a familiar route. Experts say that mind wandering is a way for your brain to take a much-needed break. The good news is that you can harness your brainpower, ignore distractions and do any task with some simple tricks.

It’s true that boredom, stress and fatigue all encourage your mind to wander, on the job or off, so here’s what to do.

When you’re at work…

1. Get organized by cleaning up your work area. Get rid of the clutter and if if you have multiple priorities, list these and take the time to decide which one you’ll handle first. Clear all other projects from your sight and start work. Repeat the process for each project. Here, “Out of sight, out of mind” is totally true.

2. Go easy on the photos of family in the office, as photos of people you’re close to, and more likely to worry about, are well known thought stealers.

3. Keep from drifting off during meetings by being an active participant in the discussion taking place. Doing so forces you to focus on the topic at hand and offers no room for daydreams.

4. When you feel yourself slipping in terms of concentration, get up, leave your desk and take a walk outside, or just to another part of the building to give yourself a mental break. This helps your brain associate your desk with work, not mind wandering. If you don’t take regular breaks, especially in a job you don’t like, your mind is more apt to wander.

Research has found that people are most likely to daydream when performing activities that can be done automatically… like driving your car along a familiar route. Here are some smart tips to keep you sharp while you’re in the car…

1. Novel visual clues (a string tied to the steering wheel, a colorful sticker on the dash) can get you out of that distracted driving habit.

2. Play a game like counting colored cars or looking for the different states represented on license plates. Anything that keeps you paying attention to the road is a good option for keeping yourself attentive behind the wheel.

Surprisingly, reading is another common time for your mind to wander. Have you ever read, and reread the same pages? Research has shown that readers are actually daydreaming 20% of the time. Here’s the fix:

1. Take time-outs to process the material you’ve just read. Every so often as you read, stop and think about what you’ve just read as this will improve comprehension because it cuts down on mind wandering time.

2. Read in reverse; that is reorder small amounts of the information contained and this may well change how much of it you retain. It might feel strange the first few times, but the extra effort will force your brain back into focus.

3. Join a book club, as deadline pressure to finish a book can be the trick to keep you focused on reading. Try budgeting the number of pages you’ll need to read each day to keep up. If you own the book, you can write notes in margins or highlight meaningful passages to help your concentration and comprehension of the material.

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And then there’s this. If you have a personal problem, you’re more likely to
find your mind wandering as you go through your day than someone without any
worries. Your worries make it hard to focus on anything else, but ruminating
like this is quite destructive. Here’s what you can do…

1. Talk about your worries with a trusted family member or close friend, in person or on the phone to clear your head. Writing your thoughts can be just as effective as saying them aloud.

2. List ways to address the issue and then move forward. Putting your plan on paper helps move the worry to the back burner, then you can pay attention to other things.

3. Meditation (proven stress buster) may also build your skills at turning out distractions according to recent research. It helps train your mind to refocus after being distracted. Meditation helps you learn how to put your attention where you want it to be and keep it there.

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How Noise Impact On Your Health

Now hear this… turn down the noise. The combined impact of noise on the job, in the environment and as part of recreational activities has been found to be the source of a serious public health threat that goes beyond damage to our hearing. Sound has been shown to impact other indicators of bodily health as well as hearing. And with an aging population living in our always-on world, hearing loss (not to mention other health indicators) are already under fire.

These days noise is everywhere, and finding a quiet place is getting harder all the time. Think about it… ear buds blast music, the subway roars, hospital monitors beep, keyboards click, leaf blowers shatter the silence, even the noise of traffic is all around us. Occupational noise and the impact it has on hearing has been very well studied, and in recent years research has broadened to look at the noise of social situations, like in a bar or from personal music players. Noise from the environment – traffic, trains and planes overhead – has also been studied.

The work on noise and health appears in The Lancet, and examined the latest studies on the impact of noise on several key health indicators – things like hearing loss, heart disease, cognitive performance, mental health and sleep disturbance – to help educate medical and non medical people on the impacts of noise.

The researchers responsible for the review were members of the International Commission on Biological Effects of Noise (ICBEN) who convened to summarize the current findings on noise exposure and health. The team paid special attention to studies that have been published in the last five years in the areas of otolaryngology, cardiovascular and sleep medicine, psychology and even hospital medicine to get a sense of the current evidence on noise.

Medicine knows that high noise levels cause hearing loss, the most common occupational disease in the U.S. with about 22 million workers exposed to hazardous noise levels as part of their job. Each year, an estimated $242 million is spent on compensating people for hearing loss disability related to the workplace.

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When it came to effects of noise that go beyond hearing loss, the study authors
feel that the impact all the noise we’re regularly exposed to is underestimated.
The World Health Organization estimates over 1 million disability adjusted life
years are lost to western European member states.

What’s more, the researchers uncovered evidence that long-term exposure to noise from the environment affects the cardiovascular system and has connections to hypertension, ischemic heart disease and even stroke. Numerous studies pointed out associations between noise in the environment and disturbances in sleep, a child’s thinking process and negative impact in hospitals for both the healing patients and working staff.

There is still much debate on what levels of noise are thought to be safe. More work with proper control groups could help enlighten everyone. Less noise would help all of us by leaving us less annoyed, making learning environments better for kids, improving sleep for kids and adults, as well as a possible lower incidence of heart disease, and in hospitals, improved patient outcomes and shorter stays.

To your good health,

How Morality Turns During The Day

You will be so glad you read this. It seems that the ability to demonstrate the self control that keeps us from cheating or lying decreases significantly during the day… so you’re more apt to be dishonest in the afternoon according to research that appears in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The finding has implications for anyone trying to be more ethical, as well as businesses and others who need to manage the potential for unethical behavior of employees or customers.

The intriguing finding comes from ethics researchers who had been looking at unethical behaviors (lying, stealing, cheating) and noticed that tests run in the morning resulted in fewer instances of unethical behavior. This had the experts, Maryam Kouchaki from Harvard University and Isaac Smith from the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business, wondering if it might be easier to resist the chance to be unethical in the morning than later in the day.

We know that self-control can be used up as a result of a lack of good quality sleep, as well as the natural drain that comes from making basic daily decisions. But, can normal decisions you make during the course of a day be enough to use up your self-control and make unethical behavior more likely?

To find the answer, the pair of researchers conducted two experiments with college age participants who were shown patterns of dots on a computer screen. They were asked to say whether more dots were on the left or right side of the screen. They weren’t given money for getting the answer correct; instead they were awarded the cash based on which side of the computer screen had more dots, getting ten times the stated amount for choosing the right side instead of the left side. This gave the subjects a financial incentive to pick the right side, even when there were obviously more dots on the left.

The research hypothesis was proven. Those tested from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm were less apt to cheat than those tested from noon to 6:00 pm. The researchers have dubbed this the “morning morality effect”.

The second experiment involved testing subjects moral awareness at both times of the day. The participants were presented with word fragments that in the morning they made into words like “moral” and “ethical”. In the afternoon the participants formed the very same fragments into words like “coral” and “effects”. This adds even more support to the idea of morning morality.

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The results were also the same when the team tested a sample of online subjects
gathered from all over the U.S. The online participants were more likely to send
a dishonest message to a virtual partner, or say that they had solved an unsolvable
number matching problem when tested in the afternoon.

Researchers Kouchaki and Smith also examined what’s known as “moral disengagement”, a state when people act unethically and don’t feel one bit of guilt or distress… as if they have no conscience at all. Those who were morally disengaged were more likely to cheat in both morning and afternoon, while those with a lower propensity for moral disengagement behaved honestly in the morning, but were more apt to behave unethically later in the day.

So can time of day have good people acting badly? The findings seem to support the idea. At the very least, it might be helpful to take time of day into account if you’re a parent, teacher, coach or other leader who is concerned about bad behavior of children or others.

To your good health,

Chronic GI Conditions : What To Know

Stomach complaints are impossible to ignore. Whether it’s the discomfort of abdominal
pain or constipation, gastrointestinal (GI for short) issues are common complaints
for far too many of us. Rather than suffering in silence, you need to talk to
candidly to your doctor about your symptoms and how often you deal with them,
keeping in mind that nothing you say will surprise or embarrass a medical professional.

In fact, this conversation is the first step on your road to recovery.

Your doctor can tell if your GI symptoms are a signal of a disorder like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease or celiac disease. Such symptoms can also be a sign of a functional bowel problem like irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) or chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC). No matter what the problem, it won’t get any better until you speak up so that you can get the right diagnosis and start treatment.

Irritable bowel syndrome has four major subtypes, IBS-C being one. It happens due to an abnormality in the function of the GI tract itself, not because of a structural or biochemical problem. Sometimes this condition does present with abdominal pain (or discomfort), hard (and infrequent) stools and incomplete movement of the bowels. While the cause of IBS-C isn’t known, it may be tied to a number of factors including a hypersensitivity of the nerves lining the intestines, a dysfunction of the natural brain/digestion communication or an altered GI tract motility and water imbalance.

Estimates suggest that as many as 13 million people in the U.S. may have IBS-C.

CIC is a fact of life for an estimated 35 million U.S. adults and has very similar symptoms (hard stools. Infrequent/incomplete bowel movements), the difference is there is no pain. The bowel is healthy, yet the patient deals with chronic constipation that isn’t relieved by standard measures. Some factors involved in this condition may be the water balance and motility in the colon.

While both GI conditions have no cure, there are some simple steps you can take to help yourself feel so much better.

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- Start by making changes to your diet. Upping your fiber intake by eating
more fruits, veggies, beans and bran flakes is a natural way to help soften
stools and make them easier to pass. You may also find that you have intolerances
to certain sugars (fructose or lactose) so limiting the intake of foods with
these may also prove to be a big help.

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Drink lots of water, from 6 to 8 glasses a day is enough to keep you fully hydrated
and help stools pass more easily.

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Exercises like walking or yoga can help you deal with the other contributor to
many GI conditions: stress. Stress and anxiety are often triggers to the miserable
symptoms of more than a few GI problems, while exercise helps to manage stress
before it gets out of hand.

If these diet and lifestyle changes aren’t helping enough, there are other treatment options your doctor can suggest to you. There are over the counter laxatives and stool softeners that often prove helpful. There are also some very effective prescription medications for both IBS-C and CIC that are beneficial and well tolerated.

The good news is that both these conditions, while uncomfortable and disruptive, are doing no permanent damage to your digestive system.

To your good health,

Decision Makes Eating Less Impossible

The best weight loss advice you can get is to eat less and exercise more regularly, but that’s far easier said than done. And when it comes to keeping the weight off, that’s even harder. But why is it really so hard to do? Experts are coming to believe that willpower may be a limited resource, and fatigue makes it more difficult for us to make good, healthy choices.

The hard truth is that it takes prolonged effort to be active and eat right, to lose the weight you want and keep it off. Yet these days we’re all so hyper-busy, juggling all kinds of priorities, rushing to and from, that it’s easy to run out of the psychic energy needed to exercise self-discipline. Known officially as decision fatigue, it makes sticking to a diet and exercise routine harder because we are routinely confronted with many choices all day long; experts suggest that we can only make so many reasoned decisions before our judgment takes a break.

Think about it, all day long you’re making choices. What to have for breakfast… what to wear to work… whether to take the elevator or the stairs. And while these choices seem simple, the endless stream of decisions, and the pressure to choose wisely, can deplete your energy and motivation… even how happy you feel. If you think back to the end of an especially hectic day (or week) you’ll remember how hard it was to make even the simplest decisions.

Research has also found that people do poorly on tests of self-control when they’ve exercised self-control beforehand. It’s as if we only have a finite amount of self-control, and once it’s used, it’s gone for the rest of the day.

Add to this the fatigue that’s a natural part of shift work and also associated with gaining weight. If you’re not sleeping well, you tend to eat more, even if you’re not hungry according to findings on sleep deprivation and appetite control. If you’re tired, you just aren’t as able to demonstrate self control than if you’re well rested. You’re more stimulated by junk food, and it may make you less willing to be active as well. It’s easier to choose the drive though… modern times have made it so that the unhealthy choice is the easy default.

Fighting against decision fatigue can help. Here are some excellent suggestions…

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Work out in the morning, before the hectic day gets hold of you. Many regular
exercisers do this.

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Remove the junk food temptations from your environment. This makes for fewer
decisions and less decision fatigue. If you don’t put the food in the shopping
cart, it doesn’t make it into the house to tempt you in a weak moment.

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- Work physical activity into your daily routine, active commuting is one way
to do this. Parking at the end of the lot is another good option. Keep looking
for opportunities to be active all day long.

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Cut decision making by making some things automatic. Pack a healthy lunch or
snack and you won’t have any decision to make, the food is right there. Eating
the same thing every day also removes a trivial, sapping decision from your day.

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Manage the electronics in your world by turning off the smart phones, tablets
and laptops at some point during your evening. Make a rule and stick to it. Getting
some rest, or extra sleep will help you make better decisions going forward.

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Change the way you think about decisions, ask yourself what happens if you make
the “wrong” choice. Lots of times this helps to reset your thinking, letting
you stop stressing over simple choices and keep your focus on the bigger decisions
that call for more thought.

To your good health,

For Optimum Results, Address Aging, Not Heart Disease Or Cancer

Here’s interesting news. Research that finds a way to delay the aging process is a “better investment” than addressing specific diseases like heart disease or cancer according to a recent economic analysis published in the journal Health Affairs. The findings suggest that a major advance in cancer/heart disease treatment can give a 51-year-old about 1 added year of life. This could be doubled by modest improvements in the way we handle aging.

It appears that slowing aging (senescence is the fancy term) is a goal within the reach of modern medicine. What’s more, the benefits of doing so call for a new focus for medical research, which at present is focused on fighting specific diseases rather than understanding the process of getting older. According to the micro simulation of the future health/spending of aging Americans, a focus on disease is not as effective as adding healthy years to a person’s life.

In fact, delaying the aging process could up life expectancy an incredible 2.2 years, most of that time enjoyed in fine health. The researchers went so far as to put a dollar value on delayed aging – $7.1 trillion over a 50-year period. Working to solve cancer or heart disease separately yields diminishing improvements in both longevity and the health of those years by 2060.

The micro simulation used in the study is known as the Future Elderly Model and it compares best possible disease specific scenarios with a theoretical scenario of delayed aging. Even with average gains in the understanding of slowing aging, an added 5% of those over 65 in the U.S. would be healthy, instead of classified as disabled, during the years 2030 to 2060. This gives us 11.7 million more able, healthy U.S. adults who are older than 65 years by 2060.

The cost for all this is enormous. The authors suggest offsetting the expense by raising the Medicare eligibility age as well as the retirement age for Social Security. Of course, we’d all be healthier so that would work out.

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When asked if delaying aging would only hold off onset of disease and contribute
to the growth of population, Professor Dana Goldman, a co-author on the study
and the Norman Topping chair in medicine and public policy from the University
of Southern California at Los Angeles, used an example from history. If medicine
were practiced today as it was in the 1970s, it would take 2.5 years off your
life expectancy, but would cost much less. Is that what you want? Of course not.

What’s more, the research focus on single disease has been called into question by no less than the American heart Association. They want to stop treating the specific biomarkers of heart disease and focus on changing lifestyle factors instead. The AHA wants doctors to start treating unhealthy lifestyles as aggressively as they do high cholesterol, high blood pressure and other risks for heart problems.

People value a long life when those years are good healthy ones. What we all need to find is a way to get there that isn’t impractical, or doesn’t cost a fortune. The amazing thing is that very much of what can be done to help yourself age well are things you can do for yourself.

To your good health,