Surprising Way To Keep Off Pounds

Another reason to get up, get out of bed. There’s research from Northwestern University appearing in the journal PLOS ONE to support an intriguing new way to keep your weight in check; bright

morning sunlight. Turns out those who received most of their exposure to bright light in the morning had a far lower BMI (body mass index) than those who got their exposure to light later on in the day. In fact, the earlier the light exposure happened, the lower the subject’s BMI. And get this; the influence of morning light was not affected by physical activity, calorie intake, timing or sleep, age or even the season of the year.

The work included 54 subjects (28 women, 26 men), average age 30 years old who wore a wrist actigraphy monitor that kept track of their light exposure and sleep for 7 days under normal living conditions. Calorie intake was measured using a week of food logs completed by the participants.

This is the first study to show that the timing, intensity and length of exposure to light during the day is associated with weight. It brings to light the importance of so called “circadian health”. We know that many of us don’t get enough natural light during the day, mostly because our modern lifestyle is focused on being indoors. We also tend to work in poorly (artificially) lit places, where it’s hard to get the right amount of light to impact BMI.

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Light is the natural way to synchronize your own internal body clock, regulate circadian rhythms and this in turn regulates energy balance according to Phyllis C. Zee, M.D., study senior author and a practicing neurologist who is also a professor of neurology and director of the Northwestern Medicine Sleep and Circadian Rhythms Research Program. Getting

more bright light, between the hours of 8:00 am and noon is key Zee believes,

and 20 to 30 minutes is all you need to impact your BMI. It’s how much light you get, when you get it, and for how long that appears to be most impactful. The sweet spot in terms of having a lower BMI appeared at an exposure to light of a brightness of 500 lux. Most workplaces are at 200-300 lux.

If you don’t get enough light at the right time of day it may well desynchronize your natural body clock. This alters metabolism (hunger and satiety as well) and can bring on weight gain. The exact mechanism of light and body fat needs further study, but this research certainly makes a start in that area.

The good news is that your own exposure to natural light is something within your control. Manipulating light may be the next frontier in terms of weight loss and perhaps good health in general; just as getting the right amount of quality sleep is today. Along with living a healthy lifestyle (eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, managing stress) exposure to natural sources of light may be a simple, natural way that we can impact our own health (perhaps weight), today and in the future.

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Foods That Make Pollen Allergies Even Worse

It’s that time of year again… the sun is warmer, the grass is greener, everything is in bloom… and your allergies are making you miserable… again. For many who have seasonal allergies eating certain foods (even good for you foods) can cause itching or hives inside the mouth… known to medicine as oral allergy syndrome (OAS). You may not have heard a lot about it, but this is a terribly uncomfortable problem that affects almost a third of pollen allergy sufferers according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI for short).

When it comes to allergies, your body’s immune system treats pollen like a foreign invader that it must expel. You sneeze, have a runny (or stuffy) nose, watery or itchy eyes and perhaps a few other uncomfortable symptoms – all intended to rid your body of the invader pollen. Though the pollen appears at about the same time each year, the weather (rainy, cloudy or windless) can impact how much pollen is in the air.

In cases of oral allergy syndrome, the immune system treats proteins in foods just like pollen in the air and reacts in the same way, attacking. The most common OAS signs of a reaction include itching or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue and throat. These uncomfortable symptoms can appear right after you’ve eaten a particular food, or up to an hour later.

If you’ve been diagnosed with any of the more common seasonal allergies, here are foods you might want to watch out for…

- If you have ragweed allergies you would do well to avoid bananas, melons (honeydew,
cantaloupe, watermelon, tomatoes) as well as zucchini, sunflower seeds, chamomile
tea, Echinacea and dandelions.

- If you’re allergic to birch pollen, stay away from kiwi, apples, pears, peaches,
plums, coriander, fennel, parsley, celery, cherries, carrots, hazelnuts and almonds.

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- For those with a grass allergy, avoid peaches, celery, tomatoes, melons and oranges.

- For a latex/rubber allergy, you’ll want to avoid bananas, avocados, kiwi, chestnuts
and papaya.

Oral allergy syndrome is most common in adults, and tends to appear over time, after repeated inhaling of a particular pollen. Your best bet if this is you is to visit a board certified allergist to be sure your symptoms are not a sign of something more serious. Allergy testing, using the skin prick test, will often be used to positively identify what you are allergic to; then the doctor will assess your problem to see if it’s something routine or a bit more serious. Some recent research on those with oral allergy syndrome found that in about 2% of cases the itching of the mouth could progress to the more serious, potentially deadly, anaphylactic shock.

Avoiding the foods mentioned in relation to your own allergy is a smart move, but if something on the list is your absolute favorite, what can you do? Here are some things that might help.

- Cooking breaks down or changes the trigger proteins so the immune system will
leave them alone.

- Peeling a fruit (like apples) can help because many of the trigger proteins are
in the outer skin.

- Canning a fruit or another forbidden food also breaks down trigger proteins.

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Strength Training Benefits Rheumatoid Arthritis

When it comes to reclaiming strength and flexibility, doctors often recommend strength training to their patients with rheumatoid arthritis, RA for short, because strong muscles give your joints a rest. So while your instinct might be to protect your joints by not moving too much, this is actually the wrong way to go. Strength training is a fantastic way to build muscle and when it comes to RA, lifting weights regularly puts the breaks on pain and helps you move more easily. This will help you do things that might have gotten tough for you.

A rheumatoid arthritis diagnoses is a life changer, a chronic inflammatory disease that usually impacts the small joints in your hands and feet. It is the result of your own immune system attacking the body tissues, and though it can happen at any age, the disorder typically starts in your 40s, more common for women than men. RA affects the lining of joints, causing a swelling that can over time result in bone erosion and deformity of the joint, not to mention a good deal of pain

If you’ve been diagnosed with RA, before you start any physical activity, talk with your healthcare team, your rheumatologist or a physical therapist so that you can come up with a workout plan that’s safe and tailored to your specific needs and fitness level. Keep your goals realistic, achievable for maximum benefit. It’s also important to rely on your physical therapist (or other trainer) to show you how to lift weights correctly, so you don’t hurt yourself by using poor form.

To find a qualified personal trainer, look for someone who has experience working with those who have arthritis. A specially made splint or brace might also be beneficial to your workout. Your rheumatologist will typically be a good source for a referral, or you can check your local Arthritis Foundation chapter for leads on exercise classes for those who have RA.

Once you start lifting, here are some sensible guidelines to follow…

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Stick to machines and resistance bands instead of free weights.

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To work your arms/upper body, lift from 5% to no more than 10% of your total
body weight

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To work your legs, lift 25% of your total body weight.

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Work to build up to three sets of 15 reps for each exercise you do.

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- Make the workout a challenge, but not exhausting. Twenty to thirty minutes
is best.

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Rest between workouts, doing strength training 3 times a week at most.

Your physical therapist can also show you some strength training exercises you can do at home, on your schedule. Using proper technique, you can do squats; push ups against a wall, lunges and other moves that make use of your own body weight. This will challenge your muscles and help keep them strong. Resistance bands are another great option for use at home – they’re affordable and easy to use.

While it’s okay to be a bit sore after a workout, if you feel pain in your joints while you lift, stop. Do a different exercise instead. You’ll also want to do light, slow warm up stretching before you get started with lifting. If your RA flares, back off the weight routine and choose a more gentle activity for the day and try again tomorrow.

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No Surprise: Hungry Shoppers Choose Unhealthier Food…

Research has come to support what you may understand from experience – hungry
shoppers tend to make unhealthier food choices when shopping for groceries according
to a small study. It’s well known that when you’re hungry, your judgment about
food is impacted, and not in a good way either.

The work was conducted by a team from Cornell University and appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association International Medicine. The project had two parts, a lab study and a field study; both designed to see if short-term food deprivation would impact shopping habits. Both lab and field studies can be sources of good information on how people react in given situations, but they do have bias and other issues that you need to keep in mind when evaluating the findings. We do know that food deprivation has been found to alter how much people buy, fasting is known to change how the brain reacts to certain foods, so the team was trying to see if shopping while hungry would impact the types of foods people might buy.

For the first part of the study, the team recruited 68 paid subjects aged 18 to 62 years old who were asked to avoid eating for five hours before the start of the experiment. They were grouped in sessions of from 6 to 12 people. In half the sessions the subjects were offered crackers and asked to eat enough to feel full, while the other sessions were not offered food. Both groups then took part in a simulated grocery shopping experiment where both low calorie foods and higher calorie options were available, but displayed without prices. Food choices were recorded and compared.

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During this part of the research, the team saw that people who were hungry chose more high calorie foods (6 vs. 4) than those who had just finished the snack. Otherwise, both groups brought a similar number of items, and both picked up a similar number of low calorie foods.

The second part of the work involved observing subjects in a more natural setting, tracking the food purchases of another 82 subjects. One group was tracked during the early afternoon (low hunger hours) while the second group was tracked during the early evening considered to be high hunger hours.

This portion of the study When people went food shopping at times of day (late afternoon for example) when they should be hungry, they bought fewer low calorie foods (8 vs. 11) than those who shopped when less (early afternoon) apt to be hungry. There was no different in the number of high calorie foods bought by either group, but the ratio of low to high calorie foods was higher (better) in the early afternoon shoppers than for the early evening shoppers.

So grab a snack before you head out.

If you’re trying to lose weight, a smart strategy is to plan your shopping trips for your least hungry times of day. Create a shopping list of ingredients or healthy foods you enjoy before you leave the house and stick to it.

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How To Handle Your Neck Pain

Most often, neck pain or a stiff neck is nothing serious, typically resolving within a couple of days. This type of pain can come from sleeping in an awkward position, using a keyboard for a long time and yes… you can get a stiff neck from sitting in a cold draft. Anxiety or stress can also bring tension in the neck muscles, and this can keep you in pain and moving carefully.

Here are seven home remedies that you can try to help yourself:

1. Take regular doses of ibuprofen or acetaminophen, whichever works best for you. Gel pain formulations can be rubbed onto your neck if you don’t like swallowing tablets. Be sure to follow the recommended dosing schedule.

2. Use a hot water bottle, heating pack or pad on your neck as this can ease pain and muscle tightness. Just be sure to keep the temperature from being too hot so that you don’t burn your skin.

3. Sleep on a low, firm pillow at night, and avoid using two pillows because this forces your neck to bend in an awkward way.

4. Watch your posture as bad posture can make pain worse, and may have brought it about in the first place. Practice sitting correctly.

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5. Don’t wear a neck collar as there’s no evidence to support wearing such a
device will help your neck get any better. The more modern approach finds it’s
better to keep your neck mobile, rather than held rigidly in place.

6. Don’t drive until the pain and stiffness are all gone. The need to turn your head to look at traffic is key to driving safely; so don’t get behind the wheel until you can move your head freely.

7. Try some simple neck exercises like gently tensing your neck muscles as you lift your head up and down, move it from side to side.

Sometimes you can wake up to find your neck twisted to one side and stuck that way. This condition is called acute torticollis and can happen if you’re in a cold draft for too long or if you’ve held your neck in an unusual position for a long time. Usually this only lasts 24-48 hours, but it can take up to a full week before you feel better.

Another cause of neck pain can be nerve or bone problems known to medicine as cervical spondylosis. Wear and tear on these bones happens naturally as we get older and though it might not cause symptoms, there can be neck stiffness or pain that radiates into the arms, pins and needles and numbness in the hands or legs.

If your neck pain or stiffness doesn’t get better after a few days, or you can’t control the pain with over the counter painkillers you should see your doctor. Your physician will look closely at your neck and ask a few questions to rule out other causes or conditions. You may be given a strong painkiller to take along with other medicines. If your pain and stiffness have gone on for more than a few weeks, it might be time for a referral to a physiotherapist. Your doctor may also refer you to a pain specialist who can offer injections to help you manage pain.

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Diabetes, Hypertension Can Cause Memory Problems Later

Here’s news on an important new study appearing in the journal Neurology. Anyone who is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure during middle age seems to be more likely to have brain damage that contributes to dementia as they get older. While diabetes and problems with memory and cognition later on have been linked before; this is the first study to offer solid evidence that explains just why this happens.

The thinking is that diabetes might really be shrinking the brain over the long haul, cutting the size of key areas such as the hippocampus. This is the structure that plays a huge role in both short and long term memory. What’s more, when high blood pressure is added to the mix, the two together appear to up your risks of micro strokes and other types of damage to the blood vessels that feed the brain.

The current study included over 1,400 people of an average age of 80 years old who had (at most) slight memory and cognitive problems classified as mild cognitive impairment. The team measured the subjects’ thinking and memory abilities and noted any areas of mild impairment. The subjects then underwent MRI scans to look for brain damage that can be an early indicator of dementia.

As a final step, the team reviewed the subjects’ medical records to see if they had been diagnosed with diabetes or high blood pressure during their middle age. The team saw that those who had diabetes at midlife had brains that were 2.9% smaller than those who didn’t have this disease. The hippocampus of these subjects were even smaller, 4% smaller (on average) than non-diabetics. When the hippocampus starts to shrink, you start losing your long-term memory, as well as your ability to bring to mind recent events.

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Diabetes at midlife was also linked with an 85% greater risk of micro-strokes in the brain. These subjects were also two times as likely to have memory or thinking problems than those who did not have this disease earlier in life. Also those who had high blood pressure at midlife were two times as likely to show damage due to stroke to parts of the brain that are linked to thinking, memory and language.

According to lead study author Dr. Rosebud Roberts from the Mayo Clinic, those who had diabetes earlier in life have a much poorer brain structure than those who got it later on. Cognitive impairment appears to come over a long time period, so if you have diabetes earlier, there’s more time to do more damage.

Alzheimer’s Association director of scientific programs Keith Fargo was very excited about the study. Many people mistakenly think that the risk for Alzheimer’s disease comes only if it runs in their family, but this is not true. Dementia can hit anyone if they don’t take care of themselves. This research points out the very real need for people in their 40s, 50s and 60s to live a healthier lifestyle so they can avoid disease now, and in the years to come.

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7 Health Problems Of Drinking Diet Soda

The single biggest source of calories in the American diet is soda. On average we drink almost two cans a day. In an effort to watch calories, diet varieties of our favorites are readily available. What most people don’t realize is that drinking diet varieties of soda comes with some serious side effects that can cause real health problems. Today kids drink diet soda at more than double the rate of the last decade, while for adults consumption has increased just about 25% according to numbers from a study appearing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

By raising awareness about the very real downside to all that soda we’re drinking experts hope this might help more of us stop consuming so much of it.

1. Kidney problems – In an 11-year Harvard Medical School study including 3,000 female subjects the researchers found that diet soda is linked to a two fold increased risk for kidney decline. Kidney function started going down when a woman drank over two sodas a day. The findings also suggest that sugar sweetened sodas are not the culprit, but rather the diet sweeteners that are being used instead.

2. Metabolic syndrome – based on a University of Minnesota study from 2008 of nearly 10,000 adult subjects, just one diet soda a day was associated with a 34% higher risk of metabolic syndrome, a group of symptoms that put you at higher risk for heart disease.

3. Obesity – we know that diet soda does not help you lose weight. This comes from a University of Texas Health Science Center study that saw the more diet soda a person drank, the greater their risk was of becoming overweight. Drinking two or more servings a day upped waistline measurements by 500%. The reason appears to be that artificial sweeteners disrupt the body’s natural ability to manage calorie intake based on how sweet tasting a food is. This means eating diet, artificially sweetened foods might have you overeating.

4. Hangovers – drinks that are made with diet soda get you more drunk, faster according to research from the Royal Adelaide Hospital located in Australia. The reason is that sugar free mixers allow the liquor to enter your bloodstream much faster than those with sugar. So you get drunker, and suffer the consequences the next day.

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5. Cell damage – diet soda has one thing many regular varieties do not, mold inhibitors (sodium benzoate, potassium benzoate), and this is bad news because these preservatives have the ability to causes damage to the DNA in the mitochondria. They totally inactivate it. These substances have also been associated with hives, asthma and other allergic problems.

6. Tooth decay – because diet soda has a very acidic pH, it dissolves tooth enamel. Those who drink three or more sodas per day have worse dental health according to a University of Michigan analysis of data from dental checkups.

7. Reproductive problems – this comes from the can you drink is housed in. Many containers are coated with the substance bisphenol A (BPA) a known endocrine disruptor that has also been linked to problems as broad as heart disease and obesity to trouble having children.

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Friends Are Biggest Diet Temptation

When you’re trying to lose weight, every edge helps – including recognizing triggers that have you giving into temptation. A recent study in the journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine investigated why diets fail and came up with some good information. As part of the research subjects identified the times and situations where they felt most tempted. Late at night, anytime they were tired, when there was alcohol involved or during time spent with friends were all mentioned.

The researchers relied on a small sample of 80 subjects, mostly women, who were already trying to lose weight, and had them enter their temptations, and how they handled them, into phone apps for a full week. About half the time the dieters gave into temptation and ate something that was not on their diet plan. During the study, the subjects recorded 898 instances of being tempted to cheat, more than 11 per person. This suggests that you’re going to need all the will power you can muster if you’re trying to drop a few pounds.

The UK researchers saw that what derails diets most is temptation and lack of willpower. You know that, right? These findings help us understand the complex process that is involved with temptation and just how these lapses work. To that end, we’re identifying the four most common triggers for many of your diet-busting cravings, and how to stop them in their tracks.

Alcohol is a well-known trigger in terms of temptation. If you’re watching your weight, consider these things before you order your next cocktail. The proof of the alcohol… higher equals more calories, the size of the glass… shorter is better, and any mixers (use seltzer vs. tonic) that are used… choose diet mixers over full calorie versions. Ordering a drink on the rocks fills up the glass but doesn’t add calories. Drinking too much also makes it easier to fall prey to temptation – you just don’t have the same will power as you do when you’re sober.

Another trouble spot in terms of weight loss is the late night craving, one that hits when you’re tired, possibly alone and bored. Your best bet is to recognize this feeling as a craving and not true hunger. Hold off a bit, distract yourself if possible. If you’re craving chocolate, it’s okay to give in to a dark variety with 60% cacao (or more) and allow yourself a single square. Wanting something salty? Consider sunflower seeds or whole grain chips. For something sweet, try a piece of fruit like an apple, a strawberry, blueberry or blackberry, or a crunchy, delicious pear.

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Time spent with friends can also be a dangerous time for your diet. Rather than
become a social recluse, you can plan for fun dinners out or a family party -
events that are filled to the brim with temptation. When you can, go having already
eaten a little snack so you’re not starving. Learn how to spot, and handle, food
pushers. Choosing the restaurant for a dinner out ensures you’ll find at last
something healthy on the menu. If you must indulge in dessert, limit your portions
to a bite or two, taking time to enjoy the taste, texture and smell of your dessert.

The work also found that being accountable by logging temptations helped keep subjects more aware of what they were doing. Keeping a food journal is a well-known way to keep track of what you eat, when you eat it, while keeping your weight loss goals top of mind all day long.

In the end, you’ll have to stick to your diet and live a normal life. Your best strategy is to make lasting lifestyle changes, never ban forever a favorite food, and learn coping strategies that help you eat healthy, live healthy, even when life is busy and stressful and very hard. You can do it.

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Higher Omega-3 Levels For Better Sleep

If you have a child with sleep issues… here’s some promising research you’ll want to hear about. Children and teens need at least 9 hours of sleep each night, but trying to get them there can be a frustrating struggle, especially since as an adult, you know the trouble that lack of quality sleep can cause. In school, at extracurricular activities. Even in social relationships.

We’ve talked before about the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, now a new study finds that we can add better sleep as another benefit of having higher levels of omega-3 DHA. The findings of the researchers, from the UK’s University of Oxford, have been published in the Journal of Sleep Research. This project is the first to assess links between fatty acid status and sleep in healthy children.

These good for you fatty acids are found most readily in fish oils from tuna and salmon.

The work centered on 362 UK children between the ages of 7 and 9 who hadn’t been identified as having any sleep issues. Instead they’d been identified as struggling readers at a public school. Having trouble sleeping in children is associated with poor health as well as both behavioral and cognitive issues. These are the same health problems linked to being deficient in long chain omega-3 fatty acids. The experts tested to see if taking 600 mg supplements of the omega-3 DHA for a period of 16 weeks would help sleep.

The research began with parents rating their child’s sleep habits for a normal week using a three-point scale. This showed that 40% (4 in 10) of the subject children had clinical level sleep issues. These included bedtime resistance, anxiety about sleep and middle of the night waking. Wrist sensors were fitted to 43 of these children so the team could keep track of their movements while in bed over 5 nights. The researchers also recorded the levels of omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids with finger stick blood sampling.

The results showed that compared to the subjects taking either a corn or soybean placebo, the ones who took daily omega-3 supplements got nearly an hour (58 minutes) more sleep each night. They had 7 fewer walking episodes each night when compared to the placebo groups.

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The research lead, Professor Paul Montgomery is worried at finding clinical level
sleep problems in 4 of 10 of the subject children, drawn from the general population.
What’s more, substances made inside the body from the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty
acids have long been recognized as being a big part of the regulation on sleep.
Lower ratios of DHA have been linked to lower levels of melatonin, and this fits
the research finding that sleep troubles are greater in those with lower amounts
of DHA in their bloodstream.

The findings do suggest that sleep can be improved by DHA supplements, though before you make any changes to your child’s diet, be sure to talk to your own pediatrician. You should also bring up any sleep related issues so that you can work out a solution. It will also help to teach a child good sleep habits – regular bed times, a relaxing bedtime routine, a comfortable, quiet (no TV or hand held devices) space to sleep, and no large meals or drinks with caffeine in the 6 hours before sleep.

More work in the area will be needed, especially considering the small number of children who were part of this pilot study. What’s more, objective sleep measures will also be important moving forward, so that teams can see clearly what’s happening during the night.

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Study: Smart People More Likely To Trust Others

Here’s something to think about. If you’re of higher intelligence, new research from the UK’s University of Oxford finds that you are more likely to put your trust in other people compared to those who are not as smart. The work appears in PLOS ONE and supports earlier research that examined trust and intelligence in European nations.

For the project, the team looked at data from the General Social Survey (GSS). This is a survey of public opinion that a nationally representative sample of US adults complete every 1-2 years. As part of the survey, the participants’ intelligence is measured using a 10-word vocabulary test and an assessment to see how well the participants understood the questions being asked. The questions themselves are focused on socioeconomic characteristics and behaviors as well as social attitudes. The data from this survey has been used in past studies to examine generalized trust and intelligence. This work is the first to use the information to understand the relationship between the two.

Generalized trust is the trust in other members of society and is different from trust in people we know… family and friends. Generalized trust is an important part of civic culture, and has been linked to positives for people – entrepreneurship, volunteering and personal ratings of health and happiness.

Turns out, those who scored highly on measures of intelligence were also more likely to trust others. This result remained even after the researchers accounted for the subjects’ socioeconomic characteristics… things like marital status, income and education level. Generalized trust is also shown to be strongly linked to self-related health and happiness. Why is this?

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One reason the team suggests is that smarter people are better at judging character,
so they seek out and develop relationships with those who are less likely to
betray them. Being a good judge of character is a part of human intelligence
that likely evolved through natural selection. Smart people are also better at
sizing up situations. This makes them more able to see a strong incentive for
the other person to stick to an agreement made.

Earlier work in the area of trust and intelligence has found that those who trust others appear to have greater health and happiness. In this project, the link between trust and health or happiness was not explained by the intelligence of the subjects. The current team suggests that earlier study hasn’t overestimated the part played by generalized trust on both health and well-being. There’s also a study that found the length of a relationship has an impact on which area of the brain was used to make decisions, including the decision to trust someone.

The researchers believe their findings show that generalized trust is a key social resource, for people and for society as a whole. It plays a part in the success of social institutions like financial markets and is a quality that government, religious organizations and civic groups may want to cultivate.

Future work in this area needs to focus on understanding exactly how generalized trust might impact a person’s health and well-being.

To your good health,