Monthly Archives: November 2011

Show Notes for November 18, 2011

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of HealthBeat, Chiropractic OnLine Today’s Health, News and Informational Podcast, and Proud to be the #1 Search Result for Chiropractic Podcasts in the iTunes Podcast Directory.

In this week’s news:  We’ll Be Looking At –

  • Fatty Foods and Addiction
  • Sitting and Cancer Risk
  • And Finally, a Story about an Enzyme Involved in the Aging Process


For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #332, recorded November 18, 2011.

HealthBeat is Chiropractic OnLine Today’s radio program, providing current news and commentary about Chiropractic and Health.

This week’s Episode is sponsored by DaVinci Laboratories.  Please surf to our web site at www.ChiropracticRadio.com and click on the DaVinci link for your Health and Nutritional needs.

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Next, we would like to send out a big Thank You to those of you who are linking our Podcast to your home pages…. We do request that you also include a link to our main Podcast Page at www.ChiropracticRadio.com

And as always, a big thank you to our COT HealthBeat Listener community.  This podcast is made available thru the generous donations we receive and greatly appreciate.  If you could remember to surf to our Web Site and click on the PayPal link to make a monthly donation, even $5-$10, this would be very much welcomed.

Finally, Chiropractic OnLine Today has always provided our news and education content for free and plan on continuing this policy.  However, we do request that if you are enjoying these podcasts, that you surf to ChiropracticRadio.com and consider clicking on our PayPal link to make a donation to keep these Podcasts airing.  We thank everyone for their continued support.

You can download this week’s Podcast here – http://www.chiropracticradio.com/healthbeat/healthbeat0332.mp3

And Now for some news ….

 

 

 

Fatty Foods Addictive Like Cocaine in Growing Body of Scientific Research

An article on the November 2nd Bloomberg website, discussed a growing body of medical research at leading universities and government laboratories suggests that processed foods and sugary drinks made by the likes of PepsiCo Inc. and Kraft Foods Inc. (KFT) aren’t simply unhealthy. They can hijack the brain in ways that resemble addictions to cocaine, nicotine and other drugs.

According to the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse “The data is so overwhelming the field has to accept it”. “We are finding tremendous overlap between drugs in the brain and food in the brain.”

Twenty-eight scientific studies and papers on food addiction have been published this year, according to a National Library of Medicine database. As the evidence expands, the science of addiction could become a game changer for the $1 trillion food and beverage industries.

The cost to society is enormous. A 2009 study of 900,000 people, published in The Lancet, found that moderate obesity reduces life expectancy by two to four years, while severe obesity shortens life expectancy by as much as 10 years.

Obesity has been shown to boost the risk of heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The costs of treating illness associated with obesity were estimated at $147 billion in 2008, according to a 2009 study in Health Affairs.

Surf to our Show Notes for the Full Article – http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-02/fatty-foods-addictive-as-cocaine-in-growing-body-of-science.html

 

 

 

Sitting and Cancer Risk

As many as 49,000 cases of breast cancer and 43,000 cases of colon cancer occurring in the U.S. every year are linked to a lack of physical activity, according to estimates presented today at the American Institute for Cancer Research annual conference. The estimate underscores the critical role that both activity and inactivity play in the development of specific cancers.

At the American Institute for Cancer Research Annual Research Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Physical Activity in Washington, experts presented data from a new paper on physical activity and breast cancer prevention and reviewed the mounting evidence that a brisk daily walk helps to reduce several key biological indicators of cancer risk, including sex hormone levels, insulin resistance, inflammation and body fatness.

The researchers also presented new findings from the emerging field of sedentary behavior research, which is finding that sitting for long periods of time can increase some of those same indicators of cancer risk, even among people who exercise daily.

Based on these research findings, AICR is urging Americans to make time for physical activity and break every hour of sitting with 1 to 2 minutes of activity. These breaks can be as simple as walking to a colleague’s office instead of sending an email or going to the kitchen to get a glass of water.

Neville Owen, PhD, PhD, Head of Behavioral Epidemiology at Australia’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, presented evidence that suggests sitting for long periods of time is associated with health risks – even for people who are regularly physically active.

Surf to our Show Notes for the full article – http://www.aicr.org/press/press-releases/getting-up-from-your-desk.html

 

 

 

Enzyme Involved in the Aging Process

According to an article published in the October 31st issue of Science Daily, by consuming fewer calories, aging can be slowed down and the development of age-related diseases such as cancer and type 2 diabetes can be delayed.

The earlier calorie intake is reduced, the greater the effect. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have now identified one of the enzymes that hold the key to the aging process.

According to Mikael Molin of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, the scientists “are able to show that caloric restriction slows down aging by preventing an enzyme, peroxiredoxin, from being inactivated. This enzyme is also extremely important in counteracting damage to our genetic material.”

By gradually reducing the intake of sugar and proteins, without reducing vitamins and minerals, researchers have previously shown that monkeys can live several years longer than expected.

Caloric restriction also has favorable effects on our health and delays the development of age-related diseases. Despite this, researchers in the field have found it difficult to explain exactly how caloric restriction produces these favorable effects.

Peroxiredoxins have also been shown to be capable of preventing proteins from being damaged and aggregating, a process that has been linked to several age-related disorders affecting the nervous system, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Surf to our Show Notes for the full article, and remember to discuss all Nutritional recommendations with your Qualified Health Care Professional – http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111031215938.htm

 

 

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As always, please surf to our Podcast Show Notes at ChiropracticRadio.com for a full listing of web references mentioned in today’s show.

And remember – COT’s Healthbeat always recommends discussing any nutritional or exercise lifestyle modifications with a qualified healthcare professional.

 

Thank you for listening…. As always, We Want to hear from you.  Please send us emails…. Simply surf to our Web Site at ChiropracticRadio.com and click on the Email link.

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Finally, I leave you with the following quote:

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
– John F. Kennedy

For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow.


Show Notes for November 11, 2011

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of HealthBeat, Chiropractic OnLine Today’s Health, News and Informational Podcast, and Proud to be the #1 Search Result for Chiropractic Podcasts in the iTunes Podcast Directory.

In this week’s news:  We’ll Be Looking At –

  • NYC Launches Anti-Soda Campaign
  • Exercise Might Help Thwart ‘Obesity Gene’
  • And Finally a story about Spinal Rehab and Activity of Muscles


For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #331, recorded November 11, 2011.

HealthBeat is Chiropractic OnLine Today’s radio program, providing current news and commentary about Chiropractic and Health.

This week’s Episode is sponsored by DaVinci Laboratories.  Please surf to our web site at www.ChiropracticRadio.com and click on the DaVinci link for your Health and Nutritional needs.

We also would appreciate your passing the word of our Podcasts to your friends and colleagues.  Please let everyone know how easy it is to subscribe via the Apple iTunes directory.

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Next, we would like to send out a big Thank You to those of you who are linking our Podcast to your home pages…. We do request that you also include a link to our main Podcast Page at www.ChiropracticRadio.com

 

And as always, a big thank you to our COT HealthBeat Listener community.  This podcast is made available thru the generous donations we receive and greatly appreciate.  If you could remember to surf to our Web Site and click on the PayPal link to make a monthly donation, even $5-$10, this would be very much welcomed.

 

Finally, Chiropractic OnLine Today has always provided our news and education content for free and plan on continuing this policy.  However, we do request that if you are enjoying these podcasts, that you surf to ChiropracticRadio.com and consider clicking on our PayPal link to make a donation to keep these Podcasts airing.  We thank everyone for their continued support.

 

And Now for some news ….

 

 

NYC Launches Anti-Soda Campaign

New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley recently unveiled a new Health Department education campaign that describes how drinking just one 20 ounce soda a day translates to eating 50 pounds of sugar a year.

The 30-second TV spot will air on major broadcast and cable TV stations over the next two months as a stark reminder to New Yorkers about how sugary drinks can lead to obesity, which can cause diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and some cancers.

This latest installment of the Department’s “Pouring on the Pounds” campaign was launched at an event in Times Square commemorating the nation’s first Food Day, a day modeled after the popular Earth Day, but focused on healthy food and eating.

New Yorkers are making some strides against the obesity epidemic and are beginning to turn the epidemic’s tide by consuming less sugary drinks, especially in some areas of the city. Between 2007 and 2010, the percentage of adults who reported on the Health Department’s annual telephone survey that they drank one or more sugary drinks a day fell from 36 percent to 30 percent.

Surf to NYC.gov for more information, and remember to discuss all Nutritionally related issues with your Qualified Health Care Provider.

 

 

Exercise Might Help Thwart ‘Obesity Gene’

A large international group of researchers found that the so-called “fat mass and obesity associated” (FTO) gene, which is known to increase the risk of obesity, has a 27 percent weaker effect on physically active adults compared to inactive ones.

The Author’s conclusion comes from a meta-analysis of 45 prior studies analyzing data from more than 218,000 participants.

The FTO gene harbors the strongest known susceptibility locus for obesity. While many individual studies have suggested that physical activity (PA) may attenuate the effect of FTO on obesity risk, other studies have not been able to confirm this interaction.

To confirm or refute unambiguously whether PA attenuates the association of FTO with obesity risk, the authors meta-analyzed data from 45 studies of adults and nine studies of children and adolescents.

The study concluded that the association of the FTO risk allele with the odds of obesity is attenuated by 27% in physically active adults, highlighting the importance of PA in particular in those genetically predisposed to obesity.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001116

http://www.doctorslounge.com/index.php/news/hd/24276

 

 

Spinal Rehab and Activity of the psoas major and quadratus lumborum muscles during submaximal isometric trunk efforts.

A study published back in July, in the Journal of Orthopedic Research, looked at the controversy which exists regarding the function of psoas major (PM) and quadratus lumborum (QL) at the lumbar spine.

The functions of discrete regions of psoas major and quadratus lumborum were studied during trunk loading tasks.

Twelve healthy participants performed isometric trunk loading tasks in various directions in upright sitting.

Fine-wire electromyography (EMG) electrodes were inserted under ultrasound guidance into psoas major fascicles arising from the transverse process (PM-t) and vertebral body (PM-v) and the anterior (QL-a) and posterior (QL-p) layers of QL on the right side.

Although right psoas major-transverse and psoas major-vertebral body were both active during right lateral-flexion trunk efforts, their activity was opposite in the sagittal plane, with greater psoas major-transverse towards extension and psoas major-vertebral body towards flexion. quadratus lumborum-anterior and quadratus lumborum-posterior were similarly active.

Activity of quadratus lumborum-posterior was modulated with respiratory phase during the loading tasks with trunk efforts towards the right lateral-flexion/flexion and right lateral-flexion directions.

These findings provide novel understanding of the unique activation of discrete regions of psoas major and quadratus lumborum. These differences must be considered in future EMG studies to better understand the function of these deeply situated trunk muscles in the control of the lumbar spine.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jor.21499/abstract

 

 

 

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As always, please surf to our Podcast Show Notes at ChiropracticRadio.com for a full listing of web references mentioned in today’s show.

And remember – COT’s Healthbeat always recommends discussing any nutritional or exercise lifestyle modifications with a qualified healthcare professional.


Thank you for listening…. As always, We Want to hear from you.  Please send us emails…. Simply surf to our Web Site at ChiropracticRadio.com and click on the Email link.

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Finally, I leave you with the following quote:

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.”
– W. C. Fields

For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow.


Show Notes for Nobember 4, 2011

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of HealthBeat, Chiropractic OnLine Today’s Health, News and Informational Podcast, and Proud to be the #1 Search Result for Chiropractic Podcasts in the iTunes Podcast Directory.

In this week’s news:  We’ll Be Looking At –

  • Medicare Policy Regarding Chiropractic Services
  • Defining Essential Health Benefits
  • And Finally a Story about Yoga and Back Pain


For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #330, recorded November 4, 2011.

HealthBeat is Chiropractic OnLine Today’s radio program, providing current news and commentary about Chiropractic and Health.

This week’s Episode is sponsored by DaVinci Laboratories.  Please surf to our web site at www.ChiropracticRadio.com and click on the DaVinci link for your Health and Nutritional needs.

We also would appreciate your passing the word of our Podcasts to your friends and colleagues.  Please let everyone know how easy it is to subscribe via the Apple iTunes directory.

If you are interested in creating personalized Healthbeat podcasts for your office or website, to help attract new patients, please surf to our web site and send us an Email ….

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Next, we would like to send out a big Thank You to those of you who are linking our Podcast to your home pages…. We do request that you also include a link to our main Podcast Page at www.ChiropracticRadio.com

And as always, a big thank you to our COT HealthBeat Listener community.  This podcast is made available thru the generous donations we receive and greatly appreciate.  If you could remember to surf to our Web Site and click on the PayPal link to make a monthly donation, even $5-$10, this would be very much welcomed.

Finally, Chiropractic OnLine Today has always provided our news and education content for free and plan on continuing this policy.  However, we do request that if you are enjoying these podcasts, that you surf to ChiropracticRadio.com and consider clicking on our PayPal link to make a donation to keep these Podcasts airing.  We thank everyone for their continued support.

And Now for some news ….

 

Medicare Policy Regarding Chiropractic Services

A recent ChiroCode Newsletter outlined the Medicare Learning Network (MLN) document SE1101 highlights Medicare policy regarding coverage of chiropractic services for Medicare beneficiaries.

This article was revised on September 9, 2011, to clarify some of the language. No changes in policy are conveyed by these clarifications.

The “Key Points” section reviews Medicare policy for coverage of chiropractic services and emphasizes the billing and documentation requirements.

The following key points are discussed in detail:

  • Medicare coverage of chiropractic services.
  • Subluxation may be demonstrated by X-ray or physician’s examination.
  • Documentation requirements must be placed in the patient’s file.
  • Necessity for treatment.
  • Key billing requirements.
  • Beneficiary responsibility

Numerous audits of chiropractic service claims have found a significant portion of the claims to have been paid inappropriately. Correct claim payment depends largely on providers complying with Medicare requirements for coverage, coding, and documentation of services. The goal of this article is to translate published Medicare coverage and payment requirements for chiropractic services into a few practical tips for better Medicare compliance to effectively lower the frequency of improper payments (and corresponding error rates).

A recent study by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) entitled “Inappropriate Medicare Payments for Chiropractic Services” found inappropriate Medicare payments for chiropractic services.

The OIG study found that:

  • Claims lack initial visit dates for treatment episodes, hindering the identification of maintenance therapy; and
  • There is lack of compliance with the manual documentation requirements. For example, treatment plans, an important element in determining whether the chiropractic treatment was active/corrective in achieving specified goals, were either missing or lacked treatment goals, objective measures, or the recommended level of care

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.chirocode.com/Overview_of_Medicare_Policy_Regarding_Chiropractic_Services

https://www.cms.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE1101.pdf

 

Defining Essential Health Benefits

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, when Congress enacted the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it mandated that a broad package of “essential health benefits” (EHBs) equivalent to that of a “typical employer plan” be offered by qualified health plans participating in newly created state-based insurance exchanges, as well as by new plans offered to individuals and small employers outside these exchanges.

Congress directed the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to flesh out the details. The DHHS, in turn, asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to recommend a process for defining and updating the EHB package — but notably, not to develop a specific list of benefits.

In a report released on October 7, the IOM recommended that the initial EHB package be equivalent in scope to what could be purchased by the average premium that a small business would pay on behalf of an employee (see Key Recommendations of the IOM Committee on Defining and Revising an Essential Health Benefits Package for Qualified Health Plans).

If the DHHS endorsed a more expansive package, the IOM’s Committee on Defining and Revising an Essential Health Benefits Package for Qualified Health Plans cautioned in its report, many currently uninsured individuals and small businesses would find it unaffordable, which would undermine the overriding goal of the reform law — to make coverage both meaningful and nearly universal.

Surf to our Show Notes for the Full Article and Links to the IOM – http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1109982

http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2011/Essential-Health-Benefits-Balancing-Coverage-and-Cost.aspx

 

Yoga and Back Pain

Weekly yoga classes relieve symptoms of low back pain about as well as intense, regular stretching sessions, according to a new Archives of Internal Medicine study.

The research found that yoga and stretching were equally effective in easing chronic back pain and improving function, but participants had to practice each regularly to see benefits. The subjects in both groups took weekly 75-minute classes and practiced yoga or deep stretching at home for about 20 minutes at a time at least three days a week.

The study is the largest and most thorough to date to look at whether yoga has an effect on chronic low back pain, a problem that affects millions and has no surefire long-term remedy. A number of earlier studies suggested that regular yoga classes might benefit back pain sufferers, though most were limited by small sample sizes, short study periods and other flaws.

Chronic low back pain is a common problem lacking highly effective treatment options. Small trials suggest that yoga may have benefits for this condition. This trial was designed to determine whether yoga is more effective than conventional stretching exercises or a self-care book for primary care patients with chronic low back pain.

The study concluded that Yoga classes were more effective than a self-care book, but not more effective than stretching classes, in improving function and reducing symptoms due to chronic low back pain, with benefits lasting at least several months.

Reminder to discuss all back related issues and questions with your Doctor of Chiropractic for other treatment options.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/24/yoga-and-stretching-equally-effective-for-back-pain/?smid=tw-nytimesscience&seid=auto

http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/archinternmed.2011.524

This podcast is made available through the generous donations from our great Listeners, such as You!  If you are enjoying these HealthBeat Podcasts, Please surf to our Web Site and click on the PayPal link.

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As always, please surf to our Podcast Show Notes at ChiropracticRadio.com for a full listing of web references mentioned in today’s show.

And remember – COT’s Healthbeat always recommends discussing any nutritional or exercise lifestyle modifications with a qualified healthcare professional.

Thank you for listening…. As always, We Want to hear from you.  Please send us emails…. Simply surf to our Web Site at ChiropracticRadio.com and click on the Email link.

You can also leave us Voice Mail…. Simply open up your Skype and type in “healthbeat”, all in small letters.

If you have an idea for a future Health Segment, please feel free to contact me directly via email …. The address is:

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We also would appreciate your votes both at Podcastalley.com.  If you are enjoying these podcasts, please surf to our HealthBeat homepage and click on the Podcast Alley link and Yahoo links.

If you have a Web Site for your practice and you would like to add content to help attract more patients, please consider adding a Personalized HealthBeat segments to your site. Many listeners are finding this a useful content addition to an Office’s Web Site.  For more information, please send me an Email at healthbeat@chiropracticradio.com

While at our Web Site, please remember to consider making a donation to help keep these Podcasts airing.  Listener support such as yours, via our PayPal link, does help in allowing us to bring these Podcasts to you weekly.

And please remember to support our sponsors by clicking their links located at ChiropracticRadio.com

Finally, I leave you with the following quote:

All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man”.
– Henry David Thoreau

For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow.


Show Notes for October 28, 2011

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of HealthBeat, Chiropractic OnLine Today’s Health, News and Informational Podcast, and Proud to be the #1 Search Result for Chiropractic Podcasts in the iTunes Podcast Directory.

In this week’s news:  We’ll Be Looking At –

  • Medicare and Chronic Care
  • America’s Lifestyle and Related Health Costs
  • And Finally, A Story About America’s Eating Habits

For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #329, recorded October 28, 2011.

HealthBeat is Chiropractic OnLine Today’s radio program, providing current news and commentary about Chiropractic and Health.

This week’s Episode is sponsored by DaVinci Laboratories.  Please surf to our web site at www.ChiropracticRadio.com and click on the DaVinci link for your Health and Nutritional needs.

We also would appreciate your passing the word of our Podcasts to your friends and colleagues.  Please let everyone know how easy it is to subscribe via the Apple iTunes directory.

If you are interested in creating personalized Healthbeat podcasts for your office or website, to help attract new patients, please surf to our web site and send us an Email ….

…. or Skype us by typing in “healthbeat”, all in small letters.

Twitter – We are always looking to expand our interactivity with you, our loyal Health Community.  If you would like to be kept up-to-date with current events about Health, Technology and ME, feel free to surf to – http://www.twitter.com/teglow and click on the Follow link.

Next, we would like to send out a big Thank You to those of you who are linking our Podcast to your home pages…. We do request that you also include a link to our main Podcast Page at www.ChiropracticRadio.com

And as always, a big thank you to our COT HealthBeat Listener community.  This podcast is made available thru the generous donations we receive and greatly appreciate.  If you could remember to surf to our Web Site and click on the PayPal link to make a monthly donation, even $5-$10, this would be very much welcomed.

Finally, Chiropractic OnLine Today has always provided our news and education content for free and plan on continuing this policy.  However, we do request that if you are enjoying these podcasts, that you surf to ChiropracticRadio.com and consider clicking on our PayPal link to make a donation to keep these Podcasts airing.  We thank everyone for their continued support.

And Now for some news ….

 

Medicare and Chronic Care

On July 19 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would address concerns regarding payment for care provided to patients with chronic diseases. CMS was especially interested in addressing this issue for primary care physicians, who are most often responsible for the care and management of patients with these complex health issues.

CMS envisioned that reviewing the valuation for existing evaluation and management (E/M) visits would accomplish this goal. However, numerous national medical specialty societies were concerned that such a limited review would not address the broader objective of rewarding physicians for improved care coordination.

Consequently, the AMA’s CPT® Editorial Panel and the AMA/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC) created the Chronic Care Coordination Workgroup (C3W) to provide strategic direction to address the adequacy of coding as well as the valuation of care coordination services and management of chronic diseases.

While ensuring that coding and payment systems accommodate care coordination will be a long-term effort, a number of mechanisms are already in place that would allow CMS to begin rewarding such care immediately.

Surf to our Show Notes for links – http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/physician-resources/solutions-managing-your-practice/coding-billing-insurance/medicare/care-coordination.page

 

America’s Lifestyle and Related Health Costs

Lifestyle diseases such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, cancer and depression are costing the American economy $153 billion per year in lost productivity.

Based on data collected via the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, researchers concluded that chronic health conditions such as obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, cancer, diabetes, asthma, depression and recurring physical pain resulted in 449,847,652 days missed from work… and an estimated productivity loss of $153,398,049,221 per year.

This calculation doesn’t include productivity lost when employees show up at work but are less productive because of their poor health.

As well, the Gallup people didn’t speak with part-time workers.

Previous research which included these factors found that America’s chronic lifestyle diseases cost the nation up to $1.1 trillion per year.

Surf to our Show Notes for links – http://www.healthhabits.ca/2011/10/18/americas-lifestyle-diseases-cost-economy-153-billion-year/

 

America’s Eating Habits

Despite fewer super-sized meals, American’s waistlines continue to expand, according to a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

According to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers who conducted the study and examined surveys of daily eating habits over a 30-year period, the number of daily meals and snacks consumed by U.S. adults rose to 4.8 in 2006 from 3.8 in 1977.

Many health professionals say that frequent eating in small doses revs up the metabolism and controls hunger, and is a healthier way of eating than three big meals. However, much consideration must also be given to what and how much you eat over the course of the day — not just how often you eat.

Epidemiologists from the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio reported data showing that diet soft drink consumption is associated with increased waist circumference in humans, and a second study that found aspartame raised fasting glucose (blood sugar) in diabetes-prone mice.

As always, COTs HealthBeat recommends discussing all Dietary and Nutritional recommendations with your Qualified Healthcare provider.

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http://www.uthscsa.edu/hscnews/singleformat2.asp?newID=3861

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/110627183944.htm

 

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