I like reading about health studies and I lose big chunks of time reading about weird links that have been drawn through studies. Fortunately, I work at IdealShape so they pay me to read about this stuff.
Here’s 5 interesting studies that I’ve read recently that you might find helpful (or not) but I couldn’t dedicate an entire blog post to them.
1. A Long Commute is linked with Obesity and High Blood Pressure
This one isn’t so much shocking and it’s pretty important. You see, if you live more than 10 miles away from where you work then you’re much more likely to have high blood pressure and at 15 miles you’re at greater risk of obesity.
The problem was I couldn’t think of a way to write an article that didn’t make me sound stupid. You see, there are some links to the study with bloggers giving helpful tips like “find a new job!’ or ‘Maybe think about moving?’ and well, that just made them sound a little out of touch. I don’t know about you, but I’m not one to go house/job hunting because it could lower my blood pressure. Seems kind of like moving a mountain to get closer to a molehill. (That’s how that saying goes, right?)
2. Pistachios increase the amount of good bacteria in your body
I like pistachios, but not enough that I’m willing to deal with their shells most of the time. (And unlike peanuts, they just don’t taste the same when you didn’t just rip them from their shells). However in this study they did tests on several different types of nuts and showed the Pistachios increase the levels of good bacteria in your body. And good bacteria, is well, good!
3. If you’ve had a stroke a simple drawing test might show your risk of death from another stroke.
Now if you’ve already had one stroke, you know a lot more about your specific health concerns (hopefully a doctor has enlightened you). But scientists in the UK showed that their patients who failed a simple drawing test were 3 times more likely to die of a stroke later on.
4. Living Closer to a Roadway after A Heart Attack Puts you at Higher Risk of Death.
If you’ve had a heart attack and are living near a interstate roadway, there is a pretty big increase in your chance of dying within the next 10 years. But it’s not all bad news, I mean you could always try to counter it with this study that shows an increase in sexual activity has a great effect on Heart Attack Survivor’s Health.
5. Eating Too Fast Could Increase Your Chance of Diabetes
This one is interest, but they can’t find the root cause of why eating faster would cause the issue. While they couldn’t create a direct cause-effect correlation, they were able to show that when they gathered up 700 people, those with type 2 diabetes were 2.5 times more likely to be the faster eaters.
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