November 16, 2012

More Social Ties = Better Odds

1 Friends, Family Aid Breast Cancer Survival

The number and the strength of a breast cancer patient's social and familial relationships can significantly effect her chances of survival, according to a Kaiser Permanente study of 2,264 women diagnosed with the disease. The survey placed the women into one of three categories based on their social connectedness: socially isolated, moderately integrated, or socially integrated. Researchers found that women in the socially isolated group were 34 percent more likely to die from breast cancer or some other cause than those who were socially integrated, but that the intensity of the relationships could overcome relative isolation. Specifically, women with small social networks but high levels of support were 61 percent less likely to die than those with small networks and low support.

More at Sfgate.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Two Drug Options to Prevent Breast Cancer

Tags: Breast Cancer, Surviving Breast Cancer, Social Ties and Breast Cancer, Friends and Family and Cancer, Kaiser Permanente Cancer Study

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2 Quit Smoking by 40, Live Years Longer

"Lifelong" smokers who manage to quit the habit before they hit middle age can increase their longevity by almost ten years, according to the Million Woman Study, which followed 1.3 million women for an average of twelve years. The study found that smokers who never quit die a decade sooner than non-smokers, but that those who are able to stop smoking at age thirty can expect to live only one month less than non-smokers, thus reducing their premature death risk by a full 97 percent. Smokers who quit at age forty die only one year sooner on average than non-smokers. The study, published in Britain's medical journal The Lancet, also found that even "light" smokers -- meaning less than ten cigarettes a day -- doubled their risk of dying of a smoking-related disease.

More at Telegraph.co.uk | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Workplace Smoking Bans Are Effective

Tags: Quitting Smoking, Smoking and Longevity, Women and Smoking, Smokers Who Quit Live Longer, Smoking and Life Span

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3 Alcohol a Major Calorie Contributor

As the holidays approach, a new report by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics points out that while the focus of weight-control experts has been on calorie-rich soft drinks, the adult U.S. population overall now gets five percent of its daily calories from alcoholic beverages, compared to six percent from sugary sodas and other drinks. On any given day, roughly one in four Americans drink enough alcohol to constitute 16 percent of their total calorie intake, with 19 percent of men and 6 percent of women consuming over 300 calories in the form of alcohol. Adding 150 calories per day to one's diet, the amount in one can of beer, can add 10 pounds to one's weight over a year. Men ages 20 to 39 take in the most daily calories from alcohol (174), women over 60 the least (33).

More at Thedailyjournal.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Teen Alcohol Use Ties to Breast Disease

Tags: Holiday Drinking, Alcohol and Diet, Alcohol and Calories, Alcohol and Weight Gain, Drinking and Overweight, Liquid Calories

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Especially in the South

4 US Diabetes Rates Rise Sharply

The number of diagnosed cases of diabetes rose by 50% or more between 1995 and 2010 according to a new US Centers for Disease Control study that revealed that diabetes rates rose 50% or more in 42 US states and by 100% or more in 18 states. States with the largest increases over the time period are OK, KY, GA, AL, WA and WV. "Regionally, we saw the largest increase in diagnosed diabetes prevalence in the South, followed by the West, Midwest, and Northeast," says lead author Linda Geiss. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95% of all US cases of the disease and it’s widely recognized that it can be prevented or even reversed through lifestyle changes. Until effective interventions and policies to prevent diabetes and obesity are implemented, the rates will continue to rise, say experts.

More at Vitals.nbcnews.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Worldwide Diabetes Stats Continue to Rise

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Diabetes, Lifestyle Changes, Metabolic Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Diabetes in US, Diabetes Rates, Linda Geiss

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