A Tufts University study led by Adela Hruby, PhD, MPH, has found that healthy people with the highest magnesium intake were 37% less likely to develop high blood sugar or excess circulating insulin, common precursors to diabetes.
Among people who already had those conditions, those who consumed the most magnesium were 32% less likely to develop diabetes than those consuming the least.
The second association held true even when researchers accounted
for other healthful factors—such as fiber—that often go along with magnesium-rich foods.
A new study involving more than 11,000 people has added to the growing body of evidence that regular exercise can reduce depressive symptoms, suggesting it may even provide a preventive benefit. People who were active three times per week reduced the odds of being depressed by 16%, according to findings in JAMA Psychiatry (2014; doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.1240).
Encouraging news for those with scoliosis, and valuable information for yoga and Pilates instructors who have clients with scoliosis: Regularly performing a yoga side-plank pose on the convex side of the primary curve can significantly reduce the curve’s angle in people with scoliosis, according to research published in Global Advances in Health and Medicine (2014; 3 , 16–21; doi: 10.7453/gahmj.2013.064).
Depression is an independent risk factor for heart disease, but little research has been done to determine whether treatment
of depression impacts the likelihood of cardiovascular diseases. Researchers from Indiana University-Purdue University, in Indianapolis, decided to evaluate whether depression treatment delivered before the start of clinical cardiovascular disease could reduce the risk of an event like heart attack or stroke.
The term orthorexia nervosa (ON), referring to an obsession with dietary virtue, has become increasingly common since it was coined just over 10 years ago. Steven Bratman, MD, initially introduced the term in an article in the October 1997 issue of Yoga Journal, as a somewhat “tongue in cheek” way of describing an unhealthy obsession with healthful eating (Bratman 1997; Mathieu 2005).
It’s often said that good health begins in the gut, an aphorism that is well supported by two studies published in the August 29 issue of Nature (2013; 500, 541-46). In short, individuals with low bacterial richness in their gut have more obesity and inflammation--and weight loss can improve the richness of their bacterial genes.
A unique holistic program that incorporated cognitive exercises with mind-body activities has helped to improve quality of life for a small group of patients with dementia.
Program developers from Teesside University in Middlesbrough, England, created “Happy Antics” to determine the feasibility and acceptance of a holistic exercise program among people with dementia. Holistic exercise is defined as the combination of physical exercise with a wellness approach that includes physical, emotional, intellectual, social, environmental and spiritual dimensions.