People with type 2 diabetes who have higher-than-average blood sugar levels for over 2–3 months also have lower brain function, according to the Memory in Diabetes (MIND) study published in Diabetes Care (2009; 32 ; 221–26). Researchers used data from the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) trial,
a study of 10,251 people with type 2 diabetes and high risk for heart disease. Investigators found
Are you having trouble getting your sedentary older-adult clients to go for that Sunday walk? Perhaps parting with
a little green might encourage them to take to the nearest path. According to a study published in the March issue of
the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (2009; 36 , 201–7), older adults were more likely to go for a regular
walk if a monetary incentive was offered.
Exercising as little as 3 hours per week may keep the brain healthy, according to a small study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), held last December in Chicago. Older adults who exercised regularly had more cerebral blood flow and a greater number of small blood vessels in the brain compared with their inactive counterparts. Improved circulation may be one of the secrets to preventing cognitive decline.
Mindful forms of exercise—such as gentle yoga, tai chi and qigong—can be helpful to
individuals suffering from chronic pain. If
you teach one of these disciplines, you may want to reach out to people in pain, especially as a recent study found that they are more prone to commit suicide than those without pain.
Are you already communicating with clients via cell phone or e-mail? If not, you might want to start. Numerous studies have shown that social support and individualized feedback are powerful tools for helping people make and keep healthy habits. Recent research presented at the American College of Sport Medicine’s 55th Annual Meeting--held in Indianapolis in May 2008--highlighted the value of e-mail messages for improving attitude, intention and exercise behavior in inactive young adults.
Do you often feel that you have a million things you must do, a thousand things you’d like to do and no time to do any of them? The feeling of having too much on our plate can rob us of the precious energy we rely on. Time management is an essential key to success for any busy wellness professional.
Using brain imaging and chocolate milkshakes, scientists have found that women with weakened “reward circuitry” in their brains are at increased risk of weight gain over time and potential obesity. The risk increases even more for women who also have a gene associated with compromised dopamine signaling in the brain.