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).
Mind-body techniques that can help with chronic-pain management may be valuable for former military personnel. Forty-four percent of all American veterans returning from Afghanistan or Iraq suffer from chronic pain (pain lasting 90 days or more), meaning it is twice as common among vets as it is among nonmilitary personnel, according to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine (2014; 174 ; 1400–1401; doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.2726).
Whether eating carrots will improve eyesight or consuming spinach will build Popeye-like strength is immaterial to children. In fact, telling them such things as a way of coaxing them to eat certain foods actually repels them, according to a forthcoming study in the October issue of Consumer Research.
Look around your exercise floor. Although there are no outward or telltale signs, it is likely that several of your members or clients have some form of diabetes. It is also likely that many of these people either are unaware of their condition or have difficulty managing and regulating the disorder. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20.8 million pe...
Pilates practice is safe and effective for people with fibromyalgia and may reduce pain and improve functional status and quality of life, according to a study published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2009; 90 , 1983–88). Researchers from the University of Uludag, in Bursa, Turkey, recruited 50 women with
fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and randomly assigned them to either
a Pilates group or a home exercise group.
The effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction [MBSR] in easing pain and improving quality of life and
well-being varies according to the nature of the chronic-pain condition and the consistency of home meditation practice, according to data analysis from a 6-year longitudinal study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research (2010; 68, 29–36).
Have you ever wondered if specific races were more prone to weight gain and the development of type 2 diabetes? A study published in the August issue of Diabetes Care (2009; 32 , 1553–55) showed greater risk for young black and Hispanic women.
Mindful exercise programs—particularly yoga, tai chi and qigong—have played increasing roles in managing a number of chronic-disease states in recent years. By providing mindful exercise programs, wellness professionals can offer vital help in managing several chronic-disease states, including cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes and hypertension. “Mindful exercise” here denotes low- to moderate-level physical exercise coupled with a significant meditative/contemplative and breath work component.