We as a country have recently begun the difficult and important conversation about social mobility and intergenerational wealth. A related—though less discussed—problem is that of intergenerational health. It is increasingly clear that our health is powerfully shaped by our own early childhood experiences, as well as by the struggles and triumphs of our parents and grandparents.
This process begins in the womb—and oftentimes before.Read More
Physical activity (PA) has been hypothesized to spare gray matter volume in late adulthood, but longitudinal data testing an association has been lacking. Here we tested whether PA would be associated with greater gray matter volume after a 9-year follow-up, a threshold could be identified for the amount of walking necessary to spare gray matter volume, and greater gray matter volume associated with PA would be associated with a reduced risk for cognitive impairment 13 years after the PA evaluation.
Brain tissue deteriorates in late adulthood, but greater amounts of PA have been hypothesized to spare brain tissue.2,3,19 In support of this hypothesis, we report that walking greater distances was associated with greater GM volume 9 years later.Read More
Ever wonder what life was like 100 years ago? Taking a look at the quality of people’s health in the 20th century may renew your appreciate for life. In 1900, the life expectancy for women was 48 and for men it was 46. Today, women can expect to live to 80 and men to 75. So what really changed between then and now? A whole host of things, but we’ve listed some of the biggies. This infographic takes a look at a few ways that health and medicine have improved since the last century.Read More
A diet high in fried, sweet, and processed foods is not associated with healthy aging, a large cohort study found. Participants on a Western-style diet had lower odds of ideal aging, defined as the absence of chronic diseases and mental health problems, as well as good cardiometabolic, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and cognitive function, according to Tasnime Akbaraly, PhD, of INSERM in Montpellier, France, and colleagues. “Identifying predictors of exceptional health in old age … may provide new insights into optimal levels of established risk and protective factors,” Akbaraly and colleagues wrote.Read More
The office might not seem like a hazardous workplace, but over time sitting in front of your computer can weaken muscles leading to chronic back pain, repetitive strain injuries in the shoulders, elbows, wrists and forearms and hand tendinitis. Here are five must-do stretches that will keep your body happy and healthy even after a long day.Read More