Healthy habits add up to 10 disease-free years to your life, study reveals
“Healthy habits extend disease-free life ‘by up to a decade’,” reports The Guardian. More people are living longer, thanks to the rise in life expectancy. The downside is that more people are living with diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Good sleep linked to lower risk of heart attack and stroke
“Restful night ‘cuts risk’ of heart attack,” reports The Times. Doctors have long suspected a link between unhealthy sleep behaviours and cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease and stroke.
Air pollution may be linked to increased glaucoma risk
“Air pollution linked to condition that causes blindness in major UK study,” says The Independent, as a new study looking at links between exposure to air pollution and glaucoma has been published.
Glaucoma is an eye condition where the pressure in the eyeball builds up. This causes compression and damage to the optic nerve at the back of the eye, which carries signals to the brain.
Less than 6 hours of sleep a night linked to increased risk of early death
“Getting less than 6 hours of sleep could double – or even triple – your risk of dying from heart disease or cancer, especially if you have chronic diseases,” reports Mail Online.
This stark warning is taken from US research that analysed the sleep of around 1,600 adults.
Afternoon naps may lower heart attack and stroke risk
“Taking afternoon naps linked to healthy heart,” reports The Times. A study carried out in Switzerland found that people who had 1 or 2 afternoon naps a week were less likely to have a heart attack or stroke, compared with people who did not nap. However, having more than 2 naps a week was not linked to any benefit.
Social media use in teens linked to cyberbullying and less sleep and exercise
“Facebook and Instagram are damaging children’s mental health,” reports the Sun as a new study suggests there’s a link between frequent social media use and poor mental health and wellbeing in teens.
Researchers analysed data from 12,866 young people aged 13 to 16 in England.
Eating more plant-based foods ‘reduces type 2 diabetes risk’
“Eating more fruit and vegetables can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by almost a quarter,” reports The Independent.
The headline is prompted by a new review that pooled the results of 9 studies looking at the link between how “plant-based” over 300,000 people’s diets were, and their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Does ‘ultra-processed’ food cause earlier death?
“Heavily processed food like ready meals and ice-cream linked to early death,” reports The Guardian.
The headline comes from 2 large observational studies, which found people who ate the most “ultra-processed” food were more likely to have a heart attack or stroke, or to die sooner, compared with those who ate the least ultra-processed food.
The term “ultra-processed food” is generally understood to refer to food that’s gone through multiple food manufacturing processes in order to make it cheap or tasty, or both.
Honey ‘as good as antiviral creams’ for cold sores
“Honey is ‘just as effective at treating cold sores as anti-viral creams’,” the Mail Online reports.
Cold sores are skin infections around the mouth caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). You catch the virus through direct skin contact with another person who has the virus.
Regularly skipping breakfast linked to increased risk of heart disease and stroke
“Skipping breakfast may raise risk of heart disease by up to 87 per cent, study finds,” The Sun reports. This follows a US study that looked at the breakfast habits of over 6,500 adults aged around 50. It then looked to see how many people died overall and the specific cause.