House Calls

SUM 2018

House Calls Magazine is a quarterly publication that focuses on health and wellness. It includes a wide assortment of articles with topics on the latest health and wellness information, nutrition, safety, lifestyles, and more.

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h o u s e c a l l s { summer 2018 } 7 HEALTH MYTH: Cranberry juice helps stave off UTIs. TRUTH: In May, the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence denounced the idea that regular consumption of cranberries or their juice can ward off urinary tract infections, citing a lack of evidence. Instead, they say, if symptoms surface (a common sign is pain or burning when you urinate), drink plenty of water and take over-the- counter painkillers; if they worsen, visit your doctor. the buzz Results from a new nationwide survey by the global health service company Cigna are in and show that close to one out of every two Americans (or 46 percent) regularly feel lonely. More than 20,000 Americans completed the survey, which also revealed that two in five people sometimes or always feel that their relationships are not meaningful, or feel isolated from others. Additional results pinpoint who is feeling most alone, and how that loneliness may affect our health. Feeling Lonely? You're Not Alone take a look: AMONG THOSE WHO REPORTED RARELY HAVING FACE-TO-FACE INTERACTIONS WITH OTHERS, HALF WERE IN POOR TO FAIR HEALTH, COMPARED TO JUST 12 PERCENT OF THOSE WHO SAID THEY HAVE DAILY ENCOUNTERS WITH OTHERS. IS SOCIAL MEDIA TO BLAME? NOT NECESSARILY: LONELINESS LEVELS AMONG THOSE WHO USED IT MOST OFTEN WERE SIMILAR TO THOSE WHO REPORTED NEVER USING SOCIAL PLATFORMS. 1 2 3 GEN Z, OR IGEN (PEOPLE BORN BETWEEN THE MID-1990S AND EARLY 2000S) REPORTED THE HIGHEST RATES OF LONELINESS, FOLLOWED BY MILLENNIALS THEN BABY BOOMERS. "The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life." —WILLIAM MORRIS (1834-1896), ENGLISH TEXTILE DESIGNER, POET, NOVELIST, AND SOCIAL ACTIVIST } } Early birds may score more than worms: A team of researchers recently concluded that those who define themselves as night owls may be at an increased risk for disease of any sort—and have a shorter lifespan—than morning people. They analyzed data from 433,268 people between the ages of 38 and 73, tracking their health habits and cause of death, if applicable, over roughly six and a half years. Participants categorized themselves as either "definite morning," "moderate morning," "moderate evening," or "definite evening" people. After accounting for factors like age, sex, and BMI, the results showed that, when compared to "definite morning" birds, "definite evening" people had a 10 percent increased risk of death. Risk for specific conditions increased among night owls, as well. "Definite evening" participants were twice as likely to have a psychological disorder than "definite morning" types, 30 percent more likely to have diabetes, and 22 percent more likely to have a GI disease. For more factors that contribute to longevity, turn to page 22. A Boon for the Early Birds

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