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WIN 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 { winter 2018 } 7 WANT TO WARD OFF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE? Invest in—and use—a scale. After completing a study that followed 4,700 young adults for 25 years, University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers found maintaining a healthy weight to be the number one way to reduce a person's risk for hypertension. (Other habits studied included not smoking, limiting alcohol, meeting exercise recommendations, and sticking to a healthy diet.) the buzz EVERY 2.2 POUNDS OF EXCESS WEIGHT A PERSON CARRIES MAY CUT TWO MONTHS FROM THEIR LIFESPAN. EVERY YEAR SPENT STUDYING OR LEARNING PAST SCHOOL MAY INCREASE A PERSON'S LIFE EXPECTANCY BY A YEAR. 1 2 3 OVER A LIFETIME, SMOKING A PACK OF CIGARETTES A DAY CAN SHAVE OFF SEVEN YEARS FROM A PERSON'S LIFE. Want to live longer? A research team at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland studied more than 600,000 people from Europe, North America, and Australia and concluded that not smoking, keeping a healthy weight, and continuing to learn are the core lifestyle factors that may help extend your lifespan. Though the findings do not prove cause and effect and study authors point out that genetics play a major role in life expectancy, as well, there are a few key takeaways from their research. Bring on the Birthdays! "Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together." We Need to Talk } } Few topics are as difficult to discuss as cancer, a condition that more than 15.5 million Americans living today have faced, according to the American Cancer Society. Yet communication with family and friends has an enormous impact on the health and healing of cancer patients, say San Diego State University researchers. Following a decade-long study that analyzed in-person and over-the-phone interactions between cancer patients and their families, researchers gathered that people cope with a diagnosis best when they're in frequent communication with loved ones and when they're able to discuss hopes and concerns freely. So how can you best support your friend or family member? Study authors recommend you check in often, stay positive, talk honestly and openly about your own feelings, actively listen, and let your loved one vent about their fears and frustrations. Though it may be tempting, they say you should never avoid discussing the diagnosis or dwell on the negatives. —THOMAS DEKKER (1572-1632), ENGLISH DRAMATIST (TURN TO PAGE 22 FOR MORE ON SLEEP.) take a look:

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