House Calls

SPR 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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the buzz Are You an Apple or a Pear? New research reveals how body shape can impact your heart health Y ou likely know your body shape—whether you're considered an apple, meaning excess fat is stored around your waist, or a pear, meaning you carry extra pounds on your lower half. But did you know that your silhouette has implications on the health of your heart? New research from The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford reveals that people—women, especially—who are classified as an apple are at increased risk for experiencing a heart attack than those who are considered a pear. Researchers analyzed data from roughly 500,000 people in the UK and found a woman's waist-to- hip ratio to be an 18 percent stronger predictor of heart attack risk than her body mass index (BMI); among men, the waist-to-hip ratio was a six percent stronger predictor than BMI. The new findings back up previous research on the danger of visceral fat, or excess intra-abdominal adipose tissue that surrounds the organs. For example, the World Health Organization cites that women with a waist measurement of 34.5 inches or more and men with one of 40 inches or greater may be at increased risk for metabolic conditions like diabetes. For people who are prone to packing on pounds around the midsection, researchers stress the importance of understanding this association. Locals Helping Locals As those who have faced a cancer diagnosis know, meaningful, helpful, and practical support can come from people who have battled the same disease. CanCare taps into the power of been-there-done-that support by connecting cancer survivors and caregivers with people in their community facing a fresh diagnosis. The need for this type of support is substantial: Americans' lifetime cancer risk is one in two for men and one in three for women, and roughly 77 South Carolinians receive a new diagnosis each day, per the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. The local chapter of CanCare is seeking new volunteers, with three training sessions available annually. To get involved (volunteers must have completed cancer treatment at least six months prior) or to learn more about the program, contact Lynn Joye at (843) 991-7502 or lynnjoye@comcast.net. Try this! TO BOOST YOUR MOOD Work turmeric into your daily diet. A January 2018 study by researchers at UCLA found that daily consumption of curcumin—the bright yellow chemical found in turmeric root— boosted both mood and memory among participants. 6 { spring 2018 } h o u s e c a l l s

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