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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h o u s e c a l l s { spring 2018 } 7 HEALTH MYTH: Self-depricating humor is a sign of low self-esteem. TRUTH: After holding a study that looked at the humor styles of more than 1,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 65, researchers at the University of Granada in Spain recently found self-deprecating humor to be associated with high psychological well being and happiness levels. So go on—crack those jokes! the buzz A 2015 ARTICLE IN THE JOURNAL OF SOCIAL AND PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS REPORTS SINGLES ARE MORE LIKELY TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH—AND GIVE OR RECEIVE HELP TO—PARENTS, SIBLINGS, NEIGHBORS, AND FRIENDS, THAN THOSE WHO ARE MARRIED. EUROPEAN RESEARCHERS FOUND THAT SINGLES TEND TO HAVE A LOWER BMI THAN ADULTS WHO ARE MARRIED, PER A 2015 ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE JOURNAL SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE. 1 2 3 A 2004 STUDY OF MORE THAN 13,000 AMERICANS FOUND THAT SINGLE MEN EXERCISED AN AVERAGE OF EIGHT HOURS AND THREE MINUTES EVERY TWO WEEKS COMPARED TO FOUR HOURS AND 47 MINUTES AVERAGED BY MARRIED MEN. A 2017 report from the Pew Research Center revealed that more Americans are single than ever before, with 42 percent living without a spouse or partner, compared to 39 percent in 2007. While there are some health benefits associated with coupling up (research shows that married folks have a lower risk for depression and tend to recover better after surgeries than non-married peers), there are noteworthy benefits of staying single, as well. The Health Perks of Staying Single "Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master."—CHRISTIAN LOUS LANGE (1869-1938), NORWEGIAN HISTORIAN, TEACHER, AND POLITICAL SCIENTIST } } take a look: A sobering new statistic has been added to drinking's cache of cons: researchers at the University of Toronto's Center for Addiction and Mental Health recently found heavy drinking to be the number one risk factor for dementia. Study authors analyzed records from more than one million French adults gathered between 2008 and 2013. During that time, 57,000 people were diagnosed with dementia. In addition to dementia diagnoses, researchers looked for known risk factors for the disease, including a history of smoking, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, hearing loss, a low level of education, and signs of alcohol abuse (such as liver disease or an injury incurred under the influence of alcohol). Drinking- induced ailments rose above all others as being the strongest risk factor for dementia—early- onset cases of dementia, especially—with nearly 60 percent of people with dementia having an alcohol- related condition on their records. Researchers explain that heavy drinking is considered consuming an average of four or five drinks daily for men and three alcoholic beverages daily for women. Alcohol's Effect on Your Brain

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