Losing Sleep And Health
Treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with continued positive airway pressure (CPAP) reduces early indications of atherosclerosis (“hardening” of the arteries), according to a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 24 men with severe OSA and no other atherosclerosis risk factors were given four months of CPAP or no treatment, and tracked changes in the carotid (neck) arteries and measures of atherosclerosis. Those in the CPAP group experienced significant reductions in arterial thickness and stiffness, along with decreases in C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation associated with greater risk of cardiovascular disease) and catecholamines, compounds that constrict blood vessels and raise blood pressure, the researchers noted.
Look Into Her Mother
WORTH THE SPIT
Your dentist order to “rinse and spit’ may soon playa more pivotal role in your checkup. Canadian dentists noted that when patients swish and spit a solution of salt or baking soda, the saliva sample can be analyzed for levels of white blood cells called neutrophils. High levels signify gingivitis. The test may be available within the next 3 years.
Your Strength To Fight Diabetes
AN ACTION PLAN
Aerobic exercise and resistance (strength) training both help improve blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes, but a combination of the two exercise forms is superior to either type alone, suggests a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers randomized 251 diabetic adults, ages 39-70, to aerobic exercise on treadmills or stationary bicycles, resistance training on weight machines, both exercise regimens, or a sedentary control group. While all three exercise groups saw reductions in hemoglobin A 1c ( a measure of blood-sugar control compared with the control group, those in the combined exercise group experienced even better results, the study authors reported.