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Carrot Compound May Reduce Hip Fracture Risk

Posted Jan 08 2013 10:08pm

Plant carotenoids are a primary source of provitamin A, and previous research suggests that people who consume diets rich in carotenoids may have a lower mortality from chronic diseases.  Food sources of carotenoids include carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, collard greens, papaya, bell peppers, and tomatoes.  Researchers from the National University of Singapore (Singapore) analyzed data collected from 63,257 men and women enrolled in the Singapore Chinese Health Study. The team identified a total of 1,630 incident hip fractures.  Analysis revealed that in the men, hip fracture risk decreased with increasing intakes of total vegetables, and of total carotenoids – particularly beta carotene.  As well, in that low body mass index (BMI) was found to be a strong risk factor for hip fracture risk among the male subjects, the researchers observed that the protective effect of carotenoid consumption was higher in lean men than in men with higher BMI.

Dia et al.  Presentation at International Osteoporosis Foundation 3rd Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting, 13-16 December 2012.

  
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#103 - Is the Bed to Blame?
The bed is not merely a home furnishing, it is an integral part of your sleep environment:

  If you share a bed, both of you may sleep best in a king-size bed, particularly if your bed partner is prone to tossing and turning or has restless leg syndrome. Two adults in a double- or queen- size bed have as much horizontal space as a baby does in a crib!

  A properly selected and maintained mattress provides positive resistance to the sleeper’s body weight. Goldilocks was right:

  A mattress that is too firm will not provide even body support, tending instead to support only at the body’s heaviest parts (shoulders and hips).

  A mattress that is too soft will not keep the spine in proper alignment with the rest of the body. As a result, your muscles will work throughout the night to straighten the spine, leading to aches and pains in the morning.

  Rotate your mattress and turn it over every 2 to 3 months to reduce sags, imprints, bumps, and valleys.

The foundation part of the bed (box spring) extends the life of the mattress. It absorbs the major portion of the stress and weight placed on the sleep surface.
 
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