Previously, a number of studies have suggested that the consumption of added sugar may correlate with a number of diseases. Wayne Potts, from the University of Utah (Utah, USA), and colleagues administered a diet containing 25% added sugar to laboratory mice, observing that the female animals died at twice the rate of animals fed a standard diet; and males were 25% less likely to maintain territory and reproduce. Noting that this added 25% corresponded to an equivalent of humans consuming three cans of soda, the study authors submit that: “These findings represent the lowest level of sugar consumption shown to adversely affect mammalian health.”
Ruff JS, Suchy AK, Hugentobler SA, Sosa MM, Schwartz BL, Morrison LC, et al. “Human-relevant levels of added sugar consumption increase female mortality and lower male fitness in mice.” Nat Commun. 2013 Aug 14;4:2245.
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Tip #192 - Stay Connected
Researchers from the University of Chicago (Illinois, USA) report that social isolation may be detrimental to both mental and physical health. The team analyzed data from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, a nationwide US study involving 3,000 men and women, ages 57 to 85 years. They arrived at three key findings regarding the relationships between health and different types of isolation:
• The researchers found that the most socially connected older adults are three times as likely to report very good or excellent health compared to those who are least connected, regardless of whether they feel isolated.
• The team found that older adults who feel least isolated are five times as likely to report very good or excellent health as those who feel most isolated, regardless of their actual level of social connectedness.
• They determined that social disconnectedness is not related to mental health unless it brings feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Separately, Rush University Medical Center (Illinois, USA) researchers studied 906 older men and women, testing their motor functions (including grip, pinch strength, balance, and walking) and surveying their social activity, for a period of 5 years. Those study participants with less social activity were found to have a more rapid rate of motor function decline. Specifically, the team found that every one-point decrease in social activity corresponded to an increase in functional aging of 5 years, translating to a 40% higher risk of death and 65% higher risk of disability.