Eat Grapes, Feel Better?

Eat Grapes, Feel Better?

Aging is associated with a number of chronic diseases felt to be related to chronic

inflammation and accumulated metabolic stress. Such diseases include, but are not

limited to, diabetes, heart disease, and dementia.

A recent review of the scientific literature has shown how grape-derived products exert

a beneficial effect thereby providing some protection against these conditions.

Improving circulation, reducing abnormal protein deposition in the brain, and

counteracting the body’s production of inflammatory chemicals are felt to be some of

the underlying mechanisms responsible for this.

Resveratrol is the most commonly discussed beneficial grape derivative. However,

there are many others (with chemical names too complicated to discuss here)

Widely available, inexpensive, and easily consumed; why not make a handful of grapes a

part of your day?

Dr. Ronald D. Fudala

Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist

Wildflower Clinician and Board Member

Reference:

K. S. Petersen and C. Smith * Ageing-Associated Oxidative Stress and Inflammation Are

Alleviated by Products from Grapes. Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2016; 2016. Published

online 2016 Feb 29. doi:  10.1155/2016/6236309

Sitting Disease

Can too much time sitting contribute to poor health? Yes, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and various cancers are all associated with a sedentary lifestyle. Most people have heard that 30 minutes of physical exercise each day can improve your health but sitting the remainder of the day is actually very harmful. Current evidence suggests that you are increasing your risk for poor health in a manner comparable to smoking and obesity if you only exercise 30 minutes a day and sit down the remainder of the time.

There is actually a direct relationship to the amount of time spent sitting and health impairments. Rather than track how much time you exercise see if you can track how much time you sit. Do you sit greater than a quarter of the waking hours in a day? What about half the day? Or three/fourths?

We spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer, television or driving. These things are often unavoidable but we must integrate frequent “activity breaks” if we don’t want to suffer from poor health and early death. Try to get in the habit of not allowing yourself more than one continuous hour of sitting. Take frequent breaks by walking down the hall or around the block. Do desk exercises such as squats or vigorous arm movements to simulate running in place. Whenever possible, stand up, take the stairs and park your car further away.

Rather than focus on what we are doing to exercise once a day, try to minimize the time we are sedentary throughout the day.

Eric Chaconas DPT, FAAOMPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Fellow American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy

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The Danger of Unexpected Falls

Falls are one of the major causes of mortality and morbidity in older adults. Each year, an estimated 30-40% of patients over the age of 65 will fall at least once.

In fact, in Florida, unintentional falls are the leading cause of injury or death among residents over age 65 and the 4th leading cause of injury death overall. Falls are also the leading cause of non-fatal hospital admissions in Florida, incurring an average admission charge of over $46,000 per episode.

In addition to death or injuries, and the costs associated with them, falls often have other negative consequences. These include:

  • Forced relocation from the home.
  • Loss of independence.
  • Family stress.
  • Fear of falling again.

Risk assessment is the first step in fall prevention. Among other things, your risk of falling is increased if you:

  • Have fallen previously.
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or dementia.
  • Suffer with weak and painful joints leading to poor balance and stability.
  • Are on multiple medications.
  • Have poor vision or hearing.
  • Live in a home that is cluttered or in disrepair.

It is important to understand that normal aging is associated with declines in strength, balance, conditioning, and postural responses to unanticipated changes.

However, the good news is that many of these natural declines can be slowed and even improved with regular, appropriate exercise and balance training. Several good studies have shown that these programs are not only effective, leading to a better quality of life, but are often simple to implement, allowing people to do them in their homes.

In summary, take steps now to minimize your chances of falling. Talk to your doctor and have your individual risks assessed. If necessary, consider seeing a trained professional to work with you and help you develop an exercise program specific to your needs.

Dr. Ronald D. Fudala

Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist

Wildflower Clinic Board Member and Volunteer Physician

Low Vitamin D May Contribute to Multiple Sclerosis

A recent scientific paper, published online, in the August 25, 2015 issue of PLOS Medicine has shown a link between low Vitamin D and an increased risk of Multiple Sclerosis.

This study looked at individuals with a genetic susceptibility of low vitamin D status and found a very strong relationship between a lifetime of lowered vitamin D levels and an increased risk of MS.”

In recognition of this potentially important factor, the researchers concluded that, “These findings suggest that individuals at high risk for MS, such as first-degree family members, should insure their vitamin D levels are normal.”

Vitamin D deficiency is more common than most people realize.

A study of 5000 people, published in the Jan 2011 issue of Nutr Res found 41.6% of this group to be deficient, with the highest rates of deficiencies seen in African Americans (82.1%), followed by Hispanics (69.2%).

Beyond Multiple Sclerosis, vitamin D deficiency has been associated with many other chronic illnesses. These include, but are not limited to, cardiovascular disease, depression, osteoporosis, auto-immune disorders, fibromyalgia, dental problems, and obesity.

In summary, vitamin D is an important nutrient that should be periodically assessed, and subsequent deficiencies addressed.

Dr. Ronald D. Fudala

Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist