Health and wellness tips for your work and life—presented by Integrated Benefits Group
2 Chronic Conditions That Can Cause Cancer
New research suggests that nearly 6 percent of cancers (792,600 cancer cases) can be at least partly attributed to obesity and diabetes. The study, which was published online on The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology website, states that diabetes and a high body mass index (greater than 25) are both associated with a higher risk of certain cancers and are increasing in prevalence.
Fortunately, Type 2 diabetes and obesity can be prevented with proper lifestyle changes, which include the following:
Maintaining a healthy weight
Eating a healthy diet and limiting your intake of unhealthy foods
Managing your stress
Regularly checking your cholesterol and blood pressure
Visiting your doctor for routine preventive care
Implementing the above prevention tips can help you remain healthy and avoid developing chronic conditions like obesity and Type 2 diabetes, which, in turn, can help lower your risk of certain cancers. For more information, please review the full-text version of the study.
A Common Cold Can Be Contagious for Longer Than You Think
The winter months are commonly associated with decreasing temperatures and increasing cases of the common cold. Typically, symptoms of the common cold come on gradually, and may start with a sore throat or irritated sinuses.
According to Healthline, when you have a cold, you’re contagious approximately one to two days before symptoms start and can continue to be contagious for up to seven days after you’ve become sick. Unfortunately, many people can’t stay home for that long of a time to fully recover. Consider the following suggestions to help avoid becoming ill or passing on a cold to a co-worker, friend or family member:
Wash your hands with warm water and soap often.
Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
Sanitize commonly touched surfaces.
Always cough and sneeze into your elbow—not your hands—to prevent spreading germs.
Avocados: A Legitimately Healthy Food Craze
According to Telsey Advisory Group, a firm focused on evaluating the consumer market, avocado consumption in the United States has quadrupled since 2000. And, unlike many other health food crazes, avocados are actually good for you.
While it is true that avocados contain more calories and fat than other fruits or vegetables (one-fifth of an avocado contains 50 calories and 4.5 grams of fat), they also have many health benefits. Avocados contain heart-healthy unsaturated fat, which can help lower cholesterol. In addition, they are packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber that are part of a healthy diet.