Weekly Health Update:

Mental Attitude: High Blood Pressure in Middle Age May Weaken Brain Later. If you let your blood pressure get 
too high in midlife, you may pay the price of mental decline when you are older. A study involving nearly 14,000 
individuals found that hypertension in those aged 48 to 67 years was tied to a 6.5% drop in mental ability 20 years later. 
JAMA Neurology, August 2014 

Health Alert: Low Income People with Diabetes More Likely to Lose a Limb. Researchers at the University of 
California, Los Angeles, have found that the odds of having a limb amputated are up to ten times greater for diabetics who 
live in low-income neighborhoods. The authors of the study note that the majority of these amputations are preventable if 
these patients are diagnosed and receive proper medical care sooner. University of California, Los Angeles, August 2014 

Diet: Chili Peppers May Reduce Risk of Colorectal Cancer. Capsaicin, the active ingredient found in chili peppers, 
may help reduce colorectal cancer risk. An animal study showed that capsaicin activated a pain receptor in mice that 
reduced tumor development in the gut and extended the lives of test subjects by more than 30%. Further research is 
needed to determine if capsaicin produces similar benefits among humans. 
The Journal of Clinical Investigation, August 2014 

Exercise: Survival More Likely with Exercise-Related Cardiac Events. According to new research, individuals who 
have a cardiac arrest during or shortly after exercise are three times more likely to survive (45% survival rate) compared 
with those who have a cardiac arrest that is not related to exercise (15% survival rate). Lead author Dr. Arend Mosterd 
writes, "More research is needed to determine why, after taking into account favorable factors such as age, location of the 
event and initiation of CPR, persons who exercise during or shortly before having a cardiac arrest still have a better 
prognosis than people who have a cardiac arrest that is unrelated to exercise." 
European Society of Cardiology, August 2012 

Chiropractic: High Satisfaction. Using survey responses from nearly 500 patients from chiropractic clinics throughout 
Australia, researchers found that nearly all patients (97.5%) were satisfied with their care and would seek chiropractic 
services again in the future. About seven out of ten (68.7%) sought chiropractic care for a musculoskeletal injury and 
21.2% did so for general health purposes. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, May 2014 

Wellness/Prevention: Older Women May Benefit from Mammograms. The results of a new study indicate that 
women who are age 75 and older may still benefit from routine mammograms; however, not all experts agree with this 
finding. Guidelines from organizations such as the United States Preventive Services Task Force claim there isn't enough 
evidence on routine mammograms for older women while the American Cancer Society recommends that women 
continue to have mammograms annually as long as they remain in good health. The study found that breast cancer 
survival was about 10% better in women over 75 years old whose cancer was detected early during a routine mammogram 
versus those whose cancer was detected later. Radiology, August 2014 

Quote: “To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.” 
~ Tony Dorsett 

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