Fremont Area Medical Center

SUM 2013

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H E A L T H C E N T R A L D I E T Sleep on it T he more varied your diet is, the more likely you are to get a good night's sleep. In fact, particular foods and beverages may even influence your shut-eye quality, according to a study recently published in the journal Appetite. For example, people who experience very short sleep—defined as less than five hours a night—drink less tap water and eat fewer carbohydrates than those who sleep longer. Those who are long sleepers—nine or more hours a night—don't consume foods rich in theobromine, which is found in chocolate and tea, according to the study. The new study included research data from the 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Sleeping seven to eight hours a night is linked to better overall health and wellbeing, say researchers. • Dollars for dieters Green label blues Stop nagging and start paying if you want a loved one to lose weight, suggests a recent study from the Mayo Clinic. People who were offered a financial incentive to slim down are more likely to adhere to a weight-loss program than those who don't receive a payout, according to the research, which involved 100 adult volunteers divided into four groups. Two groups received no inducements to diet, while dieters in the other two groups were given $20 in each month when they lost four pounds but had to pay a penalty of $20 a month when they failed. People who were in the incentive groups were more likely to stick with the one-year experiment even when they had to pay up. In addition, these dieters lost four times as much weight as those who were not offered monetary rewards. • When you see a green-colored calorie label, you may assume that signifies a healthy product. But sometimes yellow for caution might be a more appropriate choice of hue. $ $ SPI RIT O F WOM EN $ $ S U M M E R 2 013 If the occasional night out with friends leads to excessive drinking, you may have more than a hangover to worry about: Binge drinking is now linked to insulin resistance, which in turn could increase your risk of Type 2 diabetes. The new research published in the journal Science Translational Medicine is based on animal studies, but it's the first to isolate alcohol use from overeating, which often goes along with excessive drinking. Rats were treated with alcohol for three days to simulate human binge drinking, then tested for glucose toler- w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m ance. The alcohol-treated rats showed signs of insulin resistance not seen in control animals. Binge drinking even once a week, for years at a time, could result in long-term harm, say experts. • SHUTTERSTOCK 28 $ $ A new downside to drinking up Consumers tend to associate the color green with good health whether a product is nutritious or not, according to the journal Health Communication. In an experiment conducted at Cornell University, a group of volunteers rated two candy bars for calorie content and healthfulness. One bar displayed calorie information on a green label; the other used a red label. Even when the candy bar offerings contained an identical number of calories, the study volunteers perceived the green label product as being a healthier one. •

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