This Week In Men’s Health looks at new information that’ll help keep your ticker ticking.
When last you were here, we discussed a few things and I told you not to mix charcoal in your lemonade and that the jury is still out on prostate screenings. Todays edition of “The Week In Men’s Health” brings you some new and perhaps brings you more titillating and exciting information scoured from the depths of the interwebs, heard on the radio and AS SEEN ON TV! Hold onto that toilet paper and zoom in so you can read carefully. Yes…I know you are probably reading this from the bathroom. It’s OK, we all do it.
Smoking is bad.
We can generally all agree on this simple fact and an entire industry has sprung up around trying to help people quit this vile habit. Patches. Gum. Pills. Hypnosis. The newest entry to the list, E-Cigs, have become somewhat controversial. Without any real testing for safety, vaping has taken the industry by storm. Entire shops now dedicate their business to vaping, which is purported by the industry as a healthier alternative to cigarettes.
All is not as it’s been advertised however. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, e-cig users are between 5 and 15 times more likely to get formaldehyde related cancer than normal cigarette users. These types of cancers have been linked to microwave popcorn abuse (yes, it’s a thing), and has been commonly called Popcorn Lung. In essence, don’t smoke. If you do? Try and quit naturally or with the aid of a doctor prescribed “safe” assist. Vaping, at least until proven otherwise, doesn’t appear to be the answer.
TIME FOR A NEW RESOLUTION!
Every year thousands of people make a resolution for the new year. Some overachievers make several of them. I have to assume that near the top of that list is losing weight and/or getting in shape. I’ve made that resolution a few times myself and failed miserably to maintain it. However, there is some good news to report. You may not have to do anything drastically different to shed a few pounds this year. Turns out altering the way you eat may be just the ticket.
I’m not talking about what you eat or how it’s prepared. Distracted eating has become a problem and is leading to weight gain among the masses. In this age of technologically interconnected life, we rarely disconnect from our devices long enough to eat and it’s affecting our waists. According to a study by Cinzia Pezzolesi, mindless eating causes us to eat more than necessary and leads to weight gain. Who’da thunkit?
Get Off My Lawn!
Happiness is the key to a long and fruitful life. Haven’t we been hearing that since…well…since forever? “Fake it till you make it!” “Just SMILE and it’ll make your whole day better.” Turns out any research supporting this was simply finding a correlation not causation.
Sir Richard Peto and Philipe de Souto Barreto, medical researchers, found that when all things are equal, there is no link between unhappiness and early death. Their findings indicate that poor health led to poor attitude which in turn led to an earlier death. To be proven, of course, their research will have to be duplicated and backed up. However, for the initiates to the grumpy school of life, carry on sirs. And to you young whippersnappers I say, GET OFF MY LAWN!
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