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For a longer life, your waist size should be half your height

September 8th, 2014 No Comments

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Can waist size determine your longevity?

In the news this week: a new study by City University London has reported that a simple measurement around the waist can help determine if you will live to an average age. If your waist size is at least half your height, you should live to the average life expectancy–about 81. If your waist size is over half, you’re at risk of losing months or years, depending on your age, gender, and waist size.

How to measure your waist: without breathing in, measure between your lowest rib and hip bone.

One of the researchers, Dr. Margaret Ashwell, advises people to use the waist measurement/height method rather than BMI (Body Mass Index). She believes it’s a more reliable predictor of poor health and obesity.

Whether you use BMI or waist measurement, being overweight isn’t good for you or your older loved one’s health. Take time each day to do at least 150 minutes per week of moderate activity. Moderate activity includes walking quickly, swimming, house cleaning, etc.

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Yum! Two cups of hot cocoa per day is good for seniors’ brains…

August 8th, 2013 No Comments

Help combat mental decline by drinking hot chocolate

A recent report showed that older people who consumed two cups of hot chocolate a day over a month’s time tested better on memory and thinking tests than seniors who didn’t drink the hot cocoa. What caused them to do better? Apparently, drinking cocoa increases blood flow in the brain, which can lead to improved cognitive skills. Chocolate has been shown to have other health benefits as well. Dark chocolate, especially, has been linked to lowering blood pressure, lowering stroke risk, and lowering cholesterol levels. While this chocolate study is encouraging, doctors warn people under NJ elder care to continue exercising, eating healthy diets, reading, and keeping socially and mentally active.