This Chart Shows You How You’ll Probably Die

Wondering how you’re most likely to die? Skip the online quizzes and morbid daydreaming, and sate your curiosity with this grim government chart.

Source: This Chart Shows You How You’ll Probably Die

I just got my genetic testing back, so I have all kinds of new, way more exotic stuff to worry about. 😀

Standing Can Also Be Bad For You, Says Scientist Studying Desk Set-up

If there’s anything scientists know about the best type of desk for an office worker’s long-term health, it’s that they don’t really know anything, according to a new analysis of the scientific literature on the matter.

After closely examining 20 of the highest quality studies about workplace interventions to reduce sitting time, which include standing, pedaling, and treadmill desks, researchers concluded that there simply isn’t enough data to say whether any of the alternatives are better that just plopping in front of a standard desk.

Source: Standing can also be bad for you, says scientist studying desk set-up

You know what happens when you stand up for too long?  Varicose veins…

You’d think we’d know by now that “everything in moderation” was some smart advice. We’re designed to work *and* rest. Not one or the other.  Obviously, the solution is to design a keyboard that runs around on its own, for which you have to hunt and throw spears at to type.

The Man Who Wants to Beat Back Aging

On a blazingly hot morning this past June, a half-dozen scientists convened in a hotel conference room in suburban Maryland for the dress rehearsal of what they saw as a landmark event in the history of aging research. In a few hours, the group would meet with officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a few kilometers away, to pitch an unprecedented clinical trial—nothing less than the first test of a drug to specifically target the process of human aging.

Source: The man who wants to beat back aging

Metformin is a standard medication for diabetics, taken by millions since 1957.  One would think its anti-ageing powers would have been revealed by now…  They give no logic behind how they arrived at the 120 year lifespan.  I can only assume they extrapolated from worm and certain mice strain models – this methodology has been shown to be extremely flawed.

Research Says Your Body Shape Could Be Worse for You Than a High BMI

Your body mass index (BMI) is a helpful tool to measure how under- or overweight you are—but may be of little use when it comes to determining potentially serious health risks. Researchers have found that individuals with a normal weight BMI, but a higher waist-to-hip ratio, face a higher risk of death—especially death from a cardiovascular disease.

Source: Research says your body shape could be worse for you than a high BMI

I’ve never been a fan of BMI because it generalized too much to have any real value.  The waist/hip ratio is better, but I’m still concerned about false positives.  Body fat percentage is notoriously subjective, the experience for determining the percentage can be harrowing for those who are in the double digits… But I still can’t help but think it’s a personal and better assessment of health with respect to what the study provides for implications of body fat.

It’s a fine line to cross before it becomes fat shaming (which doesn’t work).  But it is about preventative measures to minimize load on the health care system.  Everybody wins when it works.

Deleting Genes Could Boost Lifespan by 60%

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.

Source: Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

Don’t get excited just yet – they’ve only done this with yeast.  But claim the genes deactivated were specifically mammalian related.  Not even mice yet…

Study: Testosterone Replacement Therapy Increases Longevity In Men

Older men whose low testosterone is restored to normal through gels, patches, or injections have a lower risk of heart attack, stroke, or death from any cause, compared to men who are not treated, scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have found.

Source: Testosterone replacement therapy may help men live longer

It wasn’t that long ago that I posted an article about the experimental treatment of administering testosterone.  The sample size and number of years is impressive – this isn’t a case of 100 or less being sampled.  What I have not been able to find is what the “acceptable level” is…

I, and I’m sure most medical professionals would agree, suggest pursuing natural means of raising testosterone levels before going for medication.

Good News Unmarried Couples – Cohabitation is Good for You

In healthcare professions, it’s common knowledge that married people have better overall health and lower mortality than their unmarried peers. However, a new study published in AJPH indicates that adults who are cohabitating have midlife health outcomes that are similar to adults in formal marriages. So in terms of the benefits specific to marriage, we can probably strike “longer, healthier life” from the list.

Source: Good news for unmarried couples—cohabitation is good for you

This comes on the heels of the news about how sick families with children get.  So it’s healthy to live with others, to a point 😉

Peppers in Diet Linked to Lower Risk of Death

Eating spicy food frequently is linked to a lower risk of death in a Chinese study, adding heat to the debate on whether people should eat chilies for health benefits.

The study involved 487,375 people aged 30 to 79 across China. Half were followed for 7.2 years. Over the study period, there were 20,224 deaths.

Those who said they ate spicy food once or twice a week showed a 10 per cent reduced overall risk of dying, compared with people who ate spicy foods less often.

…In the study, the association was stronger among people who didn’t drink alcohol.

Source: Chili peppers in diet linked to lower risk of death

The article doesn’t mention that peppers are generally a source of calcium (though not much good without vitamin D to process it if you aren’t going outside), and vitamin C, folate, and iron. No vitamin K to speak of.  What makes up the rest of the diet is also important, but the article is extremely vague (or potentially misleading) as chili peppers are a particular type vs habanero, jalapeno, bell…

Eat healthy, exercise regularly, die anyways 😉

How Altitude Sickness Affects Your Body And How You Can Beat It

Altitude sickness can make you dizzy, nauseous, and, in extreme cases, can even kill you. All of us at IndefinitelyWild have experienced it. Here’s what we’ve learned and how you can minimize its symptoms.

Source: How Altitude Sickness Affects Your Body And How You Can Beat It

Definitely something I wanted to learn about, but give the risk factors for high altitude edema (pulmonary and cerebral) – I don’t think anyone’s doctor will condone such activity for those of us on blood thinners.  Stick to GoPro footage 😉

Runners Aren’t Necessarily Healthier Than Walkers

There was a time when the optimal exercise speed was however fast you had to run to get away from a saber-tooth tiger. Even today, in much of the developing world, people exercise through activities such as farming and fetching water that are necessary for survival.

Source: What’s the Optimal Speed for Exercise?

Not the first time I’ve posted news like this

What if you want the cardio without the high impact? SWIM!  But nothing beats walking/running when it comes to barrier to entry.