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Unhinged: Stressed out demorats are eating their feelings and drinking heavily to get through mid-terms

From NBC: The midterm elections are turning out to be nearly as stressful as the 2016 presidential election — especially for Democrats.

According to a poll conducted by YouGov and commissioned by the fitness site Daily Burn, Democrats are 50 percent more likely than Republicans to say they’re “eating their feelings” as a result of the current political climate. They’re also drinking more (a 2-to-1 ratio over their GOP counterparts).

The ostensibly good news is that these stressed out Democrats are also working out more, by as much as 40 percent; but even exercise can be overdone.

“I’m seeing some people so stressed at the moment they’re doing two, even three soul cycle classes at day,” Dr. Navya Mysore, a primary care doctor, tells NBC News BETTER. “Exercise is good for you, but too much is not. You [risk] dehydration and your body needs time to rest and rejuvenate.”

What appears to be happening among many concerned voters, is that they’re resorting excessively to the habits that help us de-stress, whether that’s eating, drinking or exercising.

“Depending on how you’re used to dealing with stress, people tend to gravitate toward that habit more,” says Dr. Mysore. “If you had a hard day, you’ll have a glass of wine, so maybe you’re doing that more. Same for people who are stress eaters — they’ll eat more. If you’re more prone to sweat it out when stressed, then you’ll do that more.”

Binging almost always leaves us feeling crummy, even if what we’re binging on is as benign as Netflix (which Daily Burn’s poll found both Democrats and Republicans are doing plenty of in reaction to the fraught political climate).

How do we stop the stress-induced madness? We turned to health experts for practical tips on managing binge-y behavior when stressed. Read the whole story here for the not-so-surprising ways to de-stress.

Even though I blog about politics every day, I have lots of other interests and activities to keep me busy and happy. Plus I don’t have TDS…


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Magic Pill that fights disease and adds years to your life!

Was your new year resolution that of exercising more?
And have you already abandoned your resolution?
Be kind to yourself and forgive yourself. You are only human.
Please watch this video made by a physician. Your life depends on it!
This is what regular exercise does for us:

  • Reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, falls, fractures, type 2 diabetes, and breast and colon cancer.
  • Lowers blood pressure, improves our lipid profile, helps process glucose and insulin.
  • Improves our cognitive function, preventing the frightful Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  • Helps combat and prevent depression.
  • Helps our functional health — being able to do the things we used to do as we get older.
  • Increases life expectancy by 3-5 years.

If there’s a drug that can do all the above, it would be called a Magic Pill and we’d all be taking it.
Regular exercise means as little and as easy as a half-hour walk 5 days a week!
So put on your walking shoes and Take a Hike! 😀

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Take the Brain Fitness Quiz!

Do you know how to keep your brain sharp?

Do you worry about losing your mental sharpness as you age? Alzheimer’s disease is the ultimate mind and memory thief, but there are other forms of dementia, and there’s also garden-variety cognitive decline.
The good news is there are things you can do to keep your brain fit. Are you taking advantage of them? Take this short 6-question quiz to find out how much you know about preserving your mind.

Click here!

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Dementia Can be "Contagious"

Diagram of the brain of a person with Alzheimer's Disease

A diagnosis of Dementia is frightening — whether it’s the afflicted or their adult children.
Dementia (which means “madness” or “without mind” in Latin)   is a serious loss of cognitive ability in a previously unimpaired person, beyond what might be expected from normal aging. It may be static, the result of a unique global brain injury, or progressive, resulting in long-term decline due to damage or disease in the body. Although dementia is far more common in the elderly, it can occur before the age of 65, in which case it is termed “early onset dementia”.
Dementia is not a single disease, but rather a non-specific illness syndrome — a set of signs and symptoms of impaired cognition in  memory, attention, language, and problem solving. Some of the most common forms of dementia are: Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, semantic dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. Less than 10% of cases of dementia are due to causes that may presently be reversed with treatment.
A 2007 study by the National Institute of Health — the first population-based study of dementia to include people from all regions of the U.S. — found that 1 of every 7 older Americans had dementia. Specifically, 3.4 million Americans aged 71 years and older — almost 14% — have dementia, and 2.4 million of them (9.7%) have Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
Is dementia contagious?
Carolyn Rosenblatt, a nurse, attorney and mediator for aging related conflicts, writes for Forbes, March 21, 2011, that Johns Hopkins and Utah State University have been researching the finding that a person is more likely to develop dementia if his/her spouse has dementia.
The Johns Hopkins recent health alert reports:

“One thousand two hundred twenty-one married couples age 65 and older were selected from the Cache County Study on Memory and Aging, a trial that began in 1995. Couples were followed for up to 12.6 years, with a median follow-up time of 3.3 years. Dementia was diagnosed in 255 of the 2,442 participants.

Individuals whose spouses were diagnosed with dementia had a six-fold greater risk of dementia, even after adjusting for other factors, than individuals whose spouses showed no signs of dementia. Husbands had a significantly higher risk of developing dementia than wives.”

What can possibly cause this?  Researchers speculate that the immense burdens of caring for a loved one with dementia, similar diets and people marrying individuals like themselves are possible reasons.
What can we do to prevent dementia?
Although the research is still unclear on this, we do know some  things that seem to be protective. These are:

  • Regular exercise for the body.
  • A Mediterranean diet — a diet low in meats (especially red meat) and high in vegetables, fruits, grains, and “good” oils, such as olive oil.
  • Stimulating exercise for the brain, not just doing crossword puzzles, but brain activities that make our brains work in an organized way — analyzing data like financial spreadsheets and  solving some aggravating problem.

So, it turns out aggravation is good for our brains! That means we regulars on FOTM, aggravated to no end over the state of America, are protected from dementia! LOL
Even the blackest cloud has a silver lining. 😉

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