Many of the everyday things we do can affect our health without us realizing it. Ever wondered about Health threats?
Too Much Sleep
Many people do not get enough sleep, and it is not good for their health. But it’s not good to sleep too much.
A study presented at the American Heart Health Congress found that too much sleep in older women is associated with poorer heart health.
The study found that older women who slept over 9 hours a night had a 13% risk of heart disease over the next decade, compared with 12% of women who slept 7.5 to 8 hours.
Gluten Free Diet
Celiac disease is a rare disease in which gluten triggers an immune response that damages the small intestine. People with this condition should follow a gluten-free diet.
However, gluten-free diets have become popular today, and many believe that not using gluten is healthy. Some also claim that it improves well-being.
They exclude almost all bakery products, cereals, pasta, desserts and many semi-finished products from the menu.
However, nutrition experts believe that these people feel better because they eat others instead of excluded products – more fruits and vegetables, less fast food.
Not because gluten would hurt them. For some people, not using gluten can even be harmful and lead to a lack of the necessary nutrients.
Dietary Soft Drinks
Scientists have found that middle-aged and elderly people who consume dietary soft drinks every day are three times more likely to develop dementia or stroke in a 10-year period.
Previous studies have also linked the link between diet drinks and overweight and diabetes. We associate both overweight and diabetes with circulatory disorders that can affect the risk of stroke and dementia.
Another study found that people who drank at least one dose of a dietary soft drink each day had smaller brain volumes than those who did not drink such drinks at all.
In 2017, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to consumers highlighting the risks of high-dose biotin, one of the B vitamins.
High levels of biotin in the blood can change the results of some laboratory tests, including tests for hormone levels and tests for heart attacks.
The administration claims that such erroneous results have led, at least with Vine, to the death of the victim.
The Institute of Medicine recommends the use of 30 micrograms of biotin per day, but in some supplements it is up to 650 times more.
Prolonged sitting has long been associated with the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Another study in 2015 found that women who sat for over 6 hours a day had an increased risk of breast cancer and multiple myeloma (a type of blood cancer) compared to women who sat for less than 3 hours a day.
We observed no such effect in men, except for overweight men, whose prolonged sitting also increased their risk of cancer.
Another study found that those who sit for a long time have the same risk of premature death as those who smoke or drink a lot of alcohol.
Using A Smartphone
A 2016 study found that adults who use smartphones a lot before going to bed have a harder time falling asleep and sleep worse and for a shorter time than those who restrict their use of a phone before going to bed.
The blue screen light may block the release of melatonin in the brain, making it harder to fall asleep. Another study found that adolescents with telephone addiction have a loss of chemical balance in their brains.
Studies have shown that too much of the neurotransmitter Gamma-amino-butyric acid is released in the emotional area of such adolescents’ brains.
Frequent use of the phone can not only affect the chemistry of the brain but also cause temporary loss of vision. At night, when it is dark around, you may lose your sight for several minutes looking at the phone.
Young people who spend over 2 hours a day on popular social networks are twice as likely to feel socially isolated as their peers who spend less than 30 minutes on social networks.
Social isolation is a feeling when you are not going anywhere, you lack the skills to communicate and build a relationship that gives satisfaction.
It is not yet clear whether young people spend more time on social networks because they already feel socially isolated, or whether this feeling intensifies with the time spent on social networks.
It is possible that we can explain the results of research because the use of social networks limits the time spent on direct contact and may give the false impression that peers have a better life.