Less Bacon and More Nuts: 700,000 Deaths Annually Linked to Unhealthy Diet

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Bacon: the latest craze. Bacon-this and bacon-that, bacon infused with bacon, bacon ice-cream; just about everything you can think of these days has some type of bacon spin off. Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, has reviewed some new research, and has something to say about the latest trend.

So, we’re eating too much bacon. What are we not eating enough of? Nuts! These are types of food habits that new research links with deaths from heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. Overeating or not eating enough healthy foods and nutrients contribute to nearly half of U.S. deaths from these causes.

Good foods that were under-eaten include nuts, seeds, seafood’s that contain omega-3 fats, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Bad foods that were being over-eaten include salt and salty-foods, processed meats such as bacon, bologna and hot dogs, red meats and sugary drinks.

The research that the information comes from is based on U.S. government data showing there were about 700,000 deaths in 2012 from heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The analysis originated from a national health survey that asked participants about their eating habits. The results were published two weeks ago (February 28, 2017) in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

So, specifically bacon and nuts; what’s the deal? The foods and nutrients were singled out because of research linking them with the causes of death studied. Studies have shown that excess salt can increase blood pressure, causing the arteries and heart to work much harder. Nuts contain more fats that can improve cholesterol levels. Bacon and other processed meats contain saturated fats that can raise levels of unhealthy LDL cholesterol.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center we have found that patients who eat healthy recover faster. To schedule an appointment with an expert physical therapist call us at (714) 997-5518.

Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center
1111 W. Town and Country Rd., Ste. 1
Orange, CA 92626
(714) 997-5518

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Spending too much time on your butt? These 3 exercises can help!

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Close-up Of Young Businesswoman On Chair Having Backpain In Office

Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist, is very familiar with pain developed from prolonged sitting. Too much time sitting can lead to muscle atrophy, or shrinking muscle tissue. Also, when you stay in one position for too long, your bones actually press against the muscle and skin in your bottom. This pushes the blood away from your skin. If you stay like this too long, you get what’s called a decubitus ulcer, or bedsore.

On the more extreme side, Mayo Clinic has reported that sedentary lifestyle attributes to nearly 50% increased risk of death from any cause, and 125% increased risk of events associated with cardiovascular disease, such as chest pain or heart attack.

If these statistics are a wake-up call for you, here are three exercises to get you body feeling better!

  1. Crab Hip Hold– Jeremy Frisch, U.S.A.W., owner and director of Achieve Performance Training, says this move is “perfect for zeroing in on all the muscles that don’t see any action when you’re sitting all day: hamstrings, glutes, lower back, and shoulders.”
  2. Resisted Rows– Working over a stack of books or computer all day causes your shoulders to slump forward and your back to hunch. To stretch and strengthen these muscle, check out this instructional guide for rows.
  3. Half Frog Stretch– This yoga pose focuses on the thighs, shoulders, and upper back. These areas are prone to becoming tight after sitting for extended amounts of time.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we have the ability to identify the factors that may be causing pain, and correct them. Our therapists work to understand your activities of daily living to develop personalized exercise programs for you during treatment, home, and work, too.

We develop physical therapy programs for each patient to provide results in an affordable, fun and healing environment. Visit our website WalkerPT.com and call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert and caring physical therapist!

1111 W. Town and Country Rd., Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

Phone: (714) 997-5518


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