Here's another good reason for regular eye exams. After studying over 3,500 patients who were at least in their 40's, researchers say a simple eye exam may be able to predict who is headed for a stroke. The study in Neurology, says those who had retinopathy, or damaged blood vessels in the back of the eye, were 70% more likely to have a stroke than those without the disease. By the way, the patients in the study did not have diabetes. All the more reason for those who appear to be in good condition to keep a good check on their eye health as well. Apparently, the blood vessels in the back of the eye are similar to those in the brain that are affected by stroke. The study was conducted at University of Sydney in Australia.
Also from the archives of Neurology, adding fish to your diet just one time a week could help protect your mind. That study finds people age 65 and older who ate fish once a week had a 10 percent slower rate of mental decline. The equivalent of being three to four years younger. Fish is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to be important to brain function. Researchers measured their thinking ability every there years of the six year study and adjusted for exercise, medical history, smoking and alcohol.study published in archives of neurology. Study led by researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
You've heard of the freshmen fifteen, a catchy phrase to describe the typical weight gain of a young adult when they go off to college. Turns out, it's not quite as bad as that. A study at Washington University in Saint Louis weighed and measured several hundred freshmen and asked them about their eating and exercise habits. Between the freshman and sophomore year, the average weight gain today is just nine pounds. So, the dreaded, but catchy "freshman fifteen" might better be described asThe freshman "five and four."