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12/11/06

HealthWise at 5 From 12.11

  • NASA Experience

After just ten days in space, astronauts can lose up to 30 percent of muscle mass because they don't use it in zero gravity. In fact, they end up losing bone faster than an elderly woman. So, by the time they reached some far away destination, they would be too fragile to explore. That's why researchers from NASA are working now with the Cleveland clinic to find a better way for astronauts to exercise in zero gravity and saver their bones. "The particular harness that I'm wearing is the prototype that we're developing. It is comfortable. When I'm loaded you can definitely feel the force pulling you down," said Beth Lewandowski, a NASA research subject. Over the next decade, this treadmill device will help design exercise regimens to help prevent bone loss in astronauts. The good news is what they learn along the way will also be helpful here on earth in the fight against Osteoporosis.

  •  Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes usually goes away after a woman gives birth, but a new study indicates a lot of those patients are not getting the follow-up care they need just in case diabetes is still a concern. Researchers studied more than 300 women who had gestational diabetes while pregnant and they found that just 45 percent had glucose testing after they had their babies. Doctors found more than a third of those tested did have abnormal glucose levels even after childbirth. So the take home message here is if you had Gestational Diabetes during pregnancy, be sure to follow up and ask for glucose testing after childbirth.

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