Health News: Hug Me

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Did you know that hugs trigger the release of feelgood hormones like oxytocin, while lowering levels of stress hormones like cortisol? A recent study even showed that women who got more frequent hugs had lower blood pressure and healthier resting heart rates compared with women who weren’t hugged as often. —University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Break the Soda Habit 

Folks who gulp more than three sugary drinks per week have a 46 percent higher risk of developing prediabetes than those people who don’t drink the sweet stuff. —Journal of Nutrition


Sneeze Relief 

More than 1 in 4 people with allergies don’t get treatment. A survey showed that those folks who were untreated or undertreated were more likely to report that allergies diminished their quality of life. If you suffer from seasonal allergies talk to your doctor about options. —International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology



The number of people in the U.S. ages 40 and older affected by glaucoma. —American Academy of Ophthalmology



The estimated number of menstrual cycles the average woman has during her lifetime. —Association of Reproductive Health Professionals



That’s the amount of sunscreen a person needs to apply to protect exposed skin. For the best protection, sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours—or sooner if you’ve been swimming or sweating. —American Academy of Dermatology



The number of times more likely you are to have a stroke if a parent had one before age 65. This compares with someone without a family history of stroke. The best way to reduce that risk is to maintain healthy blood pressure. —American Stroke Association



The number of times more likely you are to develop a cold if you sleep fewer than six hours per night compared to people who get seven or more hours of shuteye. —Sleep


A study found that dieters who recorded all the food they ate daily shed twice as much weight as those dieters who didn’t journal. —American Journal of Preventive Medicine

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