Bad Breath, Obesity and Other Health News

by DavalosMcCormack on January 3, 2008

Heavyweight Breath

Just in case you are already struggling with your New Year’s resolution to shed some pounds, here’s something that might help give you an extra incentive. Researchers have found a direct link between obesity and bad breath. In short, the heavier you are the stinkier your breath is likely to be.

The study, from Tel Aviv University, found that people who were seriously overweight were also likely to have seriously pungent mouth odor. They’re not sure why, but say you should add it to the list of other risk factors for bad breath such as eating too much raw garlic and onions, smoking, or just forgetting to brush your teeth.

By the way, bad breath is nothing new. Under ancient Jewish law, in the Talmud, a groom could annul his marriage if he discovered, on his wedding night, that his bride had bad breath. The bride did not have the same right. She could only file for divorce.

Lack of Sleep Can Increase Risk of Diabetes
Getting a good night’s sleep is not only important for your brain, it’s also important for your ability to regulate blood-sugar levels.

Researchers at the University of Chicago Medical Center found that even just a few nights of poor sleep – in otherwise healthy, young adults – can impair the body’s ability to use insulin effectively, and increases the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

The increased risk was as great as putting on an extra 20 to 30 pounds. The researchers say this is another example of the importance of deep, or slow-wave, sleep in repairing and restoring the body.

Wee Benefits From WII
Lots of people got a WII computer game for Christmas. But if they’re hoping the games they play with it are going to help them keep their New Year’s Resolution to be more active, they might be disappointed.

The study was done by the folks at the Research Institute for Sports and Exercise Sciences in Liverpool, England (and with a name like that you have to take them seriously – even if they are studying video games!). They found that playing a game of golf or tennis on the WII system burned just 60 more calories an hour than playing sedentary games on other systems, such as Xbox 360.

Now, it’s better than nothing, but not nearly as good as playing the real thing. The bottom line, even an active computer game is not going to make up for really being active.

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