How To Lose Weight But Not Your Mind – and other news

by DavalosMcCormack on March 23, 2008

A few more reasons to lose weight and quit smoking

You might think that a journal called General Hospital Psychiatry was an up close and personal look at the stars of the popular day time soap. You might think that. But you’d be wrong. It’s actually a rather learned medical journal and in the latest issue it reports that people who suffer from depression are much more likely to be overweight or obese, and to smoke.

The researchers looked at data from more than 20,000 people in 38 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands – though the latter two may just have been an excuse for a quick holiday!

Anyway, when they got back they found that people who either were depressed or had been depressed were 60 percent more likely to be obese and twice as likely to smoke, compared to people who were not depressed.

Depression, obesity and smoking is a triple whammy for heart disease and other serious health problems. Somethings gotta give, and unless people make lifestyle changes, it could be your heart that gives first.

Obesity limits motion and mobility after knee surgery

As if that last study wasn’t enough to send you into a tailspin of depression, here’s some more grim news. Being overweight or obese can really hurt your recovery from knee surgery.

The researchers, who reported their findings at the 75th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (hey, that’s how they spell it), found that the greater a person’s BMI or Body Mass Index (the relationship of your weight to your height) the less the range of motion they would have after knee surgery. That means a longer recovery, more physical therapy, and probably more pain than you would experience if you were a lower BMI.

This is not surprising if you realize that losing one pound of weight can reduce the pressure on your knees by four pounds. So, putting weight on also increases the stress and strain on your joints by an equally large amount.

Anti-Flu drug Could help you lose your mind

Here’s a fun item. Apparently the FDA is getting the makers of the anti-flu medication Tamiflu to put stronger warnings on their product because is has been linked to delirium and abnormal behaviour that can lead to self-injury, and even death.

Lovely eh! The label already reads; “People with the flu, particularly children and adolescents, may be at increased risk of seizures, confusion, or abnormal behavior early during their illness.”

Now these cases are rare. But really, is that something you want to be putting into your system? If you have the flu you already feel crappy enough, and the idea that you would then be adding something that could warp your mind is not going to help you sleep better is it.

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