Meat, Marriage and Gas Prices – It's all News to You

by DavalosMcCormack on March 24, 2008

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From the Vegetable Counter

If you are what you eat, then a new study suggests that men are meatheads, and women are fresh and fruity.

The research, presented at the 2008 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, Georgia, is based on a survey of the eating habits of more than 14,000 Americans. It found that, in general, men are more likely to report eating meat and poultry, especially duck, veal and ham. In contrast women are more likely to report eating fresh fruits and vegetables, especially tomatoes, carrots, strawberries and apples.

Why would a conference on infectious diseases care about gender differences in diet? Well, by understanding what kinds of foods appeal to what kinds of people, the researchers say they’ll be better able to target strategies aimed at improving health habits, such as getting people to be aware of foods that may increase their risk of, say, salmonella. In this case the research showed that men are more likely than women to eat undercooked hamburger and runny eggs; while women were more likely to eat alfalfa sprouts.

Being Happily Married is Good For Your Blood Pressure

If you want to reduce your blood pressure then get happily married. That’s the finding of a study by a professor at Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City (and no polygamy jokes please!).

Prof. Julianne Holt-Lunstad got 204 married and 99 single adults to wear portable blood pressure monitors for 24 hours. She found that men and women in happy marriages scored four points lower on blood pressure measurements than unhappily married folks or singles. That was true even if the singles had a supportive, social network.

The research also showed that the happily marrieds blood pressure dipped more during sleep than it did for singles. That’s important because people whose blood pressure remains high during the night are at increased risk of heart disease problems.

Higher Gas Prices Could Save Your Life
Next time you are having to take out a bank loan to fill up your car, don’t complain, it could be saving your life.

A study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that higher prices at the pumps could lead to dramatic reductions in the number of people dying in car crashes and from air pollution.

It makes sense really. Higher prices mean fewer people are going to be driving, or at least driving as little as possible. Fewer drivers mean less likelihood of accidents, and less pollution so less breathing and respiratory problems.

Of course that’s little consolation to you if you have to drive for a living or need your car to get to and from work

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