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 Article 194
    Published on May 22, 2017

Longer And Healthier Senior Years For Those With Good Heart Health In Middle Ages

A 40-year long study by researchers and funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Bethesda, MD, United States shows those individuals who are with no major heart disease risk factors and with good cardiovascular health during their middle ages will have delayed onset of number of diseases and they stay healthier and live longer compared with those individuals with heart disease risk factors in their middle ages. Researchers used data from Chicago Health Association study which contains the initial assessment of individuals during late 1960's or early 1970's. The researchers used Medicare health records for follow up studies.

In the study, researchers compared risk factors to heart diseases such as smoking habits, high blood sugar levels or diabetes, hypertension or high blood pressure levels (BP) and high cholesterol levels. Researchers found 17,939 participants who reached 65 years of age without chronic illness. They divided the individuals into two group, one group contains individuals with two or more high-risk factors in their middle ages and another group of individuals with no risk factors in their middle ages. Then researchers compared current health conditions between two groups and found that those individuals with favorable health factors were

  • They had 22 percent less chronic illness in their senior years
  • Chronic illness developed in them after 4.5 years
  • They had on an average 3.9 years longer life
  • They saved about $18,000 in medical costs

In heart disease comparison, they compared 18,714 participants with all favorable health factors and reached 65 years of age without a heart attack, congestive heart failure or stroke. The study results show their health conditions during their senior years as

  • They had 46.5 percent fewer heart diseases incidents during their senior years
  • They lived 6.9 years longer without heart disease incidents during their senior years

The above results show following heart-healthy lifestyle keeps an individual healthy and live longer. Authors say health care professionals should educate young adults about the health benefits they are going to get later in their life if they follow a healthy lifestyle. The study findings were published in the journal Circulation.

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New Diabetes Contact Wearable Lens Solves Comfort And Vision Issues

Glucose levels in tears rise and fall with respect to sugar or glucose levels in the blood. Researchers have developed contact lenses fitted with sensors to measure glucose levels in tears. These devices were less invasive and painless but there are wearability and comfortability issues. Electrodes were thicker and opaque and they were obstructing vision.

Researchers from the Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea and the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Ulsan, South Korea have done pioneering research and developed innovative contact lenses to monitor sugar or glucose levels with a new sensor made with transparent and flexible materials. This new technology solved previous wearability, comfortability and vision issues associated with sugar monitoring contact lenses. The sensor is made with flexible and see-through materials. The newly developed lenses were tested on rabbits and found no abnormal behavioral problems with them. The study findings were published in the March edition of the Nature Communications journal.

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