Family facts: Reducing your risk of diabetes and more

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Got milk?

Overweight people who drank skim milk with breakfast ate nearly 10 percent fewer calories during lunch than those who didn’t drink milk with their breakfast, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The protein in milk does the trick to make you feel fuller longer.

2 minutes

Leaving the umbilical cord alone after a birth for just two minutes can boost an infant’s iron reserves and prevent anemia for months, according to new research from the University of California. Doctors usually clamp the cord immediately after birth, but will wait if the woman requests it.

Bilingual is better

An Italian study shows that bilingual children are more flexible language learners, which means they tend to recognize new word structures faster than peers who only know one language.

Shopping excuses

Women tend to impulse shop in the 10 days before their periods, according to a new British study of 700 women. Eight out of 10 women surveyed said they shopped to make themselves feel better; researchers believe shopping could be a way for the women to deal with the emotions created by hormonal changes.

Diabetes-free

A new study from Northwestern University shows that women in their 20s and 30s who did the best on a cardio fitness test were half as likely to get diabetes in their 40s and 50s. Doctors emphasize that exercising prevents obesity, which is a major risk factor for diabetes.

Pained words

Can swearing reduce pain? A British study found that people who cursed as they kept their hands submerged in ice water managed to keep their hands in the water longer. Now if only we could explain that to our grandmothers.

45

That’s the percentage of people who listen to their music at full volume, according to the Journal of Pediatrics. While that may help your workout, it will harm your ears. Hearing experts recommend that you listen to music at a maximum of 60 percent volume. You’ll know you’re at the right level if you can still hear background noises.

The insomnia cure  

If you meditate for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day for two months, you’ll be more likely to sleep better at night, according to researchers at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. You’ll also wake up fewer times throughout the night. Since deep breathing eases the anxiety that most likely keeps you up, it’ll lower your blood pressure and heart rate in order to help you have a better night of sleep.

Zap fatigue  

A bunch of cyclists who sipped on a drink containing quercetin (a flavonoid that’s found in plants), were able to bike 13 percent longer before getting fatigued, according to researchers at the University of South Carolina. Want that sort of energy in your day-to-day life?

Eat foods rich in quercetin, such as tomatoes, broccoli and red apples.

Beans, beans …

People who eat at least a half-cup of peas, beans or lentils daily consume less fat and more protein and fiber than those who skip their legumes, according to researchers at Penn State. Sadly, only 8 percent of people eat beans daily, which means most are missing out on a really easy way to lose weight. Plus, the dried version costs only 5 cents per serving and can be added to pasta dishes, dips and salads.