Taking Supplements Makes You Die Young
Wait a moment before you pop that multivitamin! Did you know that your supplements could be making you die young?
Well ok. Not ‘die young’ exactly, but ‘die slightly younger on average’ just isn’t as clickable is it?
Research from the Iowa Women’s Health Study published in the Jama Internal Medicine journal has found that for older women taking dietary supplements was actually associated with a slight increase in their risk of mortality.
The reasons for this are unclear. Although the study’s authors did try to account for many factors that might be responsible for this difference, they could not say for certain what was causing this difference in mortality.
One explanation is that women who were already ill, were more likely to take supplements that healthy women. Or it’s possible that the supplements themselves were to blame.
Doctors already advise smokers not to take beta-carotene supplements, because it can raise their risk of developing lung cancer.
Most people are not aware that it is actually possible to overdose on certain supplements. Fat-soluble vitamins like Vitamin A are more likely to cause a problem in this regard. This is because when they get stored in body fat, unlike excess water-soluble vitamins which tend to just get peed out.
Taking more that the recommended daily intake amount of vitamins and minerals puts pressure on the kidneys and liver, and in some cases can even lead to permanent organ damage.
In general most doctors and dietitians recommend that people eat a varied and balanced diet, instead of relying on supplements.
Poor Sleep Makes You Die Young
Another thing to keep you up at night! Not getting enough sleep might just make you die young.
Researchers have shown that people who go to bed late are at greater risk of dying prematurely, compared to people who prefer to get an early night.
A study from University of Surrey, UK surveyed more than 430,000 people over a 6.5 year period. People who reported that they preferred a late night to an early morning were 10% more likely to die over the course of the study, than those who liked getting up with the lark.
The early bird gets the worm, while the night owl ends up as worm food.
It’s possible that people who prefer a late night in general live less healthy lifestyles than those who are early risers. After all, sex, drugs and rock and roll are typically a nighttime occupation.
But it could be that people who go to bed late, simply get less sleep than morning people.
If your body clock is telling you to stay up until the wee hours, while your alarm clock demands you get up at dawn you may not getting enough rest to keep your body well.
Too little sleep makes us more susceptible to infectious diseases. It may also be related to aging and neurodegenerative illnesses like Alzheimer’s.
Make sleep a priority and you can safeguard your health without even having to get out of bed.
Only Speaking One Language Makes You Die Young
You should have paid more attention in Spanish class. Too late… now you’ll die young.
Researchers from the University of Angyang, China found that adults who were fluent in two or more languages lived on average four years longer than their monolingual counterparts.
They also reported lower rates of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of age-related decline in brain power.
The study didn’t distinguish between those who had grown up bilingual or those who had learnt a second language as adults, but there are known advantages to learning new languages later in life.
In a study carried out in 2016 at the University of Wigan, Nebraska looked at 75 adults over the age of forty who were in enrolled in a six-week long beginner’s Italian class. At the end of the six weeks the Italian learners had lower blood pressure, reported better sleep and greater over all wellbeing than those in the control group.
Driving Short Distances Makes You Die Young
Perhaps this one is intuitive, when you think about it.
But researchers have found that people who regularly hop in the car for short journeys, die younger than those who walk to shops for their pint of milk.
Not because they’re getting into more auto accidents.
But because people who regularly chose to walk, rather than drive on average wrack up more steps per day than those who get behind the steering wheel.
We know that a sedentary lifestyle and a lack of exercise is associated with poor health, but it’s easy to overlook the little ways in which our decisions contribute to too much time spent sitting.
You don’t have to be slumped in front of the TV or hunched at your desk to be sedentary. Sitting behind a steering wheel is still sitting. Just because the car’s moving, doesn’t mean that you can say the same for yourself.
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