Why Managing Your Health Is So Important-The Research

Hypnotherapy is a very effective method to improve most all of the circumstances that hinder you in achieving your goals of health, happiness and wellbeing!

Everything we think and everything we do affects us in some way, though we may not appreciate it immediately or be able to make the connection later.  Through the advances of technology and the search for causes and “cures” for disease, there is increasing evidence to support that the mind is a powerful influence in all aspects of our health.  Physical health isn’t dictated by purely physical elements, rather it is a balance achieved by positive flow between the physical, emotional, mental, societal and spiritual aspects of our lives.  How we think, what we believe and how we “perceive” our world are major determinants in how our body communicates with our genetic structure and our environment to determine our overall state of wellness.

In the following pages, I will offer you summaries of health related articles and links to these articles if you wish to read them for yourself.  I will update this regularly, so please visit often.

 

WELLBEING

Wellbeing is an actual unit of measurement for health and longevity in studies on population health.  Wellbeing includes mental, emotional and social health as well as physical parameters such as weight or blood pressure.  It factors in chronic illness, sense of opportunity, happiness and stress levels as well as respectful/trusting work environments, safe neighborhoods and access to affordable food, housing and healthcare.  A recent study looked at whether wellness was related to longevity, and as expected, people in lower socioeconomic neighborhoods fared worse than their more affluent counterparts.  However, after the study adjusted for factors like race, poverty and education, there was still a positive association between wellbeing and longevity.  For each increase in wellness, there was an increase in years of live expectancy.

This article not only supports decades of other studies suggesting that reduced stress and happy, meaningful living slows aging and the onset of chronic illness, it also makes the point that there needs to be collective efforts to improve those societal factors that detract from wellness and therefore longevity.

http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/35/11/2075.full

 

EMOTIONAL DISTRESS AND OBESITY

Decades of research studying the impact of childhood emotional distress on health shows a definite correlation between children who live in unsafe homes or neighborhoods and the onset of obesity.  At one time, it was speculated that this was related to lack of exercise and over-eating or poor dietary habits.  Research now shows that emotional distress triggers the stress response and actually changes brain chemistry fosters obesity and therefore, all the health problems that follow, such as Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and bone and joint degeneration.

Research article available on request at patti@sagepaththerapy.com

 

OBESITY AND CANCER RISK

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization recently added eight types of cancer to the five already implicated in obesity related cancers.   Cancers of the stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, ovarian, thyroid, and meningioma and multiple myeloma joined colorectal, esophageal, renal cell carcinoma, breast cancer in postmenopausal women and endometrial cancer in this unfortunate correlation.  Though, science is still trying uncover the mechanism by which obesity contributes to cancer, there is evidence to suggest that it is through chronic inflammation and dysregulation of sex hormones caused by excessive adipose tissue.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/867919

 

Depression or Diabetes—which came first?

Does having diabetes and all the stress of managing the disease cause depression?  Well, yes in some cases it does.  But, does depression lead to or increase the likelihood that a person may develop diabetes? Again, yes in some cases it does.  There is plenty of research to show that dealing with chronic illness may lead to or worsen depression in those who suffer with long-term disease.  Studies also show that the relationship is not unidirectional, that is, one can contribute to the other. Studies shows that there is a relationship between diabetes and depression and that either one can facilitate the onset of the other. The two together then continue on as a sort of never-ending circle of illness and suffering.  Unfortunately, demonstrating the relationship between the two does little to actually determine the cure for either.

Research article available on request at patti@sagepaththerapy.com

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