February 2022 Newsletter

Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day.
Did you know?
  • 30% of all annual flower sales occurs around Valentine’s Day.
  • On average, men will spend about twice as much as women on Valentine’s Day.
  • 58% of Americans say that romantic gestures are more important now than before the pandemic.
Source: WalletHub
Dr. McGee, Patti, Sue, Diane, Pam

Heart attacks may increase cognitive decline
A recent study that looked at 31,377 people over 46 years has shown that cognitive function declines faster in people who have had heart attacks compared to those who have not had a heart attack. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that the decline did not begin immediately after the heart attack, noting that significant mental decline occurred several years after a heart attack.
Lead study author Dr. Michelle C. Johansen stated, “We need to realize that what is going on in the heart and brain are related. Managing risk factors to prevent a heart attack is actually good for your brain as well.”

Changing your diet can add years to your life
Eating healthier could extend lifespan by 6 to 7 years in middle-aged adults and young adults could increase their life span by 10 years by making changes in the common Western diet which contains higher amounts of processed foods, red meat, high-fat dairy products and high sugar foods. A more optimal diet includes legumes, whole grains, nuts and less red meat and processed foods. Researchers also determined that even changing from a Western diet to a diet that is halfway between an optimal diet and the typical Western diet can significantly increase the life expectancy of 20-year-olds.

Low Vitamin D associated with severe covid-19 cases
Individuals with vitamin D deficiencies are more likely to have a severe case of Covid-19. This information comes from researchers in Israel and was published on February 8, 2022. The researchers indicated that vitamin D appears to help bolster the immune system. They stressed that vitamin supplements are not a substitute for vaccines.