ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Insight on Herbals Eludes Doctors, Patients Alike
Uncover Why Turmeric Helps You Heal
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Safe Toys for Dogs
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Gene Therapy May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Barefoot Lifestyle Has Its Dangers
CANCER
Tanning Beds Shown To Raise Cancer Risk, Study Says
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
CAREGIVING
For Dialysis Patients, More Pills = Lower Quality of Life
Mild Flu Season Coming to a Close
Tainted China Formula Caused High Rate of Kidney Stones in Kids
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
DIABETES
Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Fish Twice a Week Cuts Diabetics' Kidney Risks
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
DIET, NUTRITION
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
Western Diet Linked To Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome
'Organic' May Not Mean Healthier
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
City Kids Find the Breathin' Is Easier Elsewhere
Gas Cooking Might Up Your Cancer Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Diabetic Eye Disease Rates Soaring
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
Don't Lose Sight of Halloween Safety
FITNESS
Any Exercise Good After a Heart Attack
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Parents Influence Sex Decisions, Hispanic Teens Say
Good Sleepers More Likely to Eat Right
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Years of Heavy Smoking Raises Heart Risks
Western Diet Linked To Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome
B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Dangerous Toys Still on Store Shelves, Report Finds
Traffic Seems to Make Kids' Asthma Worse
MEN'S HEALTH
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
MENTAL HEALTH
Fear Response May Stem From Protein in Brain
Reminiscing Helps Build Emotional Strength
17 Ways to Create the Perfect Workday
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
SENIORS
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
Friends, Not Grandkids, Key to Happy Retirement
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
Caffeine in Pregnancy Associated With Low Birth Weight Risk
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
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Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk

TUESDAY, April 28 (HealthDay News) --Numerous lifestyle factors affect older adults' risk of diabetes, a new study finds.

U.S. researchers analyzed the link between lifestyle and incidence of diabetes over 10 years in 4,883 men and women aged 65 and older. The lifestyle factors examined included physical activity, dietary habits, tobacco and alcohol use, and amount of body fat.

The study authors found that each of these lifestyle factors was independently associated with incidence of diabetes. Overall, each positive score in a lifestyle factor was associated with a 35 percent lower risk of diabetes among those with a low-risk lifestyle.

People with good physical activity and dietary habits had a 46 percent lower incidence of diabetes. Those classified as low-risk based on their physical activity, dietary habits, smoking habits, and alcohol consumption had an 82 percent lower incidence of diabetes. Not having those four low-risk lifestyle habits appeared to be associated with 80 percent of new cases of diabetes.

People who had those four low-risk lifestyle habits -- and also weren't overweight or didn't have a large waist circumference -- were 89 percent less likely to develop diabetes.

The study is published in the April 27 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

"These findings provide an estimate of the public health burden of combined non-optimal lifestyle risk factors for incidence of diabetes in older adults, the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. Our findings suggest that, even later in life, the great majority of cases of diabetes are related to lifestyle factors," wrote the researchers from Harvard Medical School and the Cardiovascular Health Study.

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Aging has more about diabetes.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, April 27, 2009

Last Updated: April 28, 2009

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