June produced some interesting wellness news in the areas of exercise, sleep, nutrition and the ever-fascinating microbiome. Here are a few of the highlights:
- A discouraging report found that the percentage of teens who have adequate cardiorespiratory fitness has dropped 10% in the last decade. Meanwhile, young fit adults are trying fun water-based exercises like aqua zumba.
- A Canadian study found new evidence about the health risks of poor sleep. People with sleep apnea were found to have a 30% higher risk for diabetes.
- Nutritional choices can improve your chances for a better sleep. Here are some suggestions for sleep-friendly foods.
- Vitamin D was also in the news this month. The U.S. Preventative Service Task Force is suggesting that routine Vitamin D screening of adults without symptoms is not necessary. Meanwhile another study links higher Vitamin D levels with a lower risk for early death from cancer and heart disease.
- Researchers at William Paterson University put out a list of 41 "powerhouse vegetables" based on nutrient profiles. Watercress, Chinese cabbage, chard, beet greens, and spinach top the list.
- A new study finds that people with obesity and diabetes have different microbiome profiles than people who don't have these diseases. A study published in 2011 found that different nutritional patterns also influence the composition of the microbiome.
Do any of these seem surprising or interesting to you? What other news or resources have grabbed your attention this month? Please share your thoughts and comments here!