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Walking Speed May Aid in Diabetes Prevention

Type 2 diabetes is a gradual, progressive chronic disease that is recognized as being one of the most common metabolic disorders as it currently affects 537 million adults worldwide and is predicted to rise to 783 million by 2045. Because increased blood sugar thickens the circulating blood, people with type 2 diabetes are at greater [..]

Non-Pharmacological Interventions to Improve Sleep

Sleep is a basic and essential need that allows the body to rejuvenate, which provides both physical and mental health benefits. Lack of quality sleep can increase the risk for chronic health conditions and significantly reduce an individual’s quality of life. Sleep troubles tend to become more common with age, which can worsen existing health [..]

Pediatric Manual Therapy

While the majority of research on chiropractic treatment focuses on adults with musculoskeletal conditions like neck and back pain, there is an emerging body of work on the benefits of gentle chiropractic care for the pediatric population, which makes up around .5% to 4% of most chiropractic practices. What does the current research say about [..]

Vitamin D and Healthy Aging

Vitamin D, also referred to as calciferol, is a fat-soluble vitamin that is present in a few foods, is added to others, can be taken as a dietary supplement, and is produced endogenously when ultraviolet rays from sunlight reach the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis.  While many people associate a lack of vitamin D [..]

Royal Jelly and Stronger Bones

Royal jelly is a milk–like secretion of honeybees that is used to feed the larvae in the honeycomb to facilitate development into drones (males), worker bees (infertile females), and queens (fertile females).  The National Institutes of Health notes that royal jelly consists of water, proteins, amino acids, fatty acids, simple carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals and [..]

Pickleball-Related Injuries

Pickleball is a recreational sport growing in popularity in the United States. In fact, it’s become one of the fastest growing sports in America, and in the past three years, the player number has soared from 3.5 to 8.9 million! It’s easy to learn, promotes competitiveness and socialization, and is an excellent form of low-impact [..]

Is Habitual Knuckle Cracking Healthy or Harmful?

Voluntary knuckle cracking is a common habit for between 25-45% of the adult population in the United States. Some people think it’s a harmless occurrence while others say it can cause arthritis in the hands. What does the available research say on the topic? Before the late 1930s, researchers thought that only unhealthy joints cracked. [..]

Lifestyle Factors and Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is characterized by the depletion of bone mineral mass combined with bone micro-architecture deterioration that results in greater bone fragility leading to increased fracture risk. It’s estimated that 10 million adults in the United States have osteoporosis and another 44 million are at serious risk for the condition.  Incredibly, just a 10% loss of [..]

Complementary and Alternative Approaches to Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic neurological autoimmune disease that affects an estimated 2.5 million people globally and accounts for about $85 billion a year in both direct and indirect healthcare costs in the United States alone. Typical MS symptoms and clinical presentations can include sensory loss affecting sight (optic nerve), weakness (motor nerves/brain), facial [..]

Is Peanut Butter a Health Food?

Peanut butter is the creamy and ground form of dry roasted peanuts that’s enjoyed by millions of people around the world. Because peanut butter is typically 90% peanuts—the rest is a combination of additives to improve flavor, shelf life, and consistency—and peanuts are considered a healthy food, do those benefits extend to peanut butter, and [..]