August 22, 2013

Laughter Is Medicine

Interesting facts:  Smile and mean it!  Laughter reduces levels of stress hormones, and a 2010 study at Columbia University Medical Center, showed moderate optimists have a lower heart disease risk than "glass-half-empty" women.  Heart disease risk is 67% higher among people who work 11 or more hours a day, according to a 2011 study.  Regarding depression:  while, the average women's risk of depression is 22%, it is 40% if one parent had it.  According to a 2011 study, women who had  two cups of coffee a day  had a 15% lower risk for depression.  The American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that regular exercise of 30 minutes of jogging five times a week can reduce depression by 47%.  These examples are further evidence that good behavior has health benefits!  

Source:  Women's Health Magazine/disease risk/March 2012 

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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