NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
October 26, 2016
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that preschoolers deprived of sleep eat more?

In a new Journal of Sleep Research study, all regular afternoon nappers were deprived of roughly three hours of sleep on one day, they had no afternoon nap and were kept up for about two hours past their normal bedtime, before being awakened at their regularly scheduled times the next morning.

During the day of lost sleep, the 3- and 4-year-olds consumed about 20 percent more calories than usual, 25 percent more sugar and 26 percent more carbohydrates.

The following day, the kids were allowed to sleep as much as they needed. On this "recovery day," they returned to normal baseline levels of sugar and carbohydrate consumption, but still consumed 14 percent more calories and 23 percent more fat than normal.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 30 percent of preschoolers do not get enough sleep.

Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
How We Can Sit 12 Hours a Day and Still Be Well
Bonnie and Steve: The average adult in the Western world sits between 9 and 11 hours a day, a number that only increases as we age. In fact, in a study in older adults just published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, researchers found that the least sedentary third of their study participants still spent between 12 and 13 hours in sedentary behavior, while the most sedentary of the elders in the study were sedentary for up to 15 hours a day.

But how does being fit affect the health risk associated with a sedentary lifestyle, especially in older adults, who are the most likely to be sedentary?

Older women and men in the most sedentary group were correspondingly 83% and 63% more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease compared to women and men who were least sedentary.

But when the researchers took fitness into account, they found that having high age-specific fitness (in this case, being among the fittest 40%) reduced the likelihood of having cardiovascular risks factors posed by extended time spent being sedentary.

The research was conducted as a part of a larger study called Generation 100, a five-year-long randomized controlled clinical trial that began in 2012 to see whether exercise leads to longevity and more active and healthy years in the elderly.

The researchers will follow this subset of study participants to see if improving fitness in the most sedentary individuals could prevent or delay lifestyle-related disease and prolong life.

Seniors defined as the most fit still had the lowest risk of having cardiovascular risk factors, even though the most fit participants were relatively sedentary, with between 12 and 13 hours per day on average.

In addition, the most fit elders did not even meet current recommendations for moderate to vigorous physical activity.

This shows the importance physical activity in elders at any level. Moreover, the study did not even take into account diet!
Mammogram Bombshell
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