Coffee May Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Recent research released from the Harvard School of Public Health has found that seniors who consume coffee multiple times daily may reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Experts suggest that people who drink one additional cup of coffee each day over a four year period may decrease their risk of type 2 diabetes by 11%. Shilpa Bhupathiraju, the lead author and research fellow in the Department of Nutrition at HSPH said, “our findings confirm those of previous studies that showed that higher coffee consumption was associated with lower type 2 diabetes risk.” More here

Tips To Improve Your Credit Score

Your credit score determines many important aspects of your life such as buying a home, a car, or applying for a credit card. Lenders look at your score to decide if your credit is strong enough to qualify for a loan or line of credit. Experts have offered a few tips to help increase your credit score such as opening a bank account, paying all bills on time with no exceptions, applying for your first credit card, having a stable job, and applying for a small loan to establish credit. Experts also suggest checking your credit report regularly. By staying on top of your credit, you will be knowledgeable of the things that can help and hurt your credit score. More here

Doctors May Not Be Spending Enough Time With Patients

According to recent data, short patient/doctor appointments take a toll on both the doctor and the patient, adversely affecting the relationship. Doctors who are short on time may not be concentrating as well as they should be, and may not fully understand every symptom or problem the patient is experiencing. When communication is cut short, many patients leave their health care provider frustrated and unhappy. “Dr. Reid B. Blackwelder, the president of the American Academy of Family Physicians said, “doctors are thinking, ‘I have to meet my bottom line, pay my overhead, pay my staff and keep my doors open. So it’s a hamster wheel, and they’re seeing more and more patients … And what ends up happening is the 15-minute visit.” More here

Experts Reveal Ways To Save Energy In Your Home

Experts have compiled a list of ways that homeowners can lower their electricity bill, save energy, make their homes more comfortable, and reduce climate change impact and pollution. Doing simple things such as using ceiling fans, drawing the curtains during the heat of the day, and turning down the thermostat when you are not at home will save about 2% on your heating/cooling bill. Installing tankless water heaters and using incandescent lights are simple investments that will save money. Also, unplugging electronics not in use will further curb unnecessary energy expenditure. More here

Saturated Fats May Increase Breast Cancer Risk

A new study suggests that women who have diets high in fat may be at an elevated risk for developing certain kinds of breast cancer. The lead author of the study, Sabina Sieri said, “in our study we confirm that saturated fat intake was positively associated with breast cancer risk. Saturated fatty acids intake should be as low as possible within the context of a nutritionally adequate diet.” Saturated fats usually come in the form of animal products, such as meat, cheese and butter. More here

Retirees Who Plan For Retirement Are Happier

According to a recent survey conducted by Northwest Mutual Life Insurance, people who planned their retirement were considerably happier than those who did not.  91% of participants who planned their retirement said they were happy and comfortable, compared to only 63% of happy participants who did not make retirement plans. Experts are urging people to stop making excuses and start making reliable retirement plans now. Reasons many put off planning for retirement are: not having enough time, not knowing where to go to find help planning, no interest, and they find the process too overwhelming and confusing. More here

Rheumatoid Arthritis May Elevate Kidney Problem Risk

A study published in the American Journal of Kidney Disease, the National Kidney Foundation journal, states that people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis are much more likely to develop chronic kidney disease when compared to those who have not been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Research has shown that if diagnosed individuals work hard to keep blood pressure under control, avoid medications that may be damaging to kidneys, and avoid high sodium foods, the risks decline. More here

Boomers Downsizing With Style

Many baby boomers are making the decision to downsize, according to research. An increased number of people born between 1946 and 1964 are trading in their hefty mortgages and oversized SUVs for smaller, more efficient homes and vehicles. Boomers may be downsizing, but research suggests that they are not sacrificing quality in the transition. Sheryl Connelly, the global consumer trends and a “futurist” for Ford said, “the boomer population has always set the trends,” she adds, “and now they’ve set a course for a more streamlined life that doesn’t sacrifice style and comfort.” More here

More Americans Concerned With Retirement

According to a recent study from Financial Finesse, an increasing number of Americans are becoming more concerned, and in-turn better prepared for their retirement. Unfortunately, the number of those worried about being financially stable enough to retire comfortably remains quite high. The study found that 42% of survey participants are concerned they will not have saved enough money to reach their future financial goals The study said, “with the increased urgency, employees overall are becoming more proactive about their financial planning and making improvements in areas that support their long-term financial security.” More here

Pain Relievers May Cause Atrial Fibrillation

According to a recent article in the New York Times, many popular pain relievers may increase atrial fibrillation risk by 80%. The study involved 8,423 people around age 69 who had a normal heartbeat. The study lasted over the span 13 years, and found that out of the 8,423 participants, 857 developed atrial fibrillation. Researchers suggest that the pain relievers increase fluid retention and blood pressure causing the heart to create rhythm malfunctions. More here