7 Surprising Health Facts

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Health is always an issue we want to hear about, and scientists will never tire to dig into, coming up with facts that are sometimes rather unusual and unexpected. And if the new facts oughtn’t to be taken too seriously, but fun to discover, it is better yet! Here are some of the more obscure facts that should entertain you without making you worry overdue.

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1. Check out your fingers

Compare your index finger and your ring finger. If the former is shorter, there is a two-times higher risk of developing knee osteoarthritis – says a study from Arthritis and Rheumatism a few years ago. It reasons that these women are characterized by a lower estrogen level – a factor linked with osteoarthritis risk. Some leg strengthening, however, may prove to be an antidote.

2. Check out citrus scents

If you easily identify citrus smells and know at once that there are lemons and bananas somewhere around, you are at the very least four years away from Parkinson’s Disease, as stated in a study from the Annals of Neurology. The idea is that Parkinson’s begins to wreak havoc with the part of the brain that can identify smells for as long as 7 years before it can actually be diagnosed. Fish oil supplements can support this brain function.

3. Check out legs

Legs falling within the range of 20 to 29 inches show that the woman is likely to have a higher level of the enzymes that can cause liver disease. There was a study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health revealing that most cases of liver disease are linked with four enzymes. The study averred that childhood nutrition has a lot to do with liver health at any age.

4. Check out arms

Arms that are shorter than the average may be problematic for the health. Neurology published a study from which emerges that women having a shorter arm span are 1.5 times more susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease than women who have a longer arm span. You measure your span from one fingertip to the other holding arms parallel to the floor. The study gives figures of 60 inches and less. The reason for shorter arm spans can be, again, insufficient nutrition in childhood; it could later induce worsening of cognitive conditions.

5. Check out boobs

Remember yourself at 20? Were you glad that your size bra was a D cup or larger? On the one hand, it made you more confident of your femininity, on the other – more prone to diabetes. A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal reveals that a D+ cup at 20 boosts the diabetes likelihood by 1.5 times compared to smaller bra cups, even after considering weight, diet, family history and other important factors. Workouts are a good way to assist sugar metabolism, don’t miss out on them!

6. Check out calves

Carotid plaque – a risk factor for a stroke – is strangely enough linked with the size of calves, as French journal Stroke reports. Calves sized under 13 inches make your carotid plaque chances higher. So far scientists have been unable to find the reason behind this unusual correlation; yet the owners of small calves may find it advisable to have their heart checked just in case. Take green tea regularly.

7. Check out blood type

Blood type is an important health factor, and there is little wonder it also shows quaint correlations. From very expansive tests with over 105,000 participants conducted at Harvard Medical School emerged that people who have types A, B, and AB blood types may develop pancreas cancer with a whopping 44% odds compared to people with type O. That seems to be a strong immunity for blood O people, so all the rest should better take a vitamin D supplement
to ward off the probability. It guarantees lowering the risk by 40%.

Now is it good grounds to assess our vulnerability? Of course, you shouldn’t credit these facts with an influence they don’t really possess, but nevertheless, it may be good to heed these small precautions anyway, don’t you think?

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