Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Sleep Well or Pay a Hefty Price

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Sleep Well or Pay a Hefty Price

Article excerpt

A BRITISH study has emphasised the importance of a good night's sleep, as to routinely miss out increases a person's risk of serious long-term health problems.

Professor Francesco Cappuccio, from the University of Warwick Medical School, reviewed sleep pattern and health data from more than 470,000 people from eight countries including Japan, USA and UK.

aIf you sleep less than six hours per night and have disturbed sleep you stand a 48% greater chance of developing or dying from heart disease and a 15% greater chance of developing or dying of a stroke,a Prof Cappuccio

concluded.

aThe trend for late nights and early mornings is actually a ticking time bomb for our health.a

Chronic short sleep results in hormones and chemicals linked to high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes and obesity.

The research was published in the European Heart Journal.

Label it, don't tax us

AUSTRALIANS favour more local production of fresh produce over bans or taxes when it comes to combating obesity and improving the diet.

A poll of 500 adult Victorians found 95% supported aclear country-of-origina labelling, while 90% want government policies that aencourage farmers marketsa or lead to more aproduction of fruit and vegetables in Australia to be consumed locallya.

In contrast, support for a ban on junk food ads during childrens' television programs was 78% while a majority (52%) supported a ban on TV junk food ads altogether.

Least supported was a ban on all imports of fresh foods from overseas (48% in agreement), allowing nature strips to be used to grow fruit and vegetables (42%) and imposing a junk food tax to fund healthy eating campaigns (36%).

The study was by Professor Tony Worsley from Deakin University.

Zero sugar trap

IT says adieta on the label but that does not always mean a health benefit, according to research into soft drink and stroke.

A US study tracked the diet soda intake, and incidence of stroke, of more than 2500 people over almost 10 years.

Ruling out other factors, those who drank the soda every day had a 61% increased risk of vascular events a including ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke a than those who drank none. …

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