Childhood Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Increases Risk of AFIB

Many seniors grew up in a world where the hazards of tobacco smoke were not yet well known. In their youth, it was common to be around smoking adults. If that was the case, what can older adults do now to mitigate the damage that was done so many years before? Thankfully, early exposure to cigarette smoke is by no means a sure prescription for heart problems, especially if care has been taken to engage in an active lifestyle.

New Research
A team of researchers led by Dr. Gregory Marcus of the University of California's Department of Medicine surveyed 4976 people concerning their exposure to secondhand smoke in early childhood. Of that number, nearly 12 percent reported having AFIB. The team found that having a mother who smoked during pregnancy or living with a parent who smoked increased the likelihood of having AFIB later in life, especially in those people who had no other significant risk factors. More research is necessary to confirm these findings - though it's enough to suggest that it's a good idea to keep children away from secondhand smoke.

Atrial Fibrillation
AFIB is a type of irregular heartbeat that feels like a quiver or flopping motion. It is found most often in older adults and can cause serious health problems. The Heart Rhythm Society reported that AFIB can lead to chronic fatigue and actually increase one's risk of stroke by five times. Check out this post for more information about the signs and symptoms of AFIB.

Secondhand Smoke Facts
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, secondhand tobacco smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, 70 of which are known to cause cancer. It doesn't only negatively impact children, but can affect adults as well. Older adults are especially susceptible to the dangers of secondhand smoke. Exposure to exhaled smoke may cause damage to the heart and blood vessels of nonsmokers.

Foods That Can Help Prevent AFIB
According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, a diet that's low in trans fats can help prevent AFIB. Eating the food groups recommended by the Food and Drug Administration is another great way to reduce the risk of AFIB. A senior nutrition plan that aims to prevent AFIB should have at least six servings of whole grains each day. Having a side of brown rice or an appetizer of barley soup are two great ways to add more whole wheat to one's daily diet. Other dishes include whole wheat buns, cooked quinoa and cornmeal pancakes. The diet should also include four servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Replacing junk food with a piece of fruit is a great way incorporate healthy eating into your daily snacking.

Exercises that can prevent AFIB

Aerobic exercise is great for people who want to prevent AFIB. It's always important to talk with a medical professional before starting a new exercise regimen, but here are some great exercises to consider: vigorous walking, jogging, swimming, dancing and rowing. Even a little exercise every week can help seniors to stay active, but it's important not to exercise to the point of exhaustion.

Even if a person was exposed to secondhand smoke as a child, there are still ways they can prevent AFIB. By eating the right foods and getting the proper amount of exercise, older adults can stay fit.

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4 Exercises To Help You Look Great In Leggings

Leggings are a surprisingly versatile part of your wardrobe - though most people can agree it's not very fashionable to wear them as pants. Nevertheless, leggings work well with long sweaters, flowing blouses or even a baggy army jacket. However, leggings don't leave much to the imagination, so sometimes it requires a bit of work to feel completely comfortable in them.

This winter, you'll probably add some patterned knit leggings to your outfits when it gets cold. If you want to feel your best, try out some of these awesome lower-body exercises. And don't forget to clip on your nuyu™ Activity Tracker to keep count of how many calories you're burning.

1. Toe Walking
This is a simple exercise you can do outdoors or from the comfort of your home. Grab a pair of one pound or half-pound dumbbells and stand straight up with your feet shoulder-width apart. Hold the weights down by your sides - without locking your elbows- and stand on your toes. Walk on your toes for a minute, then relax for 30 seconds. Repeat five times.

2. Goblet Squat
This odd-sounding exercise requires a 5-to-8 pound dumbbell with wide ends. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and hold the dumbbell vertically by one end, using the base of your palms. Your hands should be positioned so that they resemble the position of cupping a goblet. Squat as low as you can, hold for a moment, then return to the standing position. Do this eight times, rest for 30 seconds, and repeat.

3. Side Lunge
Stand with your feet placed shoulder-width apart to ensure you don't accidently injure yourself. Lunge to the right, bending your right knee while extending your left leg. Keep your toes pointed forward. Extend your left arm until it touches the floor in front of you. Your right hand should be touching your right hip. Hold the position for a moment, then return to a standing position. Repeat on alternating sides, five times each.

4. Sun Salutation
Here's a yoga pose that really works your upper legs and backside without putting too much strain on your body. This is a great exercise for beginners, especially those who don't have any exercise equipment. Start by standing straight and raising your hands up toward the ceiling. Then bend forward and place your hands on the floor on either side of your feet. Bend your knees slightly and move your legs backward until you are in the downward-facing dog position. Lower your legs and push your chest upward, then slowly return to a standing position.


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