Medical notes this week…
Many people have heard of the concept of “real age,” and how our bodies may age much more quickly or more slowly than our chronological age. Now a study in the journal Nature Aging shows that a person’s risk for old age illnesses can be accurately predicted years earlier based on chronic inflammation in the body. Scientists measure dozens of immune-signaling proteins in the blood to reach their conclusions. The higher the number, the more likely are a wide variety of diseases including cancer, heart attacks and strokes.
Nearly half of boys play sports, but only a little more than a third of girls do. One reason, according to a study from the Women’s Sports Foundation, is that many Americans have stereotyped ideas that lead them to not take girls in sports as seriously as boys. According to the study, about a third of parents think boys are better at sports than girls. A high proportion also believe sports aren’t as important to girls and that they’re not as competitive as boys.
And finally…you may have seen posters at your doctor’s office, urging you to think of your body as a machine that needs the right kind of food to work properly. But a new study in the Journal of Marketing finds that for some people, a robotic food mindset may backfire. Those messages bolster good food choices among people who already avoid, “eating their feelings.” But people who don’t think they’re any good at picking healthy foods are more likely to simply give up in response, and eat more junk food instead.