Science Tuesday – Research for Wellness

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Gen X not fond of getting flu shots - How many of your employees got flu shots? Have you ever looked at the percentage that got them by generation? Maybe you should!

Working for 11 or more hours a days increases risk for depression - This one made the rounds last week. But it’s important. There are a lot of different aspects to health. How is your corporate culture helping or hurting your health costs?

Preventing the development of risk factors for heart disease in your 30s and 40s will be more effective long-term than treating the effects of these risk factors once they develop - This study was quite interesting. The idea was that once people get past their 40s, their risk factors for developing heart disease are set. So spending your wellness efforts on those in their 30s and 40s might make the most sense (scientifically).

Diets high in animal fat increase the risk of gestational diabetes - I’m always interested in maternal health and looking at some of the predictors for health problems. This was just an interesting study about diet and gestational diabetes.

For diabetics not on insulin, self-monitoring blood sugar has no benefit - This study made me question some of the common advise given in disease management/wellness programs for diabetes. They always recommend self-monitoring blood sugar. Share this one with your program vendors and see what they have to say.

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