Thursday, March 19, 2015

Could Loneliness Speed Up Mortality?

We all know, as humans, that we are social creatures. It is natural for us to want to have relationships with others, but is it so deep in ourselves that it can actually begin to deteriorate us if we are socially isolated? This generation especially has become more socially isolated, and rates only continue. Blame it on the media, technology, unreachable standards, etc, but  studies show that people who have died around the age of 65 tended to live rather lonely lives. Its effects are incredible and even comparable to the obesity epidemic we are facing. Some researchers say that we could even have a "loneliness epidemic" in the future if such rates continue.
  • Do you believe mental health is as important as physical health? 
  • Do you believe people who are happy with friends seem mentally healthier than people who are more isolated? 
  • Do you feel better physically when you are around your friends? Do you think you perform better? 
  • What other things can loneliness lead to?
  • Do you think your health would change if you became more isolated?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015



Near the beginning of this semester, we wrote argumentative paragraphs about what we thought was the biggest health hazard at Hillsdale High School. I argued that it was stress. A 2013 survey done by the American Psychological Association found that stress is incredibly common in teens, especially during the school year. Stress has the ability to cause many other problems, and is often found to be the root of many of the challenges teens face regularly. But stress doesn’t have to be an inescapable part of life-there are a lot of ways to deal with it, and different techniques work for different people. Techniques include (but are not limited to) physical activity, a healthy sleeping pattern, art, and/or organizing your schedule. Something I like to do to reduce stress is read a good book or take a long shower (not good because of the drought now).

What are the biggest sources of stress in your life?
Which techniques do you use to deal with it?

How well do these techniques work for you?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Heart Attacks can Equal Death

Heart Attacks can Equal Death


2 weeks ago, we were talking about how many people get heart attacks and/or strokes when blood is cut off for the heart and brain. People get heart attacks at some old, but certain, ages. Like men get heart attacks around the age 45-50 and women will most likely get them at the age of 45 or 48. They usually happen when a muscle dies or is damaged due to reduced blood supply. Also, when we watched "Osmosis Jones," we also saw how Frank's heart was slowly giving out to cardiac arrest while his body was overheating. Even if people recover from a heart attack, the heart may still be damaged, which can affect your blood circulation, rhythm and pumping action. After a person has a heart attack, it must be treated daily with medication to prevent any future heart attacks. Make sure to watch yourself so make sure you don't have any heart attacks in the future.

I say that people need to exercise and eat healthy so they don't lose blood from the brain and heart.

What do you think is the best way to avoid heart attacks? I'm all ears to find your opinions.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Sugar Intake Worldwide

 Last week I read a post about juices and the amount of sugar they have. I wanted to know about the sugar in a soda. Many people in the world are using a lot of sugar. From 2003-2013, the daily average of using sugar increased from 58 grams to 63 grams per day. People should reduce the amount to less than 10 percent. One can of soda contains up to 40 grams (around 10 teaspoons) of sugar. Orange and apple juices have between 24-26 grams. The current average in South America was 130 grams per adult per day, in North and Central America 95 grams, in Western Europe about 101 grams and 90 grams in the Middle East. Equatorial and southern Africa has the lowest average of 30 grams. 

What is a way that we can use to prevent people from drinking and buying soda?
Is it possible to reduce amount of sugar for people who drinking soda is their habit?

Sunday, March 1, 2015


Health Risks Tied to Energy/Sports Drinks

Within the last 50 years there has been a large increase in Americans buying and drinking energy drinks. Americans are expected to buy $9 billion worth of them this year. The reason why these drinks have high health risks is they are very high in caffeine sometimes even higher counts than a very strong cup of coffee. The drinks do not have to state how much caffeine there is just that there is caffeine in the drink. These drinks also have a lot of sugars in them and often contain Taurine, Guarana, Creatine and B vitamins. Energy drinks can also cause kids to suffer heart palpitations, seizures, strokes, and even sudden death. 

Sports drinks cause even more problems for athletes than non-athletes like increased blood pressure and dehydration. Sports drinks can corrode teeth even more than soda.

Do you drink energy/sports drinks? 
Will you still drink them after reading this article? 
Would you let your kids drink them?