Today’s Headlines: The Correlation Between Standing and Your Risk of Diabetes, How Your Boss Affects Your Health, and Why Your Mood Doesn’t Determine Your Lifespan

Women at risk for type 2 diabetes should stand a little more throughout the day. A recent study showed that standing and light exercise, such as walking, helped lower blood sugar levels. “The study involved 22 overweight postmenopausal women at risk for diabetes, and three possible daily routines…Compared to those who sat for the entire 7.5 hours, those who stood every half hour had a 34 percent smaller increase in glucose levels after eating. Increased concentrations of naturally-produced insulin, which is a sign of diabetes, were also smaller among women who stood or walked every half hour, researchers found.” While the researchers were not completely certain on why there was a correlation between moving and lower blood sugar, they suggested that perhaps it was that “…muscle activity sends a message to the body to start using glucose for energy.” (Fox)

Negative experiences or feedback from your boss can spike your blood pressure. The interesting part of these findings was not that your boss causes you stress, but that it’s not controlled or isolated stress that is finished after a few minutes, it continues into your personal life and may persistently affect your health. “The researchers think that one mechanism at play is rumination: the tendency to play a negative episode over and over again in your head… this may contribute to the link between stressful work conditions and heart problems like hypertension and cardiovascular disease.” The research study concluded with the assumption that having a good boss is better for your heart and overall health. (Time)

Being happy may not have anything to do with how long you live. While it seems to be common knowledge that the happier you are the longer and better you will live, a recent study contradicted this traditional thought process. “A series of studies had shown that how happy people are, strongly predicts how long they are going to live. Ideas included detrimental changes in stress hormones or the immune system resulting in a higher risk of death. But the research team in the UK and Australia said those studies failed to deal with reverse causality – namely, that people who are ill are not very happy.” The study stated that happiness had to deal with health state and therefore people who described themselves as unhappy died sooner because they were suffering from a health condition that made them perceive their mood as unhappy. (BBC)