Today’s Headlines: The Danger of Not Getting Enough Sleep, How Coffee May Help Your Liver, and the Amount of Weight You Should Try to Lose if You’re Obese

1 in 3 adults in the U.S. don’t get enough sleep on a daily basis. A new study released by the CDC reported this statistic and stressed the necessity of proper sleep. “At least seven hours of sleep is considered healthy for an adults aged 18 to 60…Getting less than seven hours a night is associated with an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and frequent mental distress, the study shows. Conducted by the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the study is the first of its kind to look at all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.” The CDC stated that the best way to ensure enough sleep is through routine changes, such as going to bed at the same time every night. (Fox)

Coffee might be able to help your liver and prevent damage from drinking or eating too much. Nine studies were analyzed to find out that drinking coffee daily may be beneficial. “…found that drinking two additional cups of coffee a day was linked to a 44 percent lower risk of developing liver cirrhosis…Cirrhosis kills more than one million people every year worldwide. It can be caused by hepatitis infections, excessive alcohol consumption, immune disorders, and fatty liver disease, which is tied to obesity and diabetes.” The studies stressed that drinking coffee meant a properly portioned amount of black coffee, not specialized coffee drinks loaded with excess sugar. (NBC)

If you are obese, losing just five percent of your body weight may improve your health. In a small study researchers observed obese people in both a weight maintenance and weight loss group. “Those who lost 5 percent of body weight had reduced overall fat mass, improved sensitivity of their liver and muscle to the effects of the hormone insulin, and improvement in function of the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. More weight loss further improved these factors, the authors reported in Cell Metabolism.” The researchers urged people to start small over an extended period of time for maximum health results. (Reuters)