Hot Chili Peppers May Reduce the Mortality Risk

A new study from the Mediterranean Neurological Institute, Italy, suggests that people who eat hot chili peppers on a regular basis have a lower mortality risk than people who never eat this vegetable.Hot Chili Peppers May Reduce the Mortality Risk

For their study, a team of researchers took data from the Molisani study that included data set from 22,811 men and women residing in the region of Molise in Italy. The participants were 35 years and older, and they were followed for 8.2 years, on average. During this time, the 1,236 participants died.

Within the scope of the study, each participant had to complete a questionnaire about their dietary habits. The analysis of the provided information showed that 24.3% of the participants consumed chili peppers four or more times per week and 33.7% ate chili peppers rarely or never.

The authors conclude in their paper: “In a model adjusted only for age, sex, and energy intake, regular consumption [4 or more times each week] of chili pepper was associated with 23% lower risk of all-cause mortality, as opposed to none/rare intake, and results remained substantially unchanged in the fully adjusted model.”

Routine Blood Test Readings Help Indicate Higher Risk of Death

According to recent research, some readings from a routine blood test, used as markers of immune condition and inflammation, may indicate people that are at higher risk of disease and death associated with this disease.Routine Blood Test Readings Help Indicate Higher Risk of Death

For the study, the researchers analyzed data from 31,178 participants that were collected from them within the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The analysis results showed that people with low levels of lymphocytes had a higher risk to die from heart disease, cancer, and respiratory conditions.

Study author Jarrod E. Dalton, Ph.D., an epidemiologist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute, says: “The complete blood count test is convenient, inexpensive, and — as our findings suggest —may be used to help physicians screen for and prevent disease and disease-related mortality.”

Urban Green Spaces Can Extend Longevity

The largest meta-analysis of existing studies established that urban green spaces, such as parks, sports fields, woods, lakesides, and gardens can help people live longer and have a better quality of life.Urban Green Spaces Can Extend Longevity

In total, the reviewed studies included more than 8 million people from the US, Canada, China, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and Australia. The analysis showed that for 0.1 increments in vegetative score within 500 meters of a person’s home reduced the risk of premature death by 4%.

Dr. Nieuwenhuijsen, the director of Urban Planning, Environment, and Health Initiative at ISGlobal, comments the study: “Green space is also good for carbon sequestration. So there are multiple beneficial effects. And increasing green space can, therefore, reduce a significant number of premature deaths in cities.”

Jogging for 50 Minutes Once a Week Cuts the Risk of Premature Death

A new study, led by a team of researchers from Victoria University, Australia, suggests that jogging for 50 minutes once a week may reduce the risk of premature death by 27%. It also may reduce the risk of dying from heart disease and cancer by 30% and 23%, respectively.Jogging for 50 Minutes Once a Week Cuts the Risk of Premature Death

For the study, an international team of researchers took data from 14 studies that included 233,149 people in total. Within these studies, they were followed from 5.5 to 35 years, and during the follow-up period, 25,951 participants died.

The researchers conclude in their paper: “Increased rates of participation in running, regardless of its dose would probably lead to substantial improvements in population health and longevity. Any amount of running, even just once a week, is better than no running, but higher doses of running may not necessarily be associated with greater mortality benefits.”

Prolonged Exposure to Blue Light May Affect Longevity

A new study from Oregon State University suggests that daily exposure to blue light, emitted from phones, computers, and other gadgets, may affect longevity damaging cells in the brain, as well as retinas.Prolonged Exposure to Blue Light May Affect Longevity

For the research, the scientists exposed flies to blue LED light for 12 hours every day. Flies that experienced 12 hours of blue wavelength and 12 hours of darkness had shorter lives compared to flies kept in total darkness or those kept in light without blue wavelength.

Lead researcher Jaga Giebultowicz, who studies biological clocks, says: “[…] there is evidence suggesting that increased exposure to artificial light is a risk factor for sleep and circadian disorders. And with the prevalent use of LED lighting and device displays, humans are subjected to increasing amounts of light in the blue spectrum since commonly used LEDs emit a high fraction of blue light.”