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Can Cutting Calories During The Holidays Slow The Aging Process - HER Week In Health

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In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Week In Health" for the week of November 4, 2011, Bailey Mosier discusses a study that examines how cutting calories year round especially during the holiday season may actually slow the aging process. We'll also learn that being lonely at heart may actually affect your sleep and if your sweet tooth is actually a reflection of your personality.

Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is EmpowHER’s HER Week in Health.

It’s the holiday season and we’ll probably all overindulge in our favorite treats. But in this week’s edition, we’ll tell you why it’s crucial to restrict calories during the holidays and all year long. We’ll also learn that the lonely at heart toss and turn in the night and if you’re the type of person who has a sweet tooth, that may be reflective of your personality.

In a study published in the journal Molecular Cell, researchers at the University of Gothenburg found that a person who consumes fewer calories can actually slow the ageing process and the development of age-related diseases such as cancer and type 2 diabetes can be delayed.

And the sooner you start reducing calories, the greater the effect.

The researchers zeroed in on one certain enzyme that counteracts damage to our genetic material. In those people who restrict calories, this enzyme remains active and fights the effects of ageing.

Researchers from the University of Chicago found that loneliness breaks up a normal night's sleep which can adversely affect our health.

The researchers measured sleep cycles in 95 adults in rural South Dakota and while none of the adults were socially isolated, their perception of loneliness varied and those who thought they were lonely had more fragmented sleep.

The researchers say that loneliness and social isolation are two distinct concepts. Loneliness reflects perceived social isolation or being outcast, and this study furthers our understanding of how social and psychological factors affect health.

A research team from North Dakota State University found that if you have a sweet tooth, you may have a sweet personality too.

In one test, the researchers found that people who ate chocolate were more likely to volunteer to help another person in need, compared to those who ate a cracker or no food at all. In another test, people who liked sweet food were found to be more agreeable and helpful.

The team’s results suggest there is a real link between sweet tastes and pro-social behavior.

Psychologists believe that even hidden cues about ourselves and our habits can actually reveal real characteristics of our personality and behavior.

That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Week in Health. Join me here at EmpowHER.com every Friday for the latest in women’s health.

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