How many steps for better health?

At a Glance

  • Researchers found that older women who took 4,400 steps a day had a lower risk of dying than those taking 2,700 steps a day.
  • Death rates declined with more steps taken each day until about 7,500 steps a day, when the benefit leveled off.
  • The findings suggest that some people may benefit from starting with goals of fewer than 10,000 steps a day, which is a common standard.

Study links irregular sleep patterns to metabolic disorders

Article from National Institutes of Health. A new study has found that not sticking to a regular bedtime and wakeup schedule — and getting different amounts of sleep each night — can put a person at higher risk for obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension, high blood sugar and other metabolic disorders. In fact, for every hour of variability in time to bed and time asleep, a person may have up to a 27% greater chance of experiencing a metabolic abnormality.

Widening the Circle of Compassion

The father of the contemporary vegan movement, Donald Watson (1910–2005), and his compatriots recognized that the flesh-food industry and the egg and dairy-product industries were inextricably linked, because animals raised to produce eggs and milk were eventually slaughtered and eaten when they were no longer productive. These British vegans contended that the case against these industries rivaled the indictment of the meat industry, so the use of dairy products and eggs was no longer justifiable for ethical vegetarians. Their intent was to eliminate the exploitation of animals and to move closer to a truly humane society.

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