Five Health Lessons We shall Learn from Santa

How you been during his Christmas season? Did you receive a gift from Santa Claus yet? This year Santa Claus brought us not only a real gift, but also give us its own experiences on five health lessons! The healthy gift, you have to receive a good strategy!

Lesson 1: Stay up all night

The only way for Santa to get the job done is to stay up all night on December 24 -- and that can lead to some serious health concerns. Sleep loss has a cumulative effect, and Santa has been working hard, likely cutting back on sleep, for the entire month preceding Christmas. As people lose sleep, they have problems responding quickly to specific objects.

Lessons 2: Carring Heavy Sack Of Presents

You should never carry something that weighs more than 10 percent of your body weight, especially when one shoulder is taking on most of the burden. In fact, doing so can cause back strains and sprains, muscle pulls, back spasms, difficulty walking and tingling and numbness down the arms and legs.

Lesson 3: Obesity/Excess Weight

The health risks linked to obesity are well-known, including, among others, Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, certain types of cancer and osteoarthritis. And belly fat, in particular, can cause serious health problems, especially among men. Belly fat can increase risk for insulin resistance, high triglycerides, heart disease and metabolic syndrome, among other problems -- most increased risk happens with a waist size over 40 inches.

Lesson 4: Deficiency of Vitamin D

Living with the short days in the North Pole, not to mention working the night shift in December, can cause a serious deficiency of Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, which has been linked to several health problems. Santa should aim to take a supplement that provides 1,000 IU of the nutrient. In addition, he should consider increasing his consumption of Vitamin D-rich foods, such as salmon or fortified milk.

Lesson 5: Shift Work

Santa's not alone here, more than 8 million Americans perform shift work, which has been linked with serious health problems, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, ulcers and depression, among others.

* Originally Posted: Top Diagnosis