To boost your balance, act like a flamingo and stand on one leg. British researchers say doing so for a few moments daily trains your brain to react 55% faster if you trip or lose your balance, helping you avoid painful falls. To do: Stand in a doorway with your feet together, then lift one foot off the floor (you can lightly grip the doorframe for support if you feel unsteady); hold the pose for as long as you’re able (the goal is 60 seconds), then switch legs. Once you master the move unaided, try the pose while standing on a soft surface, like a pillow.
For the more than 35 million adults with type 2 diabetes, help is here: New research out of Italy found a highly absorbable form of vitamin B-3 called niacinamide helps stabilize blood-sugar levels, In their small study, scientists had folks with type 2 diabetes take 500 mg, of niacinamide daily for a month, then drop to 250 mg. per day for another five months. The results: Their blood-sugar levels normalized, even allowing several people to discontinue their diabetes medications. The vitamin improves function of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.