I remember a family practice doctor once telling me “Most of my patients aren’t sick. They’re lonely, unhappy, stressed or bored.”
His observation resonated with me.
So many somatic complaints, like headaches, back pain and digestive problems, stem from emotional upset.
Being isolated or bored or just unhappy with life leads to eating poorly and sitting too much, which in turn leads to heart disease, diabetes and depression.… read on
Skip the elevator and head for the stairs
Last month the European Society of Cardiology published the results of an interesting research study involving almost 13,000 adults.
What did the findings show?
That adults who were in the best shape (determined by treadmill and echocardiogram) were less likely to die prematurely of heart disease or cancer than those with poor “functional capacity.”
The authors of the study equated their testing … read on
Talk to your doctor first!
The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published a study last week that shows the risks of a daily baby aspirin may outweigh the benefits, at least in patients older than 65.
I’ve known a lot of people, however, who started taking a daily baby aspirin on their own, without checking with their health care providers first.
Over the last few years there have been … read on
Start the conversation
Some of the most tragic patients we see as nurses are those who are unable (or their family members are unable) to make decisions on what type of care they do or don’t want near the end of life.
This often results in futile and expensive care that causes pain and emotional distress for everyone involved.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
This week is National … read on
And save money on healthcare!
I’m writing this post on New Year’s Day. Typical of the day, I’m also pondering a few questions.
What did I learn last year about staying healthy? What have I done well in my quest to be healthier and save money? What can I do better this year?
As so many of us know, healthcare is unreasonably expensive. My goal the last few years has … read on
Do brain games lower dementia risk?
Yes and no.
Most brain or cognitive training apps divide their “games” into several categories, such as attention, memory, speed and flexibility.
However, a study recently published in an Alzheimer’s journal reports that only the speed games were associated with a lower dementia risk (29% lower!).
I was really interested in this report. My husband and I enjoy playing these games, even though I’ve … read on
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month!
I am a huge supporter of hospice and palliative care, but I think it’s underutilized in our health care system.
My father, before he passed away two years ago, had the benefit of hospice care for a few weeks before his death. My husband’s family also received support from hospice when his father passed away four years ago.
I’ve … read on
And brain health awareness, too!
At this time, there is no drug or treatment to prevent Alzheimer’s or dementia. The best advice is that what is good for your heart is good for your brain, too.
Related post: Don’t buy supplements to prevent Alzheimer’s
Embracing a healthy lifestyle is our best chance to reduce the risk of developing dementia as we age.
That means moderate physical exercise every day, … read on
HIIT for better health— and lower doctors’ bills
A few months ago my husband and I joined a local gym. We wanted to be a little more serious with our exercise routines.
Aging can be expensive. I believe one way to save money on health care as we age is to exercise. Exercise can help prevent diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and possibly dementia.
I also want to keep my … read on
May is National Osteoporosis Month
I can’t let May and the NOF’s awareness campaign pass without giving a shout out to the best way to prevent bone loss or osteoporosis.
It’s not taking enormous calcium supplement tablets every day or occasionally choking down a couple of chalky TUMS.
It’s a combination of eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods and exercising every day.
Actually, no one can prevent bone loss altogether. … read on