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 The wellness blog in the New York Times had an article about brain health that has strengthened my resolve to exercise every day. Walk, Jog or Dance: It’s All Good For the Aging Brain “It turns out that regular walking, cycling, swimming, dancing and even gardening may substantially reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.”
The author is referring to
a recently published study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
read on I don’t think anyone would be surprised to know that Americans are popping more pills than ever.
About 60% take at least one prescription medication. Even more take daily dietary supplements, herbal remedies or other over-the-counter drugs.
And the more drugs you take, the higher the risk of dangerous drug interactions.
new study published this month in reports that close to 88% of older Americans over the age … JAMA read on For years I’ve heard that blueberries are good for brain health. Which is great, because I love blueberries and try to work them into my diet several times a week.
So I was happy to
read the results of some new research that supports the connection between blueberries and the human brain.
Most blueberry studies to date have been performed on animals, but two recent studies—funded in part by the …
Just yesterday I posted about the
United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the fine line they walk between providing evidence-based recommendations for screening tests and making medical specialist groups happy.
Sometimes it just doesn’t happen.
The task force recently gave an
“I” grade to vision screening in patients over 65. An I grade, or Insufficient evidence, means that the task force can’t definitively say that the benefits of … read on I’ve previously posted that Nexium and similar acid-reducing drugs, the PPIs (proton pump inhibitors), have been linked to an increased risk of heart attack .
a new study has confirmed a connection between PPIs and dementia.
The patients receiving regular PPI medication…had a significantly increased risk of incident dementia compared with the patients not receiving PPI medication…
The avoidance of PPI medication may prevent the development of dementia.
I subscribe to the belief that no one should die alone or afraid, and death is a natural part of the life cycle that can be—should be—a sacred, deeply meaningful experience.
Sadly, too often that’s not the case. Our current health care system doesn’t do death well at all. Unless they qualify for hospice, patients and their families are left feeling helpless, confused and afraid. Sometimes angry.
No one expects …
This post if for any of my readers who are Medicare age or about to be Medicare age.
I think it’s important to understand what changes are in the pipeline that will affect your doctors and their ability to be able to treat you.
Some doctors already refuse to see Medicare patients because of government red tape and poor reimbursement.
But starting in 2017 it’s going to get worse, and …
A painful but common condition in older adults is
shingles or herpes zoster. I’ve known several elderly people afflicted with this, and I will absolutely get the vaccine as soon as I turn 60!
The vaccine, Zostavax, is FDA-approved for ages 50 and up, but
the Cleveland Clinic recently advised that it’s not cost effective for anyone under 60 to get immunized.
Why? Because Zostavax is too expensive. On …
Chronic neck pain can be, well, a pain in the neck.
Usually caused by overuse, poor posture, tension or arthritis—or a combination—neck, shoulder and upper back pain can interfere with almost all routine activities.
But some simple yoga moves can help, and I think this particular YouTube video is great. The moves are well explained, and they can be done either standing or sitting at your desk. And it’s short, …