About the Author

Matthew Solan

Matthew Solan

Matthew Solan is a health and fitness writer and editor based in St. Petersburg, Fla. Currently, he serves as Executive Editor of Harvard Men's Health Watch, published by Harvard Health Publications. His articles on medicine, exercise science, and nutrition have appeared in leading publications and websites, among them Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Runner's World, Muscle Magazine, Natural Health, and Yoga Journal. He also has co-authored several books with top physicians and nutritionists. Solan previously served as executive editor for UCLA Health's Healthy Years and has been a contributor to Duke Medicine's Health News and Weill Cornell Medical College's Women Nutrition Connection and Women's Health Advisor newsletters. He earned a master of fine arts (MFA) in writing from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Florida where he is a frequent guest lecturer. Solan is also an assistant coach for Tampa Bay Fit, a marathon and half marathon training program, and rides most weekends with the St. Petersburg Bicycle Club. You can follow him on Twitter @matthewsolan, or visit his website www.matthewsolan.com.

Articles by Matthew Solan


Live Longer: Go Vegetarian

Cutting meat from your diet can help you live longer, suggests research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (July 2014).

The study followed more than 73,000 adults, most of whom were in their mid to late 50s. They were divided into three groups: vegetarian, semi-vegetarian, and non-vegetarian. Vegetarians comprised about


Correct Uneven Vision and Reduce Risk of Falls and Injuries

Changes in eye prescriptions are not the only vision issue adults face as they age. A new study in Optometry and Vision Science reports that older adults show a high rate of anisometropia, or unequal vision, which can be a leading contributor to disabling falls.

In the study, researchers analyzed vision


Learning a New Language Speaks to an Aging Brain

Parlez-vous Français? Habla Español? Perhaps you should. One of the best ways to improve your cognitive function later in life may be to learn a second language, reports a recent study in the Annals of Neurology (June 2, 2014).

Researchers examined 835 native English speakers at age 11 and then retested


Positive Socializing Can Lower Your Risk of High Blood Pressure

If you want to keep your heart healthy then be careful how you socialize. New research from Carnegie Mellon University published in the American Psychological Association’s journal, Health Psychology (May 2014), found that unpleasant or demanding personal encounters can increase the risk of hypertension, or high blood pressure, among older


Signs of Aging—or Diabetes?

Many people with diabetes do not even know they have it, according to The National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Approximately 29 million Americans have the disease and almost 28 percent are undiagnosed, with the biggest group being those age 65 and older.



Stand Up to Health Posture and Improve Quality of Life

Good posture can do more than just improve your appearance. It can improve your health and wellbeing too. Slouching and slumping places intense pressure on specific body points, such as your jaw, neck, chest, and low back.

“This can lead to a variety of issues, such as breathing problems, headaches, digestive


No Joke: Humor Boosts Memory

Memory loss is no laughing matter, but a new study shows that when it comes to improving short- and long-term memory, humor indeed may be the best medicine.

The connection between laughter and memory is the stress hormone cortisol. Levels spike during periods of stress and tension as part of our


How the New BP Guidelines Affect You

The new blood pressure (BP) guidelines issued this year have many seniors wondering if they need to continue their medication. The guidelines, published in a Journal of the American Medical Association report, raised the systolic BP (the top number of the BP reading) for high blood pressure for anyone age