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Osteoporosis Screening Guidelines Miss Many Women in the 50-64 Age Range

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is a panel of experts appointed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to review current medical practices and issue recommendations based on their findings. But their recommendations regarding osteoporosis screenings have been a subject of

From the Editor: Know Your Numbers…

One of our cover stories this month emphasizes how important it is to get evaluated and treated as soon as possible if you think you may be suffering a heart attack or stroke. It’s equally important to address the risk factors that make you vulnerable to these potentially fatal events.

Maintaining Muscle Mass May Help Prolong Your Life

Recent research suggests that the more muscle mass older Americans have, the less likely they are to die prematurely. The findings add to the growing evidence that overall body composition—and not the widely used body mass index, or BMI—is a better predictor of all-cause mortality.

The study, published online Feb. 20,

Lose Weight to Help Ward Off Chronic Pain

You probably already know that carrying extra weight can cause a variety of health problems. “Obesity can result in hypertension, diabetes, enlargement of the liver with fat, and,” says Michelle Eslami, MD, a geriatrician at UCLA Health System. “Obesity can be responsible for coronary artery disease too. It can also

Slash Your Stroke Risk by Addressing Crucial Modifiable Risk Factors

Around 750,000 people have a stroke every year, and of these, 5 to 14 percent will have a second stroke within 12 months. Many of the risk factors for stroke can be mitigated with simple lifestyle changes—according to the American Stroke Association, 80 percent of strokes are preventable. However, research

Take a Walk and Preserve Your Mobility

Doctors define mobility in older adults as the ability to walk 400 meters­—about a quarter mile—without help from a person or walker (a cane is okay), and without sitting down.

Most of us assume that we’ll be able to do this if we just stay physically active. But until recently, that

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

Sugar and Cancer—Is There a Link?

You may have seen the headlines, “Sugar Causes Cancer,” but is the sweet substance that is so tough to avoid really linked to an increased cancer risk? Does it exacerbate an existing cancer diagnosis? If you cut out the sugar can you, in effect, cut down your cancer risk?
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