About 5.4 million Americans are thought to have some degree of dementia, and its destructive effects on our cognitive abilities come at huge cost to our overall wellbeing, and that of our loved ones. “The decline in reasoning and memory that accompanies dementia impairs our ability to carry out everyday
Diabetes, also known as diabetes mellitus, is the name of a group of diseases in which the body is unable to properly utilize blood sugar (glucose) for energy. There are three primary forms of diabetes—type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes—and, in each case, the body is unable
If you’ve heard the term “mindfulness” before, it may have conjured an image of peo-ple seated cross-legged on a mat with their hands in a particular position on their knees and their eyes closed as wisps of incense smoke drift by. If so, it’s time to update your image of
Q: I have heard that chronic stress can take a toll on a person’s memory. Can you explain how this happens?
A: The major contributor to memory impairment associated with long-term stress is related to the effects of the stress hormone cortisol on a key brain center for learning and memory
Controlling type 2 diabetes requires spot-checking blood sugar, including after you eat. “The highest blood sugars of the day tend to be after meals,” says Richard Siegel, MD, an endocrinologist and co-director of the Diabetes and Lipid Center at Tufts Medical Center. Blood sugar spikes—temporary high readings—after meals can be
While memory lapses occur throughout our lives, they become more frequent—and more worrisome—as we get older. The good news is that you can take action to keep your memory intact and possibly even prevent future cognitive decline. For optimal functioning, your brain needs proper nutrition, adequate exercise, regular stimulation, minimal
Are you besieged by fatigue plus one or more nagging other problems, such as insomnia, weight gain, or depression? If so, you could be suffering from adrenal fatigue.
Specific lab tests are available to confirm an adrenal dysfunction problem, but just knowing the typical adrenal fatigue symptoms is often quite
It’s hard to believe that by altering the bacteria in your gut, you can better handle stress, improve your mood, and even treat your anxiety or depression. But an explosion of research into the fascinating world of the gut-brain connection is showing just that. We now know that you can
Have you ever walked into a room, stopped, and wondered what in the heck you were looking for in the first place? We’ve all been there. As we get older, we can become more forgetful. But it doesn’t have to be that way; the memory improvement tips we discuss here