If you watch television, you probably notice frequent ads for diabetes medications—but, if you have diabetes, how do you know if those medications would work better for you than what you are currently taking? The answer: Discuss all of the medication options with your doctor, who can explain the risks
More Support for the Safety of Calcium
In 2013, a Swedish study found that women who took calcium supplements had a higher risk of death due to cardiovascular disease than women who got the same amount of calcium from foods alone. This report led to an investigation of the possible connection
Many of my patients report having memory problems, most commonly beginning in their early 50s. Most people are afraid that they may be showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), especially if they have seen a family member affected by it. With more patients aging healthily into their 80s and beyond,
As you get older, it is natural to be concerned about the possibility that you or a loved one will begin showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In fact, among adults who are age 65 or older, one in nine will develop AD, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. But, how
Getting a cancer diagnosis is distressing enough, but for some people, concerns about treating the cancer with chemotherapy can be equally as troubling.
A woman might worry about how chemotherapy for breast cancer may cause hair loss or otherwise alter her appearance. Or a man might be concerned about how chemotherapy
MEDITERRANEAN DIET PREVENTS BRAIN ATROPHY
Recent research provides evidence for yet another brain benefit of the healthy Mediterranean diet—an eating style which involves the consumption of plentiful amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil, whole grains, and beans, limited amounts of fish, dairy products, and wine, and occasional servings of
Study Finds Dementia Declined by 24 percent
As the population ages, the expectation is that dementia will increase. Dementia can take many forms, from the most commonly known Alzheimer’s disease, to the lesser known forms of vascular and Lewy body dementias. Regardless of type, the burden of dementia is formidable on
If you’re suffering from the pain and discomfort of gout, foods containing high levels of purine—among them organ meats and certain seafood—should be avoided. But what about foods that are safe to eat and might even help improve your condition?
Gout is caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in
Q. How important is it to regularly clean a CPAP device? I recently started using one, but haven’t cleaned it yet.
A. It is important that CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines are regularly cleaned, since this limits any bacteria buildup within the machine, and also helps to preserve the silicone
About 27 percent of adults age 65 and older don’t exercise, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Sept. 15, 2016) revealed that the numbers are even worse for people age 75 and older: thirty-five percent