The overwhelming majority of older Americans are likely to experience a decline in at least one of their senses over the years, according to a new study—and many have problems in multiple sensory areas. And because the earlier sensory changes are recognized and treated, the better individuals are able to
If you’ve been feeling bone pain, your doctor may take one look at that stiff, swollen joint or that loss of motion and suspect that what you’ve got is the inevitable onset of age-related osteoarthritis (OA) or the autoimmune disorder that leads to rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
But to refine that diagnosis,
Q. About two years ago, I became a vegan. My doctor said that, while a vegan diet is good in many ways, I should be aware of vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms. What are the signs that I might be low in B12?
A. Vitamin B12 is found in fish, meat, poultry, eggs, and
Don’t be misled by the “pre” in prediabetes—even though the condition is not yet full-blown diabetes, it’s likely to become so if you ignore it.
Prediabetes and diabetes occur because you have too much glucose (sugar) in your blood. Insulin, a hormone produced by your pancreas, helps transport glucose from your
There are many minimally invasive cosmetic treatments that promise to help aging faces look more refreshed. But can these less invasive procedures really make a difference for people in their late 50s and beyond? The short answer is yes.
“It’s crucial that the procedure fit the patient,” explains UCLA facial plastic
The word “pre” may sound innocuous, but a prediabetes diagnosis is one to be taken very seriously. According to cardiologist Karol Watson, MD, UCLA Medical Center, the leading cause of death for people with diabetes is heart disease.
“The damage doesn’t just start once diabetes is diagnosed,” explains Dr. Watson. “The
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: What is the evidence on goldenseal and cancer risk?
A: Goldenseal is a perennial herb in the buttercup family, native to Canada and the U.S. Native Americans introduced goldenseal to early settlers as part of their traditional medicine to treat digestive problems, skin disorders, and irritated eyes. Today, the supplement
According to a recent study (Hepatology, Oct. 3, 2016), the number of hospitalizations for cirrhosis of the liver nearly doubled from 371,000 in 2001 to 659,000 in 2011. Cirrhosis causes healthy tissue to be gradually replaced by scar tissue that impedes blood flow through the liver, impacting liver function and
One of the most obvious signs you’re getting older is changes in your skin: fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of volume that develop due to a decrease in the production of two important structural proteins (collagen and elastin), diminished hyaluronic acid (a skin compound that holds in moisture), and changes