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A Simple Way to Prevent Sarcopenia, or Age-Related Muscle Loss

A Simple Way to Prevent Sarcopenia, or Age-Related Muscle Loss

Sarcopenia, the loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength, is a major problem as people age. It can lead to disability, osteoporosis, falls, hospital stays, and even death.[1] Wondering how to prevent sarcopenia? Taking a few natural steps now can improve muscle health and help maintain autonomy and well-being into

4 Types of Dementia and Their Warning Signs

4 Types of Dementia and Their Warning Signs

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common of the various types of dementia and has become something of a “catch-all” term for severe cognitive impairment, but it isn’t the only type of dementia to which older adults are vulnerable.

“Figuring out which type a person has is important, since the drug treatments that

8. Surgery Is for a Minority

Only a small minority of people who battle low back pain will need surgery. Back pain surgery is either done in an emergency or electively (by choice). In this chapter, we’ll consider what goes into the decision to choose elective surgery as well as the situations that create the need

10. Beverages with Benefits

Foods aren’t the only way to get important nutrients as you age—certain beverages also can contribute beneficial nutrients. You can think of these beverages as a form of “liquid plants,” since they are derived from plants and retain many of their sources’ healthy nutrients, especially the phytonutrients. The most convincing

9. The Facts on Fats

If you’re like most Americans, according to a Gallup survey, one of your goals for a healthy diet is to limit consumption of all fats. That’s no longer scientifically sound advice, although you can hardly be blamed for this way of thinking. After all, for years, we were told to

8. Expand Your Protein Options

Despite what you might hear from food companies, most Americans get plenty of protein. The picture may be somewhat different for older individuals, however. An emerging scientific consensus says some older adults could benefit from increasing their protein intake beyond the current dietary recommendations. Evidence also is mounting that the

6. Fiber-Rich Grains Aid Healthy Aging

A component found in many plant foods that has been linked with being disease- and disability-free in older age might surprise you: It’s dietary fiber. Researchers who followed some 1,600 initially healthy people, ages 49 and older, for 10 years reported that those with the highest intake of fiber had

Cardiac Ablation Keeps AFib at Bay

If the human body were a band, the heart would be the drummer—keeping steady time and guiding the rest of the musicians. In people with atrial fibrillation (AFib), though, the drummer has lost the beat. AFib is most frequently caused by cells in the pulmonary veins in the upper left

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