Many things affect our health. A few, such as age and genetics, we can’t control. However, lifestyle plays a major role, and we do have a say in that. Our diet—what we eat, not necessarily a weight-loss “diet”—along with stress, sleep, and physical activity, all affect how we feel today
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Think meditation is all about banishing outside thoughts, focusing on internal struggles, and listening to someone calmly guide you toward a state of relaxation? Think again. Transcendental meditation, or TM, is a widely practiced, highly effective form of repose that involves none of these things.
Yes, you sit quietly with
AVOID BINGE DRINKING TO LOWER RISK FOR COGNITIVE DECLINE
Binge drinking—or drinking to get drunk—appears to cause brain damage, and regular bingeing may lead to significantly increased risk for cognitive decline, according to research published in the March 2013 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. In women, binge drinking is
Q: Is it true that men have different symptoms of depression than women?
A: While both men and women are vulnerable to many of the same symptoms of major depression—e.g., loss of pleasure in formerly enjoyable activities, fatigue, and feelings of hopelessness—a recent study has found that men may be more
Have you ever been on your way home from work and found yourself stuck in the worst traffic imaginable? Does your kitchen sink seem to continuously find new ways to leak, no matter how many times you try to fix it? Do you get completely agitated when you can’t, for
Q: I’ve heard that chronic stress can affect memory. Is that possible?
A: If a person is under long term stress, it is possible that memory can be impaired. This is due to the side effects of a stress hormone called cortisol. If levels of this hormone remain elevated for prolonged
Arthritis can affect any joint in the body, but it is often most noticeable when it affects the hands. While it can be painful and functionally limiting, self-help strategies and medication can help ease the symptoms.
OA or RA? The most common type of arthritis in seniors is osteoarthritis (OA), in
The effects of chronic untreated depression and anxiety aren’t limited to mental and emotional suffering: They may hasten aging, as well. Research has linked long-term psychological distress with greater risk for inflammation, oxidative stress, physical disease, and premature aging and death of the body’s cells, all of which ultimately shortens
Here is a thought for the New Year: Extending the holiday spirit of altruism (selfless concern for the welfare of others) throughout the year may well be an effective way to improve your physical and mental health, and even increase your longevity. Evidence suggests that most individuals who help other
Mental Health Declines Along with Dental Health, Study Finds
A comprehensive review of 20 years worth of research on the relationship between cognitive abilities and oral health suggests that the two are linked. The researchers found that the frequency of oral health problems increases significantly in cognitively impaired older people, particularly