Longevity. We all want it, except why does aging have go along with it? As we age we increase our risk for developing conditions like heart problems, cardiovascular disease, and stroke; type 2 diabetes; high blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides; obesity; osteoporosis; and cancer. Not to mention frailty, balance problems, osteoarthritis, erectile dysfunction, cognitive decline, dementia, loss of fertility, and insomnia. The rate of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and mood problems like depression and anxiety may also rise with age. For women, the transition into menopause can bring symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain, hair loss, and changes in sex drive.
Luckily, geriatric medicine has made a lot of progress in understanding the aging process. Even more, researchers continue to develop new tools to treat diseases – and to prevent them from occurring in the first place. While there is an undeniable genetic component in the risk of developing disease, there is also much you can do, through the lifestyle choices you make every day, to reduce your risk. Eating a healthy diet, not smoking, drinking modest amounts of alcohol, and exercising regularly actually work to keep you feeling younger longer, and more and more evidence shows just how they work, on a molecular level. Here you’ll find basic information along with the latest developments and cutting edge research on aging, illness, and prevention.
Add Life to Your Years: Exercise is the key to remaining youthful and independent. Even those with physical problems can benefit greatly from a modest program of physical activity. In fact, exercise is the treatment of choice for certain diseases. >
Redefining Health: What Does It Mean to be Healthy, and How Do We Get There?: What does it mean to be healthy? Most of us can list the things we should do or eat to live a long life. But Health psycholgists Howard S. Friedman, PhD and Leslie R. Martin, PhD have found that longevity is promoted best by a cluster of behaviors, many of which run counter to conventional wisdom. For example, working hard, even when stressed, tends to promote health, rather than erode it. >
Short Bouts of Exercise Boost Brain Health: Short bursts of activity can help memory, for people with — and without — memory problems.
Living as Long as Olympians: Olympians do seem to live longer, but their advantage is surprisingly easy for us mere mortals to equal.
Confused about Omega-3s? Just Eat Fish: To eat omega-3s or not to eat them, that is the question.
Digoxin Raises Death Rate for Some Heart Patients: For patients with the heart arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, one heart drug is the opposite of a lifesaver.p>
Nature Ignites a Creative Spark :
Too Much Sitting, Too Little Walking:
How Many Years Does Exercise Actually Add?:
Eye Drops to Prevent Cataracts:
Cholesterol: New Discoveries Overturn Old Assumptions:
Mentally and Physically Fit:
100 Years Plus:
Why Tai Chi Makes Sense for the Elderly:
Would You Want to See Your Doctor’s Notes?:
Finding the Best Hospital:
Medical Costs Often Exceed Assets :
A New “Polypill Could Save Thousands:
Determining Breast Cancer Risk:
Why Is Patient-Doctor Communication So Difficult?:
Brain and Mind
Brisk Walking Good for the Brain:
Xanax, Valium Linked to Dementia.:
Ibuprofen and Parkinson’s:
Mindfulness Relieves Loneliness:
Mediterranean Diet Helps the Aging Brain:
Computer Time Could Protect the Brain (But Don’t Forget to Exercise):