The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology published cholesterol guidelines early in November aimed at preventing a first heart attack or stroke, which sparked controversy among researchers and has been heavily covered by media.
According to media reports, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston charged that the guidelines relied on old data and that the formula over-estimates cardiovascular risk in certain individuals, which can result in unnecessary, or over treatment.
The fifth commandment instructs us to “honor your mother and your father.” Last time I checked, there is no social commandment instructing our elders to hide their gray. The veneration that our tradition gives to a person with gray hair is undermined by a nip-and-tuck culture. People in large numbers persist in trying to mask the natural effects of aging, which creates a false hierarchy of youth and communicates that those who are older are less valued.
As part of our commitment to improve the lives of older adults, we like to cull our resources and ask our senior care experts to share their expertise or advice on a number of senior health concerns by regularly contributing articles for our website and blog.
We recently pulled 50 of these articles together into a downloadable ebook, “ReAge Your Personal Health: A wellness guide for older adults,” which contains many of the articles featured on our main site and blog.
Have you noticed that acupuncture has been appearing in the media more and more over the past couple of years? Articles have graced the black and white pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe and color spreads appeared in Time and Newsweek magazines. Television talk shows abound with info on how acupuncture is good for back pain, knee pain, and the nausea of chemotherapy.
Strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. A stroke occurs when blood circulation to the brain fails, primarily due to a blood clot or narrowing of the artery leading to the brain. This deprives the brain of much-needed oxygen and nutrients. As scary as this can sound, there are steps you can take to lower your risk of suffering a stroke.
Checking blood pressure is a normal part of most visits to your doctor’s office, but many patients don’t understand what the numbers mean from a medical and health perspective. It’s important to understand the basics of blood pressure, especially as we age, since high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, kidney disease and stroke, contributing to more than 275,000 deaths each year.
I often hear my patients say, “If only people spoke more clearly, I wouldn’t have as much trouble hearing.” Although damage to the hair cells of the inner ear does cause some inherent distortion in the received speech signal, it is true that clear spoken speech CAN make listening easier for hearing impaired people. Research suggests that in less than an hour, partners of people with a hearing loss can improve their ability to be understood by 40% or more, even in noisy backgrounds. So, what IS “clear speech”?
• Speaking slightly slower, with more precise pronunciation
It’s one of the most simple, but important things you can do for your body – drink plenty of water. Next to oxygen, water is the most significant nutrient your body needs to function properly. It makes up nearly 70 percent of the human body and plays a vital role in nearly every bodily function, including regulating temperature and carrying nutrients throughout the body.
Every June, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country as a way to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men. I’m thrilled by any opportunity to offer patients more information when it comes to their health, so that they are empowered to make the best decisions possible.