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Health Benefits of Blueberries

With summer now upon us, it’s time for blueberry season. Blueberries have long been a favorite summertime snack. However, what you might not know is just how good for you those little blueberries really are. Here are some of the health benefits that they can bring to the table. Blueberries have many vitamins and minerals […]

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Your Brain and Cholesterol

A study led by Dr. Roelof Smit, a researcher at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, found that changes in LDL cholesterol levels may be especially damaging to cognitive functions—your memory, attention, language, and ability to reason.1 His study, published in the peer-review journal Circulation, followed more than 4,000 people between the ages of […]

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Caregivers Need Care

Every day, millions of people across the United States give care to people with mental and physical challenges. They range from family members to trained aides to nurses. No matter which category they are in there is always the risk for mental and physical exhaustion. Fortunately, there are steps and strategies one can use to […]

Falls in Older Persons: Risk Factors and Prevention. Picture of a young black female aide assisting an older black female getting up after a fall.

Falls in Older Persons: Risk Factors and Prevention

Falls are a marker of frailty, immobility, and acute and chronic health impairment in older persons. Falls in turn diminish function by causing injury, activity limitations, fear of falling, and loss of mobility. Most injuries in the elderly are the result of falls; fractures of the hip, forearm, humerus, and pelvis usually result from the […]

Diabetes and Nerve Damage. Picture of an older caucasian female holding a meter used to check blood sugar levels.

Diabetes and Nerve Damage

Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage that can occur in people with diabetes. Different types of nerve damage cause different symptoms. Symptoms can range from pain and numbness in your feet to problems with the functions of your internal organs. Over time, high blood glucose levels, also called blood sugar, and high levels of fats, such […]

Social Isolation Causes Health Effects for Seniors. Picture of an older caucasian male holding onto his head as if in frustration or sadness.

Social Isolation Causes Health Effects for Seniors

Social isolation and loneliness are common problems among older adults, and are linked to several health conditions, such as depression and heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social isolation is a lack of social connection, and loneliness is the feeling of being alone, regardless of the amount of social […]

Fall Prevention in Older Adults. Picture of an elderly caucasian female being assisted with her walker by a young caucasian female physical therapist.

Fall Prevention in Older Adults

Every year one out of four older adults, those 65 and older, suffers a fall. 1 These falls can be serious and costly. Many falls do not cause injuries, but one out of five causes a serious injury such as a broken bone or head injury. 2,3 There are many conditions that contribute to falls. […]

Running and Cardiovascular Mortality. Picture of a caucasian female running along a beach at the water's edge.

Running and Cardiovascular Mortality

Running is a popular leisure-time activity, but little is known about the long-term effects of running on mortality. The World Health Organization and the U.S. Government have released guidelines recommending at least 75 minutes of high-intensity or 150 minutes moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week. [1,2] The Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study was conducted to examine the […]

Flu and Diabetes. Picture of a young caucasian female with a tissue in her hand, getting ready to sneeze.

Flu and Diabetes

School is back in session in most places, and the cold and flu season is almost here. We all need to be aware, but people with diabetes need to be extra vigilant. Those with diabetes, even when well-managed, are at a higher risk of developing serious complications from the flu. In recent seasons, about 30% […]

Skinny or Fit for Longer Life? Picture of an elderly caucasian male working out with light dumbbells under the supervision of a younger caucasian female physical therapist.

Skinny or Fit for Longer Life?

People are constantly being told to watch their weight, but perhaps the advice should be watching their muscle mass. Research recently published in The American Journal of Medicine suggests that muscle mass index serves as a better predictor of long life than weight. [1] Most health care professionals are trained to focus on body mass […]