Reducing stress works better than supplements for heart disease

Complementary and alternative medicine is popular among people with heart disease, but not all of it works.  A survey at the Mayo Clinic found that heart patients use complementary and alternative medicine such as dietary supplements. Fish oil and antioxidant vitamins are popular, but the evidence says they don't prevent or treat heart problems. Eating fish to obtain beneficial oils may help, but not in the form of supplements.  Yoga, meditation, and other alternative medical practices are proven to help heart with heart disease.  (Locked) More »

Get your heart pumping in the fight against forgetfulness

Regular moderately intense exercise up to 150 minutes per week releases brain chemicals that support better memory, concentration, and mental sharpness. Exercise also maintains healthy blood pressure and weight, helps you feel more energetic, lifts your mood, lowers stress and anxiety, and keeps your heart healthy. To get the most brain benefit, exercise regularly to get your heart rate up to 70% of maximum. To succeed at exercise, do it with a partner, outdoors, and in a way that is fun for you. More »

Weak kidneys? Pay attention but don't worry excessively

A heart-healthy diet and lifestyle will protect your kidneys. But kidney function declines with age in some people, although it doesn’t necessarily cause a problem unless you have other health conditions. Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar (diabetes) all harm the kidneys and can lead to chronic kidney disease. Once kidney function reaches a certain low level, extra steps such as kidney-protecting medication may be necessary. Proven steps to slow down declining kidney function are to keep your blood pressure and blood sugar within norms, lower your cholesterol, and don't eat too much protein, which can strain weak kidneys. (Locked) More »

Free preventive services for men

Men can now obtain preventive health services at lower cost under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Medicare and most private insurance plans must waive co-pays and deductibles for certain preventive screening tests. Make sure the screenings you have done are really necessary and appropriate. Free screenings available check for aortic aneurysms, cardiovascular risk, colorectal cancer, and prostate cancer. The new law also provides for free wellness visits for people on Medicare. (Locked) More »

Osteoporosis update for men

With aging comes a greater risk for osteoporosis: a decline in bone strength that puts you at risk of fractures. Men lose bone strength at an older age than women. Osteoporosis is less common in men at all ages. A man can take steps to prevent bone loss and harmful fractures and may choose to be screened for bone loss if his doctor thinks he can benefit. (Locked) More »