A new look at testosterone therapy

Millions of older men have turned to testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) to restore hormone levels in hopes of refueling depleted energy and reigniting their sex drive. While TRT remains controversial because of its potential health risks, it can be a viable option for a subgroup of men who meet specific criteria.  More »

Should you take “senior” multivitamins?

There is little scientific proof that multivitamins or special “senior” vitamin formulas helps you live longer, feel better, or avoid disease. Spending money on fresh fruits and vegetables is a wiser and healthier investment. (Locked) More »

Concern about recurring hiccups

Hiccups are often caused by many everyday situations, including distention of the stomach (which can be the result of overeating), swallowing air, or drinking carbonated beverages. They usually go away on their own, but episodes that last longer than 48 hours could be a sign of certain medical problems.  (Locked) More »

Back to school

The process of learning and acquiring new information and experiences, like through structured college and local community center classes, can increase cognitive functions and lower the effects of mental aging.  The goal is not to earn a degree, but to keep mental activity thriving. (Locked) More »

Too much of a good thing?

Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), which are used to treat a variety of gastrointestinal problems, are the third most popular drug in the United States. But recent studies show their constant use may be linked to an increased risk of heart attack, fractures, and dementia. This has shed light on the potential dangers of long-term medication, especially those like PPIs that help to manage an ongoing condition.  (Locked) More »

Sunscreen confusion

Even if men are aware of the dangers of sun exposure, new research shows most do not follow basic guidelines. Proper use of sunscreen and sun protection can help older men avoid being among the one in five who will get skin cancer during his lifetime.  (Locked) More »

Turn away from neck pain

Approximately 80% of people experience neck pain during their lifetime, and 20% to 50% deal with it annually. Besides the obvious physical discomfort, neck pain can trigger headaches and cause numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arms, and may be linked to medical problems, including rheumatoid arthritis or infection. Making certain lifestyle changes can keep your neck strong, healthy, and pain-free.  (Locked) More »

Dietary nitrate may lower risk of glaucoma

Eating 10 servings of green leafy vegetables per week, or about 1.5 cups per day, may lower a person’s risk for primary open-angle glaucoma by 20% to 30%. These foods are rich in nitrate, which can help reduce eye pressure and improve blood flow to the optic nerve. More »

Moderate and intense exercise may slow brain aging by 10 years

Another reason to turn up the exercise intensity: It may keep your brain young. An observational study published online March 23, 2016 in Neurology examined 876 people, average age 71, who were enrolled in the Northern Manhattan Study. The participants were asked how long and often they exercised prior to the study. Approximately 90% reported either no exercise or light exercise, such as walking and yoga; 10% did higher intensity activities like running and aerobics. An average of seven years later, each person was given a brain MRI and tests on memory and thinking skills. The tests were repeated five years after that. More »