Aspirin: Heart healthy but know the risks

Daily aspirin is recommended for those with existing cardiovascular disease, such as previous heart attack or stroke. For otherwise healthy men without a previous heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular problem, the small potential benefit of aspirin must be weighed against the risk of unwanted bleeding. Certain factors make a person more likely to experience bleeding in the stomach, intestines, or brain because of aspirin. Such risk factors include older age, history of previous bleeding, previous ulcer, or current use of medications known to raise the risk of bleeding. A doctor can evaluate these competing influences and make an individualized recommendation. More »

Drugs for enlarged prostate: Is cancer a side effect?

The medications dutasteride (Avodart) or finasteride (Proscar) are used to treat symptoms of noncancerous enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The drugs slightly lower the chance of low-risk prostate cancer while slightly increasing the risk of aggressive prostate cancer. Men must weigh the small long-term cancer risk associated with these drugs against the value of immediate relief of bothersome urinary symptoms caused by BPH. (Locked) More »

Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity

Celiac disease is an allergic reaction to gluten protein in food that causes symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, and bloating. Non-celiac gluten sensitivity causes similar symptoms to celiac but is not an allergic reaction and does not cause permanent intestinal damage. When adopting a gluten-free diet, it’s important to maintain adequate nutritional quality. There are no proven health benefits of eating a gluten-free diet unless a person is allergic or sensitive to gluten. (Locked) More »

Don't let mobility sneak out the door

The ability to leave the home and move around freely without assistance is essential to living a healthy, independent life. Losing that mobility can lead to a spiral of health problems and a higher risk for premature death. A recent large clinical trial confirmed that loss of mobility can be reduced with regular exercise for strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance. More »

Successful aging: Who stays healthy?

A new concept of successful aging includes more than just freedom from major chronic illnesses like heart disease and cancer. It also means freedom from physical disability, loss of memory and mental skills, and major mental health issues. Certain lifestyle measures make a person more likely to achieve successful aging. These include healthy diet and body weight, regular exercise, and moderate alcohol consumption. (Locked) More »

Testosterone testing is more flexible in older men

A study found that in men older than 45, afternoon testosterone measurements were nearly the same as those based on blood drawn in the early morning. In men younger than 45, morning and afternoon test results varied markedly. (Locked) More »

Light jogging linked to longer life

A study found that compared with not running at all, even five to 10 minutes a day of low-intensity running may be enough exercise to extend life if performed regularly and long-term. (Locked) More »