The A list of B12 foods

It’s common for older people to have some level of vitamin B12 deficiency. This might stem not only from a poor diet, but also from age-related reduction in stomach acid, which the body needs in order to absorb B12 from food. The average adult should get 2.4 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin B12 a day, according to the National Institutes of Health, which often can be reached by ensuring people add certain everyday foods to their diet, like fortified cereal, certain fish, yogurt, and low-fat milk.   (Locked) More »

Trade bad habits for good ones

All habits, good or bad, follow a typical three-step pattern: reminder, routine, and reward. By breaking down the cycle of a bad habit, a person can identify what triggers the routine and begin to address what really needs to shift. This makes it easier to establish a pattern for new and healthier habits. More »

Ask the doctor: Best protein: animals or plants?

Men need about 0.36 grams of protein per pound of body weight every day. Animal products contain some of the highest amounts, but many sources also include high levels of saturated fat and cholesterol. Plant proteins might be a healthier choice since they also include essential vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients. (Locked) More »

HDL cholesterol: How much is enough?

When it comes to cholesterol, people want less of the “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and more of the “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) kind. This combination is often associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. But while most attention is spent on driving down bad LDL, you still have to keep your eyes on the good HDL, as some research suggests that after a certain threshold, higher levels don’t offer extra protection. (Locked) More »

Give grip strength a hand

Weak grip strength can interfere with many aspects of an active lifestyle. It also may be a signal for other health issues like lack of mobility and risk of heart attack and stroke. Performing a series of hand-specific exercises can keep a person’s grip strong and supple. (Locked) More »

Don't fall for hip fractures

Research has found that one in every two people older than 65 who fracture a hip will never be as physically active and independent as before the injury, and most will have trouble with everyday tasks like bathing, dressing, eating, and going to the bathroom. The CDC says that 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls. Taking action early to improve balance and coordination can help a person avoid falls and thus hip fractures and secure an active, healthy lifestyle. (Locked) More »

Men: talk with your doctor about resuming sex after a heart attack

A majority of men do not talk about resuming their sex life after a heart attack, which may lead to sexual problems like lack of interest and erectile difficulties. Researchers say that before being discharged from the hospital, men should expect to have a conversation with their physician about when it’s okay to resume all regular activities, including sex. If the topic does not come up, men should take the initiative. More »