The new state of statins

Statin therapy continues to help men lower their cholesterol levels, which can reduce their risk for heart attack or stroke. Yet, new guidelines and research suggest that statins’ benefits do not apply to everyone. Men need to consider all factors like side effects, realistic expectations, and their overall risk for heart attack and stroke before deciding on statin therapy. (Locked) More »

As an ex-smoker, am I still at high risk for lung cancer?

Quitting smoking is the best health move any person can make. Improved lung function and lower heart attack risk can happen almost immediately after someone quits smoking, but it takes more than 10 years of not smoking to see a dramatic decrease in cancer risk. (Locked) More »

How should I treat canker sores?

Short summary: Canker sores are small ulcers that appear on the inside of the cheeks and lips. Treatment involves easing the pain with over-the-counter or prescription anesthetics in the form of liquids, gels, and pastes, or an occlusive that offers a protective coating when eating salty, spicy, or acidic foods. (Locked) More »

Thinking good thoughts

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help men deal with negative thinking caused by many common psychological issues that can arise from changing life issues, such as anxiety, depression, fear, compulsive disorders, and phobias. With CBT, people work with a therapist to help identify their negative thoughts and learn how to respond in a more positive way. (Locked) More »

More green, less red

A semi-vegetarian diet can help men adopt a more plant-based diet in which they cut out the red and processed meat and eat healthier animal products like seafood and poultry only occasionally. This can increase their intake of antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals, and fiber while cutting back on the quantity and frequency of meat, which can contain high amounts of saturated fats, sodium, and chemical additives. (Locked) More »

Tired of being fatigued

Regular fatigue should not be accepted as a normal part of aging. If fatigue appears suddenly or becomes more frequent, it could be related to several common conditions or lifestyle changes that require medical attention, such as anemia, heart disease, an under active thyroid, or depression, sleep apnea, or medication side effects. More »

The lowdown on constipation

About one-third of adults ages 60 and older report at least occasional constipation, which can leave them feeling bloated, uncomfortable, and sluggish. However, constipation is often easy to treat and manage with diet modifications, like adding more fiber and drinking enough water, and adopting regular exercise. (Locked) More »