Can any vitamins stop my glaucoma from getting worse?

No convincing studies show that vitamins or dietary supplements can treat glaucoma once it is diagnosed, but a higher intake of green leafy vegetables like lettuce, kale, and spinach is linked to a lower risk of developing glaucoma. Diet may be more effective at preventing glaucoma than treating it once it appears. (Locked) More »

Does prostate cancer screening matter?

Updated guidelines for PSA testing suggest it offers only a small potential benefit for reducing the chance of dying of prostate cancer for men ages 55 to 69, and is not recommended for men age 70 and older. The guidelines may help protect men from unnecessary biopsies, radiation treatment, and even surgery. While the decision to have regular screening is never simple, it is a personal choice that depends on many factors, like a man’s age, level of risk, and family history. More »

An easier way to set and achieve health goals

The desire to accomplish goals is crucial to keeping older men’s mental and physical skills sharp. Yet the need to accomplish goals is crucial to keeping older men’s mental and physical skills sharp. Identifying what is important to them right now and keeping their goals defined, achievable, and realistic can help men find and meet goals that can boost their overall well-being. More »

Take a stand against sitting

More than half of the average person’s waking hours are spent sitting. All that sitting can increase risk for heart disease and early death. Yet a person can offset sitting’s health risks by doing just two minutes of light-intensity activity like walking for each hour of sitting, and at least an hour of moderate-intensity exercise after sitting for more than eight hours a day. (Locked) More »

Keep on driving

An older man’s health tends to go downhill after he loses the ability to drive. Driving keeps men more independent and increases their ability to socialize, visit the doctor, or go exercise. The best ways to ensure men stay behind the wheel is to sharpen certain physical and cognitive skills, as well as reviewing other aspects that affect driving ability, such as medication side effects and car accessories. (Locked) More »

What’s the right blood pressure number for you?

Updated guidelines for treating hypertension in adults ages 60 and older suggest doctors offer treatment for people with no history of heart disease only if their systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) is at or above 150 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). Yet, instead of focusing on a certain number, many experts believe that the right blood pressure target depends on the individual’s specific health condition. (Locked) More »