Step up your walking workouts

Walking can improve cardiovascular health, strengthen the immune system, and help manage weight. Yet it’s easy to make walks too passive. To provide the full benefits of walking, workouts need to pose a challenge and be tailored to meet specific fitness goals. The best way to do this is to adjust routines to focus more on intensity, strength, and endurance. More »

Is male menopause real?

In general, men don’t really go through "menopause" because testosterone levels slowly decline over many decades. Symptoms such as low energy and decreased sex drive can sometimes be related to low testosterone levels that may improve with replacement therapy. (Locked) More »

Put your brain to the challenge

The brain has the capacity to "grow" as a person ages. Exposure to challenging experiences and tasks that require a person to learn and memorize information and skills stimulates the brain to form new neural connections, an ability called neuroplasticity. This  helps to maintain, and may even improve, memory and other brain functions. (Locked) More »

Go big green

Studies show that people who regularly adhere to the Mediterranean diet lower their risk of cardiovascular disease, many types of cancer, and cognitive decline with age. But it’s possible that this healthy diet can be made even healthier. New research suggests that making the diet "greener" by boosting amounts of dark green vegetables, green tea, and plant proteins high in the micronutrients known as polyphenols offers even greater benefits. (Locked) More »

Don’t let vertigo spin out of control

Vertigo is a distinct type of dizziness. An estimated 40% of adults suffer from it at least once in their lifetime, with the risk rising with age. Besides being particularly scary, vertigo can be dangerous because it increases a person’s chance of falling. While there is no cure for most causes of vertigo, there are ways to reduce symptoms during an attack and help avoid recurrent episodes. A doctor can usually identify the type of vertigo and the best course of action. (Locked) More »

Here comes the sun

Men have many skin challenges as they age, including wrinkles, lines, spots, and discoloration. Older men also are at greater risk for skin cancers. Without adequate sun protection, these issues can become more frequent and severe. Therefore, men need to be even more diligent about sun protection to prevent further damage and shield them from skin cancer. That means following proper sunscreen protocol and wearing proper clothing and other protection when outside. (Locked) More »

Bleeding gums? You may need more vitamin C

Bleeding gums may be a sign of insufficient vitamin C in a person’s diet. People can reach the recommended daily intake of 90 milligrams (mg) by eating more vitamin C–rich foods, such as kale, oranges, peppers, and kiwis, or by taking a 100-mg to 200-mg vitamin C supplement every day. More »