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Ask the doctor: Why am I getting shorter?

After age 40, people lose a little less than half an inch in height with each decade. One can try to avoid losing height by eating foods with calcium, getting enough vitamin D, and staying physically active. (Locked) More »

Battling breathlessness

Shortness of breath is one of the most common problems people bring to their doctors. The most obvious causes such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and coronary artery disease are relatively easy to uncover with a battery of standard tests. For some people, however, the source of the problem remains frustratingly elusive. Advanced cardiopulmonary testing that measures heart and lung function during exercise can often provide answers. (Locked) More »

Don't just sit there

Too much time spent sitting is linked to an increased risk for developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, and an increased risk of dying from any cause. Experts recommend reducing sedentary time by two or three hours in a day. One way to get more active is to stand up and move around for one to three minutes every half-hour. Suggestions for short bursts of activity include standing while talking on the phone, folding laundry, or using a laptop; and exercising during commercial breaks while watching TV. (Locked) More »

Easy-does-it jogging may lead to a longer life

In one study, people who took a leisurely jog just a few times a week lived longer than those who avoided jogging. The joggers who reaped the longevity benefit ran for a total of one to 2.5 hours per week at a pace of about 5 mph. (Locked) More »

Osteoarthritis relief without more pills

For mild osteoarthritis, an occasional dose of an over-the-counter pain reliever may be all that’s needed to keep the pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis in check. But as osteoarthritis gets worse, men may become interested in ways to cope with pain and other symptoms without taking more medications. The main options are weight control, exercise, and physical therapy, especially for knee and hip arthritis. Some physical therapists offer additional services, such as ultrasound and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) . Some people with osteoarthritis find acupuncture helpful. The evidence for “joint support” dietary supplements, in contrast, is poor. More »

The downside of too much sitting

More than half of the average person’s waking hours are spent sitting: watching television, working at a computer, or doing other physically inactive pursuits. But all that sedentary behavior may put people at a higher risk for heart disease, as well as shortening their lives—even if they exercise up to one hour a day. Experts recommend taking steps to sit less throughout the day, such as standing while talking on the phone and doing light exercise during television commercials. (Locked) More »

Could that leg pain be peripheral artery disease?

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is marked by leg pain or fatigue that develops after a person has been walking or climbing stairs for a few minutes. It develops when atherosclerosis has narrowed the arteries carrying oxygen-rich blood to the leg muscles. People who have PAD must quit smoking, as well as get high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes under control. Treatment for PAD is often as simple as a walking program but may include surgery to improve blood flow. (Locked) More »