Baby boomers started out so strong. Back in the early seventies, most of the 76 million boomers were poster children for health and fitness, what else could explain a single generation producing Bo Derek and even Brad Pitt? Jane Fonda starred in her first workout video in 1982 allowing people to spandex in private. “Baby boomers led an unpre...Read More
Ever have a dry mouth? It could be a sign of osteoporosis. The journal Menopause published a study showing that women in menopause who have a dry mouth are at increased risk of low calcium and osteoporosis (brittle bones). First, doctors eliminated medical reasons for a dry mouth, such as: Medication (an antihistamine, diuretic or medicine for urin...Read More
Fact: More than half of all bone fractures are in people with osteopenia rather than osteoporosis. Right now may be the perfect time to bone up on your potential fracture risk. If you haven’t heard of FRAX, it stands for Fracture Risk Assessment Tool. It was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to estimate a person’s risk of bone fractu...Read More
Could you be at risk for heart attack? According to physicians of the Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center, protecting your heart boils down to four fundamentals: family, food, fitness and friends. Family Discussing health history with family members may be just as priceless as a prized heirloom. If you have a family member who had heart dis...Read More
It’s hard to lose weight any time. But in menopause or postmenopause it’s particularly challenging. So what can you do to help shed those pounds? A recent study looked at the eating habits of 419 overweight and obese menopausal women to see what worked best. Some women got “lifestyle changes” that included regular group meetings led by a nutritioni...Read More
Why do we constantly make unhealthy choices even when we know we should do better? The real problem in making all these seemingly small decisions is this: small decisions made over and over again lead to decision fatigue, and the last thing you want when faced with a complex choice is to be so tired that you can’t even think straight.
Sarah Wilson celebrated her 100th birthday in 2016. Still involved in family and religious activities, she maintains many close personal relationships. At her retirement center, Sarah keeps a sign on her door: “I need your company more than my sleep. Please wake me.” Researchers say that Sarah’s connections with people may be a ma...Read More
It began innocently. “Why don’t you write food blogs for AFL,” Marge Mendel, my friend and fellow author suggested. It was a great idea. I could write about my favorite eats and not have to count a single calorie. Cholesterol, fat, and guilt-laden goodies filled my imagination like potato chips and M&Ms. My first blogs were about chocolate and ...Read More
The benefits of building muscle range from physical to psychological. You might think that spending your free time in front of the TV with a big bowl of popcorn is better than slaving away at the treadmill. While you think it’s easier, it doesn’t produce any benefit except for remaining updated on who scored the winning goal! Exercising...Read More
You may have heard that losing weight is as easy as eating less and exercising more. Well it is true—taking in fewer calories than you use each day is the simplest way to lose weight. Never mind the fad diets, weight-loss pills, and herbal remedies—it all comes down to a balanced diet and a regular exercise program. Using the Body Mas...Read More
Aging is a natural part of getting older, and while we all should embrace our age, it doesn’t mean we have to look and feel like a geezer. Our lifestyles and diets play a significant role in how young our bodies look and feel. Follow these tips for a healthy, happy, good-looking body.