26
Jan

Solitary Confinement – The Health Risks of Social Isolation

There have been a number of recent reports about the importance of socialization and the risks of social isolation. This topic has become increasingly important for people in middle age who often have routines that keep them isolated and for the elderly who are also challenged by isolation. I’ve summed up the facts in this …

7
Nov

Your Belly Fat a Clue to Metabolic Syndrome

Are you struggling with midlife belly fat? Belly fat can mean much more more than how you look or your jeans or dress size. Your jelly belly may be a clue you’ve got metabolic syndrome. I’m discussing metabolic syndrome in honor of Diabetes Awareness Month. In the U.S., 114 million people either have diabetes or …

2
Nov

Diabetes Song in Honor of Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month. And diabetes definitely needs more awareness. There are approximately 114 million people in the U.S. affected by diabetes. 30 million have the disease and 84 million more people have prediabetes meaning their blood sugar is elevated but not yet quite to the point that they are diagnosed with diabetes.   …

13
Jul

Glucosamine, Exercise and Menopause Symptoms

Are you suffering from arthritis? Worried about diabetes? In or around menopause? The June issue of Menopause had new information about glucosamine, a common over-the-counter supplement.   First of all, arthritis and arthritic pain is extremely common. It affects over 40 million people in the United States and over 350 million people worldwide. Most people …

3
May

How Exercise Alleviates Depression

The CDC reports that more than 1 in 9 Americans over age 12 take an antidepressant – and 60% will be on it for 2 years or more. Yet, several studies have shown that moderate exercise can be as effective as taking an antidepressant for mild to moderate depression. You don’t have to be a …

15
Dec

Exercise During the Holidays to Lift Depression

The holidays are a time of joy and happiness. But sometimes this time of year can leave you feeling a bit low. You want to do something about it, but what? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) more than 1 in 9 Americans over age 12 take an antidepressant and 60% will be …

27
Aug

Hot Flashes May Cost Nearly $14 Billion Annually

As women enter menopause, hot flashes are one of the most common symptoms, and they are a real nuisance. Hot flashes keep you up at night, they can be embarrassing, they are uncomfortable, unpleasant, and unpredictable. But what isn’t talked about or even realized is the enormous impact they have on women in the workforce …

16
Jun

Happy Father's Day

Hope you enjoyed Father’s Day. I’d like to share a song I wrote about the meaning of the day. It’s called My Old Man.  

3
Jan

The Nutritional Quality of Fast Food Meals

It seems there is less and less time for home cooked meals so there is lots of eating on the run as work days compress lengthen and free time seems to disappear in our 24/7 world.   And we all know that the holiday season we’ve just passed through is notorious for adding a few …

10
Dec

Too Much Sugar Causes Memory Loss

We know too much sugar is bad for our waistline.  Now a new study from Mayo Clinic and reported in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease has shown that the people over 70 who ate the most carbohydrates relative to protein and fat approached being 4 times greater risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, which is …

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