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Expert: How Older Adults Can Reduce Risk of Deadly Falls
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Falling — the unexpected collapse to the floor or other surface —has been called the “next tsunami of health care problems” by leading podiatrist and fall prevention expert Dr. David Griffin of Kaiser Permanente Medical Group.Falls are also the leading reason for emergency room visits by people aged 45 to 64 as well as older adults, Trevor Meyerowitz, PT, director of Rehabilitation for Preferred Physical Associates in Florida tells Newsmax. That results in 1.6 million ER admissions each year. And as Baby Boomers age, that number, too, will increase.

“There are many reasons that older adults are more prone to falling unexpectedly,” says Meyerowitz. “They develop muscle weakness, especially in the legs. Often the problem is poor balance when the brain fails to get the correct sensory input from the ocular system or the eyes, the vestibular system or the inner ears or the somatosensory system which involves the feet, muscles and ligaments relaying information back to the brain.”Often seniors develop slower reflexes that cause them to trip over something and are unable to catch their fall in time, he says. Surprisingly, closets are the number one location for falls.

“People can’t take their walkers in because the door is often too narrow, the lighting is poor and if they do lose their balance they put out their hand to catch themselves but can only grab onto hanging clothes,” he explains.

So the number one suggestion to prevent potentially deadly falls is to improve lighting throughout the house, adding nightlights especially on the way to the bathroom, he says. “Many of my patients fall at night on the way to the bathroom.”

Remove all clutter from the floor including towels in the bathroom, phone cords and area rugs.
  • Use non-slip bath mats outside the shower or tub, and place non-slip strips on the floor of the shower or tub.
  • Install grab bars in the shower and toilet and use a shower chair to wash one’s feet.
  • Rearrange furniture in the home so that you can walk safely and unobstructed from room to room.
  • Do not use a foot stool to reach items in the home. Place frequently used items within easy reach to reduce the risk of falling.
  • Some medications can increase your risk of falling. According to Harvard Medical School these include antidepressants, blood pressure meds, anti-anxiety drugs, pain relievers and sleep aids. Don’t try to get up out of bed too quickly. Sit up and make sure you aren’t’ too dizzy to rise.

Meyerowitz says that you can improve your balance training with a physical therapist to increase muscle strength, flexibility, and reflexes. You can also do simple exercises such as standing on one foot and then the other for 30 seconds when brushing your teeth. Or sit on a chair and get up and down several times to build muscle strength and balance.

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Do You Want to Live Longer?

If you want to live longer, get treated by a woman doctor.

According to to a study published By JAMA Internal Medicine,  32000 lives a year could be saved a year when female physicians were taking care of elderly patients in a hospital setting versus those taken care by male physicians. Although the analysis cannot prove  that the gender of the physicians is the determining factor, the researchers made multiple efforts to rule out other explanations. However they could not find any other explanations. There was a 0.4% points reduction in deaths which translate to the same amount as car crashes that end fatally each year.

In general women are more likely to adhere to clinical guidelines and counsel patients on preventive care. They are also more communicative then men . There were also less re hospitalizations of patients cared by women physicians. There was also a drop in mortality. Female doctors tend to be more patient-centered, talk about and factor in psychological and emotional issues and are better judges of nonverbal cues. Having a female physician is an asset!

However women physicians are discriminated upon and are paid less than their male colleagues.

How Much Sleep Do We Need?

How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?
If you often feel sluggish in the afternoon or rely on the snooze button, there is a chance that you don’t get enough sleep. Unfortunately, failure to get quality sleep can cause more severe problems than simply feeling sluggish at certain times.
It can make you less capable of making good decisions, less productive, and increase the likelihood to be involved in a car accident and die prematurely.
This might be, partly, because lack of adequate sleep can interfere with your cognitive performance.
How many sleep-hours do you need?
Most people feel quite satisfied with inadequate sleep as long as they can get by. But it is important to note that there is a significant difference between the amount of sleep you need to really function optimally and the amount you need to just get by.
So does it mean there is standard sleep duration? Sleep requirements actually vary from one person to another. Healthy adults need between seven-to-nine hours of quality sleep per night to be able to function optimally.
Children and teens, however, need more than this.
Official recommendations provided by the National Sleep Foundations are broken down by age group as follows:
Newborn to three months 14-17 hours
Four to 11 months 12-15 hours
One to two years 11-14 hours
Three to five years 10-13 hours
Six to thirteen years 9-12 hours
14 to 17 years 8-10 hours
Young adults (18-25 years) 7-9 hours
Adults 26 to 64 7-9 hours
Older Adults (65 and above) 7-8 hours
If you now think six hours of sleep can be enough for you, think again. Only less than three percent of the population has a gene that enables them to do well with a six-hour sleep at night. For the rest of the population, six hours simply don’t work. Getting enough sleep at night is important to staying healthy. So ensure you are sleeping well at night. Avoid or minimize habits that can interfere with the quality of your sleep such as taking caffeine and eating sugary foods at night. Also embrace others like sticking to a regular sleep schedule and getting exercise.

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The clinical importance of declining testosterone levels in older men is unclear.
In older men, persistent, unequivocally low testosterone levels accompanied by signs and symptoms suggestive of androgen deficiency can be considered late-onset hypogonadism.
Serum testosterone levels gradually decline as men age, but the degree to which this happens, as well as the extent of associated clinical changes, is variable. The clinical importance of this decline is controversial, however. Recognizing this variability and understanding what may be considered changes in body function due to “normal aging” versus potentially treatable age-related testosterone (or androgen) deficiency is crucial in the care of older men.
Free testosterone is considered the biologically active form of the hormone. When it comes to low testosterone, what is normal senescence? What is illness?
Symptoms and signs suggestive of androgen deficiency in older men include reduced libido, low bone mineral density and height loss, and, less specifically, decreased energy, anemia, depressed mood, reduced muscle strength and bulk, and increased body fat. When these signs and symptoms accompany significantly lower levels of both types of testosterone, the patient may be diagnosed with late-onset hypogonadism. Cutoffs for the definition of low testosterone vary, although generally accepted values are ≤200 or ≤300 ng/dL of total testosterone.
The Endocrine Society updated its clinical guidelines on androgen deficiency evaluation and treatment in 2010. It proposed a practical approach to evaluating testosterone deficiency in older men who present with low libido, decreased energy, depressed mood, osteoporosis, or recent fracture. If a clinician suspects testosterone deficiency, the first step should include an early morning total testosterone measurement. If the level is <300 ng/dL, the patient should be evaluated for pituitary or testicular disease and androgen treatment may be considered.

What is healthier a bear claw or a cookie or a soda?

Sugary beverages are among the top sources of calories and added sugar in the American diet.
A 20-ounce serving of Dr Pepper contains 64 grams of added sugar — or 14 grams more than the maximum amount recommended for daily consumption under the United States Dietary Guidelines for 2015-20.
Thus you get less added sugar eating one chocolate chip cookie, one bear claw or blueberry muffin than drinking a 20-ounce serving of Pepsi.
Under regulations established by the Food and Drug Administration during the Obama administration, makers of packaged foods like cereal, cookies and spaghetti sauce will have to add a line to the nutrition panels on their products disclosing the amount of added sugar. Companies have until mid-2018 to comply; it is unknown whether the Trump administration will alter the initiative.
Moreover, it doesn’t apply to restaurants.
Panera a health caring restaurant has also reformulated two of its proprietary drinks, Passion Papaya Green Tea and Agave Lemonade, reducing their sugar content by roughly 40 percent. Passion Papaya now contains 30 grams of added sugar in a 20-ounce serving without ice, while the same size serving of Agave Lemonade contains 34 grams of added sugar.
Those drinks, together with Blood Orange Lemonade, will be labeled “medium sweetened” with the amount of added sugar in them noted.
Panera is also offering three drinks with no added sugar — Iced Black Tea, Plum Ginger Hibiscus Tea and Prickly Pear Hibiscus Agua Fresca. The first two will be labeled “unsweetened,” while the third, which contains naturally occurring sugar, will be labeled “lightly sweetened.”You have a great choice!

Metformin for multiple conditions

Metformin, the most commonly prescribed drug for treatment of type 2 diabetes, has recently shown to be beneficial in various other treatments.
Most prescription medications also carry risks from negative side effects, but Metformin appears to have quite a few positive side effects. This drug has been used for more than 60 years to treat Type II diabetics. Some of the most promising additional uses for Metformin are listed below:

Anti-aging – health care professionals have noted that those patients who have been taking Metformin over a considerable length of time seem to develop fewer age-related diseases than those Type II diabetics not using the drug.

Cancer – is one of the most feared diseases that threatens people of every age, but the incidence increases as people age. Metformin  could also be an effective tool in the prevention and treatment of cancer. While the process that allows normal cells to become cancerous is complicated, scientists have found that Metformin is able to suppress the growth of cancerous cells. This has resulted in a reduction between 14 to 40 percent of breast, pancreatic, lung, colon and liver cancer. Additionally, it has proven to be effective in combating leukemia.
Brain cell regeneration – children with cerebral palsy have traditionally been treated through rehabilitation which was limited at best. Metformin research showed that brain neuron cells were stimulated to multiply in mice, offering hope to children born with cerebral palsy.Medalloblastoma is a type of brain cancer affecting children which can be successfully treated with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Unfortunately, the treatment often results in cognitive and/or motor impairment. Scientists hope Metformin could help these young patients through the regeneration of damaged brain cells.
Proven health benefits – lowering of LDL cholesterol and fat in the blood as well as minimizing weight gain. Metformin has been effective in preventing or delaying the development of Type II diabetes in overweight patients diagnosed with prediabetes.
Nearly any effective prescription medication will have some negative side effects, but Metformin is a drug with only minimal side effects; the most common being diarrhea or nausea. Often these relatively mild problems can be reduced or eliminated through reducing the dosage or changing to an extended-release form of the drug. Metformin is one of several prescription drugs that is being studied to discover which other diseases it could be used to treat. Its use has already demonstrated some important benefits outside of a treatment for Type II diabetes.

Germy Places

Talking Dirty: 6 Surprisingly Germy Places

Pull out the sanitizer for these everyday objects.

Should you touch the toilet seat? Eww, no! It’s full of germs. But did you know there are everyday items with just as many — if not more — bacteria than the toilet seat? As University of Arizona microbiologist and germ guru Charles Gerba puts it, “People are overly concerned with diseases from a toilet seat. There are none!” In fact, nearly half of American women either wipe a toilet seat before use or put toilet paper or a paper liner on it, which keeps it pretty clean, he said. What they really should be worried about are their handbags. Or the Uber vehicle in which they just rode. Or the sick person at home who’s spreading germs on everything he touches

While most germs are nothing to worry about for the average healthy person, people older than 50 need to be a little more germ wary, Gerba says. That’s because our immune systems get weaker as we age, and germ-related illness can be more severe.

Here are six everyday germ offenders you may not have thought about:

Your toothbrush holder is the third most germ-infested household item. — Jozef Culák

Toothbrush holder
It is time to clean it because your toothbrush holder is the third most germ-infested household item. Want to keep it clean? First, close the lid on the toilet when you flush. That is because germs that rise in the air when you flush can land on your toothbrush holder, not to mention the many germs that are already on your toothbrush — 10 million, to be exact.Also you need to throw it in a dishwasher on the sanitizing cycle once or twice a week  to kill any germs.

Tip: The best ways to avoid germs on your toothbrush and toothbrush holder are to keep them far away from the toilet, clean them weekly and replace your toothbrush every three to four months.

The average purse is three times dirtier than an office toilet seat. — alexalenin

Handbag
Ladies, you and your handbag are just about joined at the hip — and that’s the problem. You take it everywhere, even to the bathroom, and that’s probably why it has so many germs. A British study, in which researchers took bacteria samples from office workers’ handbags, found that the average purse is three times dirtier than an office toilet seat and that 1 in 5 handbag handles contain enough germs to pose a significant risk of cross-contamination from the handle to your hand. Handbags carry so many germs because we touch them all the time and put them on the floor, and they’re also packed with other germ-infested items such as hand creams and cosmetics. In fact, the dirtiest handbag items in the study turned out to be face or hand cream, with more bacteria on it than the average toilet seat, closely followed by lipstick and mascara.

Tip: Avoid placing your purse on the floor. Nonleather bags can be wiped down with an antibacterial wipe. For leather bags, wipe with a soft cloth and warm soapy water.

Seat belts and window buttons have the most germs in vehicles. — Gudella

Car: Ride shares, rentals and taxis
If you rely on cabs, rental cars or even popular ride-sharing services to get around, chances are you’re probably sharing those rides with microscopic critters. A new study conducted by NetQuote, an insurance comparison site, swabbed nine vehicles in South Florida and found a whopping amount of germs everywhere, with seat belts and window buttons the worst. Surprisingly, taxis had the lowest amount of germs, followed by rental cars and ride-share cars. In your own car, the dashboard is a big germ repository because it doesn’t get enough direct airflow from vents to help disperse bacteria, according to microbiologist Gerba.

Tip: Sanitize your hands after riding in the car and avoid eating in vehicles, whether they are private or public. Eating can pass on germs from surfaces to our mouths.

Gas pump handles carry potentially illness-causing bacteria. —

Gas pump handle
While you are filling up your car with gas, you are also filling up your hands with germs from the gas pump handle, according to a study by Kimberly-Clark Professional, a division of the Kimberly-Clark Corp. Researchers took more than 350 swab tests for bacteria across six major cities — Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Miami and Philadelphia — and found that 71 percent of gas pump handles were highly contaminated with potentially illness-causing bacteria. Escalator rails and ATM buttons also triggered high counts.

Tip: Keep disposable vinyl gloves in your car and use them for pumping gas. It may look silly, but wearing them can cut your risk of colds and flu.

Use an antibacterial wipe on your office equipment daily to avoid spreading germs. — Sam Diephuis

Your office desk

Your office space is a prime breeding ground for germs, and we are not talking about computer viruses.  Same thing with the office phone. According to a British cleaning company CSG, the most germ-ridden place in an office is the telephone, with 25,127 microbes per square inch, followed by the keyboard, with 3,295 microbes, and the computer mouse, with 1,676 microbes. A toilet seat, by comparison, had 49 microbes per square inch. Considering that a typical office worker comes in contact with 10 million germs each day, just one person carrying a virus can infect up to 50 percent of all employees and equipment in their vicinity in just four hours.

Tip: Use an antibacterial wipe on your office equipment daily, and regularly wash or sanitize your hands throughout the day.

Fitness equipment such as free weights and treadmills can harbor potentially dangerous bacteria, including the type that could lead to pneumonia. — RyanJLane

Gym equipment
Add this to your list of reasons for skipping the gym: Free weights have 362 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. FitRated, a company that reviews gym equipment, gathered bacteria samples from 27 different pieces of equipment across three gyms and found potentially dangerous bacteria, including the type that could lead to pneumonia, as well as antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Treadmills and exercise bikes were a little better, but not by much. Still more than 70 percent of the bacteria found were potentially harmful to humans. Gym etiquette says users should wipe down equipment with sanitizer after they’re done, but obviously many of us have skipped this rule.

Tip: Always clean the equipment before and after you use it, and place a towel over any surfaces you plan to sit on. Don’t forget to wash the towel afterward!

The takeaway: Most germs are nothing to worry about for an average healthy person, but people older than 55 need to be a little more wise about germs  As we get older, our immune system gets weaker and germ-related illness will usually be more severe.

New Year New YOU

No more excuses. Holidays are over and we are starting a new year 2017. Let us make 2017 a healthy and beautiful new year.

We are here to help you with your weight loss needs, totally individualized to your problems. We offer not only a weight loss program but also a weight maintenance solution. Only weight loss that is maintained is successful! We can determine your program through genetic testing. As you lose the weight, many of your illnesses will be improved and even disappear.

As you lose weight, you will be able to look younger with many modalities that we offer like Dysport, fillers and now the new PDO threads that lift the face and body. They are called “the face lift without surgery”.

Like Helena Rubinstein said: “There are no ugly women,only lazy ones”. Care about yourself. Nobody else will.

Sleep Time

Do we need to sleep 8 hours a day? Even though 8 hours of shut eye is optimal, people do not sleep as much in general. Some may get away with 4 to 5 hours without repercussions. Because we have so little time to accomplish everything, we shortchange sleep.
Others worry that they have difficulty falling asleep or that they wake up early and do not have a satisfying sleep.
Insomnia affects 10 to 30%of the population with a cost of over 10 billion annually.
Insomnia is more common in women than in men, especially following the menopause, late pregnancy and if subjected to pain. Older people are more often subject to poor and short sleep. Medication history and substance abuse should be considered. Antidepressants and stimulants should not be given in the evening. Movement disorders like restless leg syndrome, limb movement disorder or breathing disorders like sleep apnea should also be considered. Chronic insomnia is associated with anxiety, depression, poor work performance, increased risk of cardiovascular disease and all cause mortality.
Chronic insomnia can be treated with nonpharmacological and pharmacological therapies. Many medications are available to help with sleep. Nonpharmacological therapies include sleep hygiene, relaxation technique and sleep clinic.
Sleep hygiene includes not exercising within 4 hours of bedtime, avoiding large meals, limiting caffeine, tobacco and alcohol intake 4 to 6 hours before bedtime. It is best to use bedroom just for sleep and sex. Limit napping also. Cool temperature and no lights are recommended. If we cannot fall asleep after 20 minutes, we are advised to leave the bed and return only if ready. Cognitive therapy is very useful.
Some nutritional supplements are also helpful.
Cut back on junk food. People with a diet high in fiber and low in saturated fat found it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.
They also spent more time in the restorative stage known as deep sleep or “slow stage” sleep. Thus decrease fat and increase fiber
for a good night sleep.

Microbiome

MICROBIOME REFERS TO THE FULL COMPLEMENT OF MICROBIAL ORGANISMS INHABITING THE HUMAN BODY INCLUDING BACTERIA, FUNGI AND VIRUSES.

THERE ARE ABOUT 10 TIMES AS MANY MICROBIAL CELLS IN THE BODY.
MOST OF THESE ORGANISMS RESIDE IN THE GUT, PARTICULARLY THE COLON.
BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF BACTERIA IN THE GUT INCLUDE DISPLACEMENT OF
HARMFUL BACTERIA. SYNTHESIS OF VITAMINS, DEGRADATION OF FIBROUS FOODS AND STIMULATION OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM.
INGESTED FOOD SPENDS ONE HOUR IN THE STOMACH, WHERE ACIDIC ENVIRONMENT IS UNFAVORABLE TO MOST MICROORGANISMS. THEN FOOD SPENDS 2 TO 6 HOURS IN THE SMALL INTESTINE WHERE MOST ABSORPTION
OCCURS. THEN FOOD REMNANTS, MOSTLY FIBER, REACH THE LARGE INTESTINE WHERE THEY REMAIN FOR AN AVERAGE OF 40 HOURS SO THAT MANY BACTERIA CAN FERMENT THE FIBER THAT CANNOT BE DIGESTED IN THE SMALL INTESTINE. THE SULFUR COMPONENT OF GAS COMING FROM FERMENTATION GIVES AN UNPLEASANT ODOR. HUMAN FECES ARE MADE UP OF ¾ OF BACTERIA
99% OF THE MICROORGANISMS IN THE GUT COME FROM BACTEROIDES AND FIRMICUTES KIND OF BACTERIA. ALSO THE SKIN IS A HABITAT FOR ORGANISMS. ATOPIC DERMATITIS IS DUE TO STAPH OVERGROWTH IN THE SKIN.

LACTOBACILLUS DISPLACEMENT BY OTHER ORGANISMS PRODUCES BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS WHICH MANIFESTS ITSELF WITH VAGINAL DISCHARGE WITH A FISHY ODOR. WHAT WE EAT MAY STIMULATE CHRONIC INFLAMMATION. HIGH FAT AND HIGH CARBOHYDRATE DIET PRODUCES INFLAMMATION WHILE A MEAL RICH IN FRUIT AND FIBER DECREASE IT. METFORMIN IS ALSO ADVANTAGEOUS FOR THE GUT. OLDER AND OBESE PEOPLE HAVE MORE FIRMICUTES AND LESS BACTEROIDES. HIGH FAT AND ANTIBIOTIC USAGE DECREASES BACTEROIDES IN THE GUT. C DIFFICILE IS ANOTHER BAD BACTERIUM IN THE GUT THAT OCCURS FROM ANTIBIOTIC USE. HIGH FAT, LOW FIBER DIET MAY CAUSE COLON CANCER.

CALCIUM (IN MILK OR SUPPLEMENTS), COFFEE, BLUEBERRIES , RASPBERRIES, BEENS, LENTILS, ARTICHOKES, ASPARAGUS, GREENS, QUINOA, GREEN TEA, SALMON, NUTS, OLIVE OIL, EGGS, AND KALE ARE GOOD FOR YOUR GUT MICROBIOME. PREBIOTICS ARE IMPORTANT SUPPLEMENTS THAT PROVIDE IMPORTANT NUTRIENTS. ON THE OTHER HAND, PROBIOTICS ARE LIVE BACTERIA (MOSTLY LACTOBACILLUS AND BIFIDOBACTERIUM) THAT PROVIDE A LOT OF HEALTH BENEFITS. BOTH HELP WIYH CANCER PREVENTION AND WEIGHT LOSS. PRE AND PROBIOTICS ALSO HELP WITH ALLERGIES AND SHOULD ALWAYS BE GIVEN FOR WEIGHT LOSS AND IN CONJUNCTION WITH TAKING ANTIBIOTICS, IT IS IMPORTANT TO GET A GOOD PROBIOTIC. YOGURT, SAUERKRAUT AND MISO SOUP MAY ALSO ACT AS PROBIOTICS.

ONE CAVEAT:
SMOOTHIES WHICH BREAK DOWN THE FIBER ARE DETRIMENTAL FOR THE GUT
MICROBIOME AS ONLY INTACT FIBER WORKS. THE DAMAGED FIBER STAYS IN THE GUT AND SWELLS THE STOMACH. BON APPETIT