Thursday, September 22, 2016

Single Men Make Quick Decisions

On a first date, 79% of the men will decide how interested they are in a woman within the first 15 minutes of a date. So for the women, don't waste your time either. As the clock strikes 16 minutes, ask your date if it's going to be worth going to dinner and a movie. Why should you waste your time, if he's already decided no?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ovarian Cancer Test That Doctors Don't Know About

There's a blood test to detect ovarian cancer that is similar in accuracy to a PSA test for prostate screening. The test is called a CA-125 blood test. The only problem is your doctor may not know about it and your insurance company may not know about it either. To get it covered you may have to do some education of your doctor and insurance company. 

The normal range on the test is between zero and 35. If the number is slightly above 35, then have another test done in three to six months. Since there is no age factor for ovarian cancer, have the test done every year. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Guidelines For High Blood-Pressure

There are new guidelines for what is high blood pressure. Readings that are between 120/80 and 140/90 used to be labeled high normal. These readings are now considered "prehypertensive" which means you're at increased risk for heart disease and stroke.

There are now many things besides taking medication that you can do to lower that blood pressure. Here are some of them.

1. A research study reported at the American Society of Hypertension found that patients who didn't respond to drug treatment could use as a treatment slow-breathing exercises for only 15 minutes a day, three to four days a week. Their top number (the systolic reading) fell almost 14 points and the bottom number (the diastolic reading) fell about 9 points.

2. Men with elevated blood pressure drank 12 ounces of Concord grape juice a day. Within 12 weeks their top numbers fell by 5.7 points and the bottom numbers by 5.8.

3. Aerobic exercise like walking, swimming, jogging lowered top numbers by 3.8 points and bottom ones by 2.5 points.

4. People who ate five servings of fruits and veggies per day dropped their blood pressure also.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Little Stickers on Fruits and Veggies Tell All

Yes, the numbers on the little stickers that are on fruits and vegetables tell more than the number for the cashier to punch in. 
The stickers actually tell you a lot about the food you are buying.
A label with four digits indicates conventionally grown food. Labels with five digits that start with an "8" indicate that the food was genetically modified. Labels with five digits that start with a "9" indicate that the food was organically grown.

So... the winning number is hopefully not an "8".

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Stop Middle-Age Spread

Middle-age spread now has a medical name. It's called somatopause and it impacts 80 million baby boomers in the US. The spread is directly related to the decline of growth hormone produced by the body during aging. 

Biomedical researchers have discovered that short-burst, sprinting type of exercises will increase the body's natural production of growth hormone. This type of exercise is highly productive, but to perform it safely you'll need to gradually build your time and intensity.

So...gotta run. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Writing Can Help Cancer Patients Sleep Better

A report in Health Psychology found that people with advanced kidney cancer who wrote their thoughts and feelings about their personal experience with the cancer slept better and longer than people who just wrote about impersonal subjects like diet, exercise and sleep. The ones who felt better wrote for just 20 minutes a day. They even felt more enthusiastic about tackling daily activities.

My thoughts would be to write about any illness you have and see if you sleep better and longer, too. Again, the key seems be to writing about your personal experiences with your illness.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Keep Your Heart Beating Regularly The Fishy Way

A University of Washington study of 179 people with heart disease found that those with higher blood levels of omega-3s had far fewer fatal heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths. It seems that omega-3 fatty acids may prevent fatal irregular heartbeats by improving the flow of electrical signals that keep the heart beating steady. 

You can get your omega-3s by having two servings a week of fatty fish such as salmon or mackerel weekly.