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The Numbers That Matter Most for Staying Healthy

The Numbers That Matter Most for Staying Healthy

Health often seems like a numbers game. What’s your blood-sugar level? How many calories are you eating? And are you getting the right percentage of macros (or macronutrients)? The problem is that sometimes we track, count and obsess over numbers that don’t matter very much for our overall health. Or worse, we ignore numbers that do matter. I was curious about which numbers my fellow dietitians consider the most important. I sought feedback from 20 experts who work in either…

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How Well You Age Is All About Attitude, Says New Global Study

How Well You Age Is All About Attitude, Says New Global Study

VANCOUVER—A simple shift in attitude could improve a lot for the world’s elderly population, according to a new global study. That’s because how well we age is connected to how we view old age, the study stated, noting those with a positive attitude toward old age are likely to live longer — up to eight years — than their negative counterparts. And older people in countries with low levels of respect for seniors are at risk for worse mental and…

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Mediterranean Diet May Help Protect Older Adults From Becoming Frail

Mediterranean Diet May Help Protect Older Adults From Becoming Frail

An analysis of published studies indicates that following the Mediterranean diet may reduce the risk of frailty in older individuals. The findings, which are published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, suggest that a diet emphasizing primarily plant-based foods — such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts — may help keep people healthy and independent as they age. Frailty is common among older people and its prevalence is increasing as the population ages. Frail older…

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How Does Diet Affect Mental Health? A New Study Shows The Way Age Factors In

How Does Diet Affect Mental Health? A New Study Shows The Way Age Factors In

What you eat can have a huge impact on your mental health, which many people who deal with mental health conditions have learned firsthand. I have clinical depression and general anxiety disorder, and I feel much more stable when I’m eating regularly and prioritizing fresh foods. Previous research has shown that diet can affect mental health conditions like depression, ADHD, and anxiety. But according to a new study, the foods that impact your mental health change as you age. Researchers…

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This Fruit Reverses Brain Ageing

This Fruit Reverses Brain Ageing

A natural compound found in strawberries can reduce the mental effects of ageing. The antioxidant fisetin, when given to mice, was found to reduce their mental decline with age and inflammation in their body. Fisetin is also found in many other plants, such as apples, onions, cucumbers and persimmons. Dr Pamela Maher, who led the research said: “Companies have put fisetin into various health products but there hasn’t been enough serious testing of the compound. Based on our ongoing work,…

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Breathe and Focus: How Practicing Mindfulness Improves Mental Health as We Age

Breathe and Focus: How Practicing Mindfulness Improves Mental Health as We Age

As we age, it’s natural to worry about possible declines in our mental and brain health. Many older adults are concerned about things like memory loss and poorer attention, forgetting names, and taking longer to learn new things. As a result, as we get older we may feel more distress, sadness, and/ or anxiety that can decrease our quality of life. However, we can do something to address these concerns. The answer is mindfulness. Research shows that it can improve…

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The Fascinating Way Age Will Improve Your Personality

The Fascinating Way Age Will Improve Your Personality

There are three things that naturally happen to people’s personality with age. People get nicer as they get older, in contrast to the stereotype of the grumpy senior. The finding may be a surprise to those that believe people never change. They do — even if only a little. The three main changes to personality that occur, on average, with age are that people get: more conscientious, more agreeable, and less neurotic (moody). The study examined the brain scans of…

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Tired? Weak? You’re Not ‘Just Getting Old’; Something is Wrong

Tired? Weak? You’re Not ‘Just Getting Old’; Something is Wrong

When Dr. Christopher Callahan examines older patients, he often hears a similar refrain. “I’m tired, doctor. It’s hard to get up and about. I’ve been feeling kind of down, but I know I’m getting old and I just have to live with it.” This fatalistic stance relies on widely-held but mistaken assumptions about what constitutes “normal aging.” In fact, fatigue, weakness and depression, among several other common concerns, aren’t to-be-expected consequences of growing older, said Callahan, director of the Center…

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

Neurologists claim that every time you resist acting on your anger, you’re actually rewiring your brain to be calmer and more loving. Sleeping on the job is acceptable in Japan, as it’s viewed as exhaustion from working hard. Thinking burns calories. Cuddling triggers the same neurological reaction as taking painkillers. Cotton Candy was invented by a dentist. The brain treats rejection like physical pain, according to scientists.   Dancing has been proven to build confidence and release stress. 1.6 billion…

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Life is More Enjoyable After Retirement

Life is More Enjoyable After Retirement

Enjoyment of everyday activities increases after retirement, a study from Australia has found. The heightened level of enjoyment lasts at least a year after a retiree stops working full time, researchers report in the journal Age and Ageing. There is conflicting evidence about changes in enjoyment and happiness when people retire, coauthor Tim Olds of the University of South Australia told Reuters Health by email. On the one hand, people may lose social connections and their sense of purpose in…

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