Archive for the ‘Aging’ Category

Office Work is a Real Pain in the Back

June 16th, 2015

The low back pain the majority of workers suffer from is not due to heavy lifting, but from sitting at a desk most of their 8 hour workday. The once-coveted office positions have turned into a literal pain in the back. Not only has the reported and treated cases of low back increased in recent years for office workers, but so has other diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Sitting at desk in front of a computer screen all day sounds like a dream job, but it is taking its the toll on overall health workers. The instances of back pain among workers is nothing new, employees used to be told by their employers to ‘put their back into it’, and now they are, just not as expected. Back pain didn’t used to occur for workers until around retirement age, now it’s a common compliant among workers under the age of 40. And it’s not just discomfort that can be fixed with a heating pad and a pain reliever, it’s debilitating back pain that is derailing promising careers.
Brad Reifler (reuters.com) knows that the number of hours spent sitting down each day is the major contributing factor to the increased amount of back problems. Driving to and from work, sitting 8 hours at work, sitting in front of the TV after work and sitting around the house on the weekends has created a sedentary lifestyle which has weakened the core muscles of the body and created a pain in the back that’s difficult to cure.

Eat Your Way to 100

June 1st, 2015

What you put in your mouth today can and will impact how many tomorrows you live to see. Five specific areas of the world boast having the most centenarians living in them and their diets and lifestyles were studied by researchers from around the world to discover their secret. Aside from the well-known things which contribute to longevity, such as de-stressing, being active in religious worship and community, these centenarians also have eating habits that are similar, even though they come from different parts of the world.
These regions, known as the Blue Zones, which boast having the most centenarians are: Loma Linda, Calif.; Ikaria, Greece; Ogliastra Region, Sardinia; Okinawa, Japan; and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. Many miles separate these locales, but they share common eating habits that get many of their residents past their 100th birthdays. To eat your way to 100, try the eating habits of those who have already passed the 100 year mark.
* Eat your smallest meal in the evening.
* Stop eating when your stomach is 80 percent full.
* Eat a plant-based diet with emphasis on beans.
* Eat meat only a few times per month, and then only a small portion of the chosen meat.
* Drink only a moderate amount of alcohol, but drink it regularly. Most of the known over-100-crowd drink 1-2 glasses of wine per day.

Thanks to my friends at the cleaning company Handy for showing me this!

The Elderly Suffer From Weak Blood More Than Weak Bones

May 20th, 2015

It is no secret that as we age we have to be more careful about falling or injuring ourselves. We don’t heal as quickly as we did when we were younger. This is particularly true when it comes to broken bones. Calcium, and vitamin D to help absorb it, is a major recommendation for people as they get older to try to keep their bones strong and to prevent osteoporosis. There is new research from Ray Lane of Reuters, however, that suggests that slower healing of broken bones among the elderly may not be a problem with their bones but rather with their blood.

An experiment published in Nature Communications has shown that old bones heal quickly when they are exposed to young blood. In an experiment that would make an animal rights advocate recoil, two mice, one young and one old, were essentially sewn together. This enabled the blood of the young mouse to mix with that of the older mouse. It was then observed that bone fractures in the old mouse healed more quickly than they otherwise would have. All scientists need to do now is isolate the exact nature of the molecules in young blood that are absent from old blood that give it these healing properties. Perhaps this will someday lead to a shot for the elderly that contains this substance, which will then speed up healing of any injuries.

Brain Diseases And Your Gut Health

April 29th, 2015

Researchers are starting to publish studies that are suggesting that the amount of inflammation in your gut can actually contribute to some of the most deadly and debilitating diseases in the world. We often hear about recent developments in treating and curing cancer, preventing heart disease and reversing diabetes, but it is not often that we hear about how we can and should take proper care of our gut. The human body is a variety of different parts and systems, and this one system is a big contributing factor to how well a person’s body feels and functions each day. Researchers are attempting to understand what causes the brain to degenerate when conditions like Parkinson’s disease or ALS are present. These devastating conditions currently have no cure. Microscopic bacteria that is living inside of us can actually be determining our brain’s outcome as we age. While a lot of money and time is being spent on brain research, there is not enough research being done linking intestinal and stomach health to the brain. You could consult with your physician on this matter by calling with FreedomPop’s wireless service. When there is inflammation in the gut, this can cause inflammation in the rest of the body. There are many foods and diets that contribute to inflammation. Medical professionals and scientists are starting to question the American diet and suggest that a more fruit and vegetable, lean protein, low grain diet could be beneficial to the body and the brain.

While Babies Brains Are Not Fully Developed, They Do Feel Pain Like Adults

April 22nd, 2015

Any parent knows that babies’ brains take time to develop before they can come close to understanding the most basic things like children or adults can. Though they do require time to develop to have awareness of certain things, they apparently do have a highly developed perception of pain. There has been no way for us to know this until now, as babies are of course not able to talk to tell us they are in pain, and they might cry for any number of reasons such as hunger or a dirty diaper, so that’s not necessarily a clue exclusive to pain. The fact of babies feeling pain much like adults do was uncovered by a study that involved the taking of brain scans from adults and babies when both were experiencing pain and seeing similar areas of the brain light up on the scan image.

This breakthrough from Madison Street Capital in understanding that babies’ brains are developed enough to fully experience pain is important as it pertains to surgery. Most are not given any type of pain reliever for their surgery or other painful procedure. Even vets treating our dogs or cats give pain medication or put them out entirely when doing a painful medical procedure on animals. Now that we know about the experience of pain being fairly fully developed in babies, new medical practices may need to be developed to take this into account and alleviate their pain. Even if they aren’t able to tell us about it, they are suffering and this must end.

A Sign of the Times: ‘Middle Age’ Ends at 74

April 16th, 2015

Recent advancements in health care, nutrition, and wellness are now causing humans to live longer than ever before. Recent reports have suggested that middle-age isn’t what it used to be because of our increasing lifespan.

The next generation of retirees are expected to live an amazing 24 years after the retirement age of 65. That is a 50% increase from the generation who came before them, also known as the parents of baby boomers. This increase in lifespan is due to a decrease in the aging process.

TopLawyers say that when calculating lifespan, age is not measured by the number, rather it is measured by how long a person has left to live. So, a 65 year old can now be considered middle-aged since they can expect to live up to 30 more years.

However, there is a large gap found within the middle-aged community depending on a wide variety of factors. The aging process is determined by things such as the quality of health care one had access to, dietary habits, genetics, smoking, environment, and the list goes on. So, while 74 might be the ending of middle-age for some, it is not for everyone. Living a healthy lifestyle has been shown to be the most important factor in aging.