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3 Steps To Preventing Winter Colds

As we age, the dangers of a winter cold increase. For adults 65 and older, that nagging cough can turn into flu, pneumonia, kidney failure or more.

Medical pros remind you of 3 things you can do to keep winter bugs from going viral in your system:

  1. Get Your Flu Shot
  2. Wash Your Hands – Especially if you visit friends or family members in a hospital or nursing home
  3. Don’t Smoke – Studies show even 1 cigarette can lower your ability to fight off a virus for the up to 24 hours after you smoke it!

Light Makes Right

New medical research indicates that light may be of significant help in treating a number of medical conditions.

Among those now be studied for the positive effects of light therapy are:

  • Depression
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Skin Cancer

If you or someone you love is affected by these conditions, consult with your physician.

Wishing You a Not So Sweet New Year

Okay, we all know sugar is bad, but it tastes so darn good! We can cut down our intake of sugar (and still enjoy the occasional treats) by following a few simple tips:

Whole Fruit vs. Fruit Juice: Fruit juice can have as much sugar as several pieces of whole fruit, but none of the fiber that slows absorption. Eat the whole fruit and skip the juice.

The Best Fruits: Those are the ones that release their sugar into our systems more slowly. These include apples, berries and grapefruit.

Chocolate: Every chocoholic knows there are actual health benefits in chocolate. And the darker the chocolate, the more cocoa (the health-giving stuff) and the less sugar (the not-so-healthy stuff).

Avoid White: Not only is cane sugar white, but foods like white bread, white rice and white pasta are metabolized in your body just like sugar. Health experts say you should substitute whole gains and skip the white.

 

Walk Away from Diabetes

New research shows that you may reduce your risk of diabetes by taking 15-minute walk after meals.

We're Not Your Mother, But...

Have you been keeping up with all your vaccinations?

Experts estimate that nearly 66% of Baby Boomers over 65 have not yet had their shingles vaccine. More than 40% haven't had a tetanus booster in the last decade.

Hey, we're not indestructible. In fact, our age bracket is one where shingles, the flu or other viruses can have serious consequences.

Do yourself a favor. Consult with your doctor about getting your flu shots annually, a tetanus booster every 10 years and by all means, make sure you've had your shingles vaccine (even if you've already had a shingles outbreak).

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