Eye problems, that is. As we age, there are two very common problems with our eyes.
Dry Eye – This problem is amplified by our near constant use of screens (TV and computer). Staring at a screen reduces our blink rate. It’s blinking that KEEPS OUR EYES LUBRICATED. If you spend a great deal of time in front of the computer or consuming video entertainment, you might want to invest in simple, inexpensive artificial tears.
Floaters – This is a more serious problem. As we age, the gel-like substance that coats that back of our eyes can become detached in small amounts. You notice this as the sudden appearance of black spots that move around. While there is no specific treatment, most of the time, this problem is minor. Eventually the floaters settle out of your line of vision. However, should you see new floaters of flashes of light in your field of vision, consult your eye professional immediately for an evaluation.
Yes, you can get too many of some vitamins. Pay attention to your daily intake of:
Vitamin A: More than 10,000 IUs may cause nausea, headache, dizziness or blurry vision
Vitamin B6: A daily does in excess of 100 milligrams can lead to nerve damage
Vitamin C: A recent study found that high doses of this vitamin doubles men’s risk of developing kidney stones
Vitamin D: Over 10,000 IUs a day can cause frequent urination and poor appetite as well as kidney problems
When we snack, we probably think about calories, blood sugar, etc.; but dentists tell us we should also be thinking about our teeth.
Foods made with white flour and/or sugar can feed the bacteria in our mouths and could cause problems. Nuts, healthy meats or non-sugary beverages might be a better choice.
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:
- Get Your Flu Shot
- Wash Your Hands – Especially if you visit friends or family members in a hospital or nursing home
- 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!
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:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Sleep Disorders
- Skin Cancer
If you or someone you love is affected by these conditions, consult with your physician.
This is about the time in January when it’s getting a little harder to keep that resolution. That burst of energy and willpower you had at the start of the year has started to wane as the daily routine of life lures you back into bad habits.
As we roll into cold and flu season, many of us will be guzzling those over-the-counter remedies we think we help us cope with the symptom.
There is a potential downside. Actually there are SEVERAL potential downsides.
Acetaminophen – Many over the over pills and fluids contain this common pain reliever (the main ingredient in Tylenol). It’s also found in many cold medications. If you taking both pain relief pills and cold syrup, you may quickly find yourself consuming way more than 3,000-4,000 milligram dosage recommended as the maximum safe dosage.
Too much acetaminophen can lead to nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite and ultimately to liver damage. (We don’t have to tell you that liver damage is something we want to avoid.)
Be a Romper Room Do-Bee: You should also stay away from alcohol when taking acetaminophen. And check the ingredients of all the medications you’re taking to keep yourself under that 3,000-4,000 milligram number.
We’ve all heard “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” But is it?
A statement from the American Heart Association indicates it might be. Their researchers found that we metabolize foods differently at different times of the time. They found that people who eat within two hours of waking had lower heart disease risk factor compared to those who skip breakfast.
The Association cautions that these results are not conclusive because researchers did no further study to determine if people who ate a healthy breakfast also had other health habits that contributed to their lower risk factors.
Nonetheless, the report offered these general guidelines to lower your chances for heart disease and type-2 diabetes:
- Stick to a meal routine. Don’t eat whenever or change you schedule from day to day/
- Schedule your snacking. Just as with meals, planning and timing your snacks can help keep you from indulging in too much junk food.
- Eat less at night. It’s easier for your body to process sugar earlier in the day.
- Eliminate late night snacks altogether. Overnight, your metabolism is at its slowest. Throwing in more calories during this time is asking for trouble.
The World Health Organization has news about coffee.
First, the bad news. There is evidence to suggest that drinking any hot beverages at or above 140 degrees Fahrenheit may increase the risk of esophageal cancer.
Now, the good news, as long as it's below 140 degrees, there doesn't appear to be any cancer risk from drinking coffee.
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