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Vitamin D for Your Eyes

May 20, 2014
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Glaucoma is a disease that gradually reduces your eye’s ability to see. Open-angle glaucoma (OAG) causes you to lose your peripheral vision first as the disease progresses to a more advanced state. A ground-breaking study found an association with people who had low levels of Vitamin D and open-angle glaucoma. “The findings of this...
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Reducing Unnecessary Drugs

May 15, 2014
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Elderly people are more likely to be exposed to multiple prescriptions due to the nature of current medical care. As additional prescriptions are added, seniors face an increased risk of drug toxicity, negative side effects and even death. One study examined the changes in prescriptions for elderly patients between admission and exit in four...
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Vitamin C and β-carotene for Dementia

December 10, 2013
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Antioxidants, like vitamins C and E are said to be associated with lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease. A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that “vitamin C and β-carotene concentrations (in the blood) were significantly lower in demented than in control (normal) persons even after adjusting for school education, intake of...
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Real Cause of Seniors Falling

November 14, 2013
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Ask them and most seniors will tell you that the fear of injury due to falling is high on their list. With frail bones and uneasy steps, the potential to fall and break a hip, arm, etc. could put a elderly person in the hospital or even worse. Most believe that a slippery surface...
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Exercise for Brain Health

November 7, 2013
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An interesting study looks at how exercise impacts brain health in seniors over 70. Specifically, the study looked at how a higher level of physical activity would impact brain atrophy (brain shrinkage) and white matter lesions (WML), which are dead cells in the brain that can cause a loss of memory, vision and cognitive...
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Potassium Citrate Increases Bone Density

September 24, 2013
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Maintaining bone density can be challenging for seniors as they tend to lose it as they get older. Bone Mineral Density (BMD) is a way to measure the amount of mineral matter per square centimeter of bone and is an indicator of the likelihood of osteoporosis and fracture. A study of seniors showed that...
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Vitamin D Reduces Fracture Risk in Seniors

September 12, 2013
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Taking a daily dose of 800 IU or more of vitamin D can reduce the risk of fractures in people 65 years and older. A new study found that “reduction in the risk of fracture was shown only at the highest intake level (median, 800 IU daily; range, 792 to 2000), with a 30%...
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Fitness in Middle Age Increases Life Span

September 10, 2013
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A recent study looked at how keeping yourself physically fit in your 40s and 50s can benefit you as you get older. The study particularly examined how better fitness could reduce the risk of chronic conditions later in life. Researchers found that “higher fitness was associated with lower risk of developing chronic conditions relative...
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Larger Waistline = Less Sex for Men

August 20, 2013
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A recent study examined if a larger waist circumference (WC) is predictive of a greater severity of lower urinary tract symptoms. The study looked at men over 40 years old who had waistlines less than 35”, 35”-40” and over 40”. The results of the study were that: “WC was significantly and positively associated with...
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Vitamin D Reduces Fractures

July 18, 2013
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The risk of breaking bones is especially serious for seniors. A broken hip can result in eventual death for an elderly person. A recent study found that vitamin D supplements can provide “a 30% reduction in the risk of hip fracture and a 14% reduction in the risk of any nonvertebral fracture.” The average...
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