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Group of people exercising
“Inactivity sneaks up on you,” says Austin Welsh, M.D., medical director at
A row of glasses of water
Water is important to every part of your body. Among other functions it clears vital organs of toxins; provides moisture for your ears, nose, throat, and joints; maintains your temperature; and carries nutrients to every cell in your body. You lose water in a number of ways, including from breathing, sweating, urinating, and moving your bowels. When there isn’t enough water in your body,...
The sun
Sunlight is your skin’s enemy throughout life. Although much of the damage might have already occurred, it is still important to take care of your skin. The scoop on sunscreen Sunscreen can be your best weapon against skin damage. “I recommend that people use sunscreen all year if they are going to be outside for any period of time,” says Eugenio Machado, M.D., medical director at . target="...
4 secrets to healthy feet
Your feet have served you well over the years, so taking care of them is just as important as everything else you do for your health. When it comes to keeping your feet in tip-top shape, a podiatrist can be a key member of your health care team. “Even if you are in excellent health, ask your doctor if a visit to a podiatrist would be beneficial for you,” says Eugenio Machado, M.D., medical...
Healthy fruits and vegetables
Everyone knows that eating well is good for you, but not everyone knows about the specific benefits that go along with it. Numerous studies have shown that a well-rounded, low-fat diet with plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, strokes, diabetes, dementia-related illnesses, and more. A healthful diet also gives you energy to stay active. But...
Three doctors
Most people know about the importance of getting a second opinion about their treatment options when they receive a serious or potentially life-threatening diagnosis, such as advanced heart disease or cancer. But according to experts, there are other instances in which getting a second opinion is a good idea. When a second opinion is prudent “Studies show that many orthopedic surgeries are done...
An airplace flying above the clouds
You’ve worked hard all your life; now it’s time to retire and travel to your heart’s content. Older travelers may face some challenges, however, especially if they have health conditions. Proper preparation can help you enjoy your trip as well as keep you safe. Before you leave The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that seniors see a doctor four to six weeks before they...
Back pain
According to the National Institutes of Health, back pain is one of the most common medical problems in the U.S. In any three-month period, up to 25% of adults experience some form of back pain lasting at least one day. In older adults, the prevalence of back pain is about 70%. Common types of back pain “Back pain can be acute, which means lasting four weeks or less, or chronic, which lasts...
Doctor with clipboard
Would you like 24-hour access to your doctor? Longer office visits? How about house calls? What if you had to pay extra for these services? Turns out, some people are willing to do just that. The concept is called concierge medicine, and it was developed in the late 1990s primarily for wealthy people. Since then, the concept has caught on and doctors across the U.S. are turning to this practice...