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LA Times: When It Comes To Cancer, Here’s What You Should Sweat And Here’s What You Shouldn’t

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Los Angeles Times: When It Comes To Cancer, Here’s What You Should Sweat And Here’s What You Shouldn’t 
We all want to avoid cancer. That’s a given. But when cancer risk seems to lurk everywhere, it’s hard to know what you really need to do to protect yourself. The stakes are high. As many as 40% of cancer cases, and about half of all cancer deaths, could be prevented with a healthy lifestyle, according to a study by Harvard researchers published in the journal JAMA Oncology. (Woolston, 10/12)


Treating What Causes Your Pain

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Nearly 100 million Americans experience chronic pain‑more than those who have diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Living with pain decreases quality of life, often making it difficult to accomplish activities of daily living. Understanding what causes pain can help improve treatment and reduce suffering. Here are some common causes of pain and treatments, courtesy of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Arthritis

*Arthritis refers to over 100 different conditions ranging from autoimmune disease to normal joint inflammation.

*Recent experiments have uncovered that the body’s own immune system makes unique antibodies to help the most severe cases of rheumatoid arthritis progress.

*Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis. Treatment plans often involve both short-term and long-term approaches.

Back Pain

*According to the National Institutes of Health, eight out of ten people will have back pain at some time in their life.

*Over the years, the treatments for back pain changed. Watch Dr. Daniel Sciubba, director of spine research, discusses common spinal problems, treatment options, and common questions.

Headaches

*Millions of people get crippling headaches, and there are dozens of different headache types, but receiving the right diagnosis is key to getting the right treatment.

*Migraines can be triggered by stress, fatigue, or certain foods — and researchers claim obese patients are five times more likely to develop chronic migraines.

Information courtesy Johns Hopkins Medicine.

 


Healthy Aging Tips Including Medicare’s Preventive Services

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Here is the U.S., many seniors live active, healthy and long lives. You can too. Here are some things you can do to help you stay healthy and active as you age, according to the National Institute on Aging.

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Keep your mind and body active
  • Don’t smoke
  • Get regular checkups.
  • Practice safety habits to avoid accidents and prevent falls

 

Disease prevention and early detection services can keep you from getting certain diseases or can help you find health problems early, when treatment works best. Talk with your doctor or health care provider to find out what tests or other services you may need, as described in this chart from medicare.gov, and how often you need them to stay healthy. If you have Original Medicare, you’ll now be able to get a yearly “Wellness” visit and many preventive services at no cost to you. Visit Medicare.gov for more information.

September is Healthy Aging Month

Take this time to get serious about your health. Here are 10 Tips for Reinventing Yourself courtesy of Healthy Aging® Magazine.

  1. Do not act your age or at least what you think your current age should act like. What was your best year so far? 28? 40? Now? Picture yourself at that age and be it. Some people may say this is denial, but we say it’s positive thinking and goes a long way toward feeling better about yourself. (Tip:  Don’t keep looking in the mirror, just FEEL IT!)
  2. Be positive in your conversations and your actions every day. When you catch yourself complaining, check yourself right there and change the conversation to something positive. (Tip: Stop watching the police reports on the local news.)
  3. Have negative friends who complain all of the time and constantly talk about how awful everything is? Drop them. As cruel as that may sound, distance yourself from people who do not have a positive outlook on life. They will only depress you and stop you from moving forward. Surround yourself with energetic, happy, positive people of all ages and you will be happier too. (Tip: Smile often. It’s contagious and wards off naysayers.)
  4. Walk like a vibrant, healthy person. Come on. You can probably do it. Analyze your gait. Do you walk slowly because you have just become lazy or, perhaps, have a fear of falling? (Tip: Make a conscious effort to take big strides, walk with your heel first, and wear comfortable shoes.)
  5. Stand up straight! You can knock off the appearance of a few extra years with this trick your mother kept trying to tell you. Look at yourself in the mirror. Are you holding your stomach in, have your shoulders back, chin up? Check out how much better your neck looks! Fix your stance and practice it every day, all day until it is natural. You will look great and feel better. (Tip: Your waistline will look trimmer if you follow this advice.)
  6. How’s your smile? Research shows people who smile more often are happier. Your teeth are just as important to your good health as the rest of your body. Not only is it the first thing people notice, but good oral health is a gateway to your overall well-being. (Tip: Go to the dentist regularly and look into teeth whitening. Nothing says old more than yellowing teeth!)
  7. Lonely? Stop brooding and complaining about having no friends or family. Do something about it now. Right this minute. Pick up the phone, landline, or cell and make a call to do one or more of the following: Volunteer your time, Take a class. Invite someone to meet for lunch, brunch, dinner, or coffee. (Tip: Volunteer at the local public school to stay in touch with younger people and to keep current on trends, take a computer class or a tutorial session at your cell phone store to keep up with technology, choose a new person every week for your dining out.)
  8. Start walking not only for your health but to see the neighbors. Have a dog? You’ll be amazed how the dog can be a conversation starter. (Tip: If you don’t have time for a dog, go to your local animal shelter and volunteer. You will be thrilled by the puppy love!)
  9. Make this month the time to set up your annual physical and other health screenings. Go to the appointments and then, hopefully, you can stop worrying about ailments for a while. (Tip: For a list of recommended annual health screenings, a great resource is the My Health Finder. Here’s what Medicare Covers.
  10. Find your inner artist. Who says taking music lessons is for young school children? You may have an artist lurking inside you just waiting to be tapped.  Have you always wanted to play the piano, violin, or tuba? Have you ever wondered if you could paint a portrait or scenic in oil? What about working in wood? (Tip: Sign up now for fall art or music classes and discover your inner artist!)

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