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The Mediterranean Diet Continues to Get High Marks

Posted on March 12, 2019 - March is National Nutrition Month—a great time to think about improving our dietary habits. Here’s a great way to start. For years, cardiovascular experts have endorsed the now well-known Mediterranean diet. Speaking for the Society for Vascular Surgery, Dr. C. Keith Ozaki notes, “There are components of the Mediterranean diet that are good for the vascular system, such as eating whole grains, low-fat dairy, skinless poultry and fish, and focusing on non-animal sources of protein.”

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Healthy Sleep for Healthy Aging

Posted on March 7, 2019 - It’s harder to get a good night’s sleep as we grow older. We might find ourselves in bed for hours, unable to drift off. Or, we might fall asleep right away, only to experience a period wakefulness in the middle of the night. Maybe we wake up at 4 a.m., and lie awake until dawn. Painful health conditions interfere with sound sleep. Of course, those middle-of-the-night bathroom trips can get us out of bed, interrupting sleep night after night. And even if we’re sleeping for the recommended 7 or 8 hours, we nonetheless might not feel rested the next day.

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FDA cracks down on dietary supplements marketed for Alzheimer's

Posted on March 5, 2019 - Federal officials are cracking down on supplement makers that claim that their products can treat Alzheimer’s and other diseases. The Food and Drug Administration on Monday sent 12 warning letters and five online advisory letters to companies whose products are being “illegally marketed as unapproved new drugs” to prevent, treat or cure Alzheimer’s, diabetes and cancer.

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Flu shots this winter providing moderate levels of protection, CDC data show

Posted on February 28, 2019 - his year’s flu shot is protecting about half of the people in the United States who have been vaccinated from getting sick enough from influenza to need medical care, according to new data, suggesting it’s providing moderate levels of protection.

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From Sitting to Moving … Make the Switch!

Posted on February 26, 2019 - Most of us know that exercise is a top factor in keeping us healthy as we grow older. Yet many well-intentioned, health-conscious older adults are unaware that even if they work out regularly, their health can still be harmed if they spend the rest of the day sitting around, whether it’s surfing the web while moving nothing but our wrist all evening, a day of couch potato mode in front of the TV, or knitting for hours. Or maybe you’re one of the increasing number of seniors who have put off retirement—good for your financial health and social life, but perhaps trapping you behind a desk all day?

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