Posted on: May 26, 2022 Posted by: Michele Lee Comments: 0

Middle-aged+? This is the ‘optimal’ amount of sleep for you

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found my sleep patterns changing. What with middle-of-the-night trips to the bathroom and the occasional bout of insomnia, figuring out how many hours of restful sleep are ideal for me at 65 has been a bit challenging. I’ve settled on 7 ½ hours as my perfect number. I go to bed at about the same time each night and wake up at 5 am every…

Posted on: May 26, 2022 Posted by: Michele Lee Comments: 0

Gum disease and lung infections: A new connection

It’s a well-established fact that losing too many teeth is linked to heart disease. Sounds strange, I know. But poor oral health is intimately linked to disease in the rest of your body. For example, the immune cells that are generated to fight gum disease often turn up in your heart valves and heart muscle. They go a little crazy and attack your heart with more force than is necessary…

Posted on: May 26, 2022 Posted by: Michele Lee Comments: 0

How to Improve Your Gut Health and Microbiome

Reviewed by Gabrielle Fundaro, PhD, CISSN, CHC “I can’t go out tonight, I’m… busy.” If you struggle with gut health problems, you know this line is often code for one—or all—of the following: “I have to stay close to the bathroom.” “I can’t wear real pants right now.” “My farts might kill you.” Digestive symptoms like gas, bloating, indigestion, and toilet troubles are common—and can be extremely disruptive (and not…

Posted on: May 26, 2022 Posted by: Michele Lee Comments: 0

The new fountain of youth: Fecal transplants

One of the strangest and most promising fields of anti-aging research is now found in the field of fecal transplants. Yup, taking poop from a healthy individual and putting it into the intestinal tract of one suffering from the diseases associated with aging may soon become cutting-edge science. And while there’s no doubt the idea could gross out even those of us with the strongest of stomachs, the truth is,…

Posted on: May 25, 2022 Posted by: Michele Lee Comments: 0

Esophageal cancer doubles in adults under 65

When it comes to cancer, we hear a lot about breast cancer, liver cancer and even lung cancer. Yet, there’s one that most of us never even think about — esophageal cancer. It causes minimal symptoms, so it’s often not suspected before it becomes so advanced that treatment is difficult. And according to research published by the American Gastroenterological Association, rates of this cancer have close to doubled in adults…

Posted on: May 25, 2022 Posted by: Michele Lee Comments: 0

This coffee brew method raised cholesterol

According to the results of over 300 hours of research by the Urban Bean Coffee team, 64% of American adults enjoy at least one cup of the good stuff every day. This works out to approximately 146 billion cups of coffee consumed yearly. And it’s easy to see why we’re all so hooked… Not only is that roasted flavor with its energizing jolt of caffeine a great way to start…

Posted on: May 25, 2022 Posted by: Michele Lee Comments: 0

The berry that decreases dementia risk even in middle age

I’ve been a huge fan of blueberries for as long as I can remember. When I went away to Girl Scout camp, I was delighted to discover the camp was surrounded by wild blueberry bushes. My fellow campers and I ate bucketloads of blueberries during those two weeks, and I went home with several quarts of the delicious fruit for my family. One of my favorite parts about my blueberry…

Posted on: May 25, 2022 Posted by: Michele Lee Comments: 0

Monkeypox: What you need to know

As if we haven’t had enough health stuff to worry about in the past two years, now there’s … monkeypox? But before you get worried or run out and try to find out how to protect yourself, read on. I’m going to give you all the facts you need about this disease you’ve probably never heard of. Dr. Rodney E. Rohde heads the Clinical Laboratory Science Department at Texas State…

Posted on: May 24, 2022 Posted by: Michele Lee Comments: 0

The cellular ‘switch’ that triggers arteries to thicken

Atherosclerosis is a thickening, hardening or narrowing of the arteries that’s the result of a buildup of plaque. This plaque is made up of deposits of cholesterol, calcium and bits of fat, among other substances. As plaque builds up in the artery, it thickens and stiffens the walls, making it more difficult for blood to pass through the blood vessel. If the blockage becomes severe enough, it can lead to…

Posted on: May 24, 2022 Posted by: Michele Lee Comments: 0

4 ways your body warns you it’s aging too fast

At 65, I consider myself in pretty good shape. Most people who meet me think I’m younger than my age. I live alone and enjoy it. I work for myself and live an independent lifestyle. On the other side of the coin, though, my waistline has expanded two sizes in two years, my balance isn’t as good, and I’m way more nearsighted than I used to be. I’m learning now…