The following questions are from our readers. This section will expand as we add more questions and answers. Question: I’ve been reading your site and enjoying the great information, but can’t find what I’m looking for. I’m a baby boomer and have heard that there are specific areas I should be concerned about called physical...
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Sarcopenia is the medical term describing the loss of muscle mass and strength with age. The muscle mass lost is primarily from fast-twitch muscle fibers. Sarcopenia is becoming recognized as a major cause of both disability and even morbidity among the elderly. However, as early as 30 years of age, sarcopenia can affect you. In...
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High blood pressure increases your chance (or risk) for getting heart disease and/or kidney disease, and for having a stroke. It is especially dangerous because it often has no warning signs or symptoms. Regardless of race, age, or gender, anyone can develop high blood pressure. It is estimated that one in every four American adults...
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Your blood cholesterol level has a lot to do with your chances of getting heart disease and high blood cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for it. A risk factor is a condition that increases your chance of getting a disease. In fact, the higher your blood cholesterol level, the greater your risk...
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Blood sugar or glucose levels are important because these levels can tell us whether or not our pancreas is functioning well among other factors, and more importantly, if we have diabetes. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism, the way our bodies use digested food for growth and energy. Most of the food we eat is...
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The following questions were submitted by our readers; our answer(s) follows each question. The section will continue to grow as we receive more health-related questions. Question: I’m 55 and want to begin working out with weights. Can you tell me some basics about strength training and what I should know before I get started? Answer:...
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Many people consider golf a low-level physical activity without the possibility of injury happening to them. But, there is a potential risk of suffering serious injuries to the elbow, spine, knee, hip or wrist. Before beginning daily play, golfers can take some preventive measures to protect themselves against injury. Golfers elbow Leading the list of...
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It is likely that “How can I build muscle, lose fat and boost my performance?” is the most common question in the fitness world. This question has generated hundreds of magazine titles, thousands of Internet pages and billions of dollars to the manufacturers of such products. A great many, too many, risk their health to...
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What is a sprain? A sprain is an injury that causes a stretch or a tear in a ligament. Ligaments are strong bands of fibrous connective tissue that connect bones at a joint. They are composed of bundles of Type I collagen and elastin. As ligaments insert into bones, the ligament material changes from rigid...
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The digestive system consists of organs that break down food into components that the body uses for energy and for building and repairing cells and tissues. Food passes down the throat, through a muscular tube called the esophagus, and into the stomach, where it continues to be broken down. From the stomach, the partially digested...
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