Eat Well, Exercise, & Stop Smoking–Still Great Advice!

French researchers followed 4000 seniors for almost 7 years. Each participant was disability-free at baseline. After adjusting for potential confounders, the following factors were found to contribute to excess disability risk: low physical activity 72% smoking 26% low fruit and vegetable intake 24% The results were similar when those who developed disabilities in the first 4 years…

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Inexpensive May Be Best!

Have you nearly fainted when you looked at your medical bills? In the elderly population, syncope (fainting, temporary loss of consciousness) can be benign or life-threatening. Investigators reviewed the medical records of 1920 patients over 65 years old who were admitted to a single hospital with syncope between 2002 and 2006. They examined how often…

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Exercise and Diet Lower Risk of Dementia

Two recent observational studies found physical activity and a Mediterranean-type diet are associated with lower risks of cognitive decline in elders. The first was a US study of 2000 elders followed for five years. Close adherence to a Mediterranean-type diet and regular physical activity (even light activity like gardening) independently resulted in significantly less Alzheimer…

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