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NEW THIS WEEK!

June Is National Men's Health Month
This month is all about encouraging men to take care of their bodies by eating right, exercising, and working towards preventing diseases. The official symbol for the month is a blue ribbon and the purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases including cancer, heart disease, and depression.
Top Health Threats to Men
  • Cardiovascular Disease -- check your cholesterol levels
  • Lung Disease -- quit smoking
  • Prostate Cancer -- get a rectal exam
  • Depression and Suicide
  • Diabetes -- eat a healthy diet
  • HIV and AIDS -- practice safe sex
Remember that you are just a human, and stay healthy by taking regular visits to the doctor. It’s important for every man to develop healthy eating habits and get involved in physical activities.

As a man, you've seen your body change with the years. Maybe you've put on a few punds, or your hairline might be receding understanding the way your body ages can open up new ways to lead a healthier, vital life.

Changes to be aware of

  • FAT - Men start gaining weight after 30, as homones decline, you will lose muscle mass
  • HEART - Blood Vessels and arteries become less supple causing high blood pressure.
  • PROSTATE - Grows larger causing urination problems
  • PENIS - Libido may decline
  • SKIN - Gets thinner, making you sensitive to the cold
  • HAIR - Pattern baldness

Ways to help lower blood pressure

  • Get moving
  • Stay calm
  • Check blood pressure often
  • Eat Healthy
  • Sleep tight
  • E
Ways to help age healthier
  • Quit Smoking
  • Manage stress
  • Get enough sleep
  • Get adaquate amounts of Calcium
  • Get adequate amount of vitamin D
  • Avoid substance abuse
  • Lower your blood pressure

Read more and Share Healthy Tips
Prostate cancer breakthrough: New treatment to 'seek and destroy' tumours could extend lives of thousands.


Read more about this treatment at Daily Mail
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men and occurs in the prostate — a small walnut-shaped gland in men that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. Prostate cancer that's detected early — when it's still confined to the prostate gland — has a better chance of successful treatment.
Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
  • Decreased force of urine stream
  • Hesitancy in starting a urine stream
  • Straining during urination
  • Intermittency - starting and stopping of the urine stream
  • Frequent urination
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Bone pain
  • Erectile dysfunction
It's not clear what causes prostate cancer. Doctors know that prostate cancer begins when some cells in your prostate become abnormal. Mutations in the abnormal cells' DNA cause the cells to grow and divide more rapidly than normal cells do. The abnormal cells continue living, when other cells would die. The accumulating abnormal cells form a tumor that can grow to invade nearby tissue. Some abnormal cells can also break off and spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body.
Some Possible Risks
  • Age - Your risk of prostate cancer increases as you age.
  • Race - For reasons unknown, black men carry a greater risk
  • Family History - Can be genetic
  • Obesity - Obese men diagnosed with prostate cancer may be more likely to have advanced disease that's more difficult to treat.

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ADHD

ATTENTION DEFICIENT DISORDER KNOWS NO BOUNDS AS IT CAN BE FOUND IN PEOPLE OF ALL AGES..

KEY SYMPTOMS ARE:

  • TROUBLE STAYING FOCUSED
  • TROUBLE ORGANIZING
  • TROUBLE FINISHING PROJECTS
  • EASILY DISTRACTED
  • LATE TO APPOINTMENTS
  • ON THE GO
  • IMPULSIVE
  • HYPERACTIVE

WAYS TO HELP:

  • FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS
  • MAKE LISTS
  • SET GOALS



ALZHEIMER'S

ALZHEIMER'S/DEMENTIA

YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR MIND WORK IN CONCERT WITH EACH OTHER. YOUR MIND IS YOU..."I'VE MADE UP MY MIND, I'M GOING TO TAKE A WALK NOW"...THEN THE MIND STARTS THE ACTION THRU THE BRAIN BY TURNING OFF THE TV, THEN PUTTING YOUR FEET ON THE FLOOR...AND GOING FOR IT.

ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE IS A TYPE OF DEMENTIA THAT CAUSES PROBLEMS IN THE BRAIN WITH MEMORY, THINKING AND BEHAVIOR. IT IS A PROGRESSIVE DEGENERATIVE DISORDER THAT HAMPERS THE BRAIN'S NERVE CELLS. MEMORY IMPAIRMENT ISN'T ALWAYS THE FIRST SIGN...THE TYPE OF MEMORY PROBLEMS MAY VARY.

THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION IS A TRUSTED RESOURCE FOR RELIABLE INFORMATION, EDUCATION, REFERRAL AND SUPPORT TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AFFECTED BY THE DISEASE.

24/7 HELPLINE: 800-272-3900

DEMENTIA, ALSO KNOWN AS SENILITY, IS A BROAD CATEGORY OF BRAIN DISEASES THAT CAUSE A LONG TERM AND OFTEN GRADUAL DECREASE IN THE ABILITY TO THINK AND REMEMBER THAT'S GREAT ENOUGH TO AFFECT A PERSON'S DAILY FUNCTIONING.

KEY PROBLEMS WITH THE BRAIN:

  • MEMORY LOSS
  • MENTAL DECLINE OR CONFUSION
  • DISORIENTATION
  • DECREASE IN MOTIVATION

WAYS TO EXERCISE THE MIND:

  • WORD GAMES
  • CROSSWORDS
  • MEMORY GAMES
  • JUGGLING
  • PLAYING CHESS
  • READING


EXPERIENCES SHARED



BACK

UPPER BACK PAIN CAN OCCUR BECAUSE OF TRAUMA OR SUDDEN INJURY, OR IT CAN OCCUR THROUGH STRAIN OR POOR POSTURE OVER TIME.

LOWER BACK PAIN IS THE MOST COMMON BACK PROBLEM MOST COMMONLY CAUSED BY IMPROPER LIFTING, ALONG WITH LIFTING TOO MUCH WEIGHT.

VERY IMPORTANT: WHEN LIFTING FROM GROUND LEVEL, YOU SHOUILD BEND AND USE YOUR KNEES...NOT YOUR BACK!

SOME EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HELP:

  • EXERCISE OFTEN
  • MAINTAIN HEALTHY WEIGHT
  • STAND UP STRAIGHT
  • AVOID HEAVY LIFTING
  • GET PLENTY OF CALCIUM AND VITAMIN D




CANCER

CANCER IS AN ABNORMAL GROWTH OF CELLS THAT CAN INVADE OR SPREAD TO OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY. THESE CELLS FORM A MASS OR GROWTH CALLED TUMORS. NOT ALL TUMORS ARE CANCEROUS, BENIGN TUMORS DO NOT SPREAD TO OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY. THERE ARE MANY TYPES OF CANCER.

KEY SYMPTOMS ARE:

  • BOWEL CHANGES
  • RECTAL BLEEDING
  • URINARY CHANGES
  • UNUSUAL COUGHING
  • LUMPS
  • BLOATING

WAYS TO HELP PREVENT CANCER:

  • DON'T SMOKE
  • LIMIT ALCOHOL
  • PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE SUN
  • EXERCISE REGULARLY
  • EAT DIETS LOW IN FAT
  • EAT DIETS RICH IN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES


EXPERIENCES SHARED



CRAMPS

CRAMPS ARE USUALLY BURST OF PAIN IN A CALF OR FOOT; (CONTRACTIONS OF MUSCLES); USUALLY AT NIGHT WHILE IN BED. GET OUT OF BED AND WALK AROUND A BIT...OR IF PAIN PERSIST, TRY A SPOONFUL OF MUSTARD.

KEY SYMPTOMS ARE:

  • PAIN IN CALF OR FOOT
  • INTENSE INVOLUNTARY CONTRACTIONS OF MUSCLES

SOME EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HELP:

  • STAY HYDRATED
  • SUPPLEMENT WITH VITAMIN E AND B COMPLEX
  • SUPPLEMENT WITH MAGNESIUM
  • WEAR PROPERLY FITTED SHOES
  • AVOID SITTING TOO LONG
  • LIMIT TIME STANDING ON CONCRETE
  • STRETCH OR MASSAGE MUSCLES



HAIR

WHITENING OR GRAYING OF THE HAIR USUALLY DEVELOPS GRADUALLY, IT MAY BE PATCHY OR IT MAY BE ALL OVER.

CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS:

  • HEREDITY
  • EMOTIONAL STRESS
  • POOR EATING HABITS
  • DRUGS

WAYS TO HELP WITH HAIR LOSS:

  • MANAGE STRESS
  • EAT PROTEIN
  • TAKE ZINC, VITAMIN E AND BIOTIN
  • EAT WALNUTS AND ALMONDS
  • EAT STRAWBERRIES AND RASPBERRIES.


 EXPERIENCES SHARED





KNEES

KNEE PAIN IS A COMMON PROBLEM WITH MANY CAUSES, FROM ACUTE INJURIES TO MEDICAL CONDITIONS.

SYMPTOMS OF KNEE PROBLEMS:

  • DIFFICULTY WALKING UP AND DOWN STAIRS
  • LOCKING OF THE KNEES
  • REDNESS AND SWELLING
  • INABILITY TO EXTEND KNEE
  • INABILITY TO BEAR WEIGHT

SOME EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HELP:

  • REST THE JOINTS
  • APPLY ICE
  • COMPRESS WITH BANDAGES
  • WALK ON SOFT SURFACES
  • LOSE WEIGHT


EXPERIENCES SHARED






FOR WOMEN:

WHEN IT COMES TO AGING, MOST OF US KNOW IT'S INEVITABLE.  HOWEVER,YOU DO HAVE CONTROL OVER WHETHER AGE IS ACCOMPANIED BY POOR HEALTH, SORE MUSCLES AND JOINTS, AND A QUICK-DIMINISHING APPEARANCE.

THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO AGE GRACEFULLY... STAYING ACTIVE, EATING RIGHT, AND PROTECTING YOUR SKIN FROM SUN DAMAGE.

 TIPS FOR AGING GRACEFULLY:

  • GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP
  • STAY HYDRATED
  • EAT A FREASH BALANCED DIET
  • QUIT SMOKING
  • WEAR SUN PROTECTION
  • EXERCISE REGULARLY
  • SKIP REFINED SUGAR
  • MOISTURIZE YOUR SKIN
  • EAT GOOD FATS
  • BE POSITIVE

9 MEDICAL TESTS EVERY WOMAN NEEDS:

  • MAMMOGRAM
  • PAP TEST
  • ELECTROCARDIOGRAM (EKG)
  • SERUM FERRITIN TEST
  • LIPID PROFILE
  • FASTING PLASMA GLUCOSE TEST
  • SKIN CANCER SCREENING
  • VISION SCREENING

MENOPAUSE

MENOPAUSE IS DEFINED AS HAVING NO MENSTRUAL PERIOD FOR ONE YEAR, TYPICALLY OCCURRING IN LATE 40's OR EARLY 50's.
MENOPAUSE CAN CAUSE MANY CHANGES IN YOUR BODY. THE SYMPTOMS ARE THE RESULT OF A DECREASED PRODUCTION OF ESTROGEN AND PROGESTERONE IN YOUR OVARIES.
MENOPAUSE CAN INCREASE YOUR RISK FOR OSTEOPOROSIS.

SYMPTOMS CAN INCLUDE:

TREATMENTS

  • HEALTHY DIET AND EXERCISE
  • MORE CALCIUM AND PROTEIN RICH FOODS
  • PRACTICE YOGA


EXPERIENCES SHARED


FOR MEN:

AS A MAN, YOU'VE SEEN YOUR BODY CHANGE WITH THE YEARS.  MAYBE YOU'VE PUT ON A FEW POUNDS, OR YOUR HAIRLINE MIGHT BE RECEDING.  UNDERSTANDING THE WAY YOUR BODY AGES CAN OPEN UP NEW WAYS TO LEAD A HEALTHIER, VITAL LIFE.

 SOME CHANGES TO BE AWARE OF:

  • FAT - MANY MEN START GAINING WEIGHT AFTER 30 - AS MALE HORMONES BEGIN TO DECLINE, YOU WILL LOSE MUSCLE MASS
  • HEART - BLOOD VESSELS AND ARTERIES BECOME LESS SUPPLE WITH TIME CAUSING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.
  • PROSTATE - GROWS LARGER CAUSING URINATION PROBLEMS
  • PENIS - LIBIDO MAY DECLINE
  • SKIN - GET THINNER, MAKING YOU SENSITIVE TO THE COLD
  • HAIR - PATTERN BALDNESS

EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HELP AGE LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE:

  • GET MOVING
  • GET CALM
  • CHECK BLOOD PRESSURE AT HOME
  • EAT HEALTHY AND LOSE WEIGHT IF NEEDED
  • SLEEP TIGHT
  • CUT CAFFEINE, ALCOHOL, AND NICOTINE
EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HELP AGE HEALTHIER:
  • QUIT SMOKING
  • MANAGE STRESS
  • GET ENOUGH SLEEP
  • GET ADEQUATE AMOUNTS OF CALCIUM
  • GET ADEQUATE AMOUNT OF VITAMIN D
  • AVOID SUBSTANCE ABUSE
  • LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE


EXPERIENCES SHARED



Fun for Seniors

YOUR LOCAL SENIOR CENTER HAS MANY PROGRAMS AVAILABLE... IT'S LIKE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL.

MANY SENIORS HAVE SHOWN AN INTEREST IN PHOTOGRAPHY. IT'S WORTH A PHONE CALL AND A POSSIBLE VISIT TO YOUR LOCAL SENIOR CENTER.

GET OFF THE COUCH AND START SOMETHING NEW:

  • COMPUTER LESSONS
  • MUSIC INSTRUMENT LESSON
  • PHOTOGRAPHY
  • DANCE CLASS
  • JEWELRY MAKING
  • WOOD CARVING

SOME CLASSES CAN BE:

  • BILLIARDS
  • BOWLING
  • CARD PLAYING
  • DANCING
  • GOLFING
  • JAMMERS
  • KNITTING
  • PAINTING
  • VOLLEYBALL
  • YOGA
  • ZUMBA

PLAYING GAMES:

  • IMPROVES MEMORY
  • IMPROVES DEXTERITY
  • REDUCES STRESS

SOME FUN, EASY GAMES:

  • BACKGAMMON
  • BINGO
  • BOARD GAMES
  • CHECKERS
  • CHESS
  • DOMINOS
  • FARKLE
  • SKIP BO
  • TIC TAC TOE
  • TRIVIA
  • UNO
  • WII GAMES


DANCING

SENIORS WHO DANCED THREE TO FOUR TIMES A WEEK -- ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO DID BALLROOM DANCING -- HAD A WHOPPING 75% LOWER RISK OF DEVELOPING DEMENTIA COMPARED WITH NON-DANCERS. A LANDMARK STUDY IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE FOUND, "PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INCREASES BLOOD FLOW TO THE BRAIN AND PROMOTES NERVE HEALTH." SAYS LEAD STUDY AUTHOR JOE VERGHESE, M.D. CHIEF OF GERIATICS AT MONTEFIROE MEDICAL CENTER IN NEW YORK CITY, WHILE, MASTERING THE STEPS HELPS CREATE NEW BRAIN CONNECTIONS IN AREAS OF THE BRAIN THAT ARE VULNERABLE TO AGING AND DEMENTIA. PLUS, REGULARY INTERACTING SOCIALLY IS PROVEN TO INCREASE OVERALL MENTAL SHARPNESS.


YOUR LOCAL HEALTH STORE IS YOUR FRIEND. THEIR MISSION IS TO GIVE KNOWLEDGABLE INFORMATION AND STOCK A WIDE VARIETY OF SPECIALIZED PRODUCTS THAT AREN'T AVAILABLE IN MASS MARKETING STORES. THEY CAN GUIDE YOU TO A PRODUCT THAT CAN HELP YOU ALONG WITH WHY AND HOW.


exerciseEXERCISE:

AS YOU GROW OLDER AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE BECOMES MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO YOUR HEALTH.

MOVING YOUR BODY CAN  HELP:

  • BOOST ENERGY
  • PROTECT YOUR HEART
  • MANAGE PAIN
  • MANAGE YOU WEIGHT

SOME AT HOME EXERCISES:

  • INNER THIGH STRETCH
  • SIDE LEG LIFTS
  •  SIDE BENDS
  • ELBOW TO KNEE RAISES
  • TOE TOUCH
  • ARM RAISES
  • SQUATS

exercise


EXPERIENCES SHARED


eat


HEALTHY EATING:

THE BENEFITS:

  • PROTECT AGAINST DIABETES
  • PREVENTS HEART DISEASE
  • KEEPS YOU AGILE
  • REDUCES RISK OF ALZHEIMER'S
  • REDUCES RISK OF PARKINSON'S
  • INCREASES LONGEVITY

THE LOGISTICS:

  • EAT LOTS OF VEGETABLES
  • EAT LESS RED MEAT
  • ALWAYS EAT BREAKFAST
  • EAT A VEGETARIAN MEAL AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK
  • EAT FRESH FRUIT
  • USE GOOD FATS

GOOD FATS:

  • AVOCADOS
  • WALNUTS, ALMONDS & PISTACHIOS
  • NUT & SEED BUTTERS
  • OLIVES & OLIVE OIL
  • SUNFLOWER & CHIA SEEDS
  • GROUND FLAXSEED
  • SALMON & TUNA
  • DARK CHOCOLATE
  • EGGS
  • PARMESAN CHEESE
  • LEAN GRASS FED BEEF & PORK


EPERIENCES SHARED


SUGAR

SUGAR FACTS:

  • DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY VITAMINS OR MINERALS
  • DEPOSITS FAT IN THE LIVER
  • HARMS YOUR CHOLESTEROL
  • CAUSES INSULIN RESISTANCE
  • RAISES YOUR RISK OF DISEASES
  • DOESN'T SATISFY YOUR BODY
  • ADDICTIVE
  • BAD FOR YOUR TEETH
  • CAN GIVE YOU DIABETES
  • CAN GIVE YOU CANCER
  • CAUSES OBESITY


EXPERIENCES SHARED


water

HEALTH BENEFITS OF DRINKING WATER:

  • MAINTAIN ENERGY LEVELS
  • MAINTAIN BODY TEMPERATURES
  • MAINTAIN METABOLISM
  • MAINTAIN BREATHING
  • HELPS PREVENT CONSTIPATION
  • HELPS PREVENT MIGRAINES
  • HELPS PREVENT ARTHRITIS
  • HELPS PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS
  • HELPS PREVENT CARDIOVASCULAR DISORDERS
  • HELPS PREVENT BACKACHES
  • HELPS PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS


EXPERIENCES SHARED


milk

BENEFITS OF DRINKING MILK

  • CALCIUM BUILDS HEALTHY BONES AND TEETH AND MAINTAINS BONE MASS
  • PROTEIN SERVES AS A SOURCE OF ENERGY AND BUILDS OR REPAIRS MUSCLE TISSUE
  • POTASSIUM HELPS MAINTAIN A HEALTHY BLOOD PRESSURE
  • PHOPHORUS HELPS STRENGTHEN BONES AND GENERATE ENERGY
  • VITAMIN D HELPS MAINTAIN BONES
  • VITAMIN B12 MAINTAINS HEALTHY RED BLOOD CELLS AND NERVE TISSUE
  • VITAIMN A MAINTAINS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AND HELPS MAINTAIN NORMAL VISION AND SKIN
  • RIBOFLAVIN (B2) CONVERTS FOOD INTO ENERGY
  • NIACIN METABOLIZES SUGARS AND FATTY ACIDS


EXPERIENCES SHARED


charcoal

BENEFITS OF ACTIVATED CHARCOAL

  • HELPS DIGESTION
  • TREATS HANGOVERS
  • CURES BUG BITES
  • WHITENS TEETH
  • REMOVES TOXINS
  • EXFOLIATES SKIN
  • CLEANS HAIR
  • FILTERS WATER
  • REDUCES HIGH CHOLESTROL


EXPERIENCES SHARED