Geraldo Rivera reacts on 'Fox & Friends' to reports that 3M is selling N95 masks to foreign countries while U.S. health care workers face a shortage.
Geraldo Rivera reacts on 'Fox & Friends' to reports that 3M is selling N95 masks to foreign countries while U.S. health care workers face a shortage.
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Everyone experiences discomfort or pain in their hands on occasion. For some, however, the pain is due to an underlying health condition. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there are 54.4 million adults in the United States who suffer from arthritis, and an additional 300,000 children suffer from some type of arthritis. What exactly is arthritis, who is most likely to get it, and what is the #1 cause? Here is everything you need to know about the inflammatory condition. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Symptoms You Have That Might Actually Be Damage from COVID. 1 What Is Arthritis? Arthritis is a disorder of joints where there is either degeneration or inflammatory changes in the joints, Abhijeet Danve MD FACP, Yale Medicine rheumatologist and assistant professor of medicine, Yale School of Medicine, explains to Eat This, Not That! There are various types of arthritis, explains Dr. Danve. Osteoarthritis is the most common type, and results from degeneration in the cartilage lining the bones forming the joints. The next most common type of arthritis is gout which affects 9 million US adults.He explains that when the inflammation is responsible for the arthritis, the causes can include:Infections like Lyme disease, Hepatitis C, Parvovirus, Chikungunya etc.Crystal induced arthritis like gout and pseudo-gout (also called CPPD arthritis) Autoimmune diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Axial Spondyloarthritis, Lupus and other connective tissue diseases etc. In addition, there are several rare diseases that can cause arthritis. 2 What Happens If You Have It? Osteoarthritis as well as other types of arthritis can cause joint pains, stiffness and swelling, Dr. Danve explains. Gout typically causes flare ups of acute severe pain, swelling and redness of joints and patients can feel normal between two flares. "In the long run, arthritis can lead to chronic symptoms including difficulty in using the extremities, deformities and disability," he reveals. RELATED: 9 Everyday Habits That Might Lead to Dementia, Say Experts 3 How Do I Know I Have It? Patients can have various symptoms depending on the type of arthritis, which can include joint pain, swelling, stiffness, redness and warmth. "Some types of arthritis are also associated with problems in other organs including skin, eyes, intestines, lungs and kidneys," explains Dr. Danve. Some patients with systemic autoimmune arthritis can also have fever, fatigue and malaise. "A rheumatologist will carefully evaluate the pattern of joint pains, examination findings, do x-rays and lab tests to arrive at the diagnosis," he says. 4 Here Are the Top Contributing Factors For osteoarthritis, the risk factors include old age, obesity, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, previous injury and joint hypermobility.For gout, elevated serum uric acid is the main risk factor. "About 16% of the US population have elevated uric acid levels and some of these patients develop gout," Dr. Danve states. For autoimmune arthritis, genetic and environmental factors play an important role, but exact reasons are unclear.RELATED: The #1 Cause of Obesity, According to Science 5 What Is the #1 Cause While arthritis can impact people of all ages, it commonly occurs when someone is between the ages of 40 and 50, making age the biggest risk factor. RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers. 6 How to Prevent It While some of the risk factors for arthritis are not controllable, Dr. Danve notes that there are some things you can do to decrease your chances of getting it. "For osteoarthritis, loss of weight, non-weight bearing aerobic exercises, avoidance of smoking can be helpful," he says. "For gout, lifestyle modifications like reducing intake of excessive alcohol, red meat, seafood etc and loss of weight can be helpful. Stress management can help in reducing the flares of various types of arthritis." 7 What to Do If You Notice Symptoms If you think you may have arthritis, the best thing to do is seek medical attention. "In case of persistent joint pains, you should consult your primary doctor who will evaluate you and determine if you need to see a rheumatologist," suggests Dr. Danve. "Osteoarthritis can be managed by primary doctor or orthopedic surgeons, but for inflammatory arthritis, it is recommended that patients see a rheumatologist for diagnosis and long-term management." And to get through life at your healthiest, don't miss: This Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts Say.
The CDC came out with new guidance regarding wearing masks on May 13, 2021. In light of the fact that current study data shows that the COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer mRNA vaccine, Moderna mRNA vaccine and J&J Adenovirus vaccine) are extremely effective in preventing symptomatic disease, the CDC has recommended that all fully vaccinated individuals can interact indoors and outdoors with others without use of a face mask. Fully vaccinated individuals are defined as at least 2 weeks from the final shot in the series. The exceptions to this new rule include mass transit locations (buses, trains and airplanes) and high-risk institutions like healthcare facilities, prisons and homeless shelters. All people, whether vaccinated or not, are recommended to continue to wear masks in these locations. But this may cause unforeseen consequences. Read on to see what they are and how they affect you —and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID And Should Tell Your Doctor.The Pandemic is Not Over, and We May See an Increase in Unmasked, Unvaccinated People Engaging in Indoor ActivitiesAlthough the new aggressive guidance was greeted with a mix of responses from public health experts, many Americans are rejoicing at the new recommendations as a sign that the pandemic is over. Unfortunately, it is not. Currently, the national numbers of cases are down and approximately 1/3 of Americans are fully vaccinated. This is good news and likely fueled some of the confidence in the new recommendations. Also, real-world trials have demonstrated that the vaccines, specifically Pfizer's mRNA vaccine, is very effective in preventing symptomatic and asymptomatic disease in wild-type COVID-19 and some of the variants. With all the previous mask restrictions still in place after vaccination, it's likely that the CDC is trying to promote vaccination by providing a benefit. There are a couple of problems with this idea. First, the new guidance may signal that the pandemic is over. Of course, it is not, as cases are occurring daily around the world and the death rate is still high internationally. Such a signal may be misinterpreted by Americans who might reason that they don't need to be vaccinated now that the pandemic is basically over. Again, it is not. Also, there are many Americans who refuse to be vaccinated and also refuse to wear masks. How will they be identified? What will stop them from falsely claiming that they have been vaccinated while engaging in high-risk indoor activities without a mask? The CDC said that it will not require a vaccine passport or verification. In short, we will likely see an increased incidence of unmasked, unvaccinated people engaging in indoor activities. We are far from the 70-90% vaccinated and/or infected number required to impart herd immunity. So, this is a bit concerning. RELATED: 9 Everyday Habits That Might Lead to Dementia, Say ExpertsInfections in Children May IncreaseAlso, although an Emergency Use Authorization has been issued for Pfizer's mRNA vaccine for children 12-15 years of age, no children under 12 are eligible for vaccination. In addition, some of the variants, like the UK variant, appear to affect children more significantly. If masks are no longer recommended indoors for vaccinated individuals and we cannot verify who such individuals are, it may result in an increased number of indoor exposures and infections in children.Finally, the coronavirus, like many viruses, may spread more readily in the dry, cool air of winter. There is likely a seasonality to the virus. Although cases and hospitalizations are down now that it is spring/summertime, they will likely surge again in the fall/winter. Also, the virus continues to spread actively around the world. There is currently a humanitarian crisis in India where that medical system is overwhelmed, fueled partly by new variants and partly by premature opening and poor preparation by their government. These "hot spots" of viral infection are perfect breeding grounds for new variants of the virus that may be able to evade the current protections afforded by the vaccines. RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers.These Three "V"s Can Save Your Life—and Someone Else'sIn short, the new mask guidance is a significant step that may have unforeseen consequences. The pandemic is not over and we will likely have another surge in the fall/winter. For now, we must observe three Vs – continue to be Vigilant, Vaccinate and protect Vulnerable and unvaccinated individuals. In addition, the US and other developed countries need to actively help vaccinate around the world. It is a matter of self-interest to promote international vaccination. Controlling the virus internationally is integral to preventing new strains from emerging that can evade current vaccine protection. So get vaccinated if you can, and to get through life at your healthiest, don't miss: This Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts Say.
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Your liver sucks. Not just your liver, but everyone's liver sucks—like a vacuum cleaner. You can think of the liver as a massive Dyson for your bloodstream. The largest solid organ in the body and, arguably the most complex, your liver performs billions of vital tasks during your lifetime and one of the most important is filtering the poisons from your bloodstream. Everything you absorb through your gastrointestinal tract is processed and filtered through the liver. Nearly every ounce of blood in your body passes through; the liver breaks down and cleans chemicals, nutrients, drugs, alcohol, and other toxins in the blood before they flow throughout your body.If it didn't perform that function optimally, your body would be flooded with toxins—and what you drink can have a huge effect. Here are the worst types of drinks for your liver and how they can be harmful, and for even more drinking tips, be sure to read up on our list of 108 Most Popular Sodas Ranked by How Toxic They Are.Alcoholic beveragesNo surprise there. Most people understand that heavy drinking can cause alcoholic cirrhosis, where healthy liver tissue is replaced with scar tissue and eventually may lead to death or a lifesaving liver transplant.But the damage doesn't happen overnight. There are precursor stages that drinkers go through over time, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. The main ones are a build-up of fat inside the liver cells (called fatty liver) and acute inflammation (called alcoholic hepatitis) that leads to the death of liver cells and scarring. Cirrhosis is the profoundly dangerous end stage of what started as fatty liver disease. At that point, the liver becomes so scarred it's like a clogged vacuum—blood can't flow through it."Almost anyone who heavily drinks even after one night will develop some degree of fatty liver, fat droplets in the liver that cause the liver not to function too well," says gastroenterology specialist Rockford Yapp, MD, affiliated with Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines heavy drinking as 15 drinks or more per week for men and 8 drinks or more weekly for women.The good news is fatty liver is reversible; if you stop drinking, the fat in the liver slowly goes away. But alcoholic beverages aren't the only worst drinks for your liver. There are many others that can do harm, too.Soda and other sugar-sweetened beveragesIf you're a health nut, you are likely well aware that sugar-sweetened beverages are the single biggest factor contributing to obesity. But did you know that sodas, juices, sports drinks, lemonade, and sweet tea can add fat deposits to your liver? Too much sugar and high fructose corn syrup from these sweet beverages are converted into fat by the liver. That excess fat then is stored in liver cells, a condition called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which affects 30% of U.S. adults, according to the Journal of Hepatology. QJM: An International Journal of Medicine calls NAFLD "the major concern of public health worldwide.""Out of all the sugary foods, drinking sugary soda is the worst when it comes to harming your liver," says Waqas Mahmood, MD, a physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. "Drinking soda on a regular basis is also strongly linked to high blood sugar level, obesity, heart diseases, gout, dementia, dental issues, diabetes, and even cancer as per various studies."In fact, obesity and type 2 diabetes are thought to also be common causes of fatty infiltration of the liver, according to the American College of Gastroenterology, which estimates that about two-thirds of obese adults and half of obese children have fatty liver.Related: The Worst Fountain Drinks to Never Order.What about coffee?That depends on your definition of a cup of joe. Coffee can actually be helpful to your liver. Regular coffee is loaded with catechins, a type of antioxidant also found in green tea, and other helpful polyphenols. Research suggests that coffee may protect against certain forms of cancer, including liver cancer. For example, a meta-analysis in the journal Gastroenterology found that drinking 2 extra cups of coffee a day was associated with a 43% reduced risk of liver cancer.But if you take your coffee very sweet, your morning cup may do as much harm as a can of soda. Some coffee drinks are more like sugary soft drinks with a tiny shot of coffee, says Trista Best, MPH, RD, at Balance One Supplements. You'll protect your liver by avoiding sugar-sweetened beverages and keeping fattening processed foods to a minimum.The consensus among experts and researchers is to allow the liver to do its amazing detoxifying job and not punish the organ with regular doses of toxic liquids like booze and soda.For more life-changing nutrition advice, read Bad Eating Habits You Should Stop Immediately.
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Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), revealed some eye-popping news on Thursday: if you're vaccinated, she recommended you could take your mask off indoors and outdoors in most situations. This left many relieved and others confused—why was this announced so abruptly, and it is actually safe? Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke with John Dickerson on Face the Nation Sunday and shared his thoughts. Read on for five key takeaways that could save your life—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID And Should Tell Your Doctor. 1 Dr. Fauci Said the New Mask News Was Based on These Three Points Dr. Fauci said the new mask news is the result of exciting new findings. "What's happened, there's been an accumulation of data on showing in the real-world effectiveness of the vaccines," he said. "It is even better than in the clinical trials, well over 90% protecting you against disease, number one. Number two, a number of papers have come out in the past couple of weeks showing that the vaccine protects even against the variants that are circulating. And thirdly, we're seeing that it is very unlikely that a vaccinated person, even if there's a breakthrough infection, would transmit it to someone else. So, the accumulation of all of those scientific facts, information and evidence brought the CDC to make that decision to say now when you're vaccinated, you don't need to wear a mask, not only outdoors, but you don't need to wear it indoors." 2 Dr. Fauci Said Vaccinated People Spread COVID Far, Far Less "What the issue is, is that the level of virus in your nasopharynx, which is correlated with whether or not you were going to transmit it to someone else, is considerably lower," he said. "So even though there are breakthrough infections with vaccinated people, almost always the people are asymptomatic, and the level of virus is so low, it makes it extremely unlikely, not impossible, but very, very low likelihood that they are going to transmit it. Whereas when people who are getting infected, who were without symptoms, who are not vaccinated, generally the titer or the level of virus, relatively speaking, is higher than in the vaccinated individuals." He continued: "It's not going to be absolute zero, but the likelihood of this spreading is really very, very low. And that's one of the reasons why they're even talking about if you are vaccinated, that you're going to cut down on the testing of individuals, because even if they test positive, the likelihood of their transmitting to someone else is really very, very low." 3 Dr. Fauci Said, Once Vaccinated, You Become a "Dead End" for the Virus "Does it increase the public health good of getting the vaccination or make that clearer based on these new findings?" asked the host. "I couldn't have said it better," said Dr. Fauci. "It's absolutely the case. And that's the reason why we say when you get vaccinated, you not only protect your own health, that of the family, but also you contribute to the community health by preventing the spread of the virus throughout the community. And in other words, you become a dead end to the virus. And when there are a lot of dead ends around, the virus is not going to go anywhere. And that's when you get a point that you have a markedly diminished rate of infection in the community. And that's exactly the reason…of why we encourage people and want people to get vaccinated. The more people you get vaccinated, the safer the entire community is." 4 Dr. Fauci Hopes People Are Incentivized to Get Vaccinated "The underlying reason for the CDC doing this was just based on the evolution of the science that I mentioned a moment ago. But if, in fact, this serves as an incentive for people to get vaccinated, all the better. I hope it does, actually," he said.RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers. 5 Dr. Fauci Said if the New Mask News is Confusing Now, It Won't Be Soon "The CDC did this and took this action based on the data," said Dr. Fauci. "What they'll do now and I know we've discussed that with the CDC director: What they'll be doing now is coming out very quickly with individual types of guidance. So people will say, well, what about the workplace? What about this? What about that? And I think that's going to be clarified pretty quickly. I would imagine within a period of just a couple of weeks, you're going to start to see significant clarification of some of the actually understandable and reasonable questions that people are asking." Get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't miss: This Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts Say.
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"Preventative medicine" has been a buzzword for decades, and there are many science-backed regimens that can help protect you from serious disease. But taking a daily multivitamin isn't necessarily one of them. Some of the ingredients in those supplements can lead to health problems. Here are five of the dangers you might encounter when taking multivitamins—always know what you're taking, and it's a good idea to consult your healthcare provider about what supplements you're taking in conjunction with other medications. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID and Didn't Know It. 1 You'll Waste Your Money If you're interested in taking multivitamins for protection against serious disease, you should know that science doesn't quite support that decision. In 2018, researchers from Johns Hopkins analyzed studies involving almost half a million people and determined that taking multivitamins doesn't lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, cognitive decline, or early death. Their advice: Don't waste your money on multivitamins; get the vitamins and minerals you need from food. Increased Cancer Risk If you choose to take a multivitamin, be wary of the amount of biotin it contains. Kathryn Boling, MD, a family medicine doctor with Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, recommends her patients take no more than 1 mg (1,000 mcg) of biotin daily. The reason: One study showed that men had an increased risk of lung cancer after taking megadoses of biotin (5 mg to 10 mg daily). Excessive Bleeding Another potentially dangerous multivitamin ingredient—and one that warrants a conversation with your doctor—is vitamin E. "Unless you have a reason to take vitamin E, you shouldn't be taking it as a random supplement," says Boling. "We used to think it was good to take because it's an antioxidant, but actually it turns out that the risk is higher than the benefit." That risk: Vitamin E thins the blood, which could turn minor injuries into serious bleeding episodes. 4 Liver Failure No supplement you take should contain the plant extract kava. "Kava, which people have taken to help them with sleep, can cause liver failure," says Boling. "I tell patients it's not safe to take orally."RELATED: 9 Everyday Habits That Might Lead to Dementia, Say Experts 5 Neurological Problems Any multivitamin that contains tryptophan should be avoided. "Tryptophan is also something you can take to help you sleep, but it's linked to a disorder that's called EMS, which is a neurological condition that includes fatigue, intense muscle pain and nerve pain," says Boling. Tryptophan is naturally present in small amounts in food, such as turkey and milk, "and that's not a problem," she adds. "But you should not take a tryptophan supplement." 6 Drug Interactions St. John's Wort, a super-trendy supplement a few years ago, is a prime example of how over-the-counter herbal remedies can interact with prescription medication. "You shouldn't take it along with antidepressants, and it may interfere with birth control," says Boling. And to get through life at your healthiest, don't miss: This Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts Say.
A funny thing happens when you're in your 50s: You feel more determined than ever to make every minute count, living life to its fullest. Eat This, Not That! Health talked with the country's top doctors to discover the 50 Unhealthiest Habits After 50—and got their advice about how to minimize the damage from each. We don't want you to stop living; we want you to keep living. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Symptoms Everyone Needs to Know About During This Pandemic. 1 You're Not Following Coronavirus Precautions Our demographic has to take this quite seriously. "Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness," reports the CDC. "Stay home if possible; wash your hands often; keep space between yourself and others (stay 6 feet away, which is about two arm lengths)." A year of this sort of inconvenience could add years to your life. 2 Letting Yourself Stagnate "Don't quit learning and doing," advises Robert Beam, MD, a family medicine specialist with Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care in North Carolina. "At 50 years of age, the actuarial tables predict that you will live to be age 80. If you assume adult life begins at 21, you've lived 29 years as an adult, and you have 30 years left to live."The Rx: "At 50, your adult life is only half over," says Beam. "There is plenty of time to learn a new language, learn to play a musical instrument, check out scuba diving, kickboxing or even go to college." Studies show that staying active and engaged can ward off cognitive decline and dementia. 3 Not Protecting Your Sexual Health When dating in your 50s and beyond, "It's still important to practice safe sex," says J.D. Zipkin, MD, associate medical director of GoHealth Urgent Care in New York City. "Even if pregnancy is no longer a concern, sexually transmitted diseases haven't gone away." In fact, among people aged 55 and older, chlamydia cases nearly doubled and gonorrhea cases nearly tripled between 2013 and 2017, according to the CDC. And STDs don't always make themselves apparent: Chlamydia and gonorrhea can be passed along symptom-free but lead to complications.The Rx: "Be sure to have open conversations with new sexual partners and continue to use condoms to reduce the risk of STD transmission when needed," says Zipkin. And talk to your doctor about regular STD screenings. 4 Not Getting Regular Health Tests "Get those cancer screenings," says Zipkin. "New medical testing, especially something like colonoscopy, can be daunting and not particularly desirable. But remember: the goal is to prevent any life-shortening illnesses by detecting them early."The Rx: Talk to your doctor and stay up to date with the American Cancer Society's recommendations about regular screening for breast, prostate, and colon cancers, among others. Your 50s are the decade in which a number of cancer screening tests become crucial. 5 Not Getting Regular Vaccinations "The chance of being hospitalized or dying from illnesses like influenza or pneumonia increases as we age," says Zipkin. "It's important to protect yourself by getting all the recommended vaccines."The Rx: Talk to your doctor about getting vaccinated against the flu, pneumonia, whooping cough and shingles, a painful blistered rash that almost one-quarter of adults develop later on in life. The CDC says everyone over age 6 months should get an annual flu vaccine, and people over 50 are a priority group. The CDC also recommends two pneumoccocal pneumonia vaccines for people 65 and older, and two doses of shingles vaccine (Shingrex) for people over age 50. 6 Ignoring Acid Reflux Heartburn, or acid reflux, can damage the lining of your esophagus, leading to a precancerous condition called Barrett's esophagus. In some cases, that can progress to esophageal cancer, a particularly deadly form of the disease.The Rx: If you suffer from regular heartburn, don't just take antacids. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms. 7 Being Overly Restrictive With Your Diet When it comes to a healthy diet, let yourself live a little. "As a dietitian, I often explain to clients the mental health benefits of a less-restrictive diet," says Rachel Fine, RD, CSSD, CDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist with To The Pointe Nutrition in New York City. "An 'eat less' mindset can set us up for a cycle of guilt when unfair expectations are not met due to the biological consequences of food restrictions (such as increased cravings)."The Rx: "Practice an inclusive approach to dieting," says Fine. "Instead of rules, make choices. Add more minimally processed, nutrient-dense, plant-based foods like fresh produce, nuts, seeds, and legumes to your meals. Psychologically, an inclusive approach allows for enjoyment of all foods. Once we grant ourselves unconditional permission to eat our favorite foods, we relieve the weight of responsibility that these foods hold over us." 8 Not Wearing Earplugs "One of the unhealthiest habits for people over the age of 50 is to go to loud events without earplugs," says Lawrence R. Grobman MD, a South Florida otolaryngologist. "It can hasten hearing loss and associated tinnitus."The Rx: "Hearing loss can be prevented with customized or even over-the-counter earplugs," he says. 9 Using OTC Medications Indiscriminately "Being very careful with use of over-the-counter medications is incredibly important," says Rob Malizia, MD, an emergency medicine specialist in Staten Island, New York. "The assumption is that because they are over the counter, they must be safe. But many OTC medications can exacerbate or even cause hypertensive emergencies, cardiac dysrhythmias, gastrointestinal problems—like ulcers, gastritis and diverticulitis—and can interfere with prescription medications."The Rx: "Seek medical advice before taking over-the-counters, especially if you're taking other prescription medications," says Malizia. 10 Not Covering Up In The Sun Or Using Sunscreen "The 50-and-older group is of the generation that used baby oil when going in the sun," says Jacob Freiman, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Miami. "Although most have taken steps to make up for past mistakes, it's important to find the right sunblock, one with titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide to prevent wrinkles and more importantly, skin cancer."The Rx: Apply sunscreen daily to your face and neck, and to any parts of your body that will be exposed to the sun for extended periods. Make sure it's at least 15 SPF. 11 Not Knowing Your Blood Pressure Think your blood pressure is fine? You might be behind the times. In 2018, the American Heart Association lowered the guidelines for healthy blood pressure from 140/90 (and 150/80 for those older than 65) to 130/80 for all adults. According to Harvard Medical School, that means more than 70 percent of men over age 55 technically have high blood pressure.The Rx: Over time, high blood pressure can weaken the walls of blood vessels, increasing your risk of stroke, heart attack and dementia. To lower your risk, get your blood pressure checked soon—and regularly. 12 Not Laughing Enough Seriously. Regular laughter has demonstrable health benefits. Laughter "enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain," says the Mayo Clinic. "Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress." Laughter has also been shown to strengthen your immune system, relieve pain and improve your mood. 13 Drinking Your Calories "Avoiding soft drinks and juice is a good idea, as they're very high in sugar," says Malizia. Empty calories are terrible for your waistline and heart, and sugar-sweetened beverages like soda contain some of the emptiest calories of all. A March 2019 study published in the journal Circulation found that people who drank the most sugary drinks had the highest risk of death. "The optimal intake of these drinks is zero," said the study's lead author, Vasanti S. Malik, a research scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. "They have no health benefits."The Rx: Hydrate with classic H20, seltzers—choose those without artificial sweeteners or flavorings—or homemade spa water. 14 Not Getting Regular Exercise "People tend to be less active as they age," says Adam Splaver, MD, a cardiologist with NanoHealth Associates in Hollywood, Florida. "Exercising regularly improves muscle tone and mass, decreases bone loss, improves memory, increases metabolism and improves sleep. On the other hand, recent research confirms how a sedentary life can lead to obesity, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular and metabolic disease."The Rx: The American Heart Association recommends that adults get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise—or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise—each week. Some examples of moderate-intensity exercise are brisk walking, dancing or gardening; vigorous exercise includes running, hiking or swimming. 15 Not Getting Enough Sleep Sleep is essential to good health and a longer life. Not getting enough has been linked to an increased risk of weight gain, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression, even dementia. That's because the body repairs itself during sleep, resolving cellular damage, sweeping toxins out of the brain and tuning metabolism.The Rx: Experts such as the National Sleep Foundation recommend getting seven to nine hours of sleep a night. If you're having chronic trouble getting that amount, talk to your doctor. He or she might advise cutting back on caffeine, limiting naps, getting more exercise or addressing anxiety or depression. 16 Not Letting Things Go "One of the most important pieces of advice I can give is to rid yourself of toxicity," says Eileen Moran, LCSW-R, a therapist in New York City. "For the toxic individuals from our past, forgive them and leave them in the past. For the times we were toxic—and that has been the case for us all—learn from those moments and forgive yourself." 17 Not Living in the Now It might seem like a cosmic joke: Aging can come with as many anxieties as more naive eras such as adolescence or new parenthood. But your after-50s are also an uncertain new frontier of life, and worries can be managed with a research-backed psychological technique.The Rx: "Practice mindfulness and live in the moment," says Moran. "That monster named anxiety will not help you in the present. Living in a possible future will only cause you stress. Let anxiety play alone. You play with the present." 18 Not Recovering After Workouts "When it comes to exercise, we still want to feel like we can work out like we did in our 20s," says Chris Cooper, NCSA-CPT, a certified personal trainer with Active Movement&Performance in Massapequa Park, New York. "To bounce back from workouts, recovery workouts are important so your body can rebuild and repair itself."The Rx: Allow yourself to recover for a day or two between workouts. Stay active, just don't go all-out. "Recovery days can include stretching doing mobility exercises or simply walking," says Cooper. 19 Not Doing Strength Training "The best thing someone can do for their overall health is to lift weights, performing compound movements such as squats, lunges, bench press, and deadlifts, which use the major muscle groups," says Robert S. Herbst, a personal trainer and 19-time world champion powerlifter. "I'm 61, so I know what I'm talking about."He elaborates: "By building muscle, those exercises slow or reverse the natural loss of muscle that occurs with aging. By stressing the spine and long bones, they cause the body to make new bone, which slows or reverses the normal loss of bone density and prevents osteoporosis. Weightlifting also causes the body to produce more testosterone and human growth hormone, whose levels also decline as people age. It builds strength and coordination, which will make it easier for people to do daily activities and prevent debilitating falls. It is a win-win all around."The Rx: Anthony Kouri, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Toledo Medical Center, concurs: "By age 40, our bone density drops by about 1 percent annually. When we weight train, the muscles pull on the bone, which increases the density of the bone. Recent evidence suggests that even light weight lifting with higher repetitions can increase bone density up to 8 percent." Aim to do two strength-training workouts per week. 20 Dwelling on Things It's no mystery why some older people are described as bitter; they're living in a world of past hurts. You don't have to. "If you're recalling the painful betrayal of a friend, a particularly cruel breakup or a time you were wronged, consciously decide to let it go," says Christine Scott-Hudson, a psychotherapist in Los Angeles. "We cannot change the past. People often suffer when they keep repeating hurtful memories over and over in their heads. Ruminating on someone who did you wrong, or a mean thing a person said, does not serve us in the present moment."The Rx: Scott-Hudson shares a mental exercise that has helped some of her clients struggling to stop ruminating: "Think of a color that reminds you of the person whom you are struggling to forgive," she says. "Imagine their head as a balloon of that same color. When you notice you're beginning to recall the betrayal or offense, imagine you're holding a balloon of that associated color, then imagine releasing the balloon. Visualize it floating far away. Then consciously say 'I release you.' Quickly, this exercise will train you to become mindful of how much time and emotional bandwidth it takes to rehash these old hurts." 21 Not Aligning Yourself "As we age, maintaining mobility is essential if we want to keep doing the things we love without pain or limitation," says Sukie Baxter, CR, LMT, LAMT, a posture and movement specialist in Seattle. "One of the most overlooked health tips is to work on physical alignment. What tends to happen is that a tight muscle that pulls your body out of alignment in one place—say, your chest—will cause another muscle to overwork and thus become chronically stiff and sore—in this case, usually your upper back muscles."The Rx: "Stretching is great to release general tension, but for long-term health, working toward perfecting your posture is mission-critical," says Baxter. "The good news is that if you've let your posture slip for a number of years, it's never too late to address these compensations. I've worked with clients as old as 75 to help them find better alignment and youthful agility. Good posture can be had at any age." 22 Neglecting Friendships "The best investment we can make in our health as we age is a commitment to creating and sustaining meaningful, lasting friendships," says Gina Handley Schmitt, MA, CMHS, LMHC, a psychotherapist in Seattle and author of the book Friending. A growing body of research shows that social isolation can result in a shorter life. "Loneliness is the leading epidemic plaguing individuals over the age of 50 in America today," says Prakash S. Masand, MD, CEO of the Centers of Psychiatric Excellence (COPE).The Rx: Hit the gym, develop hobbies, take classes, volunteer. Take time to call or text with friends or family. If you're feeling socially isolated or depressed, talk to your doctor about the best course of action. 23 Eating Too Fast It's not just the kids and grandkids who are guilty of scarfing meals. Eating too speedily can lead to over-consuming calories, which is especially hard for the post-50 metabolism to keep from turning into weight gain.The Rx: "By slowing down a little to chew food well—and taking a full inhale and exhale after swallowing—the parasympathetic nervous system is activated," says Heather Lynn Darby, NASM, CNC, a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach in Richardson, Texas. "This 'rest and digest' response maximizes absorption of the nutrients from your food and inhibits chronic stress." 24 Not Thinking Positively "What happens in the brain influences the rest of your body," says Kouri. "Numerous studies have demonstrated that those people who are forward thinking, and don't dwell on the past, are more likely to live a longer life. Positive thoughts and emotions help boost your immune system and lower your blood pressure. The power of positive thinking not only helps extend our life, it allows us to have a higher quality of life with the time we have."The Rx: "There are learned skills that anyone can apply to their life to think more positively," says Kouri. "These include acknowledging a positive event each day and journaling about it, setting attainable goals and thinking about your progress, thinking about minor stresses and spinning them in a positive light, doing small acts of kindness each day and thinking about personal strengths and how you can use them." 25 Eating Too Much Takeout "Not packing your own lunch or eating out on a regular basis is an unhealthy habit in general, but becomes more of a problem as we age," says Patrick J. Amar, MD, a gastroenterologist in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. "Our metabolism decreases as we get older. We require fewer calories, making it difficult to lose weight or even maintain a stable weight. Additionally, making wise food choices decreases our risk for diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease."The Rx: "We can better control what we eat and what is in our food choices when we prepare them ourselves," says Amar. "Though meal prepping and filling your pantry with healthy snacks can be time consuming, healthy habits prevent temptation, weight gain and a host of medical issues." 26 Not Challenging Your Brain "When we stop using something dynamically, it has a tendency to stagnate and/or decline health-wise," says Stephen B. Hill, DC, a chiropractor with Hill Functional Wellness in Tempe, Arizona. "By consistently stimulating your cognitive ability, your brain will continue to maintain plasticity: its ability to adapt and remodel."The Rx: "Some straightforward ways to do this are to read regularly, do puzzles and play games," says Hill.RELATED: The #1 Cause of Diabetes, According to Science 27 Drinking Too Much A recent study found that 10 percent of people over age 65 engage in binge drinking, which is defined as having four or more drinks in one sitting. Excessive alcohol consumption increases the risk of cancer and heart disease at any age, but as we mature, there are even more reasons to moderate."As we age, our lean body weight decreases, which creates a higher concentration of alcohol relative to our younger bodies and all of the issues that come with it," says Dr. Zipkin. "For example, experiencing a drunken fall later in life is more likely to produce injury—sometimes life-shortening—without as much padding. Similarly, we tend to have a higher need for long-term medications later in life compared to youth, which may lead to alcohol interacting with those new drugs."The Rx: Experts say women should have no more than one alcoholic beverage per day, and men should limit themselves to two. 28 Not Understanding Your Basic Blood Tests and Monitoring Them Regularly "Most blood labs are taken to test for disease instead of monitoring health, but there are practitioners who will help patients learn about what the numbers mean," says Hill.The Rx: "Monitor your numbers every three to six months, and talk to your doctor about how you improve your health through diet and lifestyle recommendations," he adds. 29 Not Managing Stress While implementing stress management techniques is important throughout life, it becomes even more important after 40," says Rachel Fiske, NC, CPT-NASM, a nutritionist and personal trainer on the advisory board for Smart Healthy Living. "Stress is closely tied with inflammation and many diseases, and can be a root cause of common ailments as we age."The Rx: "Think of what works for you, whether you find peace with meditation, yoga, tai chi, dance, art or simply deep breathing every day," says Fiske.RELATED: This Supplement Can Raise Your Heart Attack Risk, Experts Say 30 Continuing to Smoke In addition to raising your risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, "Smoking wreaks havoc on your mouth," says David Magid, DMD, a dentist with Magid Dental Care in New Jersey. "Smoking causes dry mouth, which increases the risk of cavities, causes staining, inflamed gums which can lead to periodontal disease, slower healing and sores, as well as bad breath. As you get older, your body's immune system doesn't work as well, so it can't fight off the harmful effects of smoking as well, and your salivary flow decreases, so smoking magnifies that problem."The Rx: Quit. Now. 31 Skipping Regular Dental Checkups "Often people over the age of 50 skip going for regular dental checkups and cleanings, since they haven't had dental problems or cavities in a while," says Mark R. Dennis, DDS, a dentist in North Miami Beach, Florida. "When they finally go see the dentist, they need a root canal treatment rather than a small filling. Or on the periodontal front, they will need deep scaling under a local anesthetic rather than a regular cleaning.The Rx: See your dentist every six months.RELATED: The #1 Reason You Could Get Cancer, According to Science 32 Not Eating Enough Fiber "Fiber can often be forgotten in the everyday diet, but it's essential in healthy nutrition," says Kim Yu, MD, a family physician in Mission Viejo, California. "Not eating enough fiber can lead to constipation, decrease bowel transit and increase risk for colon cancer."The Rx: Aim for five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Other high-fiber foods include whole grains, nuts, seeds and oatmeal. 33 Not Drinking Coffee Your morning joe is packed with antioxidants, which protect your heart and liver and guard against diabetes and cancer. "Moderate coffee consumption (three to four cups per day) has been linked with longer lifespan," says Robert H. Shmerling, MD, faculty editor of Harvard Health Publishing. "In fact, a November 2015 study in Circulation found that coffee consumption was associated with an 8% to 15% reduction in the risk of death, with larger reductions among those with higher coffee consumption."The Rx: Enjoy coffee in moderation. 34 Having a Negative Mindset About Exercise "Staying fit over 40 is just as much about your level of motivation as it is about the workout plan you pick," says Dennis Timpanaro of GOtivation. "While workouts typically target your weakest area, fitness motivation works best if you focus on your strengths."The Rx: Focus on making exercise something look forward to. Do what you enjoy. You don't have to run marathons; any amount of physical activity is better than none. Advises Timpanaro: "Say you're motived by exercising with friends. If you commit to lonely workouts in your basement, you'll find your commitment fading almost instantly. It's much smarter to sign up for a group fitness class at your local studio. If you're truly looking to stay motivated for the next 40 years, spend time discovering what motivates you and play to your strengths." 35 Pushing Yourself Too Far Regular exercise is crucial to staying healthy as we age, but pushing yourself to the point of injury will undermine your fitness goals. "Realize the power of your body and use your voice," says Lisa Corsello, a personal trainer and owner of the Burn Pilates studios in San Francisco. "The older you are, the better your relationship with your body, and the more empowered and confident you should feel saying 'no' to things that don't feel right physically."The Rx: Corsello says it's time to say "when" when you're doing any movement that causes pain or discomfort or gives you the sense that it's not safe. "There's a difference between the burn that you feel in your muscles that tends to be in a general area—like hamstrings, quads and biceps—and a sharp/shooting pain that comes in suddenly and doesn't get better," she says. 36 Not Eating An Anti-Inflammatory Diet "That means staying away from packaged/processed foods and eating foods from nature, most of them being plants," says Fiske. "This provides your body with nutrients, polyphenols and antioxidants to reduce inflammation, which is at the root of many chronic diseases."The Rx: An anti-inflammatory diet, like the Mediterranean Diet, contains plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats like avocados and olive oil. 37 Not Eating Enough Healthy Fats "Our brains need omega-3 fatty acids for optimal brain function and mood stability. This is probably the #1 thing you can do for your brain," says Lorraine Miano, a certified integrated healthy coach and author of The Magic of Menopause. "Omega-3's improve the health of brain cell membranes. Eating healthy fats also combats anxiety and depression."The Rx: "Eat foods such as wild caught fatty fish, flax and chia seeds, avocado and walnuts," says Miano. 38 Staying Totally Out of the Sun Applying sunscreen is a smart idea to prevent skin cancer and premature aging. But don't avoid the sun entirely. "We need a moderate amount of sunlight to boost our Vitamin D levels. Not enough D can lead to cardiovascular disease, cancer, and an early death," says Miano.The Rx: The Vitamin D Council recommends exposing your skin to the sun for a short time—not long enough to tan or burn. That will allow your skin to generate Vitamin D. 39 Being Unkind to Yourself "We need to practice deep kindfulness, because the truth is we're not always kind to our bodies," says Simone Levy, a registered APA pain physiotherapist. "In our daily lives of relentless pushing and constant going, having a gentle kindfulness with regard to our physical limitations can help us make better choices about what we can do and about being content with what we have done. Being grateful for those choices is important as well."RELATED: 9 Everyday Habits That Might Lead to Dementia, Say Experts 40 Not Getting a Hormone Panel Checkup "Your endocrine system is crucial to everything from mood to function, muscle gain and fat loss, and more," says Phil Catudal, NASM, a certified personal trainer and author of Just Your Type: The Ultimate Guide to Eating and Training Right for Your Body. "If you're eating super healthy and working out but your hormones are low, crashing or imbalanced, you will not get results—and it's not your fault. My first recommendation to everyone after age 40 is to book a hormone-panel checkup with their physician."The Rx: "Note: this is not just a CBC [complete blood count] or regular checkup," says Catudal. "Some doctors check, but some don't. Ask specifically for a hormone panel." 41 Not Eating a Low-Glycemic Diet "A low-glycemic diet (low carbohydrate) is a benefit at any age, as it will decrease the conditions that lead to the metabolic syndrome, which is obesity, diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia," says Malizia.The Rx: Always opt for complex carbs (such as whole grains) over processed foods and simple starches such as white bread, cookies and cakes. Complex carbs are absorbed more slowly by the body, keeping you fuller longer and your blood sugar stable.RELATED: I'm A Doctor And Warn You Never Take This Supplement 42 Not Applying Enough Sunscreen "One unhealthy habit is applying sunscreen but not enough," says Jeffrey Fromowitz, MD, a dermatologist in Boca Raton, Florida. "SPF is calculated by applying 2mg/sq cm of sunscreen. Most people apply half to a third of that amount. Even if they apply enough, they forget to apply sunscreen to the lips, tips of the ears, the back of the knees and the scalp. Or they apply sunscreen religiously when going outside, but not when it's a cloudy day or when they are inside."The Rx: "To cover your whole body, you need one ounce of sunscreen, which is the size of a golf ball or enough to fill a shot glass," says Fromowitz. "Sunscreen is a habit like brushing teeth. You should apply it daily, no matter where you'll be spending the day." 43 Not Doing Kegel Exercises This is one of the most important workouts you're probably not doing. "Kegels strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, especially for women," says Jennifer Lane, a registered nurse in California. Those muscles can be weakened by aging, causing incontinence and erectile difficulties. "Both men and women can benefit from doing pelvic floor exercises daily. They'll help improve bladder control and possibly improve sexual performance."The Rx: Do at least one set of 10 Kegels per day. Here's how. 44 Not Knowing Your Cholesterol Level As we age, the body produces more cholesterol, which can build up in the arteries, increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Experts advise getting your cholesterol checked every five years. Older adults may need it done more frequently. Your total cholesterol level should be less than 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), with an LDL level of less than 100 mg/dL and an HDL level of 60 mg/dL or higher.The Rx: To keep cholesterol levels on point, limit saturated and trans fats, exercise and maintain an ideal weight. 45 Ignoring Your Risk of Stroke As with heart attacks, the risk of strokes increases as we age—and the vast majority can be avoided. The National Stroke Association says that up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable.The Rx: Keep your blood pressure down and weight in a healthy range. If you have high cholesterol, diabetes or AFib, get them under control—all are risk factors for stroke, according to the NSA. Don't smoke, and keep your alcohol intake under two drinks a day. 46 Eating Too Much Added Sugar Consuming too much added sugar—the sugar that manufacturers add to foods to sweeten them or extend their shelf life—is a major risk factor for heart disease. According to the National Cancer Institute, adult men consume 24 teaspoons of sugar a day, the equivalent of 384 calories. "The effects of added sugar intake—higher blood pressure, inflammation, weight gain, diabetes, and fatty liver disease—are all linked to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke," says Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.The Rx: Always check nutrition labels. The amount of sugars in unlikely products may shock you—from whole-wheat bread to pasta sauce.The American Heart Association advises that adults consume no more than 150 calories (about 9 teaspoons, or 36 grams) of added sugar daily. That's about the amount in one 12-ounce can of soda. 47 Drinking Diet Soda Diet soda is no healthy alternative to sugar-sweetened drinks. Multiple studies show that people who drink diet sodas and artificially sweetened beverages have a higher risk of metabolic syndrome—in which the body can't process insulin, leading to diabetes—weight gain, osteoporosis and a decline in kidney function.The Rx: Switch out that soda for water or seltzer without artificial sweeteners.RELATED: The #1 Cause of Obesity, According to Science 48 Eating Too Much Saturated Fat Unfortunately, this habit seems to be ageless. Consuming too much saturated fat—the "bad" fat found in red meat, cheese, baked goods and fried foods—boosts the amount of cholesterol in your blood, which increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.The Rx: Eat no more than three moderate servings of red meat each week. The American Heart Association recommends that you get no more than 13 grams of saturated fat per day.RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers. 49 Ignoring Your Snoring Frequent snoring could be the sign of a dangerous condition called sleep apnea, in which the airway behind the tongue collapses when you breathe in, reducing or even stopping your airflow for up to a minute. Sleep apnea has been associated with high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Researchers think that's because the condition causes repeated oxygen deprivation that stresses the blood vessels and heart.The Rx: If you've been told that you snore, talk to your doctor about it. 50 Being Lonely Consider socializing as important to your health as exercise—maintain connections to family and friends however you can, given the coronavirus. And to get through life at your healthiest, don't miss: This Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts Say.
Banza is expanding its presence at Costco, the pasta company just announced. Chickpea spaghetti will be available in a pack of 5 bags for $9.59 at over 160 warehouses in the Midwest and Southeast soon.The plant-based and gluten-free pasta is one of the best kinds of dry pasta you can get thanks to its high fiber and protein content since the combo helps keep you full longer.The new 5-bag pack includes 20 servings of around 2 ounces. That equals about 1 1/2 cups of cooked pasta and includes 190 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 35 milligrams of sodium, 32 grams of carbs, 5 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 12 grams of protein. It also includes 15% or less of the daily recommended amount of Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, and Phosphorus.Related: Costco Foods You Should Always Avoid, According to Nutritionists"Banza is on a mission to inspire people to eat more chickpeas, which are good for human health and the environment," a spokesperson for the company told Eat This, Not That!. "By increasing its footprint in major retailers like Costco, Banza can reach even more people with chickpea products."They added that the brand is now available to purchase at over 17,000 retailers nationwide, which is a 105% increase from two years ago. The bulk spaghetti pack joins other kinds of pasta at Costco like Rotini, and fans have been excited about it for a while.Many who are gluten-free say the pasta is a great alternative to regular pasta that is made with flour, and that those who aren't also agree.The new pack isn't available on Costco's website, but if you don't want to go to the warehouse, you can check Instacart in your area. In other news, Costco is one of the largest grocery retailers to recently drop its mask rule in warehouses for vaccinated customers.To get all the latest Costco news delivered right to your email inbox every day, sign up for our newsletter!
Signs someone is getting Alzheimer's can be easy to spot—once you know what you're looking for. "Dementia is not a single disease but a term that describes a collection of changes to memory, thinking, and personality that interfere with a person's ability to function," says Scott Kaiser, MD, a board certified geriatrician and Director of Geriatric Cognitive Health for the Pacific Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, CA. "This disorder can be caused by a variety of brain diseases or conditions—Alzheimer's disease being the most common form of dementia, affecting over 5 million Americans." Read on for 7 key symptoms to watch for in yourself or someone else—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Symptoms That Might Secretly Be Due to COVID.Handling Finances"One of the first possible signs of an issue related to cognitive decline, dementia, or Alzheimer's disease impact our ability to handle our finances," says Dr. Krystal L.Culler. "Not only do individuals struggle with decision-making around our finances but individuals become more vulnerable to financial scams (mailings, telemarketers, fraud, lotteries, and more) as individuals lack the ability to recognize the threats and forget to pay bills."Forgetfulness of Learned Skills"They lose skill sets, forgetting how to use remote controls, the computer or tools," says Dr. Thomas C. Hammond, neurologist with Baptist Health's Marcus Neuroscience Institute. "They leave tasks and projects incomplete and may forget recipes they knew well."Forgetting Recently Learned Information"Forgetting important dates and events. Asking the same question repeatedly," says Soma Mandal, MD. "Having the need to rely on memory aides to remind them and having them rely on family members to handle things they used to handle on their own."RELATED: I'm A Doctor And Warn You Never Take This SupplementIssues Speaking or Writing"Someone may stop abruptly in the middle of a conversation with no idea how to continue," says Chris Airey, MD, Medical Director at Optimale. "Other times they may repeat themselves or have problems remembering the name of objects they are familiar with. They may also struggle to join a conversation or follow one."Withdrawal From Enjoyed Activities"In the early stages, you may begin to notice that the person isn't as active or pursuing their hobbies and interests as they normally would. They may drop out of a beloved card club or take a pass at the opportunity to go on a trip," says Juliet Holt Klinger, Gerontologist and Senior Director of Dementia Care for Brookdale Senior Living. "As cognitive issues become more of a challenge for the person, they may withdraw themselves from activities that could place them in a position to have their deficits highlighted, especially in front of friends or family, for fear of being judged."RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" CancersDecline in Visio-Spatial and Orientation Skills"They can experience problems judging distance or seeing objects in three dimensions; navigating stairs or parking the car become much harder," says Dr. Waqas Ahmad Buttar, family physician. "As well as becoming confused or losing track of the day or date."Changes in Personality, Mood, BehaviorScott Kaiser, MD, lists potential examples as: "unexplained changes to personality, depression and/or anxiety and mood swings, new and inappropriate behaviors, significant irritability and/or agitation, hallucinations, paranoia, and delusions."RELATED: 9 Everyday Habits That Might Lead to Dementia, Say ExpertsWhere to Go From Here?"It is never too early to start a conversation about our personal memory health or brain care with your healthcare provider even if we are not experiencing symptoms. If at any point in time we have memory concerns or are wanting more information, we can engage in a conversation with our healthcare providers," says Dr. Culler. "We don't need to link the care of our brains to a decline in our abilities to start a conversation with our providers, who are a source of support for our brain health and wellness. The health of our brains is 90%, lifestyle and 10% genetics. There are things we all can do, even with dementia and Alzheimer's disease, to optimize our memory health and brain care at any age." Contact a medical professional to discuss the issue if you know someone at risk, and to make sure you live a long and healthy life, don't miss these Secret Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers.
Here's something to get your Monday morning moving with a little more pep: If you're looking forward to a Starbucks run, the coffee chain has just announced when vaccinated customers can go mask-free. Here are the details.Last Thursday's end to the national masking mandate was an exciting turn of events for the 37% of Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. By close of business on Friday, several major grocery chains had updated their masking policies to reflect the national change… but many news reports still asked the question: When can you stop wearing a mask inside Starbucks if you're vaccinated?RELATED: The Saddest Restaurant Closures in Your StateThe answer is now clear: Starbucks has lifted its masking requirement for vaccinated customers in the U.S. starting today—Monday, May 17. About their loosening of the mask requirement, Starbucks stated on their website's blog:"With widespread vaccine availability and the ongoing progress against COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now recommending that fully vaccinated people can resume indoor activities without wearing a mask, except where required by local regulations or law. As such, facial coverings will be optional for vaccinated customers beginning Monday, May 17, unless local regulations require them by law. The coffee chain noted, however, that the in-store experience will continue to look a little different than it did pre-pandemic. It's been reported that currently, Starbucks staff will still be required to wear their face masks, while the chain also said as part of the mask-lifting announcement: "As we continue to ensure the health and well-being of our partners and customers, our restrooms generally remain temporarily closed to the public in stores where the café or café seating is unavailable."If you're heading to Starbucks today, just don't do what these customers did. Also read:This Is the Biggest Drink at Starbucks Right Now, Says CEOOne Major Effect Drinking Coffee Has on Your Liver, According To ExpertsThe #1 Best Tea To Drink, According To Dietitians
How we met: ‘He turned up with two bottles of rioja. We hit it off straight away!’Pedro, 53, and Emma, 45, met in 2010 when he was visiting the UK from Spain. Despite the language barrier, they fell in love and now live together in Extremadura with their three dogs Pedro and Emma in Porto in 2018. Photograph: Image supplied by reader
Prince Harry is facing a backlash from US first amendment campaigners after he called the constitutional rule "bonkers". The duke was speaking to actor Dax Shepherd and producer Monica Padman on the Armchair Expert podcast. Ted Cruz, a senator for Texas and ally of the Trump-wing of the Republican party, criticised the comments, simply tweeting: "Nice that he can say that."
"Silver Spoons" star Ricky Schroder shared a video of himself confronting a Costco employee after he was denied entrance into the store unmasked.
Poem of the week: The Unconquered Dead by John McCraeThis first world war poem remains loyal to the patriotic ethos of its time, but the human cost of combat is never denied British troops in the Somme, France on the western front of the first world war. Photograph: Alamy