Diabetic study includes all meals free

By Margaret Foster
Posted on August 17, 2021

You may have heard of the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). Created in 1997 by Dr. Lawrence Appel of Johns Hopkins, the diet includes grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy foods. Appel, the lead investigator on a study published that year, found that the DASH diet lowered blood pressure, which when high can lead to stroke and heart attack. Now Appel’s team... READ MORE

To help keep you calm

By Carrie Dennett, Environmental Nutrition
Posted on August 13, 2021

Whether you’re looking for a little more calm or a peaceful night’s sleep, you might reach for plant-based therapies to help you relax. Many plants have traditional uses as tinctures and teas for promoting calm and sleep, and now modern science is uncovering why. Many sedative drugs activate GABA receptors, which inhibit excessive brain activity, helping keep us calm during the... READ MORE

Flavonoids associated with brain health

By Howard LeWine, M.D.
Posted on August 12, 2021

Q: Of the nutrients in plant foods, it seems like flavonoids might be special regarding brain health. What do we know? A: Science already touts heart-health benefits of plant-based diets like the Mediterranean, MIND and DASH diets. Researchers are discovering how plant-based eating may also have an important role in cognitive fitness and perhaps help prevent dementia, including... READ MORE

Advances in prostate cancer treatment

By Chandler Dora, M.D.
Posted on August 11, 2021

Dear Mayo Clinic: My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and we are looking at treatment options. One doctor suggested a prostatectomy, but my husband finds ablation appealing because of quality-of-life advantages. I’ve been reading about ablations and came across information about different techniques. I am wondering if one technique or process is better, or if surgery is... READ MORE

Will COVID-19 booster shots be needed?

By Lauran Neergaard
Posted on August 10, 2021

Just because some vaccine manufacturers want to offer COVID-19 boosters doesn’t mean people will be lining up for them anytime soon. U.S. and international health authorities say that, for now, the fully vaccinated seem well protected. Globally, experts are watching closely to determine if and when people might need another shot. At the same time, many suggest the priority for the time ... READ MORE

Herbs, vitamins that can help with anxiety

By Suzy Cohen
Posted on August 05, 2021

It’s summer, and many people I know are still battling some type of anxiety, whether it’s from travel stress, flying, the idea of the Delta variant or something stressful going on with family. Whatever it is, there are some natural ways to conquer anxiety and boost mood. First off, do not feel alone: Millions of people are anxious about something. I’ll tell you one of my... READ MORE

Learn to hear like a young person again

By Margaret Foster
Posted on August 04, 2021

If you can’t follow a conversation at a cocktail party or have trouble understanding fast-talkers, researchers at the University of Maryland have a few strategies to help you hear better. The Neuroplasticity and Auditory Aging study, funded by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health and conducted at the University of Maryland in College Park, is in its... READ MORE

Choosing a good blood pressure monitor

By Jim Miller
Posted on August 03, 2021

Dear Savvy Senior, I just found out I have stage 1 hypertension, and my doctor recommended I get a home blood pressure monitor to keep an eye on it. Can you offer me any tips on choosing a good one? —Hypertensive Helen Dear Helen, It’s a smart idea! Everyone with elevated or high blood pressure (stage 1 and higher) should consider getting a home blood pressure monitor. Home ... READ MORE

Bone density tests assess risk of fractures

By Jeremiah Long, M.D.
Posted on July 30, 2021

Dear Mayo Clinic: I am a 62-year-old woman who has been fairly healthy most of my life. I try to walk daily and eat right. I’ve never had a fracture or bone health issues. But after my annual physical this year, my doctor suggested a bone density test. Do I really need one and how often? A: A bone density test uses a low dose of X-rays in a quick, noninvasive way to measure the amount... READ MORE

Seeds are packed with protein, minerals

By Matthew Kadey
Posted on July 29, 2021

There is an old saying that “great things come in small packages.” When it comes to edible seeds, don’t let their diminutive size fool you: “In many cases, the nutritional make-up of seeds rivals that of nuts,” said Julie Andrews, MS, RDN, The Gourmet RD. “Each seed has a unique nutrition profile, but they’re all similar in the sense that they’re very nutritious.” So,... READ MORE