Health Tips 

Anti-Aging Supplements: A Doctor’s Guide

Many people come to me and say, “Doc, what’s the key to living a long and healthy life?” Well, that’s a loaded question. A lot of factors play a part in enjoying longevity and remaining healthy and active well into old age. For starters, we know that a healthy diet, plenty of exercise, avoiding toxins, high-quality sleep, and stress reduction are paramount. We also know that it’s important to cultivate meaningful relationships, have a sense of community, and get out there and have a good time every now and then!…

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Diseases 

12 Causes of Numbness in Your Fingers and Hands

Frozen, tingly fingers are annoying—and could signal a larger health issue. Your hands contain some of the most sensitive touch receptors in your entire body. And all those touch receptors are connected to your brain by a network of nerves. If even one of those nerves—or one section of those nerves—is pinched or somehow damaged, your brain may not receive all the sensory info your hands are sending its way. The result could be numbness, says Rob Danoff, DO, director of family medicine at Philadelphia’s Aria Health System. What could be…

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Fall 11 Possible Reasons Your Legs Cramp Up at Night

Leg cramps are common, but getting rid of them can be tricky. If painful leg cramps wake you up in the middle of the night, you’re not alone—far from it. Up to 60 percent of adults say they’ve experienced leg cramps at night, according to a 2012 study in American Family Physician. These ill-timed charley horses usually affect the calf and foot, although they can also strike your hamstring. And while most adults have experienced them, these cramps appear to be more common after age 50, shows a 2017 study in BMC Family Practice. While this…

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People Who Lived to 100 Share Their Secrets to a Long, Healthy Life

Eat plenty of cake, says the world’s oldest living man. What is the secret to living a long, healthy life? A Place For Mom, an assisted living referral service, sought to find the answer to that eternal question. The website dug through interviews with centenarians to compile their tips on leading a long life — and some of them are actually pretty surprising! The company analyzed 100 interviews with people who lived until at least 100 years old. It found that while 25 percent followed traditional healthy living advice, such as…

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Mental Health 

How Insomnia Can Kill Your Sex Life

For insomniacs, the worst part of sleeping over after a hookup is the actual sleep. Before a big date, most guys worry about whether the other person is into them, or if they’ll be having sex that night. But many guys with insomnia are more worried about what comes after the date: specifically, whether or not they should sleep over. “It’s hard enough to sleep in my own bed. When I’m staying over with somebody, it’s that much more difficult,” says Casey*, a 27-year-old insomniac man from Las Vegas. Insomnia is a…

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Health Tips 

5 Reasons to See Your Doctor When Switching Insulin Treatments

Whether you’re starting on insulin for the first time or switching from one type of insulin to another, you need to be under the care of your endocrinologist. Stopping, switching medicines, or changing your insulin dose without your doctor’s guidance can lead to serious health risks. Because type 2 diabetes needs very close monitoring, you’ll see your doctor about once every three to four months. Here are five reasons why it’s important for you to keep all of your appointments. 1. Poor blood sugar control can lead to complications When you’re…

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Diet Tips for Insulin Resistance

Overview Insulin resistance increases your risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. But a diagnosis of insulin resistance is only a warning sign. You may be able to prevent diabetes with healthy lifestyle choices, including regular exercise and eating a balanced diet. Diet tips Generally, it’s best to choose whole, unprocessed foods and avoid highly processed and prepared foods. Foods that are highly processed, such as white breads, pastas, rice, and soda, digest very quickly and spike blood sugar levels. This puts extra stress on the pancreas, which makes…

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Tips and Tricks for Experienced Insulin Users

you’ve been an insulin user for many years, then chances are you’re probably well versed in the process. For many people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, the day-to-day blood sugar monitoring, insulin injections, and diet restrictions have become second nature. But if you’ve been running on autopilot, perhaps it’s time to reassess your diabetes care plan with the following tips and tricks. Delivery tips A study from the American Diabetes Association says that following certain precautions while using pumps, pens, or syringes can ensure a pain-free, accurate insulin dosing every time. Here are some tips…

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Diet Guidelines for Basal Insulin

Diet Guidelines for Basal Insulin For people with diabetes, sticking to dietary guidelines can be just as important as proper insulin management. Eating right will play a crucial role in keeping your blood sugar level in check while you sleep, even if you use basal insulin before your evening meal. Read on to learn how certain carbohydrates, processed foods, healthy fats, and beverages can affect you and your diabetes. Carbohydrates According to the Mayo Clinic, carbohydrate content has the biggest effect on your blood sugar levels. This doesn’t mean that you…

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Reasons You Should Have Sex Tonight—For Your Heart Health

True, you don’t really need an excuse to enjoy a romp in the bedroom (or anywhere else, for that matter). But having sex isn’t just a great way to connect with your partner—it can also improve your heart health. Here are a few surprising benefits of doing the deed. It counts as cardio. GETTY IMAGES If you’re not a fan of the treadmill, you can work up a sweat in the bedroom instead: Researchers determined that sexual activity is a moderate-intensity aerobic exercise that burns around 3 calories per minute in women.…

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