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A Healthier Fast Food Drive-Thru Trip

— September was National Cholesterol Education Month, when patients are reminded about the importance of controlling their intake of dietary cholesterol to protect their heart and vascular system. We can improve our cholesterol numbers by improving our diet. And 2021 is an especially good year to give our diet a makeover! Many people report that during... Read More

Did You Resolve to Cut Down on Sugar?

— Our New Year’s resolutions often include weight loss and healthy eating—and reducing our sugar intake can help us meet both of those worthy goals. USDA guidelines recommend that we take in less than 10% of our daily calories from sugar. For older adults, consuming too much sugar increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension,... Read More

Seven Great Ways to Protect Your Immune System

— During 2020, prevention has been top of mind for many of us! Though we can and should be immunized against seasonal influenza (“the flu”), a vaccine for COVID-19 isn’t available yet. The tools at our disposal for lowering our risk include wearing a mask and practicing physical distancing. Many of us also are thinking of... Read More

Family Caregivers Should Consider Their Own Nutritional Needs

— During November, we celebrated National Family Caregivers Month. The year 2020 has certainly been a challenging one for the many family members and friends who are providing care for an older or disabled loved one! Whether their loved one lives with them, or in a senior living community, or independently, the workload of family caregivers... Read More

What Is Prehabilitation?

— After surgery or another medical procedure, patients often take part in a rehabilitation program to help them achieve optimal healing and function. Rehab helps them build their muscles, regain function, and cope with the emotional and cognitive aspects of recovery. But what about before surgery? Experts report that there’s a lot of beneficial preparation patients can do... Read More

Prediabetes Is a Wake-Up Call

— As experts are learning more about COVID-19, they’ve found that certain underlying health conditions raise a patient’s risk of serious complications and death. Diabetes is one of those conditions. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) explains that while having diabetes doesn’t raise a person’s risk of being infected with the coronavirus, people with diabetes are more... Read More

Having Food Delivered During the Pandemic? Play It Safe.

— Not wanting to risk exposure to the coronavirus at a public grocery store during the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are opting to have groceries, prepared foods, and meal kits delivered to their homes. And though restaurants are closed, many still deliver. People are wondering if this is safe. Your main risk of contact with the... Read More

Remodeling the “Food Pyramid” for Seniors

— Many people assume the nutritional requirements of seniors are the same as those for younger adults. But a report released by the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) revealed that it’s not that simple. The researchers warned, “Nutrition recommendations are usually based on that of a typical healthy adult, and fail... Read More

“Portion Distortion” Can Pack on the Pounds

— When tourists from other countries visit the U.S., they are often surprised by the size of portions in restaurants. In many countries, it is considered rude to ask for a “doggie bag.” That is partly a difference in custom, but it’s also because restaurants in our country tend to serve huge portions, more than a... Read More