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How to Help a Senior Safely Manage Allergy Season

This article was shared on AgingCare.com

Unfortunately, some of the nicest weather and foliage during the year are accompanied by an onslaught of allergens. As pollen fills the air, people afflicted by seasonal allergies begin to groan.

The 2018 National Health Interview Survey found that 19.2 million Americans over age 18 had been diagnosed with hay fever (allergic rhinitis) in the past 12 months. While allergies are often considered a condition that presents earlier in life, seniors are not exempt from bothersome allergy symptoms. In fact, research suggests that age-related changes to the immune system may leave older adults at greater risk for autoimmune diseases, infections and allergic inflammation. To complicate matters further, seniors often have chronic diseases and take multiple medications that can make it difficult to diagnose, manage and treat their seasonal allergies.

Tips for Managing Allergies in the Elderly

Christopher Randolph, M.D., Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) and allergist/immunologist in private practice in Connecticut, offers the following suggestions to help caregivers make allergy season more bearable for their aging loved ones.

  1. Look for Allergy Symptoms
    Allergies don

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High Blood Pressure and Cold Medicine Don’t Mix

Some over-the-counter flu remedies can elevate pressure, interfere with meds.

This article was originally posted on AARP

As cold and flu season rages on, health experts are warning people with high blood pressure to think twice before popping or pouring over-the-counter medications to relieve their symptoms.

Decongestants, a common ingredient in cold and flu drugs, constrict blood vessels to help relieve congestion. And constricted blood vessels can temporarily raise blood pressure levels and reduce blood flow

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Why we need to take borderline diabetes seriously

This article was written by Dr Eno from Women Living With Diabetes.

When it comes to awareness around type 2 diabetes, there is one fact that leaves me feeling somewhat discouraged. And that is the realization that healthcare providers are not doing a very good job about educating the public about borderline diabetes.

I can’t tell you how many times I have seen patients who just seem nonplussed when they tell me they were diagnosed with borderline diabetes several years ago and have not followed up for any additional tests. What’s even more scary is that they really were not told what they needed to do. So it’s no surprise when I see them several years later in a hospital setting and diagnose them with type 2 diabetes. Sometimes they may even have begun to suffer from some of the complications associated with type 2 diabetes.

According to recent statistics released by the Center for Disease Control, there are over 80 million people living with borderline diabetes in the United States. And the scary thing is that majority either do not know they have borderline diabetes or are not doing anything about it.

In this collection of articles from my blog, I share information on why it is important to take borderline diabetes seriously by addressing some frequently asked questions:

  • Here, I highlight the difference between borderline and type 2 diabetes and why it is important to know the difference.
  • A question that gets asked frequently by people who are well-informed about borderline diabetes is whether it is possible to reverse it. This article reveals how how one strategy you can implement today can help reduce your risk of progressing to type 2 diabetes.
  • I also wrote about the relationship between diabetes in pregnancy and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes later on in life.

 

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Gut feelings: How food affects your mood

This article was originally posted by Harvard Health Publishing

 

The human microbiome, or gut environment, is a community of different bacteria that has co-evolved with humans to be beneficial to both a person and the bacteria. Researchers agree that a person

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Good oral health may help protect against Alzheimer

Gingivitis (gum disease) has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease, but a recent study says that the bacteria that cause gingivitis also may be connected to Alzheimer’s disease. The study was published Jan. 23, 2019, in Science Advances.

Scientists have previously found that this species of bacteria, called Porphyromonas gingivalis, can move from the mouth to the brain. Once in the brain, the bacteria release enzymes called gingipains that can destroy nerve cells, which in turn can lead to memory loss and eventually Alzheimer’s.

In this study, researchers looked for evidence of this process in human brains. They examined the brains of 53 deceased people who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and found high levels of gingipain in almost all of them. They also noted that the amount of gingipain tended to rise over time, which suggests there may be a tipping point when dementia symptoms first begin.

The next research step is to see if a drug can block these harmful bacterial enzymes and possibly stop Alzheimer’s from developing or at least slow its progression. Until then, you can do your part by fighting gingivitis with strong oral health habits, including daily flossing and brushing twice a day and staying current on regular dental check-ups.

This article was shared by Harvard Health Publishing

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How to tell the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes in adults

This article was shared by Women Living With Diabetes

A lot of times, I come across patients who have to use insulin and aren

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The older we are the happier we are?

There’s a lot of evidence proving that the older we get, the happier we get.

*** this article was shared by NeuroGym Blog

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Healthy Springtime Produce Options for Caregivers and Seniors

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Hydration Tips for Seniors

For many, the long-awaited summer months bring to mind family picnics, cool drinks on the porch, and lazy afternoons at the beach. But, as temperatures soar, warm weather activities can increase the risk for another staple of summer: dehydration. Not getting enough fluids, especially when it is hot outside, can pose serious health problems for anyone, but older adults are at particular risk for dehydration.

Why Seniors Are at Risk

There are a few reasons why older adults are more susceptible to fluid and electrolyte imbalances. With age, our body

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How stress can cause a

This article was originally posted on Women Living With Diabetes.

February is heart disease awareness month. In my last article, I promised that I would share how stress can cause heart disease.

I recall the first time I met a patient diagnosed with this condition more than seven years ago:

She was close to 80 years old. She came in