Category Archives: Healthy Aging

Morbidity and What It Means for Your Lifespan

Morbidity is any physical or psychological state considered to be outside the realm of normal well-being. The term morbidity is often used to describe illness, impairment, or degradation of health, especially when discussing chronic and age-related diseases which can worsen over time. The higher your morbidity, the shorter your lifespan may be that if you were healthy. Morbidity vs.…

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How Height Loss Screening Can Predict Future Hip Fractures

Height loss screening is a strong predictor of future hip fracture due to osteoporosis, or loss of bone mass, for senior women and men. Early screening is crucial because osteoporosis is known as a “silent disease” and often goes undetected until a fracture occurs. More prevalent than you might imagine, more than half of Americans age…

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Vital Statistics of the Average Male Body

The composition of the average human man can be broken down into a series of specific physical measurements and statistics—some of which might surprise you. For example, an average man’s head is about 7 percent of his body weight. That means the average man with a weight of 172 pounds has a head that weighs…

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Is Smoking Worse Than Being Obese?

Is smoking or obesity more harmful? The first reaction to this question might be smoking, without a doubt. But as more and more research is being done on the impact of obesity on life expectancy, the answer to this question about smoking and obesity is becoming less clear. Smoking and Life Expectancy With smoking confirmed…

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Chronological vs. Biological Age

Chronological age refers to the actual amount of time a person has been alive. In other words, the number of days, months or years a person has been alive does not change, regardless of how healthy a lifestyle — even one filled with great exercise and nutrition habits — they are living. Everyone ages at a different rate. Some people…

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Melatonin Supplements for Slowing Down Aging

Melatonin is a hormone produced in the body that some have claimed to have anti-aging properties. It helps regulate your sleep cycle. When you are exposed to light in the morning, melatonin levels decrease. At night, when it is dark, these levels increase, making you sleepy and drowsy. Some people are claiming that melatonin is…

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Can Testosterone Slow Aging?

Could testosterone be the fountain of youth? This male sexual hormone has been controversially prescribed by some “anti-aging doctors” to slow the aging process. But is it safe? And does it actually work? Here’s what to know about if the rewards outweigh the risks for anti-aging hormone supplements. What Is Testosterone? Testosterone is a hormone…

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The Hunza Valley as the Original Shangri La

In the early 1970s, National Geographic ran an extensive series of articles investigating claims of long-lived people around the world. The Hunza people, who lived in the Hunza Valley in Northern Pakistan, were one of those peoples. They became fascinating case studies of the unique region in which they live. The Hunza Valley is a fertile…

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7 Foods that May Boost Your Brain Power

What foods might make you smarter? Truth be told, there are a lot of foods that may improve learning, understanding and memory. Intelligence, memory and learning rely on many factors, including physical activity, sleep and food. I’ve listed 7 foods that may strengthen your brain function today, and promote long-term brain health for tomorrow. While…

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Do Flavonoids in Red Wine Help You Live Longer?

We’d all like an elixir that makes us live a long, healthy life. And if that elixir were red wine…all the better! However (of course there’s a however), although red wine does have a lot of potential health benefits, it’s far from being a cure-all. It should still be consumed with caution. Here’s what we know about…

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Top Summer Health Risks to Avoid

Summer is a great time to be outside and enjoy the weather. But summer activities bring additional risks to your health. Be sure to be safe this summer by knowing these top 10 summer health risks. A little bit of prevention can keep your summer safe. 1 Skin Cancer David Trood/The Image Bank/Getty Images Skin…

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