While each state, country, and hospital has its own rules and regulations, there are certain core tenets that each person needs to think about as they age. Planning for different outcomes in aging requires medical, legal, and financial preparation. It also involves other family members in addition to doctors. It can be confusing, which is
When most people think of aging and health, they often think of the person whose health is declining. However, the caregiver is an often-overlooked person. Caregivers put their all into making sure that their loved ones are taken care of. Their own mental, emotional, and physical health may suffer for it. In order to plan
Introduction Osteoporosis is a very common condition in older women. However, many people do not realize the devastating consequences of untreated osteoporosis, falls, and broken bones. While certain risk factors for the condition are unavoidable for some women, there are actions that people can take to decrease their chances of developing the condition and its
Introduction Depression is a major medical condition that affects millions of people. Little focus is given to the risks older age presents. Depression can affect older adults and, unfortunately, older adults are often less equipped to handle it. Aging presents different challenges than early and middle life and therefore needs to be approached differently. Read

Human Growth Hormone

Human Growth Hormone, also known as Growth Hormone, has been popular among many patient populations. People view it as a magical protein that can fix many issues. While it may seem like magic, it is important to understand the science behind Growth Hormone and what its actual uses are. What is Growth Hormone? Growth Hormone

Epigenetics of Aging

Aging is a complicated process. While people are more aware of aging on the outside, aging also occurs on the inside of the body. Aging is related to both genes and the environment. Scientists have been studying aging, the genetics involved, and whether any factors are reversible or preventable. In particular, they argue that non-genetic
Intuitive eating is a program that re-teaches people how to eat. Instead of dieting, nutritionists Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch created a program that teaches people who to tap in to their body’s natural cues to re-learn how to eat as they originally did as toddlers. This means that they follow certain principles designed to

Intuitive Eating

Eating and body image are emotional topics for many people. Millions of people have tried a variety of ways to lose weight and approach nutrition. One method that has recently gained more traction is intuitive eating. Intuitive eating is not a diet. It is a new way of approaching eating created by two nutritionists that
Cognitive impairment is a broad term that encompasses many conditions. Judging when and how to screen for these conditions can be ambiguous. Screening people who do not need to be screened may increase the amount of unnecessary testing. However, missing people who are experiencing impairment may cause unnecessary harm to them. In February 2020, the

Alzheimer and Sleep

Dementia is a worldwide condition, affecting 50 million people globally. It is a syndrome in which a person’s  memory, thinking, behavior, and everyday activities are impaired. It goes above and beyond the impairment associated with normal aging. Dementia and the mor specific Alzheimer Disease are a hot topic in scientific research. While the exact cause

Causes of Memory Problems

As people get older, they may notice that their memory may decline. This can happen for many reasons. Some of these reasons are reversible. Others, however, are not. The approach to treating memory loss depends on the cause. Below are a few of the most common causes. Alzheimer Disease Alzheimer disease is probably the most
Eating seems like such a simple thing, but nutrition can very quickly become complicated. People often feel confused; one year, scientists say red meat is bad, and another year they say it’s good. What’s more, there are now accusations that the scientific research community may have corporate ties with the food industry, which may taint

Lead Poisoning

Introduction Lead is a metal found in many objects. When found in the human body, it can have toxic effects. There are specific treatments that can rid the body of lead, but the best treatment is prevention. What is lead? Lead is a heavy metal, an element. It is dense and soft, making it useful

Mercury Poisoning

Introduction Mercury is a metal that has been historically used in many industries. When found in the human body, it can be harmful. There are specific treatments that can rid the body of mercury, but the best treatment is prevention. Mercury poisoning can have very serious long-term effects. What is mercury? Mercury is a chemical

The B Vitamins and Health

Introduction The B Vitamins are a large group of important vitamins. There are 8 major B Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12. While they all have a similar molecular structure, they are in all actuality very different from each other. Understanding their differences, their functions, and the symptoms people may have
Introduction Vitamins are essential nutrients that humans need to survive and thrive. There are many different ways to consume them, but many people are still vitamin deficient. Many people are not even aware that they are deficient. Below are ways that those deficiencies may manifest, and different ways to correct them. Vitamin C Vitamin C,

Gluten Intolerance Testing

Introduction Many people feel that they have difficulty digesting certain food groups. In particular, people feel bloated, have issues using the restroom, and may feel fatigued. While some seemingly food-related symptoms may be due to anxiety or other emotions, some are due to diseases. Certain tests will help determine the reason behind the symptoms. What
Introduction Hair loss occurs to both men and women. Most people begin to feel very self-conscious about their appearance. This is very natural. Hair loss can occur for many reasons. There are some treatments that may help. What is the structure of hair follicles? The hair follicle has multiple parts that aid in its growth.
In the first part of this series, we discussed many of the more complicated laboratory values that reflected the function of the liver, kidneys, and other miscellaneous organ systems. This part will discuss more systems, including the blood, hormonal systems, and vitamins. Complete Blood Count (CBC) A complete blood count is often the most basic
When patients visit their doctors, they often have blood drawn to run their labs. Doctors are looking for a few key things when these labs are drawn. Below is an explanation of every marker drawn in comprehensive laboratory testing. Lipid Panel A lipid panel checks a patient’s cholesterol. Cholesterol is controlled both by genetics and