5 Ways to Prevent Prediabetes from Becoming Diabetes

Prediabetes, or elevated blood sugar, puts you at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, especially if you are overweight, but you can take steps to prevent it.

The Prediabetes Explosion: More than 86 million American adults—approximately one-third of those over age 18 and half of those over 65—have prediabetes, and most of them don’t even know it. If you have prediabetes, it means your blood sugar levels are consistently higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes puts you at higher-than-normal risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control, up to 30% of overweight men and women with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years of diagnosis. You don’t have to be one of them! Here are five steps you can take to reduce your diabetes risk.

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Forgetfulness and Aging: What’s Normal?

Keep Calm and … How’s That Go Again?

Odds are, you won’t be as flexible at age 60 as you were at 20. Or as fast. Or strong. Time affects your body, and your brain comes right along for the ride. Connections between brain cells that make and pull up memories change as we age. And the proteins and hormones that do upkeep in our brains don’t work as well. As we get older, it’s good to know the difference between typical forgetfulness and something you probably should mention to your doctor.

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I, CAREGIVER: A second or third opinion

IT’S very natural for us to shop around for the best deals when we want to purchase something. However, when it comes to medical diagnosis and treatments, we seem to hesitate to go for that second or third opinion.

Perhaps we’re just afraid to hear more bad news. Dealing with the first is bad enough. But often than not, we’re afraid of offending our doctor whom we’ve been seeing, and trusting, for years. I’ve been told that many doctors don’t take it personally when you ask to seek a second opinion. Some even encourage it.

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7 Age-Related Pains and How to Ease Them

Got aches? You’re in good company. Around 100 million Americans have some sort of chronic pain, meaning the long-term kind that sticks around after an injury or illness. And millions more have from short-term (acute) pain.

Some types are more common during certain times of your life. “Knowing that may help you be ready for them, and sometimes even avoid irritation or injury in the first place,” says Jonathan L. Glashow, MD, chief of sports medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

Here are seven types of pain you need to know about and tips to manage them. 

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Can dementia be prevented or delayed?

KUALA LUMPUR: People tend to think that dementia is an inevitable part of ageing but, in actual fact, it can be prevented or, at least, its onset can be delayed, said Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society (MHAS).

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What is Healthy Ageing?

Every person – in every country in the world – should have the opportunity to live a long and healthy life. Yet, the environments in which we live can favour health or be harmful to it. Environments are highly influential on our behaviour, our exposure to health risks (for example air pollution, violence), our access to quality health and social care and the opportunities that ageing brings.

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How To Plan Care For Aging Parents

You may have noticed lately that your aging parents are less able to do things for themselves. We certainly saw that in my family. When physical problems become more and more apparent, and the elder in your life is losing independence, it’s time to develop a plan. My mother in law, Alice, is 95, getting frail and losing her vision. She finally admitted that she needed help. Exactly what that meant to her was not clear. We just saw her getting depressed over being unable to do the things she liked to do: reading, playing cards and mahjong, and easily using her computer. She was spending way too much time in the recliner. We stepped in right away.

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