RateMDs Health News https://www.ratemds.com/blog Doctors You Can Trust Tue, 25 Sep 2018 09:04:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 Seniors and Suicide: It Happens A lot More Often Than You Think https://www.ratemds.com/blog/seniors-and-suicide-it-happens-a-lot-more-often-than-you-think/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 09:04:53 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=182768 Suicide can affect people from all walks of life, but we often think of young adults when reflecting on the problem. As it turns out, however, in some places senior citizens are at a much higher risk of becoming suicidal than adolescents. In Canada, a 2009 government report found that men aged 85 to 89 have the highest rate of suicide among any age group in the country. And studies completed in Europe have shown that people who suffer from a stroke-mostly the elderly- can be up to twice as likely to take their own life compared to the rest

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Suicide can affect people from all walks of life, but we often think of young adults when reflecting on the problem.

As it turns out, however, in some places senior citizens are at a much higher risk of becoming suicidal than adolescents.

In Canada, a 2009 government report found that men aged 85 to 89 have the highest rate of suicide among any age group in the country.

And studies completed in Europe have shown that people who suffer from a stroke-mostly the elderly- can be up to twice as likely to take their own life compared to the rest of the population.

(The risk of attempted suicide is highest within the first two years after a stroke, it was found, when heightened anxiety could be lingering).

What’s driving the numbers?

Related: Exercise Can Relieve Depression Symptoms

Fears of growing older and dying are a common challenge many seniors face. If you find facing the next day with a smile is a significant challenge, you aren’t alone.

Many white males find aging to be difficult, even when they aren’t carrying the brunt of burdens. Some experts have attributed this to the fact that, at least in North America, white men can often experience more privilege than others before reaching older age, and subsequently may have fewer tools in their psychological pocket to effectively face the trials and setbacks of aging.

If you or someone you know is experiencing dark thoughts and displaying the warning signs of suicide, talk. Reach out and connect with a friend, family or professional for help.

Call the Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255.

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Why You Don’t Need to Worry About Sugar Content in Fruit https://www.ratemds.com/blog/dont-need-worry-sugar-content-fruit/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 09:00:29 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=182778 Today’s sugar panic is real. It’s gotten so bad that society has been gaslit into believing that the sugar in fruit is bad, and therefore fruit is somehow bad because it contains that poisonous substance. So what’s the deal with fruit sugar? For starters, sugar in fruit (fructose) isn’t any different than what you’d find in candy. While their sources are unalike, your body can’t really tell. “It could be white sugar, brown sugar, honey, agave, or high-fructose corn syrup — they’re all processed by your body in a similar way,” says Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD, CDN, CSCS, a registered

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Today’s sugar panic is real.

It’s gotten so bad that society has been gaslit into believing that the sugar in fruit is bad, and therefore fruit is somehow bad because it contains that poisonous substance.

So what’s the deal with fruit sugar?

For starters, sugar in fruit (fructose) isn’t any different than what you’d find in candy. While their sources are unalike, your body can’t really tell.

“It could be white sugar, brown sugar, honey, agave, or high-fructose corn syrup — they’re all processed by your body in a similar way,” says Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD, CDN, CSCS, a registered dietitian and intuitive eating coach.

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Those sugars fall into the fructose or lactose classes of the ingredient, but added sugar on the other hand, which is any sugar or sweetener that’s added to foods or drinks when they’re prepared or processed, isn’t so healthy for you.

Added sugar sneaks into a lot of foods we don’t expect, like pasta sauce, which can stimulate your appetite and muddy your body’s real hunger cues. Comparatively, natural sugars that you find in fruits are actually beneficial: it adds flavor and provides energy.

And your body needs that sugar to function, too.

Related: 3 Ways to Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar Levels

“Sugar is basically the smallest unit of carbohydrates, and we need carbohydrates,” Rumsey says. “Our body and brains run on those.” Plus, fruit is rich in good-for-you nutrients like fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, she says. In other words, it’s not “just a sugar bomb.”

Certain fruits that contain less natural sugar than others aren’t better for you either.

“Focusing on the grams of sugar is so pointless,” Rumsey says.

She says that the most important thing is to eat fruit that you enjoy, that tastes good to you, which means you’ll be eating more of the good stuff.

So, relax and don’t sweat the sweet stuff!

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Do You Have Celiac Disease? https://www.ratemds.com/blog/182750-2/ Mon, 24 Sep 2018 09:00:46 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=182750 The list of symptoms ranges far and wide, but mostly it comes down to bad diarrhea. Gluten-free food is all the rage. Following a gluten-free diet means that you avoid eating the protein found in wheat, barley, rye and other related grains. So, no traditional pizza, cake or sandwiches. Why go to such extremes? Some people find the special regime helps them eliminate the symptoms of celiac disease, which can be quite uncomfortable. And if you find you’re constantly running to the nearest bathroom for relief, you could have it. This autoimmune disorder primarily targets the small intestine, and can

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The list of symptoms ranges far and wide, but mostly it comes down to bad diarrhea.

Gluten-free food is all the rage. Following a gluten-free diet means that you avoid eating the protein found in wheat, barley, rye and other related grains. So, no traditional pizza, cake or sandwiches.

Why go to such extremes? Some people find the special regime helps them eliminate the symptoms of celiac disease, which can be quite uncomfortable.

And if you find you’re constantly running to the nearest bathroom for relief, you could have it.

This autoimmune disorder primarily targets the small intestine, and can cause bad diarrhea, abdominal cramping, ulcers in your mouth and many other problems.

Related: Here’s Why Women Over 40 Are Falling

If the disease goes undetected, having the condition can mean you develop long term health complications, ranging anywhere from anemia to lactose intolerance and neurological problems.

But there is good news. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, celiac disease affects about 1 in every 100 people, so only about 1% of the entire population has it.

What are the signs? The list is long. The classic symptoms include pale, loose and greasy stool, an inability to gain weight and many adults also experience fatigue. The Celiac Disease Foundation has a comprehensive checklist that includes everything from vitamin deficiencies to depression, bloating and arthritis.

In truth, for a proper diagnosis you need to complete a celiac disease panel blood test and an endoscopic biopsy of your small intestine to find out what’s going on.

Hopefully all that trouble is just being caused by the chili you ate at lunch. But if your turbulence is on-going, it could be worth looking into.

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It’s Suicide Prevention Week: Know the Signs https://www.ratemds.com/blog/its-suicide-prevention-week-know-the-signs/ Mon, 24 Sep 2018 09:00:03 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=182755 September 9th through 15th is suicide prevention week. So many lives are lost needlessly when people struggle with challenges they cannot face, due to life circumstances and mental health. In the U.S alone, the suicide rate has climbed more than 30% in more than half the country since 1999. When a person takes their life, we can’t blame ourselves, but knowing the signs to look for can help tremendously when it comes to intervening when it matters and getting someone the help they need. Here are the top 5 signs to look for, according to experts: 1) Sudden Calmness According

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September 9th through 15th is suicide prevention week. So many lives are lost needlessly when people struggle with challenges they cannot face, due to life circumstances and mental health. In the U.S alone, the suicide rate has climbed more than 30% in more than half the country since 1999.

When a person takes their life, we can’t blame ourselves, but knowing the signs to look for can help tremendously when it comes to intervening when it matters and getting someone the help they need.

Here are the top 5 signs to look for, according to experts:

1) Sudden Calmness

According to the Cleveland Clinic, when a person who suffers from depression or extreme moodiness suddenly becomes uncharacteristically calm, it can be a bad sign. This person may have made a decision to end their life.

2) Recent Trauma

While mental health problems are at the root of many suicides, life trauma can also be a trigger. If someone you know has suffered a terrible break up, lost a job, experienced deep financial problems or personal loss, or been diagnosed with a major illness, depending on their disposition, they could be at risk of committing suicide.

Related: This Sleeping Trick May Help You Lose Weight

3) Threats

Someone who threatens to take their own life should always be taken seriously.

4) Making Preparations

Often times, (but not always), someone who is about to commit suicide will get their life in order. This can include tidying their house, fixing finances, visiting friends and family one last time and giving away personal items.

5) Self-Harm

Some people are naturally more responsible in their behavior than others. But if someone you know begins acting increasingly recklessly, it can indicate depression is lingering. This can include dangerous driving, unsafe sex, binge drinking and other drug-related activities.

How can you help?

Talk about it. If someone close to you displays behavior that sets off alarm bells, ask them if they feel suicidal or depressed.

Offer to help them seek out professional help. Keep a watch over the person, and don’t leave them alone.

If needed, take the person to the nearest hospital emergency room for immediate help.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.

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Are You Getting Enough Vitamin C? https://www.ratemds.com/blog/are-you-getting-enough-vitamin-c/ Sun, 23 Sep 2018 09:01:53 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=182706 If you’re limiting your diet, for any reason, you may be risking a deficiency. Not getting enough vitamin C can be quite the spectacle. In humans it can cause scurvy, which makes itself known through nasty rough, bumpy skin, bleeding gums, easy bruising and joint and muscle pains. Looks like Halloween has come early, if you have it. It’s true that most people living in western societies tend to get enough vitamin C through their diet. If you’re living closer to the poverty line however, you may unknowingly be putting yourself at risk. On a limited budget, some people have

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If you’re limiting your diet, for any reason, you may be risking a deficiency.

Not getting enough vitamin C can be quite the spectacle. In humans it can cause scurvy, which makes itself known through nasty rough, bumpy skin, bleeding gums, easy bruising and joint and muscle pains. Looks like Halloween has come early, if you have it.

It’s true that most people living in western societies tend to get enough vitamin C through their diet. If you’re living closer to the poverty line however, you may unknowingly be putting yourself at risk.

On a limited budget, some people have been known to go so far as to eat just one meal a day, and to forego fresh fruits and vegetables entirely, such as a case documented by doctors at Baystate High Street Health Centre. .

Overcooking your veggies can also deplete them of their nutrient content, raising your risk of developing a deficiency.

What’s your best answer?

Related: 3 Foods That Revitalize Your Skin

Reach for fresh orange juice, strawberries, oranges, cantaloupe, broccoli, lemons, green and red peppers, spinach and tomatoes to cure what ails you, daily. All of these foods are rich in vitamin C.

Doctors recommend that adults get 65 to 90 milligrams of vitamin C a day, with a maximum of 2000 mg. (Too much, by the way, can cause diarrhea and nausea).

As a nutrient, vitamin C helps keep your body together and functioning. It contributes to the health of your collagen, blood vessels, muscles, cartilage, neurotransmitters, immune system and more.

For more on the intricacies of this nutrition essential, click here.

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Goop’s Vaginal Eggs Don’t Do What They Claim and Now Gwyneth Paltrow is Paying https://www.ratemds.com/blog/goops-vaginal-eggs-dont-do-what-they-claim-and-now-gwyneth-paltrow-is-paying/ Sat, 22 Sep 2018 09:00:20 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=182688 Lawyers in California have gone after the company, calling out “bad advertising”. In case you’ve been out of the loop, vaginal eggs are now a thing. Yes, lumps you put up your hoo ha, (or ‘Yoni’, as Paltrow calls it), in the name of good health. Vaginal eggs are made of jade, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s website Goop has been promoting their use as something that can “help cultivate sexual energy, clear chi pathways in the body, intensify femininity, and invigorate (y)our life force.” Essentially, instead of doing Kegel exercises to strengthen your vagina, you insert this oval stone in there

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Lawyers in California have gone after the company, calling out “bad advertising”.

In case you’ve been out of the loop, vaginal eggs are now a thing. Yes, lumps you put up your hoo ha, (or ‘Yoni’, as Paltrow calls it), in the name of good health.

Vaginal eggs are made of jade, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s website Goop has been promoting their use as something that can “help cultivate sexual energy, clear chi pathways in the body, intensify femininity, and invigorate (y)our life force.”

Essentially, instead of doing Kegel exercises to strengthen your vagina, you insert this oval stone in there and walk around.

Or, you sleep with one in.

According to “guru/healer/inspiration/friend Shiva Rose”, interviewed on Paltrow’s website, jade eggs are better and more effective than Kegels. Many women, she says, are doing Kegels “wrong” and over exercising their vaginal walls, causing harm. The egg prevents this.

Related: Does Washing Produce Do Anything for You Healthwise?

Sound like a bunch of bull? You’re not the only one.

The Guardian.com just reported that a Santa Clara attorney has ordered Paltrow’s company to pay $145,000 in settlement fees to consumers, surrounding the eggs.

The reason? Allegations of unscientific claims presented on the Goop website, urging readers to buy these things.

District attorney, Jeff Rosen, said: “The health and money of Santa Clara County residents should never be put at risk by misleading advertising. We will vigilantly protect consumers against companies that promise health benefits without the support of good science … or any science.”

So, stick to the gym and leave the stones on the path. Or, go for the mysticism of these ancient vaginal aids, but don’t say we didn’t warn ya.

Photo credits: Gusak/Shutterstock.com

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These Are the Top 10 Fittest Countries in the World, According to the CDC https://www.ratemds.com/blog/these-are-the-top-ten-fittest-countries-in-the-world-according-to-the-cdc/ Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:00:40 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=182719 If you’re living in Africa or Asia, you may be among one of the most active populations on Earth. Bad health doesn’t discriminate. It’s widely known that people from all cultures and walks of life are living with debilitating health conditions across the globe. But which countries play host to populations that are generally more unhealthy than others? On the whole, most of us need to be more active. It’s no secret that obesity is a huge problem in developed countries. Essentially, we’ve made things so easy for ourselves that regular, daily life is making us sick. The World Health

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If you’re living in Africa or Asia, you may be among one of the most active populations on Earth.

Bad health doesn’t discriminate. It’s widely known that people from all cultures and walks of life are living with debilitating health conditions across the globe.

But which countries play host to populations that are generally more unhealthy than others?

On the whole, most of us need to be more active. It’s no secret that obesity is a huge problem in developed countries. Essentially, we’ve made things so easy for ourselves that regular, daily life is making us sick.

The World Health Organization estimates that more than a quarter of the world’s population- 1.4 billion people- isn’t getting enough exercise each day.

Related: The Best Senior Exercises That Build Strength and Heart Health

And nothing has gotten better since way back in 2001.

If you live in a high-income country you probably move the least, and women have been found to be more sedentary than men, save in two parts of Asia.

So, where can you find the worst offenders?

When it comes to adults and exercise according to the WHO, it’s Kuwait. Over 65% of adults in this hot home are inactive.

Following this are American Samoa, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, where upwards of 50% of people don’t move much.

On the flip side, to find those who can’t sit still, turn to this list. Here are the top 10 physical performing countries across the globe:

  • Uganda
  • Mozambique
  • Lesotho
  • Tanzania
  • Niue
  • Vanuata
  • Togo
  • Cambodia
  • Myanmar
  • Tokelau

 

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These Are the Chances Your Seatmate Will Make You Sick on a Flight https://www.ratemds.com/blog/these-are-the-chances-your-seatmate-will-make-you-sick-on-a-flight/ Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:00:33 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=182713 This study says some spaces on the plane are worse than others, when it comes to catching an infection. A recent Emirates flight coming into JFK airport in New York from Dubai had to be met by officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the tarmac. About 10 passengers had been hacking their way through the flight, and were pushing fevers over 100. Fearing an unstoppable infectious disease could be about to set up shop in America, officials checked passengers for signs of sickness, and took those who were ill to a hospital for analysis and monitoring.

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This study says some spaces on the plane are worse than others, when it comes to catching an infection.

A recent Emirates flight coming into JFK airport in New York from Dubai had to be met by officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the tarmac. About 10 passengers had been hacking their way through the flight, and were pushing fevers over 100.

Fearing an unstoppable infectious disease could be about to set up shop in America, officials checked passengers for signs of sickness, and took those who were ill to a hospital for analysis and monitoring.

It now turns out that those who had fallen ill seemed to have been traveling with a bout of influenza, and nothing more.

(Although, flu can be serious on its own, of course).

Related: This Sleep Trick May Help You Lose Weight

What are the chances that the entire population aboard that plane is now going to fall sick with the same thing, in the coming days?

While it’s always possible to catch something while traveling, experts have some reassuring words.

According to a post on Global News, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences you’re not as likely as you think to catch a fellow passenger’s cold. It may seem like sitting beside a sick seatmate would be the worst scenario possible, but science has found this isn’t the case.  If you’re on a four- or five-hour flight on a plane with one aisle, your risk of getting sick is highest if you’re sitting one row ahead, one row behind, or within two seats side-to-side of someone fighting the flu.

People outside this area are at a much lower risk of falling sick. Microbiologists say that you’re unlikely to get sick from just inhaling the air in the cabin since it’s exchanged so often. Good news.

So, it’s possible to catch something, but not always likely. Still skeptical? Get a mask and bring some hand sanitizer and enjoy the flight.

 

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Healthy and Aging? Experts Say You Don’t Need Statins to Prevent Heart Disease https://www.ratemds.com/blog/healthy-aging-experts-say-dont-need-statins-prevent-heart-disease/ Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:00:54 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=182727 New evidence shows that not everyone is a good candidate for these drugs. Statins were first developed back in the late 1950s. The medication presented a way to help lower bad cholesterol and prevent heart attacks and stroke. The first version of the pills was recalled from the market because they caused some bad side effects including cataracts but since then, the pharmaceutical world has refined their recipe and the sale of statins now forms a multi-billion dollar industry. In 2005, sales were estimated to be towering around $18.7 billion dollars in the U.S alone. Pfizer has been raking in

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New evidence shows that not everyone is a good candidate for these drugs.

Statins were first developed back in the late 1950s. The medication presented a way to help lower bad cholesterol and prevent heart attacks and stroke.

The first version of the pills was recalled from the market because they caused some bad side effects including cataracts but since then, the pharmaceutical world has refined their recipe and the sale of statins now forms a multi-billion dollar industry.

In 2005, sales were estimated to be towering around $18.7 billion dollars in the U.S alone. Pfizer has been raking in the most profits.

But how essential are statins, really, to good health?

Related: What Your Poop Color Says About Your Health

Many doctors and patients have come to view these drugs as a necessary part of daily life. Others, however,  have linked the medication to deadly liver cancer and other scary ailments.

And a new study has added to the evidence against this treatment.  It shows that if you are in otherwise good health, the drugs don’t seem to be necessary at all.

Researchers from the University Institute for Primary Care Research Jordi Gol (IDIAPJGol) and Girona Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBGI) have determined that statins are not associated with a reduction in cardiovascular disease or death in healthy people over the age of 75.

Once you reach 85, if you’re living with type 2 diabetes however, things change. In this category, statins are related to a reduction in cardiovascular disease and death from any cause. Before this though, it’s not the case.

The takeaway? Eating a balanced, healthy diet and getting enough exercise could be enough to keep you in the clear.

For more on the study described above, click here.

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3 Surprising Benefits of Consuming Milk at Breakfast https://www.ratemds.com/blog/3-surprising-benefits-of-consuming-milk-at-breakfast/ Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:00:54 +0000 https://www.ratemds.com/blog/?p=182682 From your teeth to body fat, there are benefits far and wide. Breakfast is the perfect time for chowing down on a bowl of cereal and a banana. Or, last night’s leftovers, if that’s your thing, as long as you’re filling up. It’s also the ideal time to down a glass of cool, creamy milk. Why? Here are three reasons to stock your fridge with a jugs and jugs of the white stuff: 1) It Could Prevent Cavities Not only does the calcium found in milk benefit your bones due its basic nutrient content, it does more. A study done

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From your teeth to body fat, there are benefits far and wide.

Breakfast is the perfect time for chowing down on a bowl of cereal and a banana. Or, last night’s leftovers, if that’s your thing, as long as you’re filling up.

It’s also the ideal time to down a glass of cool, creamy milk. Why? Here are three reasons to stock your fridge with a jugs and jugs of the white stuff:

1) It Could Prevent Cavities

Not only does the calcium found in milk benefit your bones due its basic nutrient content, it does more. A study done by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago proved that when you drink milk after eating, the plaque levels are reduced in your mouth, minimizing the damage it can cause to your tooth enamel. Drink up!

Related: Posting a Photo of Her Curved Nails on FB Led This Woman to a Lung Cancer Diagnosis

2) It Can Prevent You From Gaining Too Much Body Fat

A study done at the University of Missouri-Columbia discovered that drinking a glass of milk at breakfast as part of a protein-packed meal is beneficial. It helped overweight teens improve their glycemic control, and reduced their feelings of hunger throughout the day, as well as their daily food intake.

3) It Can Help Ward Off Type 2 Diabetes

Are you pre-diabetic? Research has shown that milk’s ability to stabilize blood sugar throughout the day also contributes to better management of type 2 diabetes. It also raises your chances of avoiding the disease altogether.

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