By: Terry Graedon September 15, 2022 2 Comments
    Could a Daily Multivitamin Help You Stay Sharp?

    A common multivitamin may provide some protection against cognitive decline as we age. Findings from the COSMOS-Mind study have just been published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia. The res…

    By: Terry Graedon July 21, 2022 16 Comments
    Show 1257: The Metabolical Results of the Americ…

    Dr. Robert Lustig has been warning us all about the hazards of sugar since 2009, when his YouTube lecture “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” went viral. As a pediatric neuroendocrinologist, he spent much o…

    By: Terry Graedon June 23, 2022 16 Comments
    Balancing on One Leg for 10 Seconds Predicts Lon…

    Can you balance on one leg for just ten seconds? This isn’t even a challenge for most kids and younger adults, but it may become more difficult as we grow older. If it does, bigger problems may lie …

    By: Terry Graedon March 24, 2022 6 Comments
    What Should You Eat to Reduce Your Risk of Demen…

    Do you know how to keep your brain healthy as you grow older? Often, people want to know what you should eat to reduce your risk of dementia. The Framingham Offspring Study offered some answers to tha…

    By: Terry Graedon March 17, 2022 23 Comments
    Will Boosting Your Step Count Save Your Life?

    How many steps do you take a day? During the pandemic, stay-at-home orders might have made it difficult to take a nice long walk and get your step count up. However, a systematic review shows that fit…

    By: Terry Graedon February 17, 2022 7 Comments
    Will You Age More Slowly If You Eat a DASH Diet?

    Several decades ago, the popular nutrition writer Adelle Davis said: “You are what you eat!” Her message warned Americans against highly processed foods full of sugar and white flour. As a celebri…

    By: Joe Graedon July 29, 2021 12 Comments
    Alcohol for Longer Life? How Much Is Enough and …

    The benefits and risks of alcohol consumption have been controversial for decades. Some studies suggest that “moderate” amounts of alcohol have health benefits. In other words, people who drink a …

    By: Terry Graedon June 27, 2021 2 Comments
    Erin Sharoni Discusses How to Delay Aging

    In addition to our interviews with Dr. David Sinclair and Dr. Terrie Moffitt in Show 1263, we also spoke recently with Erin Sharoni. In this conversation, the entrepreneur (co-founder of Juvicell) dis…

    By: Terry Graedon February 25, 2021 1 Comments
    Even Light Physical Activity Helps Older Women M…

    Staying physically active has rewards for older women. They don't have to pump iron or run marathons, though. Even moderate or light physical activity can help them maintain their mobility as they gro…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2021 6 Comments
    Show 1198: How You Can Age Better (Archive)

    Whoever said growing old isn’t for sissies really got it right. But not everyone has the same experience with aging. Why do some people do well up to and into their 90s, while others are over the hi…

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2020 2 Comments
    Show 1214: How to Defend Your Brain During the P…

    For decades, neurologists have been telling us that Alzheimer disease is driven largely by the accumulation of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain. They have suspected that this is determined in large me…

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2020 1 Comments
    Will Blood Pressure Medicines Prevent Alzheimer …

    Doctors have been debating the link between high blood pressure (hypertension) and cognitive decline for decades (BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, Nov. 3, 2016). They have been equally divided and uncert…

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2020 8 Comments
    Could Dementia Genes Make You Vulnerable to COVI…

    Investigators are trying to determine why some people remain asymptomatic after catching the SARS-2 virus while others become deathly ill. Could dementia genes make a difference? That earlier research…

    By: Terry Graedon March 30, 2020 16 Comments
    What Can Help You Stay Sharp as You Age?

    Do you know how to stay healthy? Chances are you are aware that exercise and diet are keystones of good health throughout your life. You and your health care provider may also be paying attention to y…

    By: Terry Graedon March 12, 2020 4 Comments
    Can You Lower Your Dementia Risk With a Few Drin…

    For years, scientists have been arguing about the benefits of moderate alcohol consumption against Alzheimers disease. They have been very uncertain whether having a few drinks a week would lower your…

    By: Terry Graedon March 5, 2020 5 Comments
    Show 1203: How Yoga Can Help You Age Gracefully

    Stress is nearly ubiquitous in modern life. We all know it isn’t healthy, but we may not have a lot of tools for escaping or alleviating it. People under stress may feel they don’t have enough tim…

    By: Kaiser Health News February 24, 2020 6 Comments
    Stalked by the Fear That Dementia Is Stalking Yo…

    by Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News Do I know I’m at risk for developing dementia? You bet. My father died of Alzheimer’s disease at age 72; my sister was felled by frontotemporal dementia at 58.…

    By: Terry Graedon February 24, 2020 3 Comments
    Can Ginger Reduce Blood Pressure & Soothe A…

    As we add additional birthdays to life's scorecard, we frequently start to notice more aches and pains. Arthritis can affect almost any joint in the body, and many people have problems with multiple j…

    By: Terry Graedon February 17, 2020 4 Comments
    Should You Eat Stressed Plants to Stay Healthy?

    Over the last decade or so, people have become accustomed to the idea of plant-based diets. Even those who don't wish to follow a vegetarian pattern of eating are looking to incorporate more plants, e…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2020 3 Comments
    Is Soy the Secret to Longer Life in Japan?

    Japanese people have traditionally had one of the longest life expectancies of any developed nation. There are, of course, many possible explanations for longer life in Japan. Regular exercise, strong…

    By: Terry Graedon January 23, 2020 10 Comments
    What Is the Best Diet?

    Battles have been waged online and even in the pages of nutrition science journals on whether low-fat or low-carb is the best diet. Now researchers have evaluated the correlation of such diets with mo…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2020 7 Comments
    New Guidelines for Treating Low Testosterone

    Around the turn of the 21st century, drug companies started advertising testosterone on television. They implied that many men suffered from low testosterone and suggested that “low T” could be re…

    By: Terry Graedon December 26, 2019 12 Comments
    Show 1161: What Is the Evidence for Food as Medi…

    Angiogenesis–the growth and development of blood vessels in the body–may seem like an obscure topic. However, angiogenesis is a critical phase in the development of tumors. If it can be blocked wh…

    By: Terry Graedon September 26, 2019 5 Comments
    Show 1182: How You Can Use Exercise as Medicine

    Does medicine mean “drugs and surgery” to you? That is certainly how a lot of people see it. However, physical activity–exercise–has powerful abilities to help us heal. How can we use exercise…

    By: Terry Graedon August 28, 2019 0 Comments
    Do Older People Improve Their Memories with Exer…

    Want to keep your brain working well as you grow older? Scientists say that exercise can help older people improve their memories (Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Aug. 2, 2019). Exerc…

    By: Terry Graedon August 1, 2019 4 Comments
    Do Blueberries Help Older People with Memory?

    Could blueberries help improve blood pressure and cognitive function in older people? Several different studies published in the Journal of Gerontology offer promising results. Do Blueberries Help wit…

    By: Terry Graedon April 18, 2019 2 Comments
    Falling for Scams Is a Sign of Cognitive Impairm…

    If you are like most Americans, you've honed your ability to smell out a scam over the past few years. But not all older people have perfected these techniques. Falling for scams may be an early sign …

    By: Terry Graedon February 14, 2019 19 Comments
    FDA Cracking Down on Dietary Supplements for Dem…

    The Food and Drug Administration has just taken action against many companies that advertise their dietary supplements for dementia. The commercials often imply that these products could be used to tr…

    By: Terry Graedon January 31, 2019 18 Comments
    Could Aggressive Blood Pressure Control Save You…

    A new study suggests that aggressive blood pressure control may have modest benefits for cognitive function (The SPRINT MIND investigators, JAMA, Jan. 28, 2019). That is the conclusion from a fol…

    By: Terry Graedon September 24, 2018 14 Comments
    Will Statins Help or Harm 76-Year-Old Father?

    Statins to lower cholesterol are a pillar of cardiological treatment. People with high cholesterol take medications like atorvastatin or simvastatin to reduce blood lipids and prevent heart attacks. T…

    By: Joe Graedon May 3, 2018 12 Comments
    Will a Sauna Bath a Day Keep Strokes and Heart A…

    When most people think about sauna (pronounced SOW-nah) baths they imagine relaxing in a hot wooden room and sweating. But this Finnish tradition may pay unexpected dividends. There is growing evidenc…

    By: Terry Graedon May 3, 2018 15 Comments
    Will You Live Longer with a Healthy Lifestyle?

    Everyone knows that there are several key elements to a healthy lifestyle: not smoking, exercising regularly, eating your vegetables, controlling weight and consuming alcohol in moderation. Most peopl…

    By: Terry Graedon April 23, 2018 18 Comments
    No Study Support for Fish Oil Soothing Dry Eyes

    Fish oil is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These compounds have anti-inflammatory activity, and doctors have hoped that fish oil supplements would prove useful against a wide range of…

    By: Terry Graedon March 5, 2018 11 Comments
    Are Coffee and Alcohol the Fountain of Youth?

    Have you heard the phrase, "everything in moderation"? Ever wonder where it came from? Some trace this concept back to the Bible. Others say it originated with ancient Greek philosophers. Regardless o…

    By: Terry Graedon January 8, 2018 2 Comments
    Which Berries Are Best for Your Brain?

    Would you like to stay sharp as you grow older? Almost everyone would. Memory lapses can be extremely frustrating as well as embarrassing, particularly when they start to become more frequent. Experts…

    By: Terry Graedon December 25, 2017 18 Comments
    Can You Prevent Macular Degeneration with Supple…

    As we grow older, our senses may become less sharp. Many people find it harder to hear; others find it more difficult to see clearly. One of the leading causes of impaired vision among senior citizens…

    By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2017 1 Comments
    Baby Boomers Less Likely to Have AMD

    Baby boomers may acknowledge that birthdays happen, but they never thought they’d grow old like their parents and grandparents. A new report shows they were right in one respect: they have not devel…

    By: Terry Graedon August 22, 2016 10 Comments
    Did Ginkgo Biloba Keep His Mind Sharp?

    Wouldn't you love to know how to keep your mind sharp and your memory intact even as you grow older? Most of us worry about losing our edge. One reader is convinced he has the answer. Indeed he might,…

    By: Terry Graedon August 11, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Delay Dementia with a Mediterranean-Style…

    Could a Mediterranean-style diet help preserve cognitive function in older individuals? Research from Minnesota suggests that eating pattern might help delay dementia, even though Rochester, MN, is f…

    By: Terry Graedon August 4, 2016 2 Comments
    How to Stay Smart with Computer Brain Training

    Many seniors hope that doing crossword or Sudoku puzzles or using brain training programs on the computer will keep their minds functioning well and prevent dementia. Using the Computer to Bolster the…