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Keto vs. Mediterranean diet: Which is the best choice for diabetics?

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The Mediterranean diet and the ketogenic, or keto, diet have both received praise over the past few years for their abilities to help people lose and maintain weight, as well as cutting blood sugar levels in people with prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes.

The "low-carb" diets were both created with the goal of reducing sugars and refined grains, ...Read more

Something fishy about the recently reported fish-melanoma risk

It's estimated that there are more than 20,000 species of fish in the oceans and another 18,000 in freshwater. As glorious an array of creatures as that is, we've become acutely aware lately that they're exposed to whatever waste, chemicals and toxins humans are dumping into the waterways.

The impulse to figure out what's risky to eat and what'...Read more

Transient ischemic attack leads to high prescription dosage

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 68-year-old man, and I recently had a 30-minute TIA. I spent one day in the hospital and had many tests done, all of which were normal. They found no blockage issues. My total cholesterol has been below 200 for forever. The hospital prescribed 40 mg of Lipitor. I could not tolerate this well -- I had muscle aches -- so I ...Read more

Healthy Habits for Men

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If you're like me, you worry about the men in your life developing prostate cancer, just like they worry about the women in their life developing breast cancer.

While our genes play a big role in the risk for prostate cancer, a new study finds a healthy lifestyle can make a difference in whether you die from it. Researchers found that among men...Read more

This sleep med can weaken stomach valve, worsening reflux

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

Dear Dr. Roach: I am an 80-year-old female and have been on 10 mg Elavil for 30 years to help me sleep. I have been having reflux problems from time to time for quite a while. I have been diagnosed with LPR (laryngopharyngeal reflux). I have read that there could be a connection between Elavil and weakened sphincter. If I am able to wean myself ...Read more

Feeling the heat?

In "Body Heat," the steamy 1981 movie starring William Hurt and Kathleen Turner, an overheated murder plot proves, whether its love or greed that fuels the fire, it's easy to get burned. A good lesson for dealing with this summer's overheated conditions! If you love the beach and are greedy for outdoor adventures, you need to protect yourself ...Read more

Breakthrough in early and intermediate prostate cancer treatment

Robert De Niro, Warren Buffett and Ben Stiller had prostate cancer, detected at an early-enough stage to allow for recovery. Their treatments included surgery and radiation -- which may sometimes cause undesirable side effects, including urinary and sexual problems. But these days for men with small tumors confined to the prostate there is a new...Read more

Colon inflammation makes it hard to leave the house

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

Dear Dr. Roach: I have had microscopic colitis since 2013 and have been prescribed 3 mg of Entocort every day. I have some good days but mostly not-so-good days.

Changing my diet does not seem to help, and I have been advised that this problem will continue for the rest of my life. I am now 77 years old and of average weight. I have a glass of ...Read more

It's a Violent Life (and Death)

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

We wax poetic for pre-pandemic times. Then, numbers are tabulated.

In 2019, approximately 67,000 people died of violence-related injuries in the U.S. Two-thirds of these deaths were by suicide; one-quarter were homicides; just under 9% were of unknown origin; 1.4% involved law enforcement; and less than 1% were unintentional gun deaths.

The ...Read more

The added benefits of a healthy sex life

Married Americans report having sex 1.2 times a week or about 54 times a year. People with no steady partner have sex approximately 33 times per year. And unmarried people who live with their partner have sex an average of 86 times per year. Age also has a strong effect on sexual frequency: Americans in their 20s have sex an average of about 80 ...Read more

Consuming collagen is not proven to reduce wrinkles

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

Dear Dr. Roach: Several months ago, I started adding 25 grams of whey protein to an afternoon smoothie each day. I was worried about muscle loss after reading an article. I have seen the sagging muscles and skin in my arms and thighs. I am a 71-year-old woman who plays tennis twice a week and goes to the gym about once a week.

I have friends my...Read more

Kid's health news: weekly round-up

Almost half of all parents feel like they could use more help from family and friends, and 69% think it is harder to be a parent today than it was 20 years ago. Well, here's some info we didn't have 20 years ago (or last year) and some advice I hope will help you parent more effectively and happily.

1. It's been 50 years since the Poisoning ...Read more

Careful monitoring of medications is medically necessary

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

Dear Dr. Roach: Your recent article on electrolytes reminded me of my mother's experience. At 89, she was dizzy, fainting and falling. I took her to her doctor. Her blood tests showed dangerously low levels of electrolytes, and I was told to get her to the emergency room quickly. The doctor there determined that her problem was caused by drugs -...Read more

Your foolish food choices may be caffeine's fault

In a 1994 interview, David Letterman admitted that if it weren't for the excessive amount of coffee he consumes, he'd have "no identifiable personality whatsoever." Funny, but new research out of Europe shows he may be right. Turns out caffeine stimulates release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which can cause increased impulsivity and lack of...Read more

Length of hormone treatment depends on individual

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 60-year-old woman at the end of a five-year regimen of hormone therapy. My doctor has advised me to eventually stop use of estrogen and progesterone by this summer, as she says women have an advanced risk of breast cancer at this stage. Another friend a few years younger than me was told by her doctor that she could ...Read more

Nutrition News: Eating Healthy on a Budget

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Is it really possible to eat healthy on a budget? With rising grocery costs, it may seem like doing the impossible.

According to a recent survey by The Hartman Group, some 85% of consumers have noticed food costs rising. Over half of those people say rising prices have impacted their ability to purchase foods, beverages and other grocery items....Read more

Earwax removal provoked tinnitus, or was it there all along?

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a healthy 76-year-old woman, and over the years I've tended to accumulate earwax and periodically have it removed. The doctor used a slim vacuum, and the noise was very significant. Directly after that he gave me a hearing test, and I have hearing loss in my right ear.

Since that incident about two months ago, I have ...Read more

Bariatric surgery may be your best obesity treatment

Al Roker lost 150 pounds (gastric bypass surgery). Kelly Osbourne shed 86 pounds (gastric sleeve surgery). But new research shows that they lost a whole lot more than excess weight -- they slashed their risk for cancer.

A study by Dr. Steve Nissen of the Cleveland Clinic and colleagues explored the relationship of weight-loss surgery -- ...Read more

Coffee and your kidneys -- the best of friends

About 37 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, including Halle Berry, Selena Gomez and Nick Cannon. Acute kidney injury, in contrast, happens to 2% to 5% of folks during a hospital stay. It is common in ICUs, especially in older adults, and 1% of people develop it within 30 days after general surgery. AKI can lead to chronic kidney ...Read more

When it comes to HPV, some numbers are better than others

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

Dear Dr. Roach: My girlfriend had a routine gynecological exam and a colposcopy, and was positive for HPV 6 and had something called CIN1. She was told to come back in a year. Do I need to worry about this? -- P.A.A.

Answer: There are many different subtypes of the human papillomavirus, some of which can cause cervical cancer. (HPV 16 and HPV ...Read more