According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, there were 160,609 gastric sleeve surgeries and 62,097 Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedures in 2020. The ASMBS/IFSO Guidelines now say that the procedures are for anyone with a BMI of 35 or more "regardless of presence, absence, or severity of obesity-related conditions" and ...Read more
In 2019, actress Dame Judi Dench made it known that she had a dry form of macular degeneration in one eye and a wet form in the other. "I just want to go on being mobile ... I'm not going to be beaten by my eyes," she told England's Sunday Post. Today, she has friends help her memorize lines since she can no longer read.
Eleven million people ...Read more
When Robert Downey, Jr. played Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, from 2008 ("Iron Man") to 2019 ("Avengers: Endgame"), he stormed the world shielded by iron armor. Ironically, that's not the best use of iron if you want to protect yourself.
According to the American Medical Association, the more than 10 million people in the U.S. with iron deficiency (...Read more
We often mention how important it is for longevity and happiness to have a network of supporters (your posse) and a purpose (something that provides meaning to your life). Chronic loneliness is associated with depression as well as a 50% increased risk of dementia. a 29% increased risk of heart disease and a 32% increased risk of stroke.
About one out of nine adults in America say they're experiencing cognitive decline -- a potential precursor of dementia. Mild cognitive decline affects 22% of folks 65 and older, while almost 10% of seniors have full-blown dementia, according to a study published in JAMA Neurology.
But sometimes cognition problems are a symptom of another ...Read more
Around 60 million kids and teens play "organized" sports. That's terrific -- and we wish it were more. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even a single day of play can help kids manage stress and anxiety. And when they play regularly, it improves cardiorespiratory fitness, builds strong bones and muscles, and helps them...Read more
More than 6.5 million folks in America are living with Alzheimer's disease and many more are undiagnosed. But AD may be easier to ID with a newly designed blood test. In January, a study in JAMA Neurology announced the development of a test that's up to 96% accurate in identifying elevated levels of beta amyloid and up to 97% accurate in ...Read more
When Tony Bennett crooned "I Walk a Little Faster," he was singing about how looking for love put some pep in his step. Looking for health can do it, too!
Walking is known as the sixth vital sign -- an important indicator of current and future vitality -- along with body temperature, blood pressure, pulse, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation...Read more
Ashwagandha, also called Indian ginseng or winter cherry, is a Sanskrit word used to describe the smell of its root -- "like a horse." Used in traditional Ayurvedic and Unani medicine systems of India, the National Institute for Complementary and Integrative Health (NICIH) says there is research showing that some preparations of the herb may be ...Read more
Around 55% of the 170 million American adults who are overweight or obese say they want to lose weight. But it's a challenge -- many folks try but fail to shed significant weight, and most of those who succeed regain much or all of it within three to five years.
Why is it so tough to reach your goal? One obstacle you might not have considered: ...Read more
Whether you're a fan of Fall Out Boy's "Thnks fr th Mmrs," or "Thanks for the Memories," as sung by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross in the 1938 film "The Big Broadcast of 1938," we're pretty sure you're a fan of keeping your memories alive. So, for the 40% of people aged 65 or older who contend with some degree of age-associated memory impairment, we ...Read more
There are around 350,000 hip fractures in the U.S. annually -- most to folks over age 50. Only 25% of folks fully recover and 40% can't walk independently a year later. No matter your age, you want to protect yourself from a fall that fractures your hip and upends your life:
Exercise. Maintain balance by improving your core strength. Practice ...Read more
Around 70% of Americans feel that they're under relentless pressure on the job and from money worries, as well as anxiety about their health and health care. No wonder nearly 50% of folks age 20 and older have high blood pressure.
Dr. Mike has set out "6 Normals +2" that can propel you to a younger ActualAge and help dodge a roster of chronic ...Read more
Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability. Fortunately, in around 90% of cases, it's temporary and pain improves without surgery, according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. But even if it is transitory, about half the time there's another flare-up within a year.
Often, pain results from a strain or sprain to ...Read more