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Common Elder Illnesses

As people age, our bodies naturally deteriorate. This is a normal part of life, and everyone should prepare for the eventuality that they will have a medical issue at some point in life, varying from inconsequential to severe. Below is a list of common elder illnesses that most elderly will have to face at some point in their lives. Each of these illnesses have a variety of care methods and impact on the elder’s life.

Cancer

Cancer is the medical issue that everyone hopes to avoid, but many people have to deal with anyway. Cancer is a mutation of the cells that causes unhealthy tumors to grow and can eventually take over the body, causing death. Depending on where the cancer is located, cancer treatments vary. For gut-related cancers, an ostomy is sometimes necessary to protect the body. In these cases it’s really important to secure the ostomy supplies. Common treatments for cancer include radiation, chemotherapy, surgery, and hormone shots that deter the growth of cancer cells.  Cancer can have a huge impact on an elder’s life. Many cancer patients must give up normal routines until cancer treatments are completed because the treatments are hard on the body.

Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is the dreaded disease of the brain that causes memory loss. There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s, which makes this disease one of the worst that any elder can face. Side effects of Alzheimer’s can include wandering, memory loss, and even hallucinations. Since Alzheimer’s is a deterioration of the mind, treatment for the disease includes increased medical care, increased care giving, and the eventual need for constant medical attention and care.

Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease is a disease of the nerves that causes the body to shake uncontrollably. There are varying degrees of Parkinson’s disease ranging from slight tremors to severe shaking that makes it impossible to function normally. Usually a doctor will prescribe a medication to help reduce the tremors so an elder can lead a more normal life. Occasionally, surgery is preformed to improve the condition. If Parkinson’s disease is severe, an elder may require hospitalization or constant nursing care to function.

Hearing loss

Hearing loss affects nearly all elderly. Hearing loss ranges in severity from mild hearing loss to complete loss of hearing. Luckily, there are many implants and medical procedures that can help elders hear well throughout their lives. A variety of implants and procedures are available for each specific type of hearing loss. The biggest change to an elder’s life with hearing loss is the need to keep the ear piece tuned in so they can communicate with the rest of the world. In severe cases, it may be necessary for an elder to stop driving because of hearing loss.

Heart disease

Heart disease is a problem that occurs due to poor diet in earlier years. Heart disease can lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks, stroke, and a variety of other heart-related problems. In general, with careful monitoring and diet changes it is possible to manage heart disease. Most doctors will prescribe medications that will help keep the risk of stroke, high blood pressure, and heart attacks down. As long as an elder leads a healthy lifestyle and takes his or her medications, there is little disruption to daily life due to this health issue.

Caring for the elderly is a daunting task, but with the right tools and training, anyone can do it. If your loved ones suffer from any of the above health problems, you can provide excellent care by speaking with the elder’s doctor and following any instructions that the doctor gives you for helping the elder in your life. With modern medical science, caring for the elderly is easier and better than ever, which greatly improves the quality of life for elders in their declining years.

By contributing author Richard O.

Body Hacks for a Longer Life

The longer life spans afforded by modern medicine have not included increases in the quality of life for many people. Living longer likely won’t seem all that important, if you can’t remember the basics of how to take care of yourself. Preventing senility and cognitive diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, is partly about keeping the mind stimulated and forming new connections.

There are several ways to keep the brain functioning at top performance. Like physical exercise, the mind needs exercise every day. A routine activity, like crosswords, sudoku, jigsaw puzzles or chess, will maintain mental performance. Reading different types of books, including different genres in fiction and non-fiction, works even better by stimulating new connections.

Remember, part of the goal is to stimulate the brain in new ways. Toward this end, it may be time to revisit painful science or English classes that gave you trouble in school. New hobbies or activities, like learning a language, can also be extremely beneficial.

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From: Top Health Degrees

Chinese Wolfberry Has Amazing Health Benefits

Chinese Wolfberry

Chinese Wolfberry

It is a well established fact that to fight diseases our immune system must be strong. Though there are many ways to achieve this, one of the most important is to maximize our body’s antioxidant protection. And our body produces one of the most powerful natural antioxidants known as superoxide dismutase (SOD).

Researchers have found evidence that deficiency in SOD may be the reason why some people are prone to get pancreatic and breast cancers. Those suffering from cardiovascular diseases also have low levels of SOD. Unfortunately SOD level in our body declines significantly with age.

Recent studies have shown that the Chinese wolfberry can improve SOD activity in our body. Commonly known as goji, when combined with SOD, it becomes a powerful health-enhancing and disease fighting potion.

Wolfberry is an indigenous fruit of Asia and South-Eastern Europe and rich in potent antioxidants. Though the fruit is small, it is packed with nutrients like lycopene, beta-carotene, niacin, lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamins C, B1 and B2. It contains more than 30 essential trace minerals including calcium, phosphorous, potassium, iron, zinc and selenium. In addition wolfberry possesses 18 different amino acids such as arginine and tryptophan.

Wolfberry has many therapeutic benefits, including prevention of diabetes, enhancement to our eyesight, improving man’s sexual activity and a healthier and longer life span.

It is easy to make juice from wolfberries. It is delicious and provides all the benefits of antioxidants essential for people of all ages and lifestyles.

Like most herbal remedies, you should not expect immediate result. Consume this over a period of time and you will see good improvement to your energy levels and a reduction in your medical problems. Try it.

Seven Benefits of Coconut Water

Coconut water is the purest liquid second only to water itself. It has many health benefits and uses that you probably did not know about.

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Many persons have gone to the Caribbean , the Pacific Islands , Florida , Hawaii , South America or Southern Asia and have tasted some very refreshing coconut water. The palm trees you have become accustomed to while on vacation are very potent sources of coconut water that has many health benefits and uses that you probably did not know about.

Coconut water is the purest liquid second only to water itself. It is chock full of electrolytes, calcium, potassium, magnesium; everything that is good for you.

Coconut water is the liquid that is taken from unripe coconuts. If coconuts get ripe the liquid that is inside will harden and become a part of the white flesh of the coconut, which is used to make coconut milk. So, picking the coconut while it is unripe will ensure that the body gets all the benefits of coconut water.

Coconut Water Hydrates the Body
Coconut water is an isotonic solution which replaces the fluids and minerals that the body loses during physical activities. For this reason, many athletes and persons who work out regularly are encouraged to drink coconut water to replace all the minerals and fluid that they lose while working out. Even the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) attest to the benefits of drinking coconut water when it fought for a patent in 2000 to market coconut water as the next big sports drinks.

Coconut Water Relieves Urinary Problems
If you consume coconut water on a regular basis it can reduce urinary problems. People who suffer from strangury, polyutra and other urinary ailments drink coconut water to relieve their symptoms

Coconut Water Kills Intestinal Worms
Drinking coconut water with one teaspoon of olive oil for three days will kill intestinal worms and clear the stomach of worms, which makes for better digestion.

Coconut Water Breaks up Kidney Stones
People who have kidney problems and are plagued by kidney stones should drink coconut water in addition to taking their medication.
Drinking coconut water regularly helps to break up kidney stones making them easier to push out.

Coconut Water is Used in Blood Transfusion
Coconut water is almost identical to blood plasma and this makes it easy to use for blood transfusion. In cases of emergency coconut water has been used as an intravenous hydration fluid instead of the standard IV fluid. During World War II many wounded soldiers were saved in the Pacific because of emergency transfusion using coconut water as plasma.


Coconut Water is an Antibacterial
Coconut water contains monolaurin, an antiviral, antibacterial and antiprozoal monoglyceride that is used to kill lipid-coated viruses such as HIV, Herpes, cytomegalovirus, flu and various pathogenic bacteria.

Coconut Water Controls Vomiting
Coconut water is great at reducing vomiting. People who have typhoid, malaria, fevers or other ailments that are known to induce vomiting drink coconut water to settle the stomach. As such, coconut water is also a good thing to drink during a hangover..

Green or unripe coconuts can be found in Asian and West Indian markets. All coconuts that they sell are closed up to keep coconut water from losing its nutrients. So, if you plan on buying a coconut, you can ask someone to chop the coconut open or you can open it yourself at home and drink it.

Source: Tommy Fassbender

Medical tourists who are going to South Asian countries for cheaper medical treatment risk picking up and spreading a new superbug.

This gene, known as New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase, or NDM-1, was found in patients in Britain, who may have contacted it while receiving treatment in countries such as India and Pakistan.

The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal published a report this week claiming that researchers found this new gene to be common in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

NDM-1 is highly resistant to almost all antibiotics, including the most powerful class called carbapenems.

With increasing popularity of medical tourism, the scientists said they feared this new superbug could soon spread around the world.

Prof Timothy Walsh who led the research team, examined bacteria samples from hospital patients in Chennai and Haryana and also from patients referred to Britain’s national reference laboratory between 2007 and last year. They found 44 cases of NDM-1-positive bacteria in Chennai, 26 in Haryana, 37 in Britain, and 73 in other sites in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.

Many of the infected British patients had travelled to these countries for different medical treatments, including cosmetic surgery, kidney or bone marrow transplants, dialysis, pregnancy care or burns treatment.

Reaction from the medical industry in India was expectedly strong.

The medical tourism industry in India has called this negative report an attempt to discredit a business that earned the country an estimated 20 billion rupees (US$423 million) last year.

Dr Yatin Mehta at Medanta, one of India’s best hospitals, dismissed these reports and claimed the hygiene standards in India’s hospitals are better than those of the National Health Service in Britain.

‘Multi-drug resistance can be found anywhere in the world,’ said Dr V.M. Katoch, Secretary for Health Research who also chairs the Indian Council of Medical Research. ‘It is unfair to blame India for that.’

This act of naming Superbug after New Delhi, while none of the samples collected was from Delhi and its presence in UK itself indigenously, appears a ‘Racially’ and commercially motivated act to malign Indian Medical tourism sector.” said Dr K M Kapoor, Senior Consultant, Cosmetic Surgery at Fortis Hospital, Mohali and a Medical Tourism exponent in India.

Looks like this “fingers pointing” will continue for a while.

New Age Diseases in our Modern World

I have always felt that our great grandparents and people of their generation were more robust and had healthier lifestyles. They ate simple food, worked longer hours and hardly complained.

Fast forward to the 21st century, where we are faced with modern day conveniences and high tech devices such as smart mobile phones, online shopping, microwave oven, speedy transportation and fast food.

But with all these technological advances and conveniences are we healthier, happier and live longer than our ancestors?

One thing is certain; we are now exposed to an environment which our forefathers were not. The air that we breathe, the earth where we grow our vegetables and fruits and our water resources are now polluted with chemicals.

Our foods are added with harmful synthetic hormones, antibiotics and addictives. When our bodies break down and we become sick, we are fed with drugs and more chemicals.

This modern day stress, unhealthy lifestyles, poor eating habits and a hostile environment have created illnesses that were uncommon in the past.

Cancer, diabetes, asthma, anxiety and depressive disorders, and deep vein thrombosis are just some of the so-called “New Age Diseases” in our modern world.

As we become more affluent, we adopt a Western diet that is high in fat,  carbohydrates, red meat, processed foods and low in fibre. This eating habit has contributed to a rise in colorectal cancer.

Our colon is designed to collect toxic waste and then discharge it. When it is clogged with too much of harmful chemicals and acidic content and insufficient fibre, many things can happen. This includes irregular bowel movements, irritable bowel syndrome, appendicitis, and even colon cancer. In serious cases, it may affect the liver and kidneys.

An unhealthy diet and a stressful lifestyle with little time to exercise are a perfect formula for obesity, diabetes and other health problems.

Obese people are also prone to fatty liver disease which is growing at an alarming rate. This happens when the liver accumulate fat causing inflammation and other liver diseases, such as cancer.

Office workers are spending long hours in front of computers and other digital devices which are getting smaller in footprint. This has led to an increase in aches, pains and sprains of the neck, back, knee and hand joints. In some cases varicose veins may develop. Women who wear high heel shoes or are pregnant and spend long periods of time sitting still or standing are more likely to develop varicose veins.

People who suffer from varicose veins are also at risk of getting deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). This is a condition where a blood clot forms in a deep vein and stays there. Several cases of people on long-haul flights have been reported to have died from DVT. With more people travelling by air for work and leisure, DVT is becoming a new age disease.

As our world become more urbanised, our air quality deteriorates and respiratory diseases become more common. In some Asian countries, farmers regularly burn large tract of land to clear them for vegetation. The air pollutants resulted from the burning spread to neighbouring countries, and increasing incidents of respiratory diseases, such as asthma.

With our hectic and pressurised lifestyle, we neglect our physical and mental health. The recent financial crash has also created a feeling of powerlessness. These have contributed to more people having depressive disorders. People suffering from these disorders have low mood and energy levels, cannot sleep well, no appetite, cannot focus and unable to enjoy life.

So how do we get out of this predicament and start to enjoy healthy living?

Find out in my next article.