Posts Categorized: Wellness

Protect Yourself from a Heart Attack on Vacation

Health risks don’t take time off. A growing body of evidence suggests it’s not uncommon to have a heart attack on vacation. So if you have a heart condition, high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure—or a family history of any of these—be mindful of the physical and emotional tolls that traveling or vacationing can take…. Read more »

AMA Classifies Obesity as a Disease

The 21st Century is still young, yet it has already been labeled as the century of chronic disease. The epidemic of obesity and diabetes will likely cause life expectancy to decline, and the Lancet recently reported that obesity causes more deaths than famine. These developments are why the American Medical Association’s (AMA) new decision to… Read more »

A Better Golf Swing: Fewer Strokes, Less Pain

Golf is tough. It’s hard enough to hit a 1.68-inch ball to 18 specific locations in fewer than 72 shots (like LPGA golfers are doing this week in Southampton, NY), but without a proper golf swing, the game is hard on the body too. Sports medicine orthopedists are witnesses of golf’s growing popularity by the… Read more »

Steroid Side Effects Can Wreck Male Fertility

Men who have trouble fathering a child may be unaware that anabolic steroids could be the problem: Steroid side effects often include low, very low or even zero sperm counts. Many athletes use anabolic steroids to help build muscle, but there are plenty of reasons to steer clear of them. Besides being illegal, steroid side… Read more »

Constant Headaches? You May Be on the Rebound

We all have an occasional headache that we treat with over-the-counter (OTC) pain medicine like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Most of the time, these medications work for headaches that happen now and then. But constant headaches are another matter entirely. Many chronic headache sufferers take OTC pain medication frequently, exceeding the dosage instructions—without realizing they’re making… Read more »

Put Your Best Foot Forward on National Running Day

Running is a great aerobic workout, but a sports injury can really sideline your routine. Since proper form helps prevent injuries, take some simple steps to get off on the right foot. Six Running Tips Run when you feel well. If you’re sick, exhausted or hurt, give your body time to mend itself. Dress for… Read more »

Dehydration: When Water Isn’t Enough

Now that temperatures are on the rise and we’re all ready for more outdoor activity, remember to drink enough fluid to maintain stamina and avoid dehydration. The main reason for getting tired during extended periods of exercise is loss of fluid by sweating. This can cause dehydration and break down the body’s carbohydrate stores that… Read more »

The Right Moves Ease Arthritis Pain

Arthritis pain may make it hard to carry on everyday activities, but a low-impact exercise routine can relieve stiff, achy joints. Here are your best activity choices: Water walking and water aerobics. Walking in water reduces pressure on joints by 50 percent. Water aerobics involves exercising in chest-deep water; take a class or consult a… Read more »

Get Arthritis Pain Relief at Home

If achy, stiff joints make it tough to get up in the morning, ask your doctor about arthritis. Arthritis (specifically, osteoarthritis) causes cartilage to break down. After a while, joints don’t work as smoothly as they should. Besides morning inflexibility, arthritis can cause pain after extended inactivity—like standing up after sitting for a while. Arthritis… Read more »

Pets Are Good for Your Heart

Sure, Fido and Fifi can warm your heart. But if you ever wondered if the warm fuzzies aid your health, plenty of studies shed light on the subject. A recent scientific statement from the American Heart Association presents data on how pets can influence high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, physical activity and obesity, as well… Read more »