As I’ve gone through the menopausal transition, I’ve noticed some interesting changes starting to emerge. One example – I’ve seen an increased number of bruises show up on my limbs and I’m not even sure about what I did to cause them.
It turns out I’m not alone. As people age, they often start bruising easily from minor injuries, especially to the forearms, hands, legs and feet. That’s because aging skin loses some of its protective fatty layer and collagen as we age, thus becoming thinner. Furthermore, if you worshipped the sun when you were younger, the thinning of the skin can happen much faster. And if that’s not enough, the aging process weakens tissues that support capillaries end up becoming more fragile and prone to bleeding. It can take only a slight bump that you’re not even aware of to cause a bruise.
As we age and those capillaries become even more fragile, you’ll start seeing dark purple bruises on the hands and ...
When you consider how many of us have problems with our feet, you might expect to find lots of resources full of good advice. Then, when you reflect that peripheral neuropathy is one of the most serious complication of diabetes, you could hope to find a book that could help you to keep the legs you stand on.
Until now I have looked in vain for such a book. But I just read it.
Dr. Mark Hinkes, a podiatrist and amputation prevention specialist, wrote Keep the Legs You Stand On and sent me a copy . This big book -- 537 pages -- is the definitive guide for those of us with diabetes who want to keep both of our legs.
The publisher is Nightengale Press . and the book lists for $22.95. However, Amazon offers it for about $16 or $17. It came out March 1, and the ISBN-13 is 978-1933449715.
As the chief of podiatry services and director of podiatric medical education at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Hinkes has seen far too ...
We started our discussion about restless legs syndrome (RLS) in my recent blog, so let’s continue where we left off.
Mild symptoms of RLS occur in 5-15% of the general population, which makes it the second or third most common sleep disorder. Of these cases, only about 2-3% are considered clinically severe enough to require treatment. It appears to occur more commonly in females and can even affect children. Due to the difficult to describe leg sensations that are felt, children may be wrongly diagnosed with “growing pains” or even attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). RLS symptoms occur more commonly as we age. Individuals who experience symptoms at a younger age tend to worsen as they get older, though there cases when the disease resolves spontaneously when the sufferer gets older.
Sleep disturbance is a major complaint in patients and is usually the main reason why they seek medical help. Though the dis...
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