A recent study published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry has found that people who feel lonely are significantly more at risk for developing dementia.
The study, headed by Tjalling Jan Holwerda of the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, found that participants who reported feeling lonely , no matter how many friends and family surrounded them, were more likely to experience dementia than those who didn’t feel lonely. The team focused on approximately 2,200 older adults living in Amsterdam, ages 65 to 86. None of the participants exhibited signs of dementia and none of them lived in facilities such as nursing homes. The researchers visited the elders two times over the course of three years. About half of them lived alone, with 20 percent reporting feelings of loneliness, even if they were married or lived with family.
The researchers stress, that solid conclusions can’t be determined at this time because cognitive problems can ...
The cold and flu season has arrived. Have you increased your vitamin C intake? Many people supplement vitamin C to fight off winter colds; however, there is actually a heart health benefit too.
Benefits of Vitamin C
The benefits of vitamin C are numerous from promotion of wound healing to decreased gum disease to reduced bruising. Here are a few of the benefits directly related to heart disease:
Slows atherosclerosis .
Reduces repeat angioplasties.
Improves endothelial function.
Decreases atrial fibrillation post-bypass surgery.
Improves heart attack recovery.
Promotes blood pressure control.
Regulates c-reactive protein levels.
Removes lead from circulation.
Supports the conversion of excess cholesterol into bile acids to aid fat digestion.
Promotes the neutralization of lipoprotein(a) and arterial wall damage due to elevated homocysteine.
Causes of Vitamin C Deficiency
Risk of vitamin C deficiency increases with age. Vitamin C deficiency can also be induced by multiple f...
Whenever something bad happens there is an irrational thought process that causes each of us to try to assess "blame". This is no different for doctors than it is for other people. I can't think of anything much stranger than the discussion I hear from physicians after a young patient comes in with a heart attack . You can almost see the gears turning in each doctor's head. The first thought is that the patient has a family history, high blood pressure , uses cocaine or alcohol or tobacco, has high cholesterol , is diabetic , has congenital heart disease or rheumatic fever or any other problem that differentiates him/her from the doctor. After all, the doctor doesn't want to feel that this could happen to him/her. The next thought is that the patient must have been doing something to cause this catastrophe (not like the doctor), and certainly the patient should have known that something was wrong. These are common thoughts that people have (doctors included). We do...
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