IF YOU want to live a long, healthy life, don't wait until you're old to start tackling your health and wellbeing. Many diseases associated with older age – cancer, heart disease, dementia – can take root in mid-life, note authors Annabel Streets and Susan Saunders, who have spent years researching the best, and easiest, ways to age more healthily. The pair began their longevity quest after dementia and cancer hit their parents and grandparents, and they faced the prospect of a similar fate as they aged. Streets (54) says: "I looked after my grandfather as he died from cancer, and later I watched my mother care for my grandmother who lived with dementia and crippling rheumatoid arthritis. When I developed a chronic autoimmune disease, I knew things had to change. In my 40s, I joined Susan to research and blog our way to a healthier, happier old age. So far it's worked – I've never felt better." The friends shared their longevity discoveries on a blog called the … [Read more...] about The 10 ‘secrets’ to living a longer and healthier life
Chronic inflammation and weight gain
Sweet, juicy oranges make a delicious and healthy snack or addition to a meal. A whole orange contains only about 60 calories and has no fat, cholesterol or sodium, and, "oranges are well known for their vitamin C content," said Laura Flores, a San Diego-based nutritionist. Indeed, oranges offer many health benefits: They may boost your immune system, give you better skin, and even help improve your health heart and cholesterol levels. In addition, some evidence suggests that eating oranges may help reduce the risk of respiratory diseases, certain cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcers and kidney stones. Orange juice is also packed with nutrients. However, the juice doesn't contain the fiber found in the orange pith, the white substance between the peel and the flesh. It's also easier to consume too many calories when drinking orange juice than when eating an orange, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health benefits of oranges Most citrus fruits have … [Read more...] about Oranges: Facts About the Vibrant Citrus Fruit
Corticosteroids are synthetic drugs that are used to treat a wide variety of disorders, including asthma, arthritis, skin conditions and autoimmune diseases. The drug mimics cortisol, a hormone that's naturally produced by the adrenal glands in healthy people. Cortisol, commonly called the "stress hormone," is a steroid hormone (not to be confused with anabolic steroids, which are sometimes abused by athletes) that's released in response to stress. It's involved in a wide range of processes in the body, such as metabolism, inflammation, blood pressure regulation and bone formation, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Corticosteroids work by decreasing inflammation and suppressing the immune system, according to Cleveland Clinic. Left untreated, excess inflammation can damage healthy tissue, as well as cause redness, swelling and pain. The first use of corticosteroids dates back to 1948, when rheumatologists at the Mayo Clinic treated a patient who had debilitating rheumatoid … [Read more...] about What Are Corticosteroids?