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 (HealthDay News) — Lower sodium levels in the blood are associated with mental impairment and decline in older men, a new study finds. The findings may be of concern, especially because certain drugs often used by the elderly can lower blood sodium levels, experts said. Still, “at this point I do not think we can…

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Mental illness is a difficult challenge for anyone to face. It can affect men and women of any age. But because mental illness can cause different symptoms in men than in women, some disorders in men may be harder to recognize. Men who are depressed, for example, may appear angry and irritable rather than sad…

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When it comes to health, men and women are not created equal. For one thing, men tend to lead less healthy lifestyles than women and take part in more risky behaviors. What’s more, women tend to take better care of themselves when they do get sick. But with health problems such as cancer, heart disease,…

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When you were a kid, you knew who your best friend was, you went on playdates, and you always had a birthday party on the calendar. But as you age, friendships aren’t always as easy to make and maintain. However, strong social ties are just as important now as they were then. In fact, having…

superfoods to help fight diabetes

Lots of foods can be healthy choices if you have diabetes or are concerned about getting it. But a few really pack a punch with vitamins, minerals, fiber, or healthy fats. Make room on your plate for these nutritional powerhouses. Avocados contain monounsaturated fat, which helps lower “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. That’s important, because diabetes nearly doubles…

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1. Reusing unwashed grocery bags The problem: Reusable grocery bags reduce waste. But they may also harbor germs that could contaminate your food and make you sick. The fix: Wash reusable bags frequently. Put cloth ones in the washing machine, and scrub plastic ones with hot, soapy water. Store in a cool, dry place. 2. Eating large…

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(HealthDay News) — Early surgery to fix tears in a shoulder rotator cuff muscle is a good idea because it improves strength, function and other outcomes in the long term, a new study from France finds. Researchers also believe this kind of repair can prevent the rotator cuff muscle from deteriorating. This kind of repair…

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(HealthDay News) — Here’s some good news for America’s seniors: The rates of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia have dropped significantly over the last decade or so, a new study shows. The analysis of nearly 1,400 men and women 70 and older found that the number of dementia cases dropped from 73 among those…

Exercise

(HealthDay News) — Just a few minutes of exercise a day — even light workouts — can reduce an older man’s risk of early death, a new British study claims. Each additional 30 minutes a day of light activity — such as easy gardening or walking the dog — was associated with a 17 percent…

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According to new research, men develop atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat, about a decade earlier than women. Atrial fibrillation can increase your risk for stroke, heart failure, and death. In fact, people with atrial fibrillation are nearly 5 times more likely to suffer a stroke compared with those who don’t have the condition….

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An estimated 10 million boys, teens, and men will face a significant eating disorder during their lifetime. Yet thanks to the longstanding myth that eating issues like anorexia, bulimia, and binging are mostly “female problems,” male eating disorders are often overlooked or misunderstood. Now there’s hope through research and growing awareness as men with this…

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Poor sleep won’t simply leave you bleary-eyed. It’s also linked with stroke and reduced blood supply to the heart, a new study suggests. “Poor sleep” includes too short or too long sleep, difficulty falling asleep and difficulty maintaining sleep, said lead researcher Dr. Nobuo Sasaki. “Poor sleep is associated with cardiovascular diseases … but the…

sugar harms liver men

Here’s news that might sour you on sweets: New research shows that overdoing it on sugar might harm the livers of otherwise healthy men. British researchers found that a sugar-rich diet was associated with unhealthily high levels of fat in both the blood and the liver. The bottom line, said lead researcher Bruce Griffin, is…

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Your back is important to almost every move you make, but you probably won’t realize that until you hurt it. Then you may wish you could return to the days when you took your back for granted and didn’t have any pain. Even though you can’t turn back time, you can recover from most back…

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When it comes to exercise, can you get too much of a good thing? Possibly, suggests a new study that found white men who exercise more than seven hours a week have an 86 percent higher risk of developing plaque build-up in their arteries. No such elevated risk was seen among either black men or…