Getting well, staying well
No matter how lucky or careful a person is, it is practically impossible to spend all one’s days without illness. When confronted with a life-changing health condition, there are many important ways one can take charge and manage it effectively. In this series, we take a close look at the things you should know in order to be the best custodian of your own wellness.
Improve Brain Function by Building Your Body's Strength
People tend to separate cognitive and muscular well-being. In fact, there's a fairly pervasive stereotype -- used in ads for gyms and a variety of other companies in the fitness world -- of the muscle-bound hunk. Fortunately, this whole idea is demonstrably untrue. In fact, there's plenty of research suggesting just the opposite. Regular exercise can actually improve brain function, even affecting the physical structure of your brain in beneficial ways.
Stroke in Men: Risk Factors, Signs, and Prevention
The occurrence of stroke in men is less common than in women -- it's the fifth leading cause of death for men versus the third leading cause for women, according to the National Stroke Association. But that statistic is somewhat skewed by the fact that individuals are at a higher risk for stroke at older ages, said Mani K. Nezhad, MD, Vascular and General Neurology with Dignity Health Medical Group in the Ventura, California, region. Because women tend to live longer than men, their average likelihood for stroke is higher by default. However, stroke incidence tends to be more frequent for men at younger ages. It's critical to learn about stroke in men, risk factors, and how to prevent or minimize those risks.
What to Expect From a Prostate Cancer Screening
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men, second only to skin cancer. Roughly one in every seven men will deal with the condition at some point in their lifetime. Fortunately, if prostate cancer is caught early, it is generally very treatable. But what should you expect from prostate cancer screening?
An Active Approach to Feeling Better: Exercises for Lower Back Pain
About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point during their lifetime. When it comes to pain (whether it's your back, knees, or elsewhere) it's easy for professional guidance to sound like a broken record, but it's true -- an active approach to care by regularly performing exercises for lower back pain is vital, even if you have yet to suffer regular pain in that region.
7 Tips to Reduce Heart Disease Risk
The road to cardiovascular health is paved with small, realistic goals. If you want to get an idea of what your heart disease risk is, check out the HeartAware Risk Assessment, and follow up with a discussion with your doctor. There are some risk factors that you might be born with, but there are lots of other factors that you can control with your behavior. The good news is that there's a lot you can do on your own without special treatments or expensive medications. Although you can't control everything, you can feel good about taking steps to reduce your risks and improve your health.