Health & Fitness

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Sleep Tight, Sweet Prince

Sleep Tight, Sweet Prince

Numerous studies have been done (and many more are underway) that are improving our understanding of sleep and its importance to our overall well-being. There is increasing evidence that the failure to achieve truly restful sleep patterns profoundly impacts our wakeful life from both physical and cognitive standpoints. And for us Suddenly Solos, this takes

Go For The Waldorf Salad

Go For The Waldorf Salad

Well, maybe not the whole salad, but definitely enjoy the walnuts. Why? Yale researchers reported that a daily dose of walnuts improved the blood vessel health of patients with type-2 diabetes. They are now studying the effects in non-diabetic adults. In a 2009 study, walnuts were associated with reduced cholesterol levels and other research has

Jet-Lag

Jet-Lag

We are big believers in Suddenly Solo travel. It can be a wonderful opportunity to make family memories when you travel with your children or grandchildren or you can venture out by yourself or with a group and indulge your desire to visit new places that you always dreamt of going to. But large distances

Find The Balance!

Find The Balance!

As important as strength training is to maintaining good health for us Suddenly Solos (it maintains muscle mass and helps you avoid “wasting”) you should probably include balance exercises into your regular routine.  The National Institute of Health reports over 300,000 hospital admissions every year for broken hips . . . mostly seniors. As we

Post Traumatic Growth

Post Traumatic Growth

There appears to be truth to the adage that whatever hurts you also makes you stronger.  Psychologists at the University of North Carolina interviewed survivors of severe traumatic injury AND older people who had lost their spouses.  Person after person told them the same thing: they wished they hadn’t lost a spouse or been paralyzed,

Grille and Barbecue Health

Grille and Barbecue Health

Part of the joy of summer is enjoying a barbecue with friends and family. There is something special about having something freshly grilled that brings back fond memories of childhood and growing up.  However, it’s important to use some common sense when using a barbecue to stay healthy.  For example, don’t keep food unrefrigerated too

Colonoscopy – Here’s the Good News

Colonoscopy – Here’s the Good News

Certainly one of the least enjoyable tests that we Suddenly Solos have to take is the colonoscopy. Over the years, the dreaded “prep” has become more palatable and easy to endure but the whole experience is still a long way from being “pleasant.” But the positive part of having a colonoscopy is the fact that

Male Menopause – Is it for real?

Male Menopause – Is it for real?

Maybe it’s because us Suddenly Solos are more tuned-in to ads nowadays, but they’d have you believe that many aging issues (fatigue, lack of sex drive, impotence, etc.) are largely related to a profound lack of testosterone.  Well, before you go ordering the jumbo-size of some product you saw on late night television that promises

Auuuuummmm . . . Transcendental Meditation can help reverse heart disease.

Auuuuummmm . . . Transcendental Meditation can help reverse heart disease.

Many people our age think of TM as a vestige of the 60s, when VW microbuses ruled and the Beatles went to India to study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.  Well, the Fab Four were on to something.  Transcendental Meditation has been shown (along with other relaxation techniques) to lower blood pressure, reduce symptoms of heart

Loneliness triggers unhealthy immune response

Loneliness triggers unhealthy immune response

In an analysis of 93 older adults, UCLA researchers discovered that genes from two particular cell types – plasmacytoid dendridic cells and monocytes -  were overexpressed in chronically lonely individuals vs. the remainder in the sample. These types of cells produce an inflammatory response to tissue damage. It is the same response that over the

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