May 16th, 2013

Bone Up on Calcium

Growing years make you vulnerable to bone loss. So getting enough calcium becomes imperative. Even the experts say it is vital to pay extra attention on calcium in your old age for good nerve function and for preventing osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become fragile and fracture easily). To help our readers how to bone up to calcium we interviewed Dr Shubhda Bhanot, Nutritionist and Diabetes educator at Medanta the Medicity. Read on what did the expert suggest some top notch food options to add calcium in the golden days. Eating dairy products like milk and yoghurt, fish, Amaranth, fenugreek, drumstick leaves, and ragi consumption ensure an adequate supply of calcium adds

May 16th, 2013

5 Obstacles to Good Nutrition in Seniors

As we grow older, many changes occur in the way our bodies use food. Our activity level decreases so we need to cut calorie intake to stay at a healthy weight. But the need for nutrients remains the same—so we need to “eat smart” only foods with higher nutrients. However older adults also face the problem of loss of appetite that again results either due to chronic illness or at times sue to the body’s decreased ability to tell us we are hungry; or from a lessened sense of taste. So over here we tell you identify some of the common obstacles that seniors usually face in adding up to their nutrition quotient. Read on… Physical limitations, such as stroke, arthritis or

May 16th, 2013

Guide to Lower Cholesterol

In addition to exercise, which is imperative to boost HDL—the good cholesterol, the following dietary techniques have been shown to help lower LDL cholesterol levels, advises Dr. Pramod Kumar, senior consultant interventional cardiology and in-charge heart failure programme, Max Healthcare: 1. Learn new cooking techniques. Cut down on saturated fat in cooking. Use liquid cooking oils rather than butter ghee or margarine. Use nonstick pans. Instead of frying, bake, broil, roast, steam, or stew. Discard drippings. 2. Avoid trans fats. Because trans fats increase your LDL and decrease your HDL, the Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board says there’s no safe level of trans fat

April 18th, 2012

Retire From Work Not From Life

Work takes up a huge chunk of time in our everyday life, therefore retirement can be a difficult adjustment if you don’t have a plan in place for the free time you’ll suddenly have. As the initial retirement euphoria dries, you may begin to feel clueless with all the time that you have in your hands. Staying engaged in constructive activities is critical to ward off depression, an ailment that often accompanies seniors. My Health Guardian talks to real life seniors to get inputs on how to plan new innings post retirement. Also tell you how to make your post-retirement years fulfilling. Read in detail Retirement is no longer the end of the road tells Indira Gulati, Cofounder

September 15th, 2011

Xboxes Are For Seniors Too!

Although games have traditionally been viewed as strictly leisure activities, and often only associated with kids’ and teens’ ‘time wasters’, but the fact is that there are lots of games that can help adults in improving their health and wellness. Seniors too can play video games and X boxes. Learn more about virtual games and how it affects the wellbeing of seniors with Priya Singh. Also know about 6 different games that will help keep you fit and mentally active, thereby improving your overall wellness. How video games affect cognition and mental alertness Games connect to the reward circuits of the human brain to make it active tells Dr Arti Anand, Clinical Psychologist Ganga

August 17th, 2011

Get Smarter and Sharper as You Age!

Age makes you sage, but it shouldn’t make you senile. Increasing age is not correlated with foggy memory. You can keep your brain active and agile irrespective of your age.  Moreover, do remember that it’s acceptable to forget where you’ve kept your glasses, but it’s just not acceptable, if you forget that you wear glasses. At any age you can keep your brain active. My Health Guardian tells you exactly what you should be doing for a sharp memory.  1. Remind yourself. Yes, reminders work. When you meet new people, repeat their names while talking to them. Also while talking to them, make a note of any of their feature which distinguishes them. This will help you

July 11th, 2011

Get Vaccinated Against Pneumonia

Pneumonia is concerns for older adults and people with chronic illnesses or impaired immune systems, but it can also strike young healthy people. Worldwide, it’s a leading cause of death in children. Pneumonia can be difficult to spot. It often mimics a cold or the flu, beginning with a cough and a fever, so you may not realise you have a more serious condition. Chest pain is a common symptom of many types of pneumonia. Pneumonia symptoms can vary greatly, depending on any underlying conditions you may have and the type of organism causing the infection. Adults aging 50 or more and very young children, whose immune systems aren’t fully developed, are at an increased risk of

May 24th, 2011

Do Real Seniors Take Nutritional Supplements

Many elderly begin taking supplements to bridge the nutritional deficiencies. And there are many more who contemplate taking a nutritional supplement. Supplements have never been devoid of controversy. There are ‘believers’ and ‘non-believers’. We talk to real seniors on what supplements they take and if they would recommend it to others. 1. Supplement: Multivitamin General Vohra takes GNC Megamen 50 Plus for the last two and half years. The supplement was initially bought by his son who lives in USA for him. Since then, he has been hooked to it and visits Galleria store to refill his nutritional needs. GNC Mega Men 50 plus is a premium multivitamin. It has vitamins, minerals and

February 23rd, 2011

What to Expect as You Age

Age is but a number. However, as we age it’s but natural for the body to change with the advancing years. As we process food for energy, our body produces substances called, free radicals which damages cells and contributes to ageing. Continue reading to know about top five changes that your body tackles with age and how to cope with it. How our bodies change with age 1) You and your heart: With age your heart muscle will become less efficient, less pliant and will be less able to pump large quantities of blood. Your blood vessels may narrow and hard fatty deposits may form, as a result you may experience high blood pressure. What should you do Get your numbers checked regularly,

January 21st, 2011

Don’t Let Cataracts Cloud Your Vision

The natural lens in the eye is a unique physical structure that cannot be repaired or replaced, but instead accumulates any damage that may occur to it over time. About 90% of the material in the lens consists of long stringy proteins laid out that allow nearly perfect light transmission. Damage to this precise structure can lead to a cataract or white opacity. Cataracts are lens opacities that are the cause of 50% of the blindness in underdeveloped countries. Cataracts come in a variety of types. The most common type, called a senile cataract (old age related), becomes a vision problem almost exclusively in those over the age of 60, senile cataracts often start as a discoloration of the

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