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Despite the growing popularity of high-protein diets, a recent study concluded that eating too much protein from animal sources may have serious consequences. This result was seen in middle-aged adults between 50 and 65.
The study, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, tracked a large sample of adults for nearly two decades. It found:
A recent report that obesity rates have dropped for children aged 2 to 5 years has been a ray of hope in an area that hasn’t had much good news to report. Despite the fact that the statistics used to calculate the actual percent drop were controversial, the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed a move in the right direction for one age group. It also raised awareness of the steps that must be taken to reverse the alarming trend toward obesity in this country.
If I only knew then what I know now…
It’s been said that life can only be lived forward, and understood by looking backward. So we crash headlong into each day, each year, and each phase of life trying to figure out how to do it.
If we are terribly wise, we may make the best of the advice and wisdom of others.
If we are terribly independent and sure of ourselves, we may feel there is little we can learn from others and prefer to make our own way. Or we may believe those who came before lived in such a different time that their advice no longer applies.
It’s a common understanding that as we age, our brains slow down. Aside from the very real tragedies of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, there is a general belief that seniors will lose their sharpness and forget more…and more.
A recent article in the Journal of Cognitive Sciences, however, takes another look at our assumptions about how the aging brain behaves – and why it might function the way it does.
In December of 2013, a prestigious joint national committee announced new guidelines for what constitutes high blood pressure – as well as new recommendations for what medications should be taken to lower blood pressure. After years of adhering to the last new standards, which defined a “pre-hypertension” state when blood pressure reached just over 120/80, we now hear that some people over the age of 60 could actually be OK with a blood pressure that doesn’t exceed 150/90.
MyLifeStages asked Dr. Junaid Khan, a cardiac surgeon with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley/Oakland, to help us sort out these new findings.