Looking for a Medicare Doctor? New Ratings Can Help

Medicare patients have new help in picking a doctor, the federal government recently announced. Quality ratings for medical practices have been added to Medicare’s Physician Compare website, a national list of physicians and other health care providers who accept Medicare. “Patients and their families need facts to help them in making important decisions about health care, and choosing the right physician is one of the most important decisions they face,” says Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare …

Best Yogurts to Ward Off Diabetes

It sounds so simple: Eat a couple of low-fat yogurts every week and this could reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 28 percent, a new British study finds. And if you also swap out one sugary dessert or fatty snack for an additional container of yogurt, you’ll cut your risk by a whopping 47 percent! Obviously, that’s not all it takes to ward off diabetes. Exercising, not smoking, and eating other healthy foods are important as well …

El aguacate, indispensable para tu dieta

Si comenzaste el año con la meta de perder peso o simplemente quieres empezar a reducir porciones y añadir alimentos más nutritivos -y saludables- a tu dieta, esto que te voy a contar te encantará. Los resultados de un estudio realizado en la Universidad Loma Linda de California revelan que añadir medio aguacate fresco a los almuerzos de personas con sobrepeso ayuda a que se sientan más satisfechas y evita que sientan la necesidad de volver a comer en las …

Why the Risk of Dementia May Be Declining

Exercise. Keep learning. Avoid obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Treat depression and cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure and cholesterol. Stay socially active. Retire later. Have an educated mother. That prescription may prevent or postpone dementia, according to an analysis, just published in the New England Journal of Medicine, of five studies from 2005 to 2013. Experts on aging have found that the risk of dementia for individuals seems to have gone down over the last 20 years, and …

What’s Good for the Heart Is Good for the Brain

Two new studies published in the journal Neurology  in the past week – and dozens over the years – seem to suggest that heart health and brain health are inexorably linked. The first study, published last week, found that older people with hardening of the arteries are more likely to have beta-amyloid plaques on their brains. The other, published yesterday, found that people with high blood sugar are more likely to have memory problems. Sign up for the AARP Health …

Tom Hanks Reveals He Has Diabetes. Did Fluctuating Weight Play a Role?

In a surprise announcement, Tom Hanks, 57, revealed on the Late Show with David Letterman that he has diabetes. While on the show to promote his new film Captain Phillips, he told Letterman that he learned at age 36 that he had high blood sugar. Recently his doctor told him: “You’ve graduated. You’ve got type 2 diabetes, young man.” Hanks said the doctor also told him that if he could return to his high school weight, he’d be “completely healthy” and …