Huh? 87 Percent of Men Age 60-Plus Should Take a Statin?

If statin guidelines released last fall were followed to the letter, nearly all men between ages 60 and 75 would be taking a cholesterol-lowering drug even if they didn’t have heart disease, according to a new study that analyzed the impact of the controversial recommendations. The Duke University-led study projected that following the guidelines would result in nearly 13 million more Americans taking statins, most of them 60-plus. Among adults 60 to 75 without heart disease and not on statins, …

Wait, Now Saturated Fat Is OK for Us?

How long have health experts told us that saturated fat – the kind found in meat, cheese and butter – was bad for our heart’s health? Forever, it seems. But now a large, new international study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, says those experts may have gone overboard demonizing one kind of fat. Researchers analyzed 72 studies on heart risk and fat consumption, involving more than 600,000 people in 18 countries, and found no evidence that cutting back …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun 1. Tiny new generators that convert the motion of a beating heart into electrical energy could power pacemakers. (Learn more at Futurity) 2. On March 26, 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X met for the first and only time. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Health insurance is most expensive in Aspen, Vail and other Colorado resort areas. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Squeals of a male pig penned with five sows in heat sounds like a …

FDA Reviewing Safety of Testosterone Therapy

For older men who suspect their flagging energy and sex drive might be due to low testosterone, or “low T,” as commercials and advertisements call it, getting a prescription for testosterone gel seems to be an easy way to put the spring back in their step. In fact, the gel (brand name AndroGel) has become so popular (and so heavily marketed), it’s even outselling Viagra. But recent research – including a large new study published last week – links the …

Don’t Fall! Tips for Staying Safe in Icy Conditions

Slips and falls during the winter months are all too common, say the orthopedists who take care of all the bone breaks, muscle tears and sprains that happen this season. And now that the Northeast has been hammered with a monster storm, it’s even more important for older folks to be careful about falling or suffering injuries while shoveling snow. Keep in mind that 11,500 people are sent to the emergency room each year with snow-shoveling injuries, and those 55 …

From Hugs to Music: 7 New Ways to Help Your Heart

Yes, we know that eating more veggies, getting more exercise and controlling blood pressure are the most effective ways to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, but new research also points to some simple, surprising ways you can protect your ticker. Give more hugs Hugging doesn’t just feel good – it’s good for you. A 10-second hug once or twice a day lowers blood pressure, says a recent Swedish study, published in the journal Comprehensive Psychology, that looked …