Aging

Changes in balance as you age

While aging is associated with a progressive decline in physical activity, it is thought that balancing only starts to decline sometime after an individual enters their sixties. 1 Falls have been shown to be the second leading cause of unintentional injury-based deaths worldwide.  1 It is estimated that 684,000 individuals die each year from fall-related […]

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Heart disease, stroke, diabetes could increase dementia risk, study suggests

A new study published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia shows a possible association between diabetes, stroke, and heart disease with dementia.1 The study, conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, followed 2,577 seniors over a 12-year period. According to their results, those who had at least 2 cardiometabolic diseases were more likely to develop dementia.1 […]

Aging

Which vitamins affect bone health?

Bones have various roles: providing structure, protecting organs, anchoring muscles, and storing calcium. Bones are in a constant cycle of being broken down and reformed; this process, known as bone remodeling, requires sufficient levels of certain nutrients. Bone strength is dependent on bone density and quality. It is extremely important to eat foods that provide […]

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Circadian clock controls proteins associated with Alzheimer’s, study suggests

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), characterized by diminished memory ability, has yet to see any definitive treatment options. A new study from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute highlights a promising link between the manifestation of Alzheimer’s and the circadian clock.1  What does Alzheimer’s Disease look like physiologically? Alzheimer’s Disease is characterized by the accumulation of amyloid-beta proteins (AB) […]

Aging

Could a vaccine prevent Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative disease of the brain. Alzheimer’s affects the brain’s synapses, which are where information flows from neuron to neuron (1). As it progresses, protein fragments, called beta amyloid, build up outside the neurons (1). Another protein, tau, builds up inside the neurons creating what is known as a tau tangle (1). […]

Aging

Is there a link between the gut microbiome and aging?

Healthy aging is a significant area of research, which focuses on physiological changes and factors that are associated with healthy aging. For example, the connection between the gut microbiome and aging. The population of many countries, such as Canada and the USA, are increasingly getting older. In fact, globally, there are projected to be 1.6 […]

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What is osteoporosis and how is it treated?

Osteoporosis happens when the body loses too much bone or doesn’t make enough of it. This leaves the bones weak and brittle. Brittle bones are more likely to break from minor injuries. Osteoporosis-related breaks, or fractures, are commonly seen in the hips, wrists, or spine. There are multiple ways to manage or treat osteoporosis, your […]

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Does age slow weight loss?

Researchers recently studied the effect of age on weight loss efforts. The obesity epidemic currently affects over 300 million people around the world. Even developing nations suffer with as many as 115 million people classified as obese. Obesity is related to many other diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and even […]