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Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Eating Baked, Broiled Fish Wards Off Cognitive Decline, Alzheimer’s Disease

Senior citizens  nearing danger zone of cognitive problems should eat fish weekly

Dec. 6, 2011 - You can reduce your risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by eating fish that is baked or broiled every week, according to a study presented last week at the Radiological Society of North America’s annual meeting. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Coffee Antioxidant Properties May Protect Women Against Uterine Cancer

Drinking more than four cups of coffee daily cut risk by 25%; coffee fast-emerging as protective against a number of diseases- see video

Nov. 28, 2011 - Long-term coffee consumption may be associated with a reduced risk for uterine (endometrial) cancer, according to an extensive study of almost 65,000 women. The lead researcher sees coffee, the favorite drink of senior citizens, emerging as a protective agent in cancers that are linked to obesity, estrogen and insulin. Read more, see video...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Low Vitamin C Levels Appear to Increase Risk for Heart Failure Patients

Heart failure patients who don’t eat enough vitamin C-rich foods have more inflammation and a higher risk of cardiac complications and death

Nov.13, 2011 - A study presented yesterday at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2011, claims a new study is the first to demonstrate that low vitamin C intake is associated with worse outcomes for heart failure patients. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Senior Citizens Lose Ability to Distinguish Between Odors: Can Be Dangerous

Smells blending together pose hazards from poor nutrition, dangerous chemicals, researchers find

Nov. 10, 2011 – Most senior citizens are aware that their sense of smell is not as good as it once was. A new study finds older people – beginning at about age 60 – have difficulty in distinguishing specific smells. It is not a laughing matter, however. The researchers say it puts senior citizens a greater risk from dangerous chemicals and poor nutrition. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Low Levels of Alcohol Consumption Linked With Small Increased Risk of Breast Cancer

Study also confirms drinking two drinks a day jumps risk 51% - See video

 Nov. 1, 2011 - Consumption of 3 to 6 alcoholic drinks per week is associated with a small increase in the risk of breast cancer, and consumption in both earlier and later adult life is also associated with an increased risk, according to a study in the November 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). It also confirmed, however, that women drinking two drinks a day had a 51 percent increased risk of breast cancer. Read more, see video...

Coffee, Favorite Drink of Seniors, Provides Protection from Basal Cell Carcinoma

Women get almost twice as much protection as men among 3-cup a day drinkers - see video

A senior, Karen Teaser, shares her story on You Tube of how she was diagnosed and treated at Mayo Clinic in Arizona for a basal cell carcinoma. Also, she offers tips on how to protect yourself against skin cancer.

Oct. 26, 2011 – Anytime caffeine is found to have a positive effect on health, it is good news for senior citizens – coffee is by far the favorite drink of older Americans. The latest good news comes from a large study finding that drinking coffee provides protection from basal cell carcinoma (BCC). Read more, see video

Light Alcohol Drinking Decreases Cancer Risk; More Frequency Jumps Cancer Death Rate

Large study of cancer victims investigates alcohol consumption and cancer mortality - see Q&A by CDC on alcohol consumption below story

Oct. 20, 2011 - Light to moderate alcohol consumption does not appear to increase the risk of cancer, says a new study from the National Institutes of Health. In fact, light drinking was shown to result in a significant decrease in cancer risk. But, as the quantity of alcohol consumed increased from 1 drink to 3 or more on drinking days, risk of cancer mortality increased by 22% among all participants. Read more...

My Aching Knees Seemed to Be Cured by Omega-3, New Study Says It May Be True

UK researchers find omega-3 fatty acids slow down osteoarthritis, at least in guinea pigs; I think it worked for me!

By Tucker Sutherland, editor,

Tucker Sutherland, editor, SeniorJournal.comOct. 17, 2011 – As an active – well very active – tennis player for many years, when I turned 70 I was worried my playing days might end due to my aching knees. I never took the court without wearing the latest in knee protection devices. Then, shortly after I increased my daily regimen of fish oil pills, the knee pain disappeared. I was convinced my joints were now better “oiled.” New research says there may be something to this. Read more...

Massive Study Finds Vitamin E Increases Death Risk of Prostate Cancer in Older Men

50% of 60 years or older take supplements with vitamin E, 23% are taking at least 400 IU despite a recommended daily allowance of just 22.4 IU - see video


Watch video

Oct. 12, 2011 - In a trial that included about 35,000 men, those who were randomized to receive daily supplementation with vitamin E had a significantly increased risk of prostate cancer, according to a study in the October 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Read more, watch video...

New Warning of Deadly Danger of Dietary Supplements for Senior Women

‘We cannot recommend the use of vitamin and mineral supplements as a preventive measure…’ - danger from iron increases with age

Oct. 10, 2011 – Taking dietary supplements, often on the encouragement of physicians, has been a growing trend in American, in particular among senior citizens. A new study warns, however, that at least for older women, the risk of death increases with the consumption of multivitamins, folic acid, iron and copper, among others. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Three-Quarters of Cancer Patients Lack Enough Vitamin D; Lowest Levels, Worst Cancers

‘There are various levels of evidence to support that vitamin D has a role in either the prevention or the prediction of outcome of cancer’

Oct. 3, 2011 - More than three-quarters of cancer patients have insufficient levels of vitamin D (25-hydroxy-vitamin D) and the lowest levels are associated with more advanced cancer, according to a study presented on yesterday at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). Read more...

Older Women See Depressions Go Down as Coffee Drinking Goes Up

Depression is chronic and recurring condition affecting twice as many women as men; includes about 1 of every 5 U.S. women

Sept. 26, 2011 – In a survey of senior citizens several years ago, most of those participating said they would rather give up sex than drinking coffee. A new study indicates it may be more than the flavor enticing seniors to caffeinated coffee. The risk of depression appears to decrease for older women with their increase in coffee consumption. Read more...

Dieting Beats Exercise for Diabetes Prevention in Older Women, Combo Is Best

Strengthening exercise appears to have greater benefits for insulin resistance than aerobic exercise

By Carl Sherman, Health Behavior News Service

Sept. 2, 2011 - Lifestyle changes that include dieting to lose weight and exercise can help prevent type 2 diabetes, but researchers were uncertain which element contributes more. A new study suggests that, in postmenopausal women at least, dietary weight loss alone is effective while exercise alone is not effective, and both together are best of all. Read more, see video

Breast Cancer Risk, Tumor Size in Mice Cut in Half by Eating Walnuts Regularly

Study indicates increased consumption of walnut could… ‘reduce risk for cancer in future generations’ - see video

Sept. 1, 2011 - The risk of breast cancer dropped significantly in mice when their regular diet included a modest amount of walnut, Marshall University researchers report in the journal Nutrition and Cancer. And, when cancer did develop, the tumors were half the size. Read more, see video...

Beyond Pills: Cardiologists Examine Alternatives to Reduce High Blood Pressure

Growing number require a large number of drugs to control blood pressure and look for something to help

August 30, 2011 - An increasing number of people battling hypertension – many of them senior citizens - show up at their doctor’s office with a bag full of “natural” products” that they hope will lower their high blood pressure. In an effort to help these patients and their doctors, two physicians have published a wide review of products most often used in efforts to reduce blood pressure. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Diet of Cholesterol-Lowering Foods Beats Low-Saturated Fat Diet in Lowering LDL

Supports the ideas of dietary strategies to lowering cholesterol; value of using recognized cholesterol-lowering foods

Aug. 23, 2011 - People with high cholesterol who received counseling regarding a diet that combined cholesterol-lowering foods such as soy protein, nuts and plant sterols (natural plant alcohol) over 6 months experienced a greater reduction in their unhealthy low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) than individuals who received advice on a low-saturated fat diet, according to a new study. Read more...

Processed and Unprocessed Red Meats Increase Risk of Type 2 Diabetes; Nuts Lower Risk

One hot dog or sausage or two slices of bacon – processed red meat - associated with a 51% increased diabetes risk

Aug. 18, 2011 – A new study of over 400,000 participants by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers finds a strong association between the consumption of red meat - particularly when the meat is processed - and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, which strikes over 1 out of 4 senior citizens. The study also shows that replacing red meat with healthier proteins, such as low-fat dairy, nuts, or whole grains, can significantly lower the risk. Read more...

Fish Oil Supplements Appear to Help Older People Think Better, Save Brains

There was clear association between fish oil supplements and brain volume

Aug. 17, 2011 – The evidence from a recent study of older people indicates that consuming fish oil supplements has a positive impact on brain health and aging. The researchers report better cognitive functioning as well as a difference in brain structure between people taking fish oil supplements and non-users. Read more...

Vitamin D Acts as Protective Agent Against the Advance of Colon Cancer

Study by VHIO researchers confirms lack of vitamin D increases the aggressiveness of colon cancer

Aug. 16, 2011 – Vitamin D, the current star of the vitamin supplement world and frequent hero of clinical studies for fighting cancers, is back in the news today with research results indicating it plays a role in slowing the growth of colon cancer cells. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Vitamin D Appears Linked With Risk of Skin Cancer, Although Relationship Complex

Study looked at vitamin D level in senior citizens with non-melanoma skin cancers

Aug. 15, 2011 – Skin cancer, like most other cancers, plague older people. Most seniors are well aware of the dangers of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation for increasing the risk. A new study, however, finds that a high level of vitamin D also may increase the risk of the non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSC). Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Healthy Living by Women Dramatically Cuts Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

SCD kills within an hour and accounts for more than half of all cardiac deaths; watch video below

July 7, 2011 - Adhering to a healthy lifestyle, including not smoking, exercising regularly, having a low body weight and eating a healthy diet, appears to dramatically lower the risk of sudden cardiac death in women. Women abiding by all four lifestyles lowered their risk by 92 percent, compared to women following none of the four. Read more, watch video...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

MyPlate Replaces Government’s MyPyramid as Icon for Healthy Eating

Not much being mentioned on new web site as specifically important to senior citizens; First Lady Michelle Obama joins kickoff

June 2, 2011 – The Department of Agriculture kicked the long-used MyPyramid off the stage today and introduced in its place as the government’s food icon MyPlate. It is a new generation icon with the intent to prompt Americans to think about a healthy plate at meal times, according to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, who introduced MyPlate with the help of First Lady Michelle Obama. Read more...

Media Reports May Have Distorted Risk of Niacin in Halt of Clinical Trial

Government agencies advise seniors to not stop taking niacin until they have talked to their doctor

By Tucker Sutherland, editor,

Tucker Sutherland, editor & publisher, SeniorJournal.comJune 1, 2011 – Many senior citizens are concerned and confused by news reports about the decision of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to halt a clinical trial involving niacin (vitamin B3). An impression left by many media reports was that this vitamin may be dangerous, because one of the reasons the trial was halted was “a small and unexplained increase in ischemic stroke rates” among those taking the niacin. What too many reports failed to emphasize was the “significant” risk of a cardiovascular event to those in the test group and that this was a very high dose of niacin, in addition to a statin drug. Read more...

Coffee Drinking Fights Off Prostate and Breast Cancer: Happy Older Americans Month

Senior citizens say they will give up sex before coffee; must be delighted with latest news on how it protects both sexes from most prominent cancers

May 19, 2011 - The results of two recent studies may make this the best Older American’s Month in history for senior citizens men and women. A new study indicates drinking coffee regularly lowers the risk of prostate cancer. This follows a report earlier this month saying women coffee drinkers have less breast cancer. The news cannot get much better than that for seniors, who long ago declared coffee their favorite drink. Read more...

Most Americans are Health Conscious but Senior Citizens Make Healthiest Choices

Healthy eating habits differ the most between the old and the young

April 27, 2011 - When purchasing food and beverages, most U.S. adults are aware of basic nutritional facts of these products and how to manage their weight. As Americans age, however, they develop stronger purchasing preferences and habits with regard to healthier choices. Senior citizens (66+ years old), called “Matures” in this study, are the most likely of all generations to pay close attention to nutritional facts and translate their health consciousness into behavior, possibly because they are more likely to need to follow a diet with specific restrictions, such as with low salt and sugar. Read more...

Most Americans Fail in Knowing Effects of Wine and Sea Salt on High Blood Pressure

Senior citizens most knowledgeable about wine consumption but least likely to drink it

April 25, 2011 – Senior citizens did well in a new survey by the American Heart Association when it came to testing their knowledge about the recommended limits for wine consumption, but about the same as others when questioned about sea salt. Both substances are receiving increased attention as High Blood Pressure Awareness Month is about to kickoff on May 1. Read more...

High Level of Omega-3 in Blood of Older Men Hikes Risk of Aggressive Prostate Cancer

Study leader says beneficial effects of eating fish to prevent heart disease still outweigh any harm related to prostate cancer risk

April 25, 2011 – It appears too much of a good thing can equal trouble. A new nationwide study finds that older men with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acid – that highly recommended supplement gulped my millions of senior citizens seeking better health – are much more likely to develop aggressive, high-grade prostate cancer. Read more...

Vitamins & Supplements: What You Need to Know Before You Dive In

What Are Dietary Supplements and How Are They Regulated?

By Health Behavior News Service

April 5, 2011 - Vitamins, herbs and other dietary supplements are sold as natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals and many people turn to them in an attempt to improve their health.  Others seek supplements to lose weight or after hearing that they can help with serious medical conditions.  These products are now used at least monthly by more than half of all Americans—and their production, marketing and sales have become a $23.7 billion industry, according to the Nutrition Business Journal. Read more...

Women Reduce Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration With Fish, Omega-3 Fatty Acid

Women who ate the most fish did the best at reducing the risk of this leading cause of blindness in senior citizens

March 15, 2011 – The regular consumption of fish and omega-3 fatty acids found in fish is associated with a significantly reduced risk for women of developing age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in senior citizens. The fish eaters – consuming mostly tuna – lowered their risk the most (42%). Read more...

Heavy Liquor Drinking May Increase Risk of Death from Pancreatic Cancer

Significant risk associated with 3 drinks daily for men, 4 for women; risk not noted for wine or beer

March 14, 2011 – Alcohol consumption – at least in moderation – has been enjoying a run of studies finding benefits for the consumers, senior citizens in particular. There is bad news today, however, with a finding that drinking three or more glasses of liquor a day increases the risk of death from pancreatic cancer. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Alcohol Consumption by Elderly Reduces Risk of Dementia, Alzheimer’s

Most studies of senior citizens in last 31 years show association between moderate alcohol consumption and better cognitive function and reduced risk of dementia

March 7, 2011 - The evidence is growing more convincing – even for senior citizens aged 75 and older - that alcohol consumption reduces the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. A study released today found elderly drinkers had approximately 30% less overall dementia and 40% less Alzheimer dementia than did non-drinking subjects. The report is online in Age and Ageing, published by Oxford University Press for the British Geriatrics Society. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

New Dietary Guidelines Have Advice for Older Americans on Theme of Preventing Obesity

USDA and HHS issued latest advice to help Americans make healthier food choices, exercise

Jan. 31, 2011 – The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released today by the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. Although there is not a special section of the report focusing on senior citizens, it does contain some pin point advice for older Americans, particularly in line with the emphasis of the guidelines on better control of obesity. Read more...

Heart Association Urges All Americans Limit Sodium Intake to 1500 mg, Not Just Seniors

Too much salt a major health risk – 90% of U.S. population will develop hypertension

Jan. 14, 2011 - The American Heart Association yesterday issued a call to action for the public, health professionals, the food industry and the government to intensify efforts to reduce the amount of sodium (salt) Americans consume daily to 1500 milligrams. This was already the level recommended by most health groups for senior citizens – those most endanger of high blood pressure. Read more...

Senior Citizen Longevity & Statistics

Contrary to What Many Seniors Think, Growth Hormone May Not Be Good Way to Slow Aging

New research says ‘un-growth hormone’ increases longevity; could lead to new way to fight aging

Dec. 24, 2010 – A new study indicates that senior citizens who take growth hormone in hopes of extending their lives may be doing more harm that good. A compound which acts in the opposite way as growth hormone can reverse some of the signs of aging, the researchers say. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Vitamin D Helps Build Bone But Evidence Lacking That It Lowers Risk of Other Disease

IOM sets new dietary intake levels for calcium and vitamin D: Aging senior citizens, especially women, need more than others

Nov. 30, 2010 – In an effort to clarify the hype for increased consumption of vitamin D that has developed in recent years, the Institute of Medicine has issued a new report concluding the evidence supports a role for these nutrients in bone health but not in preventing other diseases. The committee found that the majority of Americans and Canadians are receiving adequate amounts of both calcium and vitamin D, and warns there is emerging evidence that too much may be harmful. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Regular Consumption of High Cholesterol Diet May Lead to Alzheimer’s Disease

New study used rats to show brain damage produced from 5% cholesterol-enriched diet

Nov. 24, 2010 – A new study indicates that regularly consumption of a high fat cholesterol diet may lead to Alzheimer’s disease. The research using adult rats is from the Laboratory of Psychiatry and Experimental Alzheimers Research at the Medical University Innsbruck  and was funded by the Austrian Science Funds and published in Molecular Cellular Neuroscience. Read more...

High Levels of Antioxidant Alpha-Carotene from Fruits, Vegetables Found to Extend Life

Higher alpha-carotene concentration lowers risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or cancer and all other causes

Nov. 22, 2010 - High blood levels of the antioxidant alpha-carotene – most often acquired from eating fruits and vegetables - appear to be associated with a reduced risk of dying over a 14-year period, according to a report posted online today that will be published in the March 28 print issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Read more...

Eating Beets Is A Safeguard Against Dementia Developing As Senior Citizens Age

Specialists in healthy foods for senior citizens say beet juice increases blood flow to brain

Nov. 8, 2010 - Seniors should add beets to the list of superfoods vital to their diet, say researchers specializing in the study of foods that are beneficial to people as they age. Their new study shows that a daily dose of beet juice boosts blood flow to the brain, keeping your mind sharp and potentially creating a safeguard against dementia as you age. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Omega-3 Fish Oil Does Not Slow Cognitive or Functional Decline in Alzheimer's Disease

New study indicates DHA supplementation not useful for those with mild to moderate AD - watch JAMA video

Nov. 3, 2010 – There had been some indications that taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements could reduce the rate of mental and functional decline in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. A new study, however, dashes the hopes of many senior citizens with evidence that it does not work. Read more, watch video...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Even Senior Citizens Can Reduce Cancer Risk with Plant-Based Diet, Exercise Says New Study

‘It’s Never Too Late to Lower Your Risk’ is new campaign by American Institute for Cancer Research (see video)

Oct. 21, 2010 - Citing projections that by 2030, America’s senior population will reach 20 percent of the population – 78 million people – and new survey information showing that Americans feel increasingly helpless about their personal cancer risk as they grow older, the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) today highlighted the emerging research showing that even in later life, many cancers can be delayed or prevented through regular physical activity and a plant-based diet. Read more, watch video...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

New Study Finds Vitamin B12 May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease, Memory Loss

Most recent studies have pointed to folate (B9) as best guard against Alzheimer's - see report below news story that folate-B12 work together to improve memory

Oct. 19, 2010 – A new study indicates the vitamin B12 may offer protection from Alzheimer’s Disease, while the researchers found adding folate to the diet did not appear to raise or lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. These results appear to counter studies in recent years that have indicated an AD preventive power in folate, also known as B9, rather than B12. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Vitamin D Deficiency Rampant in Patients for Orthopedic Surgery, Damaging Recovery

People undergoing procedures involving bone or muscle should correct their vitamin D if they want an earlier faster, better, result

Oct. 6, 2010 - Almost 50 percent of patients undergoing orthopedic surgery have vitamin D deficiency that should be corrected before surgery to improve patient outcomes, based on a study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City. Vitamin D is essential for bone healing and muscle function and is critical for a patient's recovery. Read more...

Fish Oil Used by Senior Citizens to Fight Heart Disease Linked to Colon Cancer in Mice

High doses of fish oil caused tumors in mice in just four weeks, say Michigan State researcher, who wants to see guidelines on dosage

Oct. 5, 2010 - Fish oil - long encouraged for seniors by doctors as a supplement to support heart and joint health, among other benefits - induced severe colitis and colon cancer in mice in research led by Michigan State University and published this month in the journal Cancer Research. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Moderate Drinking – Especially Wine – Results in Better Cognitive Function in Senior Citizens

Women did best on testing if they consumed at least 4 or more in two weeks; worst performers drank none

Aug. 18, 2010 – A very large study involving thousands of senior citizens reports, as have so many other studies, that moderate wine consumption results in better cognitive performance. And, this research indicates the highest risk of poor cognitive functioning tended to be among teetotalers. Read more...

Moderate Chocolate Consumption Linked to Lower Risks of Heart Failure for Senior Women

Chocolate eating older women have less heart failure but experts warn of excess calories, fat

Aug. 18, 2010 – Middle-aged and elderly Swedish women who regularly ate a small amount of chocolate had lower risks of heart failure risks, in a study reported in Circulation: Heart Failure, a journal of the American Heart Association. Read more...

USDA Pushes Ahead on Research of B Vitamins and Their Impact on Aging Brains

Ongoing research takes a closer look at role these nutrients may play in preventing decline in brain function of elderly; depression in women

Aug. 17, 2010 - B vitamins–B-6, B-12 and folate–all nourish the brain. Ongoing research indicates lower levels of these B vitamins may enhance dementia, cognitive decline and even depression in senior citizens. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Consumer Reports Finds 'Dirty Dozen' Supplements; Lack of Government Oversight

FDA says hidden drugs or steroids found in more than 170 products marketed as supplements since 2008

Aug. 3, 2010 - A new investigation reported in the September issue of Consumer Reports describes a striking lack of government oversight for the bustling $26.7 billion dietary supplement market and identifies a "dirty dozen" list of supplement ingredients that have been linked by clinical research or case reports to serious adverse events, such as cancer, coma, heart problems, kidney damage, liver damage, or death. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Your Risk of a Stroke Doubles for an Hour After Drinking Any Alcoholic Drink

Moderate alcohol consumption (less than two drinks a day) appears to be protective over the long-term - may outweigh this temporary immediate risk

July 28, 2010 - Call it the not-so-happy hour. And, many senior citizens who enjoy an evening drink will certainly call it bad news. The risk of stroke appears to double in the hour after consuming just one drink — be it wine, beer or hard liquor — according to a small multi-center study reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. Read more...

Older People Eating Vitamin E Rich Foods  Less Likely to Suffer Dementia, Alzheimer’s

New tests indicated high levels of the sun vitamin, D, and now E, both help older people preserve their memory

July 13, 2010 - Consuming more vitamin E through the diet appears to be associated with a lower risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, according to a report in the July issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. A report in yesterday shows new testing has also found that higher levels of vitamin D also seem to protect against these memory-robbing diseases. Read more...

Low Vitamin D in Senior Citizens Signals Cognitive Decline; Higher Parkinson’s Risk

An estimated 40 to 100% of seniors in U.S. and Europe are deficient in vitamin D: linked to fractures, various chronic diseases and death

July 12, 2010 - Senior citizens with low levels of vitamin D are likely to experience declines in thinking, learning and memory over a six-year period, according to a study in the July 12 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. Low levels of the vitamin may also increase the risk for Parkinson's disease, according to a finding that people with higher levels of vitamin D appear to have a reduced risk of developing Parkinson's disease.  Read more...

Aging Women Lower Their Risk of Cataracts with Healthy Diet: More Vitamins, Minerals

Adherence to U.S. dietary guidelines more strongly related to the lower occurrence of nuclear cataracts than any other modifiable risk factor

June 14, 2010 – Cataracts, thefishvisual impairment that becomes more common as people age, could be less prevalent among women if aging women ate more foods rich in vitamins and minerals, says a new study reported in the June issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. By age 80, half of all Americans – male and female – have experienced a cataract. Read more...

More Evidence that Coffee Protects from Diabetes; Caffeine Probably the Cause

Encouraging news for seniors who are major targets of diabetes and love coffee

June 8, 2010 - Several studies have indicated that drinking coffee tends to offer protection from type 2 diabetes. A new study shows that caffeine is probably the ingredient largely responsible for this protection. It is great news for senior citizens, the major targets of diabetes, who rate coffee as their favorite drink. Read more...

'Fountain of Youth' Steroids Could Protect Against Heart Disease, Suggests Study

Steroids made naturally in the body, but levels decline rapidly with age creating market in synthetic steroids, such as pregnenolone and DHEA

May 17, 2010 - A natural defense mechanism against heart disease could be switched on by steroids sold as health supplements. University of Leeds biologists have identified a previously-unknown ion channel in human blood vessels that can limit the production of inflammatory cytokines – proteins that drive the early stages of heart disease. Read more...

New Study Says Caffeine Slows Alzheimer's, Other Dementias, Restores Cognitive Function

Positive impact of caffeine on cognition and memory performance, other benefits of caffeine in special supplement to the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease

(Amsterdam) May 17, 2010 - Although caffeine is the most widely consumed psychoactive drug worldwide and a particular favorite for senior citizens who thrive on coffee, its potential beneficial effect for maintenance of proper brain functioning has only recently begun to be adequately appreciated. The latest research says caffeine may be protective against the cognitive decline seen in dementia and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Read more...

When Nut Consumption Goes Up, Cholesterol Level Goes Down, Heart Health Improves

Blood cholesterol levels improve after eating nuts: bad cholesterol drops 7.4%, ratio improves 8.3%, 5.1% drop in total cholesterol

May 10, 2010 – A new study reported today in the Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, further confirms previous research findings that eating nuts improves blood cholesterol levels, which reduces the risk of coronary heart disease. A large Penn State study in 2001 (reported below) reached the same conclusion, as have many other studies in recent years. Read more...

Green, Red, Black Grapes Reduce Risk for Senior Problems of Heart Disease, Diabetes

Grapes lowered blood pressure, improved heart function and reduced risk factors for metabolic syndrome; second study shows how to increase phytonutrients by food choice

April 26, 2010 – Could eating grapes slow what's for many aging Americans a downhill sequence of high blood pressure and insulin resistance leading to heart disease and type 2 diabetes?  Scientists at the University of Michigan Health System are finding the answer is “yes” and it’s due to the effects of phytochemicals. This is one of two new studies praising phytochemicals in grapes and other friuits. Read more, Watch video...

Senior Citizens with Highest Levels of Vitamin D Show Most Vitality as They Age

New study does say participants with better physical function may have higher vitamin D simply because they go outside more often

Will vitamin D research lead us to The Fountain of Youth?April 26, 2010 – We are living longer than ever, but increasingly senior citizens are learning that the quantity of years is not as important as the quality. A myriad of consequences result from aging and among the most common are painful bone and joint diseases that make simple movement a challenge. New research was released yesterday showing seniors with higher levels of vitamin D demonstrate more youth and vitality as they enjoy longer life spans. Read more...

Claims Appear Fishy that Fish Oil Supplements Improve Cognitive Ability of Senior Citizens

Largest study ever of older people and fish oil finds no improvement in brain power after two years

April 21, 2010 – Senior citizens have been among the millions that flocked to the lure of maintaining a health body and mind through consumption of fish oil supplements. A new study focused on older people has found, however, there is no evidence they can improve the cognitive ability of older people. Read more...

Sugar May Be Culprit in Senior Citizens Losing Battle Against Cholesterol, Triglyceride

JAMA report: increased sugars associated with ‘important cardiovascular disease risk factors,’ lower HDL-C, higher triglyceride, higher triglycerides to HDL-C

“It’s hard for me to resist any kind of sugar,”  JAMA Video

April 20, 2010 – Millions of senior citizens battle cholesterol and high triglycerides and sugar may play a key role in this battle. Consuming a higher amount of added sugars in processed or prepared foods is associated with lower levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C, the "good cholesterol") and higher levels of triglycerides, which are important risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Read more, Watch video

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Vitamin K May Protect Against Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: Strikes Mostly Senior Citizens

Findings add to data supporting a diet that includes plenty of green leafy vegetables in order to prevent many cancers as well as other diseases

April 20, 2010 - Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system and most common hematologic malignancy in the U.S., is primarily is diagnosed in senior citizens. New research from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has found that people with higher intakes of vitamin K from their diet have a lower risk of developing this cancer. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

NIH Panel Examines Lactose Intolerance; Concerned Too Many Skipping Diary Products

Generally thought that this problem increases as we age due to bodies producing fewer lactase enzymes

Feb. 25, 2010 – It sometimes seem there are at least a million bad things that happen to people as they pass from middle age to becoming senior citizens and one of those is becoming lactose intolerant. That’s when consuming dairy products changes from an enjoyable and healthy experience to one of stomach gas and cramping. But, a panel of experts gathered by the National Institutes of Health says eliminating these nutrient-rich foods may not only be unnecessary - it could negatively impact diet and health. Read more...

Remember Magnesium If You Want to Remember at Any Age

Study finds new synthetic supplement improves memory and staves off age-related memory loss

Feb. 22, 2010 - Those who live in industrialized countries have easy access to healthy food and nutritional supplements, but magnesium deficiencies are still common. That's a problem because new research from Tel Aviv University suggests that magnesium, a key nutrient for the functioning of memory, may be even more critical than previously thought for the neurons of children and healthy brain cells in aging adults. Read more...

Possible Relief for Senior Citizens from Glaucoma, Eye Diseases with Green Tea

Study indicates green tea consumption could benefit the eye against oxidative stress - powerful antioxidant properties

Feb. 19, 2010 - Scientists have confirmed that the healthful substances found in green tea — renowned for their powerful antioxidant and disease-fighting properties — do penetrate into tissues of the eye. It is encouraging news for the millions of senior citizens battling glaucoma and other eye diseases. Read more...

Senior Citizens with High Levels of Vitamin D at Less Risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes

Review of 28 studies finds the vitamin associated with a substantial decrease in cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome for seniors and middle aged

Feb. 16, 2010 - Middle aged and elderly people with high levels of vitamin D could reduce their chances of developing heart disease or diabetes by 43%, according to researchers at the University of Warwick. Read more...

Just a Couple of Sodas a Week May Double the Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

No association was seen between fruit juice consumption and pancreatic cancer

Feb. 8, 2010 - Consuming two or more soft drinks per week increased the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by nearly twofold compared to individuals who did not consume soft drinks, according to a report in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. Read more...

Fractures that Plague Senior Citizens Can be Reduced by Taking Calcium with Vitamin D

Large study supports growing consensus that combined calcium and vitamin D is more effective than vitamin D alone in reducing fractures

Jan. 14, 2010 – The risk of bone fractures, a major cause of disability, loss of independence and death for senior citizens, can be reduced for people of any age and any sex by taking calcium with vitamin D supplements on a daily basis, according to a study of nearly 70,000 patients. Read more...

Vitamin C Cures Fast Aging Mice from Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Failure, High Cholesterol

Clearly indicates that healthy individuals do not require a large amount of vitamin C in order to increase their lifespan, scientist says

Jan. 4, 2009 – Vitamin C has been found to cure mice from abnormalities caused by Werner syndrome (accelerated aging) gene, including cancer, obesity, diabetes, heart failure and high cholesterol in new research published in the FASEB Journal. Read more...

Ginkgo Biloba Fails to Slow Cognitive Decline in Study of Senior Citizens

Study previously found it was not effective in reducing the incidence of Alzheimer dementia or dementia - see video

Jan. 2, 2010 – The idea that a simple herbal supplement – Ginkgo biloba - could slow the rate of cognitive decline has long attracted the attention of senior citizens. The final blow to that possibility seems to have been struck by a study reported in the December 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Read more...see Video


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