Health Tips

See your doctor for regular checkups—even if you feel well. There are “silent” medical conditions that don’t cause symptoms but have a great impact on your health and future health risks, such as hyperlipidemia, which impacts stroke and heart attack risk, and osteoporosis, which increases risk for future fractures.

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Tell your doctor about any medications or supplements you're taking. One out of five hospital admissions for elderly patients is related to an adverse drug reaction. Seniors are more prone to adverse drug interactions or negative effects of taking too many medications. You may not think of over-the-counter and herbal supplements as medications, but they can cause adverse effects, too—especially due to a negative interaction with another supplement or over-the-counter or prescription medication.

 

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Knock one back

A glass of red wine a day is good for you. A number of studies have found this, but a recent one found that the polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) in green tea, red wine and olives may also help protect you against breast cancer. It’s thought that the antioxidants help protect you from environmental carcinogens such as passive tobacco smoke.

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Honey for your cuts and scrapes

After washing a cut, pour a dab of honey on it before covering it with a bandage. Believe it or not, honey has powerful antibacterial properties. A recent study found that it was capable of destroying almost all strains of the most common wound-infecting bacteria.

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