I was talking with a doctor the other day, I brought up erectile function disorder and the use Testosterone supplements. The physician responded by tell me this story. If you line up one hundred men who are over 80 and ask them if they are having problems with erections 99 of them will say they are, but what about the other one,”Well” said the doctor, “What is he? He’s a liar.” That just the way it is. We live in a society that worships the young, the beautiful and the sexy. There is so much pressure to be young, beautiful and sexy. So now we have the hormone which increases during puberty and then decreases slowly until men get in their 50’s and 60’s then it’s level decreases more rapidly. So what’s the answer: Age gracefully? accept the change in our bodies? or fight it and take testosterone supplements. The test results do not support the promise implied by advertisements for testosterone that using it. “will make you stronger and fitter.” There are over 3.0 million prescriptions writtenFor testosteroneIn 2016. Using testosterone for bodybuilding or normal age-related decline in hormones not approved and may be dangerous.
No, it won’t cure cancer but slow controlled breathing can affect how your body (immune system) fights off infections and deal with the stress of a life-changing diagnosis. Take a deep slow breath expanding your belly. Pause, then breathe out slowly to the count of five. Practice taking deep breaths when you’re sitting-up straight and try to take 5-10 breaths this way.
Mindful breathing is associated with reducing the impact of anxiety, insomnia, depression and even hyperactivity.
Mindful breathing can slow the heart rate, improve digestion, decrease chronic pain, improve effect and contribute to emotional well-being. It can stimulate the parts of the nervous systems which control the release of stress hormones. If you breathe mindfully and slowly you can become calmer. Yaaaaay!
We live in a society that worships then young and the beautiful, we don’t want to get old, we put the elderly in warehouses. If we don’t like aging and, Imagine how we feel about death. Our society does not encourage constructive dialogue regarding mortality, death, and dying. Less than a third adults have a living will/advanced health care directive. Health care powers of attorney which let a trusted person make medical decisions for you when you are unable are very important for all adults to have. The best way to do it is to have an attorney do it there are some do-it-yourself options available for as low as $70. Instead of no fear, know fear. Just do it.
The Mediterranean Diet with plenty of fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, whole grains and olive oil and an average amount of meat and protein has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack, strokes, and diabetes. In addition the latest studies also show that the Mediterranean diet decrease volume of brain loss as we age. It decreases the shrinkage of the brain by about a half. We’ve ll wondered what we can do to prevent/minimize dementia, well here’a a partial answer. So, the Mediterranean diet will not only decrease the risk of cardiac events, strokes, diabetes and now dementia. What are we waiting for? Just Do It.
Most human being prefer living at home than in created communities (assisted living, nursing home, Board and Care, and retirement communities). That is the way I feel…safer at home…more independent at home…more comfortable…eat what I want and when I want…relax when I want to relax. That’s all good. We just have to keep in mind that we are social beings. We do better, live longer, have less chronic infirmities, less cognitive decline when we are challenged mentally,physically, socially and spiritually. So go exercise, eat right, do sudoku but also have fun with friends.
As we get older we can mourn our losses, but still try to create meaningful relationships. We can be grateful for the capacity to find warmth, shared values, interests, understanding, trust and fun with former strangers. We always have the capacity to make not only acquaintances but friends. As we grow older we shed superficial relationships and concentrate on the more meaningful ones. The library, gym, work-out room, senior centers, the internet are all places where we can make new connections… so do it. Will it be easy, maybe, but it’s worth trying.