Whether it’s misplacing a set of keys or forgetting the name of an old friend, everyone experiences the occasional memory lapse. But when it happens to a parent or older loved one, when should you be concerned?
You may have read about recent studies that have linked those common “senior moments” to the development of dementia. According to Alzheimer’s experts, people who report their own memory concerns are in fact among the most likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia.
You may have heard a recent story of a patient in a Monaco hospital who only consumed soda for the last 16 years. The doctors found she had dangerously low potassium levels and had developed an irregular heartbeat. However, after slowly reintroducing water into her diet, her potassium levels and heartbeat stabilized. Although an extreme case, what does even small, regular consumption of soda do to your body? And is diet soda really that much better?
Drinking soda has health impacts beyond what you would expect. As the summer races by, I have watched my children and their friends at dinner with us and at home. They all have different habits. Some always order water or just ask for a glass of water at our home. Some are always looking in the fridge for a soda or a sports drink or something that is not just water. We all need to pay heed to many recent studies regarding the soda consumption of ourselves and of our children.
With temperatures on the rise this week, it sounds like it will finally start to feel like summer. And where is the first place most families head on a hot day? The neighborhood pool. But can taking a swim make you sick?
It’s hard to believe that you can get sick from swimming at your favorite pool, but you can. Every so often we hear of an incident at a local pool that has caused many people to become sick. It is usually caused by swallowing water that has been contaminated with germs, which can cause diarrheal illness.
Nobody likes to find a tick on themselves or someone close to them. Not only are they difficult to remove, but can carry diseases that can be transmitted to people. The best way to avoid a tick-born disease is to avoid ticks all together.
Ticks are more active in the spring and summer and are found in wooded and high-foliage areas. Avoid these areas and walk in the center of trails if hiking. However, if you’re cleaning out brush from your yard or planning a family camping trip, be proactive about preventing ticks.
If you’ve followed the news recently, you’ll likely heard about actress Angelina Jolie’s decision to undergo a preventive double mastectomy– a proactive approach she took to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer after learning she was a carrier of the gene. Thanks to advances in cancer research and diagnosis, some women, like Jolie, may be able to know their breast cancer risk well before it happens.
But what does this mean for your health and when should you talk to your doctor?
Many factors can affect the health of your family. Click here for simple tips from Gregory Sweat, MD on how to keep your family well.