Physical Fitness

Why Diet Sodas Make Seniors Fat

Diet Soda

[Spoiler Alert: if you’re offended by the word “fat,” this article is not for you.] “Fat” is not a politically correct designation for my fellow humans, but why ignore the fact. There are a lot of fat people in the world and most of them desperately want to be thin. And, they would be happier…

Go4Life

Go4Life

If you are a senior who is clueless about how to start an exercise program, take a look at the National Institute on Aging Go4Life Program.  It’ll get you going in the right direction. OK, we eliminated that excuse.  Why are you still here?  Go4Life.

Don’t Exercise For Weight Loss!

Don't Exercise to Lose Weight

I’ve kinda known this for a long time, but it runs exactly opposite to the popular notion of why we exercise. We don’t exercise for weight loss, or at least we shouldn’t. If you’re one of those people spending hour after boring hour every week on a treadmill, stationary bike, stair climber, elliptical trainer or…

Can Your Kitchen Counter Make You Fat?

See Food Diet

I’m always careful not to place too much confidence in all the various “scientific” studies that are reported related to health. As you’ve probably noticed, the studies tend to contradict each other, and the “proven” facts change over time (eggs are good – eggs are bad, fat is good – fat is bad, cereal is…

Benefits Of Broccoli

Did you know that there is evidence that broccoli can help reduce your risk of: Cancer Diabetes High blood pressure Arthritis & Kidney disease? Yep, this under-appreciated cruciferous vegetable is a powerhouse of nutritional, disease-fighting goodness. I know. Most people’s reaction to a steaming hot serving of broccoli is something along the lines of “YUCK!”…

Lies, Damn Lies & Statistics

A famous quote goes something like this: There are three kinds of lies:  lies, damned lies and statistics. The quote is often attributed to Mark Twain, but Twain attributed it to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.  However, none of Disraeli’s published works contain the quote. But I digress.  Here’s a statistic that we shouldn’t be…

How To Treat Heart Disease?

A 2009 issue of The Lancet reported on a meta-analysis which reviewed 61 trials involving over 25,000 patients.  They compared angioplasty and stent placement with no treatment at all or just medication.  What was the finding? The findings of the analysis indicated that  angioplasty and stent placement for coronary artery disease “did not produce detectable…

Save A Life (Maybe Your Own!)

How many of you Upgrading Seniors are aware that there is a “new and improved” CPR technique that is: Easier to learn than the old CPR More effective than the old CPR Doesn’t require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation Doubles the chances of survival for someone suffering from cardiac arrest Doesn’t that sound like something all of us…

Are You Taking a Statin Drug?

First, remember – I am not a physician.  Don’t do anything related to your prescription drugs based on my rants!  That said, Dr. Mercola is a physician.  In this post I’m going to direct you to a very interesting discussion of statin drugs prepared by Dr. Mercola.  If you are taking statins (1 in 4…

Vegetarian Diets Associated With Lower Risk of Death! (Really?)

OK, Upgraders.  Time for a little rant.  That was the headline on a prominent health/science related website I was reading this morning.  Let’s look at that again: “Vegetarian Diets Associated With Lower Risk of Death.” Holy Upgrading Senior, Martha! Pass the Broccoli! I have toyed around with a vegetarian diet.  In fact, I was one…

Upgrading Your Heart (Part Deux)

OK, Upgraders, it’s time for “Upgrading Your Heart – Part Deux.”  That’s the French word for “two” in case you are a little rusty in the foreign language department.  Keep expanding your mind.  Anyway, February is American Heart Month so the old ticker is our focus here at UpGradedSenior.Com this month. If you haven’t already…

February Is American Heart Month

That’s right, Upgrading Seniors, this month in America the focus is on heart health.  This is American Heart Month and to honor the occasion yours truly published an article here on UpgradedSenior.Com in which I revealed the “5 Secrets To Avoid Heart Disease.” These 5 tips can potentially reduce your risk of heart disease by…